What’s on for Tuesday March 12, 2013

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A guide to what’s on around the area today

CONCERTS

PETERSFIELD: St Peter’s Church, The Square. 1pm. Petersfield Musical Festival: The Michael Hurd Memorial Fund Award Holder’s Lunchtime Concert. Featuring Mollie Claasen (harp), Louisa Denby (bassoon) and Kristian Richardson (guitar). Admission free, retiring collection. (01730) 260213.

DANCING

LISS: Village Hall. 8pm-10.15pm. Liss Sequence Dance Club. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £3. (01730) 892570.

TITCHFIELD: Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street. 1.30pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Admission £2 (inc tea/biscuits).

EVENTS

PORTSMOUTH: St Francis Church, Northern Parade, Hilsea. 12.30pm-2.30pm. Connors Toy Library. For play, friendships, socialising, toy loan, craft and other activities. Admission £2 per family per week.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Featuring works by Sue Harvey. Organised by the QA League of Friends. (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-4pm. Matisse Drawing with Scissors, Late Works 1950-1954. The exhibition features 35 lithographic reproductions of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life. Free admission. (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. No Place Like Pompey ... looking at some of the things that make Portsmouth special. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth ... devoted to the beautiful game. A Study in Sherlock ... uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

FILMS

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. To Rome With Love (12A); 1.45pm. Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz and Jesse Eisenberg. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 8.30pm. Lounge @ The RMA. Acoustic showcase night. rmatavern.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. Drum Nation. Drummers of all levels welcome. (023) 9221 0437.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. Herbie Armstrong and friends Open Mic Night. All welcome.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. Tom Baxter. Plus special guests Sam Walker and Sam Semple. Admission £12.50. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 7.45pm. Agatha Christie’s Go Back For Murder. Murder, mystery and intrigue ... Admission: £15-£26.50, concs. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

PETERSFIELD: Olivier Theatre, Bedales, Steep. 7.30pm. Out of His Skin. Presented by 2Faced Dance Company. Admission £12, concs. (01730) 711511. bedales.org.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 7.30pm. Sleeping Beauty on Ice. Starring Olga Sharutenko. Admission: £17.50-£35. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Starring Beverley Callard, Jess Robinson and Ray Quinn. Admission £15-£29.50. (023) 9282 8282.

WINCHESTER: Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 8pm. Chapel Street by Luke Barnes and Bitch Boxer by Charlotte Josephine. A double bill of award-winners. Pre-show lecture at 6.15pm free, but reserve your place. Admission £13, concs. (01962) 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk.

WALKS & TALKS

BISHOP’S WALTHAM: St Peter’s Church Hall, Free Street. 8pm. Engines of the North British Company and The B17 New-Build Project. Illustrated talk by railway photographer Ken Livermore. Organised by the Meon Valley Locomotive Society. Visitors and new members welcome. (023) 9269 8976.

CLANFIELD: Petersgate Infant School, Green Lane (PO8 0JU). 7.30pm. Summer Flowering Perennials. Talk by Rosemary Hardy (gold medallist at Chelsea), organised by the Clanfield Gardening Club. Visitors and new members welcome. clanfieldgardeningclub.org.uk.

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 7pm. The History of Warblington Castle. Illustrated talk by Phil Adams, organised by the Friends of Havant Museum. All welcome. Admission £2. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Lecture Room 2.07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry I Street. 7pm. Servant Life in Elite Households in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Talk by Professor Emeritus Roger Richardson, University of Winchester. Organised by the Historical Association. All welcome. Admission £1. (023) 9235 7463, history.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: meet outside Civic Offices, Guildhall Square. 12.15pm. Lunchtime Walk. Take a break with this brisk walk to Gunwharf or Southsea and back. New walkers to arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.

PORTSMOUTH: St Luke’s Church Hall, Greetham Street. 2.30pm-4.30pm. Passing On Like The Shadow Over The Sundial: Time, Memory and Setting in Little Dorrit. Talk by Dr Tony Williams at the monthly meeting of the Dickens Fellowship, Birthplace Branch. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £1. (023) 9266 4205.

PORTSMOUTH: University of Portsmouth’s Portland Building, St James Street (PO1 3AH). 6.30pm for 7pm. Notes from a Sculptor’s Studio. Talk by Philip Jackson, organised by the Portsea Island Decorative and Fine Art Society. Visitors and new members welcome. (023) 9242 3976, portsmouthnadfas.co.uk.