What’s On for Wednesday April 18, 2012

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A guide to what’s on in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville and the rest of south east Hampshire.

TODAY

COMEDY

FAREHAM, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. The Boy with Tape on His Face. Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking, drama with no acting. Warning: Comedy often contains strong language and adult themes. Age Guidance: 18-plus. Admission £12.50, concs. (01329) 223100, box office.

DANCING

CLANFIELD, Memorial Hall, South Lane. 7.30pm-10pm. Sequence Dance. Organised by Clanfield Sequence Dance Club. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £2.50. (023) 9259 8456.

ROGATE, Village Hall. 7.30pm. Scottish Country Dancing. Partner not necessary. New or experienced dancers welcome, as are visitors and new members. Admission £3. (01730) 263008.

EVENTS

GOSPORT, Discovery Centre, High Street. 10am - 12:30pm. Family History Advice Clinic. Come speak to our experts about reserching your ancestors, no need to book. Admission Free. (023) 9252 3463, hants.gov.uk/gdc.

HAVANT, meet outside The Spring, East Street. 9.15am. Cycle ride to Merston and Midhurst. Organised by the Portsmouth CTC. All welcome. ctcportsmouth.hampshire.org.uk.

HAVANT, Old House At Home, 2, South Street. 8.30pm. Solent Socialising S&S Club Night. A member of IVC. Have fun and meet new friends. Host: Jo Lait. solentsocialising.org.uk.

LEE- ON- THE- SOLENT, Methodist Church Hall, High Street. 9am-1pm. LoSRA Community Boost Table Top Craft Sale. Meet community organisations and crafts businesses. Refreshments available. (023) 9255 1706, 9255 1303.

PORTSMOUTH, Eastney Community Centre, Bransbury Park. 10.30am-midday. Beating the Blues. We are looking for people who want to and enjoy singing. This includes people who have been told they can’t sing. You are all welcome. Admission by £2 donation. (023) 9281 1802.

PORTSMOUTH, Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place (off Clive Road). 10am-midday. Arts and Crafts. Fun, friendly group with beginners and experienced crafters alike all welcome. Admission £2.50. (023) 9278 0500.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM, B Level coffee shop, QA Hospital. 10-4 Mon-Fri, 2-4 Sat-Sun. Belinda acrylics, flowers and pets.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm (closed Mondays). No Place Like Pompey. An exhibition looking at some of the things that make Portsmouth special. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm (not Mondays). Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Shoulder to Shoulder. An exhibition of 100 photos from the front line. (023) 9281 9385, royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm (closed Mondays). The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green’s Bequest. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

FILMS

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. Joyful Noise. (PG); 1.45pm. Directed by: Todd Graff. Starring: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson. Admission £4.75, concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

GIGS

EMSWORTH, Coal Exchange, 21, South Street. Open Mic.

PORTSMOUTH, Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 7.30pm. Keith James: The Great Canadian Songbook. Admission £9 in advance, £10 on door. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

SOUTHSEA, Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 7.30pm. The Big Blue Do in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust. Featuring Kojak’s Revenge, The Phantom and guests, plus DJ Rob Moore. Admission £8. (023) 9286 3911.

SOUTHSEA, Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 7.30pm. May Day. Plus special guests. Admission £4. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER, Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7.45pm. Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Translated by Michael Frayn and starring Roger Allam, Dervla Kirwan and Timothy West. Admission £29.50. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

CHICHESTER, Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7.30pm. The Way of the World. Comedy by William Congreve, starring Penelope Keith. Admission £14-£33. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7pm. Rock Challenge. A memorable and life-changing event for schools, teachers, communities and young people alike. The Rock Challenge welcomes any school who wants to be involved!. Admission £11. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 7.30pm. Dirty Dancing. The classic story on stage. Admission £19.50-£48.50, concs. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA, Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 2pm, 7.30pm. Doctor in the House. Starring: Joe Pasquale and Robert Powell. Admission £15-£24.50. (023) 9282 8282.

TITCHFIELD, St Margaret’s Arts Centre, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!. Dario Fo’s throught-provoking political satire. Admission £9. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

WALKS & TALKS

HAYLING ISLAND, Community Centre, The Park, Station Road. 2pm. Life in a Medieval Manor. Talk by Paul Ullson, organised by the Hayling Island U3A. Visitors (£2) and new members welcome. (023) 9246 8990 or 9246 4722.

OLD PORTSMOUTH, meet Royal Garrison Church, Grand Parade. 1.30pm. Old Portsmouth Walk. Taking in the views of the Spinnaker Tower. New walkers to arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Health Development Team. (023) 9268 8390.

PAGHAM, Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve (GR 857967). 10am. Petersfield Ramblers Club Walk. A seven-mile walk. Cars leave Petersfield Town Station at 9.10am. All welcome. (01730) 269253.

PORTSMOUTH, meet The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road, Copnor. 10.30am. Baffins Pond/ Milton Foreshore Walk. Short walk to Baffins Pond/ longer walk to Milton foreshore. Ideal for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Health Development Team. (023) 9268 8390.

SOUTHSEA, meet outside Canoe Lake Café, St Helens Parade 10.30am. Canoe Lake/ Southsea Seafront Walk. Through the Rose Garden and Rock Garden. New walkers to arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Health Development Team. (023) 9268 8390.

TOMORROW

EVENTS

GOSPORT, Discovery Centre, High Street. 5-6pm. Spanish Language Cafe. Looking for an informal way to improve your language skills - No need to be fluent but no absolute beginners please. Admission free. (023) 9252 3463.

HAVANT, meet outside The Spring, East Street. 7pm. Evening cycle ride to Westbourne, White Horse. Organised by the Portsmouth CTC. All welcome. ctcportsmouth.hampshire.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place (off Clive Road). 2pm-4pm. Friendship Group. Friendship Club for the over 50s. Different activity each week in a friendly group. Admission £2.50. (023) 9278 0500.

PORTSMOUTH, St Wilfrid’s Church, George Street. Midday. Charity Lunch. A chance to enjoy a light lunch - the money raised will be used support a local charity. (023) 9229 3020.

PORTSMOUTH, Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, Curzon Howe Road, Portsea. 8pm. A Knight of Murder. Take a seat at your own round table and test your detective skills to solve a dastardly murder. Admission £18 (inc two-course meal). (023) 9273 7370, groundlings.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, St Francis Church Hall, Northern Parade, Hilsea. 2pm-4pm. The Cosy Club. A social group for men and women 60+ every Thursday for social time, quizzes, raffles, speakers and trips. Pop along for a warm welcome. (023) 9262 8705.

WATERLOOVILLE, St George’s Church Hall, Hambledon Road. 9.30am-11.30am. St George’s Market. Eggs and home made preserves, honey. cards, jewellery, wood craft, craft, cakes, and plants. Coffee and tea available. (023) 9226 4583, stgeorgesnews.org.

WATERLOOVILLE, Acorn Centre, 3, The Kestrels, Eagle Avenue, Wecock Farm. 9.30am-12.30pm. Table Top Sale. Tables can be booked in advance at £3.50 each. (023) 9225 8423.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM, B Level coffee shop, QA Hospital. 10-4 Mon-Fri, 2-4 Sat-Sun. Belinda acrylics, flowers and pets.

PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth College, Tangier Road, Copnor. 1pm-8pm. Creative Textile Exhibition. Featuring original work by adult education students. Suppliers will be on hand from 5pm-8pm selling beads and other textile goods as well as bobbin lace supplies. (023) 9266 7521.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm (closed Mondays). No Place Like Pompey. An exhibition looking at some of the things that make Portsmouth special. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm (not Mondays). Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 10am-5pm. Shoulder to Shoulder. An exhibition of 100 photos from the front line. (023) 9281 9385, royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm (closed Mondays). The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green’s Bequest. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

GIGS

FAREHAM, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Jackson: Live in Concert. Amir Sharma’s portrayal of Michael Jackson in his prime. Admission £18. (01329) 231942.

PORTSMOUTH, RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm doors-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: White Wolf’s Wondering, 7pm; By Far and Beyond, 7.30pm; Cortez, 8pm; Southgate and Leigh, 8.30pm; Discotheque Wreck, 9.30pm; The Founders of, 10.45pm; Johnny Bell, 11.30pm-midnight. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Gun Room, RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7.30pm. Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart. Supported by Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds. Admission £10 in advance. (023) 9238 2888.

PORTSMOUTH, Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 7.30pm. Artful (full band show). Plus special guests. Admission £6 in advance, £8 on door. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE, Fountain Inn, The Green. 8.30pm. Herbie Armstrong (ex Van Morrison) Open Mic Night. (023) 9241 2291.

SOUTHAMPTON, The Brook, 466, Portswood Road. 8pm doors. Bow Wow Wow. Admission £15 advance, £17 door. (023) 8055 5366.

SOUTHSEA, Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. Charlene Soraia. Plus Dan Shears, Andrew Foster. Admission £10. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER, Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7.45pm. Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Translated by Michael Frayn and starring Roger Allam, Dervla Kirwan and Timothy West. Admission £29.50. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

CHICHESTER, Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7pm. The Way of the World. Comedy by William Congreve, starring Penelope Keith. Admission £15-£36. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

HAVANT, The Spring, East Street. 7.30pm. Cymbeline. By William Shakespeare, presented by Bench Theatre. Admission £8, concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7pm. Rock Challenge. A memorable and life-changing event for schools, teachers, communities and young people alike. The Rock Challenge welcomes any school who wants to be involved!. Admission £11. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 7.30pm. Dirty Dancing. The classic story on stage. Admission £19.50-£48.50, concs. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA, Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Doctor in the House. Starring: Joe Pasquale and Robert Powell. Admission £15-£24.50. (023) 9282 8282.

SOUTHSEA, St Peter’s Theatre, Fraser Road. 7.30pm. Love Letters: a show for charity. A musical show for the Rowans Hospice by Malcolm Chewter and local performers. Admission £5-£7. 07958 769 202.

TITCHFIELD, St Margaret’s Arts Centre, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!. Dario Fo’s throught-provoking political satire. Admission £9. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

WALKS & TALKS

GOSPORT, Discovery Centre, High Street. 7:30pm. Georgia to Afghanistan. With stunning photos and imformative commentary, John Pilkington’s travel writing makes this a show not to be missed. Please book. Admission £5, concs. (023) 9252 3463, hants.gov.uk/gdc.

PORTCHESTER, Parish Hall, Castle Street. 7.30pm. Sustainability: Principles and Practice. Talk by Mary Lewis (manager of the Sustainability Centre, East Meon), organised by the Portchester Civic Society. Visitors and new members welcome. (023) 9238 2778.

PORTSMOUTH, meet Scott Road car park (off Military Road by The News Centre). 10.30am. Hilsea Lines Walk. Uneven footpaths take you around ‘Foxes Forest’ with its abundance of wildlife. New walkers to arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Health Development Team. (023) 9268 8390.

SOUTHSEA, D-Day Museum, Clarence Esplanade. 7.30pm. Dawn Chorus: the early Wrens 1917-19. Talk by Victoria Ingles, collections manager, BMRN, organised by Portsmouth Museums and Records Society. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £2. (023) 9282 8068.