Here are a handful of the top events taking place across the region on Tuesday and Wednesday.
STAGE: Telling the story of soul legend Etta James’ turbulent life, Vika Bull features some of her most beloved songs from Tell Mama to At Last. New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, Wednesday, 7.30pm.
FOR KIDS: Different scarecrows are hiding in the grounds of Mottisfont and each scarecrow is a figure from the past. Follow the trail to find them all! National Trust Mottisfont, today, 10am-5pm.
EXHIBITION: Derek Boshier returns home to Portsmouth with a specific series of past icons such as Charles Dickens, Conan Doyle and Hertha Ayrton. Jack House Gallery, Old Portsmouth, tomorrow, 12pm-5pm.
COMEDY: On stage, Brian Blessed is known for his hearty-sized portions of comedy, eloquence and personality as he discusses his adventures and career. Tickets £28.50. Kings Theatre, Southsea, tonight, 7.30pm.
GIG: Pale Waves are the modern quartet who know how to rock. This Manchester-born band offer a dazzling pop performance. Tickets £15.55. O2 Guildhall, Southampton, tonight, 7pm.
ART: Discover Karl Hagedorn, a unjustly forgotten artist and what he called his ‘rhythmical expressions in line and colour’ in his first exhibition for 25 years. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, today, 10am-5pm.