What’s on for Thursday March 7, 2013


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A guide to what’s on around the area today.


BORDON: Phoenix Arts Centre, Barbados House, Station Road. 8pm. The Phoenix Theatre Comedy Club. Compered by Dan Evans. Admission £10, conc. (01420) 472 664.


HORNDEAN: Blendworth Centre, Blendworth Lane (PO8 4AA). 7.30pm. Horndean Music Society Concert. Featuring Eunice Pike (piano) and Mikhail Lezdkan (cello). All welcome. Admission £7. horndeanmusicsociety.org.

PETERSFIELD: St Peter’s Church, The Square. 1pm. Lunchtime Concert with Ditcham Park School. Admission free, retiring collection. (01730) 260213.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 1.10pm. Lunchtime Live! Featuring David Harris (Portsmouth Cathedral, organ). Admission: £3, concs. portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.


FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.15pm-9.15pm. Monthly Shakes: Line Dancing. Dust off your boots and grab your partner by the hand. Admission £10. (01329) 223100.

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Sequence and some ballroom. Admission £2.35.


GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 6.15pm-7.45pm. Fifties Dance Master Class. Come and be inspired by the Matisse exhibition and then join in the fun with a 1950s dance master class – suitable for all level. Admission £4.50. (023) 9252 3463.

GOSPORT: Search, 50, Clarence Road. 4pm-6pm (last entry 5.30pm). Story Explorers. Celebrate World Book Day by popping in after school to explore the museum’s collections. (023) 9252 3463.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: The Square Tower, Broad Street. 7pm for 7.30pm. Tongues and Grooves Celebrate World Book Day. With local poets and writers who will be reading short dramatised extracts from the new anthology 20x12 Writers to Watch. Free event. 07775 244 573, tongues-and-grooves.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place (off Clive Road). 2pm-4pm. Friendship Club for the over 55s. Different activity each week with a welcoming friendly group. Admission: £2.50 a session. (023) 9278 0500.


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.


HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. Les Misérables (12A); 7.30pm. Directed by Tom Hooper. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. (01428) 642161 for further details.


PORTSMOUTH: Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 7.30pm. Alex Adams. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Kitsch N D’Or Restaurant, 37, Eldon Street. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Sweet ’n’ Hot. Jazz duo (vocal and piano). (023) 9286 1519.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm doors-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Tread Steady, 7pm; David Jones, 7.30pm; Clym Arnold, 8pm; The Beth Oliver Band, 8.30pm; The Doppler Shift, 9.30pm-10pm; The Vindickers (drums), 10.15pm; George Wedlake, 10.45pm; Acoustic, 11.15pm-midnight. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.

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

SOUTHAMPTON: The Brook, 466, Portswood Road. 8pm doors. Stiff Little Fingers. Admission: £17.50 advance, £19.50 door. (023) 8055 5366.

SOUTHSEA: Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Albert Road. 9pm. Reactor 1.

SOUTHSEA: Jolly Sailor, 54, Clarence Road. 8pm. Southsea’s Got Talent: Heat Two. R&B. (023) 9229 5195.


GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 2.30pm, 7.45pm. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Presented by Custom/Practice and TEG Productions. Admission: £18.50-£24.50, concs. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, 42, Kent Street, Portsea. 8pm. The Blue Room. Freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde by playwright David Hare. Admission: £14, concs. (023) 9273 7370. groundlings.co.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 7.30pm. The Blues Brothers. They are back and on a mission! Admission: £15-£25.50. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Sinatra, Sequins and Swing: The Capitol Years. A big band swing show. Admission £17.50-£21. (023) 9282 8282.


GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 7pm. Matisse. Talk by award-winning biographer Hilary Spurling to accompany the Drawing with Scissors exhibition. Admission £4, concs, must be booked in advance. (023) 9252 3463.