What’s on for Thursday November 28, 2013

Chewbacca, left, and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Trekkie lecturer returns to the light side to organise Star Wars Day extravaganza

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



PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7pm doors for 8pm. Jack FM Comedy Network. Featuring Mark Smith, Omar Hamdi and Tommy Rowson. Admission £8 standard; £14.50 with dinner. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.


OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 1.10pm. Lunchtime Concert. Featuring Genevieve Usher (soprano) and Chris Underhill (piano). Admission £3, concs. Light refreshments available. (023) 9282 1164.


HAVANT: Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way (PO9 5BG) 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Admission: £3, inc tea/biscuits. (023) 9307 7596, 07950 730 274.

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Sequence and some ballroom. Admission £2.50. (023) 9226 6177.


COSHAM: Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Featuring paintings by Maureen Moss and photographs by Steve Guilfoyle. Organised by the QA League of Friends. (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Animated Hampshire. A collection of animated short films which celebrate the wealth of young creative talent in Hampshire. Free admission. (023) 9252 3463.

GOSPORT: RN Submarine Museum, Haslar Road (PO12 2AS). 10am-3.30pm. Horrible Science of Submarines. Subs are cool and exciting ... subs are horrible and scary ... A funny family exhibition looking at the Horrible side of life as a submariner. (023) 9254 5036, submarine-museum.co.uk.

PETERSFIELD: Petersfield Museum, The Old Court House, St Peter’s Road (GU2 3HX). 10am-4pm. Beliefs: Religion and Spirituality in Petersfield and Beyond. At the centre of the exhibition are a series of portraits of local people of different faiths and of no faith featuring their personal thoughts on religion and spirituality, and related artefacts. (01730) 262601.

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.


PORTSMOUTH: No 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Historic Dockyard. Upstream Colour (12A); 7pm. USA, 2013. Directed by Shane Carruth. Starring: Shane Carruth. Admission £7.50, concs. 07435 029 408, no6cinema.co.uk.


CHICHESTER: The Venue, Spur Road (PO19 8PR). 7.30pm. Chichester Country Music Club Irish Concert. Featuring: Stephen Smyth. Admission: £10. (01243) 527966, 787008, or (01489) 896323.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Ade Cull, 7pm; David Jones, 7.30pm; Shores, 8pm; Smiley Campbell, 8.30pm; Let’s Go Safari, 9.15pm; Normanton Street, 9.45pm; Nomura, 10.30pm; Will Dawson, 11pm; Open Mic (three songs each, just turn up and put your name down to play), 11.30pm. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.

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

SOUTHAMPTON: The Joiners Arms, 141, St Mary’s Street. 7pm. Adept; The Hell; Acoda; Vera Cruz; Set Your Sails; More Than A Thousand. Hardcore, metalcore, alternative, metal, rock. (023) 8022 5612.

SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Shrine. Plus Polymath; more tbc. Admission £4. (023) 9286 3911.

SOUTHSEA: Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Albert Road. 9pm. The Cover Ups.


FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Synchronize Attack. More than just a dance show. Admission £10, concs. (01329) 223100.

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 7.45pm. The Nutcracker. Presented by the Russian State Ballet and Opera House with music performed live by the Philharmonic Orchestra. Admission: £28.50-£30.50, concs. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 7.30pm. Mean Old Man. Presented by Havant Light Opera. Admission £8, concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 7.30pm. The Christmas Factor. A comedy by Trevor Hughes presented by Horndean Amateur Theatrical Society. (023) 9278 5800.

SOBERTON: Soberton Village Hall, Long Lane (SO32 3PF). 7.30pm. The Emperor’s New Clothes. A pantomime by Philippa Smith, presented by the Soberton Players. Admission £6, concs. (023) 9263 2551.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 7.15pm. Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. Performed by the Welsh National Opera. Sung in Italian with surtitles in English. Admission: £7.50-£40, concs. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Mack and Mabel. Presented by The Portsmouth Grammar School. Admission £10-£12, concs. (01329) 846646 for tickets.

TITCHFIELD: St Margaret’s Arts Centre, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Marriage torn apart and put together again. Admission: £9, concs. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.


GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 7.30pm. Race for the Top! Gordon Lewis looks at more than 60 years of seasonal hits, bringing back memories of the record charts long before the X-Factor hit the screens ... with a few surprises along the way. Admission £4. (023) 9252 3463 to book.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: Becket Hall, Cathedral House, St Thomas’ Street. 2.45pm. Stray Dogs – Fact or Fiction: Portsmouth City Council Dog Kennels. Talk by Carol Plumbly, organised by the Portsmouth Cathedral Club. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £3. (023) 9285 1177.