1 Music, Jane McDonald. The BAFTA award-winning Jane Mcdonald, who was discoverd on the BBC documentary the Cruise, is on tour with a new live show, stopping off at Southsea’s Kings Theatre in Albert Road. As a live singer and appearing on television’s Loose Women, she has starred as Grizabella in Cats the musical. The show, complete with a live band and backing singers/dancers, is at 7.30pm on Friday, June 28. For tickets, visit: www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call 023 9282 8282.
2 Art, Oxmarket Centre of Arts. A range of artistic events is being held at the Chichester centre in St Andrew’s Court, off East Street, from July 2-14. Catherine Barnes and Daphne Casdagli’s exhibition of painting, prints and drawings, combined with a series of recitals and concerts promoted by the artists, offering a dual aesthetic experience. Mim McCann has ceramic life-cast sculptures of the female form while Moira Cooper makes jewellery from ring linking. The centre is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm. Free entry. Call 01243 779103.
3 Operetta, The Mikado. Havant Light Opera present one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most well-known works at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant PO9 1BS, with performances at 7.30pm from July 2-6. The operetta lampoons aspects of Victorian Britain’s politics and aristocracy disguised by its setting in exotic Japan. Characterised by clever wordplay, memorable tunes, colourful costumes and endearing characters has resulted in a show that has been popular with audiences for well over a century. Tickets at: www.thespring.co.uk
4 Event, Flowers at Boxgrove. Boxgrove Priory will be the idyllic setting for a three-day festival of flowers on June 28, 29 and 30. More than 25 colourful displays, inspired by the names of choirs in the Anglican choral tradition and provided by flower arrangers from around the area, will be set against the historic background of the priory’s architecture and tranquil atmosphere. A floral- themed concert by the priory’s own choir, featuring both secular and lighter pieces at 7.30 on June 29. Plants will be for sale throughout. Entry to the festival is £5 and £10 to the concert. Proceeds will go to the priory’s restoration.
5 Music, Chris Barber. This season, one of the last British jazz legends starts celebrating his 65th anniversary as leader of his band on a full-time professional basis and 70th anniversary on starting his musical career. He will be performing with The Big Chris Barber Band at the Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing, on Friday, June 28, at 7.30pm. An exciting evening full of high quality jazz and blues, appealing equally to the aficionado and the newcomer, is in store. Ticket prices start at £14, visit: www.worthingtheatres.co.uk
6 Theatre, Twelfth Night & Tons of Money. For their 40th anniversary year, New Theatre Productions is bringing two contrasting plays to The Pergola Open Air Theatre in West Dean Gardens, north of Chichester, as part of the city’s festival. Directed by John Hyatt, Shakespeare’s popular love story Twelfth Night will be performed on July 1, 3, 5, 9, 11 and 13. Tons of Money, by Will Evans and Valentine, adapted by Alan Ayckbourn, is on July 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. Tickets are available from The Novium, Tower Street, Chichester, and by calling 01243 816525.
7 Spoken art, Dismantle for Flow. This performance by artist and poet Philomena Harmsworth is a spoken and visual journey – a pause on her way round understanding the world – she has had to dismantle her thoughts to allow flow. Philomena’s performance will be of poetry, art, video and a book. Dismantle for Flow is told in a myriad of short stories that kaleidoscope together to make up the whole. It is on Saturday June 29, 3.30-4.30pm, at The Studio, New Park Community Centre, New Park Road, Chichester PO19 7XY.
8 Music, Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia. The 35-strong orchestra includes recorders ranging in size from the six-inch sopranino to the 6ft contrabass, producing a splendid symphonic sound, for its summer concert at St Paul’s Church, Northgate, Chichester, at 7.30pm, on Saturday, June 29. Tickets are £10 from the box office at The Novium, Tower Street, Chichester, or on the door.
9 Event, Companion dog show. All breeds of dog will be welcome at North Bersted Community Centre, to join in a show with a range of classes, including novelty and obedience plus the chance to win a Kennel Club Good Citizen bronze award, on Sunday, June 30. Other attractions will include stalls, refreshments and a raffle at the event, which is in support of Ability Dogs 4 Young People and organised by Bognor Dog Club. Judging starts at 1pm, entry is £2 per dog/class first entry and £1-50 each subsequent dog. Admission to the venue at Chalcraft Lane, North Bersted PO21 5UB, and parking are free. Call 07795 180293.
10 Music, All Things Must Pass Orchestra. The Brighton-based 10-piece band, led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Eberhard, has devoted itself to bringing to the stage the music of George Harrison in all its ingeniously kaleidoscopic and inspirational glory. The set consists of a fascinating selection of songs from Harrison’s incredibly diverse musical output. Celebrated masterpieces are interspersed with rarely heard gems from four decades of sublime songwriting. The show, at the Alexandra Theatre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1BL, is on Friday, June 28, 8pm. For tickets, at £15.50, call the box office on 01243 861010 or visit: www.alexandratheatre.co.uk