1 Music. Hat Fitz & Cara. He’s had his leg almost chomped off by a saltwater crocodile and been bitten by a deadly snake and a deadly spider – so the safe environment of Compton Parish Room is not going to faze him. If ever there was a survivor it’s this man – Hat Fitz. A Queensland-based acoustic bluesman who’s dodged death and has gone on to record nearly a dozen albums, more than half with his wife and stage partner Cara Robinson who he met ten years ago in County Antrim. The gig is being put on by Wemsfest. Hat Fitz & Cara play Compton Parish Room on Friday July 26 at 8pm. A few tickets are left at Bookends, High Street, Emsworth, Compton Village Tea-room, and online at: www.wegottickets.com.
2 Theatre. Lifted. All-female acrobatic theatre company Mimbre are back in Worthing this year with a new outdoor production. They will be performing two free shows at 11am and 2pm outside the Pavilion Theatre on Saturday, July 20, as part of Worthing Theatre’s fun-filled Summer of Circus. Lifted is a collection of funny, poetic and surprising moments, which explore in different ways what it means when one body is carried by another. Or when one person carries two people. Or when a person doesn’t want to be carried. Or when three people find the perfect balance. Tickets are free but can be booked through Worthing Theatres on 01903 206206. .
3 Event. Classic Car Show.
From Alfa Romeos to Ford Zodiacs, classic cars from the 1950s to the 1990s will be on display by their proud owners at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre. With visiting car clubs and individual enthusiasts, visitors can join in the community spirit of this annual event day. The many other industrial heritage attractions at the 36-acre site will also be open, including the popular train and bus rides. The event, on Sunday July 21, is open from 10am-4.30pm. For details, visit the website at: www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
4 Music. Music for a Summer’s Evening Music for a Summer’s Evening will offer a programme of light music, sung unaccompanied by the Boxgrove-based quartet Cavatina, at St Mary’s Church, Barnham, on Saturday, July 20, at 7.30pm. There will be a cappella arrangements of a number of songs by Flanders & Swann, transatlantic classics including Puttin’ On The Ritz and Mr Sand Man, and much-loved pop songs including Top of the World and The Longest Time. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of church funds.
5 Comedy. Laughing McGeorge. The final two pre-Edinburgh Fringe comedy gigs are coming up at the George Inn, Felpham PO22 7PL, giving West Sussex audiences a chance to preview four acts for a cost of £10 entry on each night. Today (Friday) sees Steve McClean take to the stage at 8pm with Action Figure Archive, followed at 9.30pm by Hampshire-based James Alderson’s take on the 1980s. The last show of the eight-week season starts with Twat Out of Hell, presented by Gary G Knightley, and Joe Wells with The Importance of Being Inadequate. This final gig is on Friday, July 26. For further information about the shows, visit Laughing George’s Facebook page or call 07871 897060..
6 Event. Yum Foodie Saturday A fantastic food hub in Chichester, YUM Saturday! is a celebration of food, a place to gather, eat and chat about all things scrummy. Find innovative and creative food producers, chefs and makers who want to tickle those tastebuds with what they are passionate about. Join the fun at Draper’s Yard, 16 The Hornet, Chichester PO19 7JG on Saturday, July 27, from 10am–4pm.
7 Events. Apollo moon landings anniversary This month marks the 50th anniversary of the phenomenal Apollo 11 mission which saw mankind take its first steps on the moon, setting a major milestone in scientific and technological history. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Brighton Dome is hosting a weekend of activities on July 20 and 21. A Moon Quiz for Kids is on Saturday, at 11am and 2pm, will be a fantastic fun show combining facts, laughs and very few prizes. Tickets are adults £6, children £4 and family £18. Icebreaker perform their multi-media reworking of Brian Eno’s Apollo album alongside works from eclectic ground-breaking composers on Sunday, July 21, at 7.30pm. Tickets: £17.50, £22.50. Book on the Dome website at: www.brightondome.org or call 01273 709709.
8 Art. Oxmarket Centre of Arts Four new exhibitions in a range of genre have opened at the Oxmarket Gallery in St Andrew’s Court off East Street, Chichester. The Society of Limners. Exhibition of miniature paintings and calligraphy and this year includes a retrospective of Michael Pierce’s (late president) work. Minnie Fry – Sussex and Other Places. Best known for her semi-abstract landscapes, presented here is a collection of paintings watercolours and etchings spanning Minnie’s impressive career. Regular Oxmarket artist Barbara Jones exhibits her latest watercolour collection inspired by her love of the coast. Leonard Murrell – A Tribute to the Royal Navy is a solo exhibition of a collection of oil paintings of Royal Navy ships at sea and in harbour – 1900 to 1970s. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-4.30pm, entry to the gallery is free.
9 Event. Binsted’s 32nd Annual Strawberry Fair This old fashioned family fair has garden plants for sale, homemade cakes, jams and produce, ice cream, Pimm’s tent, music, raffle, tombola, books, wildlife, nature and countryside displays, crafts and demonstrations, toys, face painting, petting animals, children’s games and activities, and, of course, the strawberry tea. Proceeds will be split between the 12th century church in Binsted, Parkinson’s (www.parkinsons.org.uk) and JustDifferent (www.justdifferent.org). Venue is the Flint Barn on Binsted Lane, Binsted near Arundel, BN18 0LL for the event on Sunday, July 21, 2-4.30pm. Entry is £1 for adults, children free..
10 Theatre. Fame. Playing at Southsea’s Kings Theatre from July 22-27, Selladoor Productions present the definitive 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Mica Paris (Love Me Tender, Chicago, Mama I Want To Sing) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing On Ice). Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate through the highs and lows and the ultimate elation of life. This bittersweet, uplifting triumph of a show explores the issues that confront many young people today. For tickets, visit the website at: www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk