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CARE International’s #March4Women – The Scoop, Southbank, London – Sun 5 Mar

Celebrate International Women’s Day in style, and raise your voice to sing for a fairer world at CARE International’s #March4Women in London. As well as doing your bit for a fairer world, this promises to be a cracking day out. There will live music and entertainment from big name stars, as well as speeches by feminists and activists to get you inspired. Everyone will then raise their voices for equality with a mass CARE-aoke sing-a-long led by Melanie C, VV Brown (above), Kate Nash and more. It starts at 12pm.Register here 

The Scoop, Southbank, London.


Chopping Chillies – Cranleigh Arts Centre – Fri 3 March

Written and performed by Clair Whitefield, Chopping Chillies was a hit at Edinburgh Festival last year. It’s a tale of love, loss and soul food about a cobbler and a cook, Katie and Ajna. Katie dreams of curries and Chapattis; Anja of hoy souls and reincarnation. Sounds fun. Tickets are £13.20.

Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS. Tel: 01483 278000.


Emily Maguire – Farnham Maltings – Fri 3 Mar

The Cellar Bar at the Maltings hosts classically-trained multi-instrumentalist Emily Maguire on Friday. After two years off the scene, Emily is back with a new book Notes from the North Pole, and a new album (her fifth), A Bit of Blue. These follow a difficult time in Emily’s life, and are said to be a hauntingly beautiful testament to the human spirit. Tickets are £12.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444.


Electric Film Festival: Foreign Language Films – Electric Theatre, Guildford – Tues 7 to Thur 9 Mar

The Electric Film Festival picks three recent standout foreign language films, starting with Embrace of the Serpent (12A), nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at last year’s Academy Awards. It’s showing on Tues 7 Mar. Set in Colombia, it tells the story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. Son of Saul (15), pictured above, a Hungarian film by director László Nemes, and winner of Best Foreign Film at last year’s Academy Awards is on Wed 8 Mar. The story details two days in the life of Saul Auslander, a Hungarian prisoner working at one of the Auschwitz crematoriums. Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s Julietta (15) – the story of a broken-hearted woman who decides to confront her life – ends the trio on Thur 9 Mar. Tickets for all films are £7

The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ. Tel: 01483 444789.


Innovate Guildford Science Festival – G Live, Guildford – Sat 4 Mar

Guildford’s cracking science festival back with loads of free events at G Live on Saturday. There are exhibits, activities, workshops, talks and competitions. There are four zones to explore: Engineering, One Health, Digital Media and Future Living, interactive performances, speakers including Peter Molyneux, the  leading gaming designer and programmer, and Professor Nick Bacon, the animal health specialist. There will also be theatre and music throughout the day. It’s on from 10am til 5pm.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350.


Michael Portillo: Life, A Game of Two Halves – Camberley Theatre – Sat 4 Mar

I’m not one for political talks, but there’s something about Michael Portillo that intrigues me. And according to my friend Veronica Lee’s recent review in The Telegraph, “this 90-minute entertainment is both funny and illuminating, with only an occasional dip in pace”. The show is a round-up of anecdotes taken from Portillo’s two careers: his first as a Conservative MP, and more recently on the telly as a talking head on politics show This Week, and presenter of Great Railway Journeys. Worth a gander, I’d say. Tickets are £18.50.

Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600.


Rent: The Musical – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Tues 7 to Sat 11 Mar

This is a brand-new production of the multi-award-winning rock musical to mark its 20th anniversary. Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La BohèmeRent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York’s East Village during the days of Bohemian excess. Tickets are £16.25 to £44.75.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645.


Tickets go on sale – Farnham Beerex 2017 – Sun 5 Mar

Tickets for this beer festival sell out at lightening speed, so if you want a bit of the beer-soaked action you’ll need to make sure you get yours this Sunday. The 41st Beerex festival is on 27 to 29 Apr, and tickets will be on sale for all four Beerex sessions on a first come first served basis at the Maltings from 8-10am on Sunday. Last year the public sale ticket allocation sold out in an hour! Tickets are available from the Maltings only; they’re not available online. Admission is £10 including a souvenir programme and beer glass.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444.





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