What’s hot and happening in Sheffield? Check out our top-ten-pick for the best of what’s happening where you are this weekend...

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Racing Demon, as the centrepiece of the David Hare season artistic director Daniel Evans directs an ensemble with includes Malcolm Sinclair, Jane Wymark and Matthew Cottle in the writer’s Olivier award-winning play about the conflicts within a team of eccentric vicars in a poor inner city parish, Crucible Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 7.30pm (£17), Friday, 7.30pm (£19), Saturday, 2.30pm (£13) and 7.30pm (£19).

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht’s classic adapted by Frank McGuinness is brought to the stage by Blackeyed Theatre, Buxton Opera House, Thursday, March 3, and Friday, 7.30pm (£11- £15).

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Open Door Theatre with the play by Frank McGuiness about the ordeal of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American kidnapped in Lebanon, Dempsey’s Bar and Club, Hereford Street, Friday, Saturday and next Wednesday-Saturday, continuing March 9-12, 7.30pm (£7/ £6 on the door, free on Friday).

Last Laugh Comedy Club, resident compere Toby Foster introduces Simon Clayton, Bobby Sparkler and Zoe Lyons, plus food, late bar and disco, Memorial Hall, Friday and Saturday, 8pm, doors 7pm (£16).

Wife Begins at Forty, Rumpus Theatre with a Ray Cooney farce, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, to Saturday, 7.30pm and Saturday matinee , 3pm (£11/ £8.50, children £7.50). Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, Icarus Theatre Collective blend traditional and physical theatre with a musical score, The Civic, Barnsley, Wednesday and Thursday, March 3, 7.30pm ( £10/£8).

The Riverside, Poker Sunday, every week, 8pm-11pm; Big John’s Pub Quiz, Blockbusters-style, Mondays 8.30pm; Re:play, monthly games night with a twist from chess and backgammon to the Wii, third Thursday of the month, 7pm; Riverside Bar, Mowbray Street, (2724633 , www.riversidesheffield.co.uk).

Boney Fido Dog Training, tricks and fun and easy basics obedience, six week courses, St Augustine’s, Brocco Bank, Tuesdays, 7pm; Fulwood Scout Hut, Fridays, 7pm (booking essential, Liz or Dave, 2517148/ 07758 228529, www.boneyfidodogs.co.uk).

How Coalition Governments Work Here and in the Rest Of Europe, talk by an internationally recognised expert on coalition and minority governments, Prof Robert Hazell of University College London followed by Q & A at Supper ‘n’ Politics evening, Broomhill Methodist Church, Friday, 7.30pm (advance booking required, 2308755).

Can the World of Matter Be Understood Spiritually?, talk by Dr. Howard Smith, The Inner Aspect of Substance, discussing the soul and spiritual aspects of substances, and the beings which stand behind them, Friday, March 4. 7.30-9.30pm, followed by illustrated workshop, The Mystery of Matter, exploring what matter really is, how we form our ideas of it, and how we can expand our views to include spiritual realities, including a way of understanding how homoeopathy and biodynamics work, organised by the Sheffield Steiner Group. Saturday, March 5, 10am-1pm, both at Freeman College, Sterling Works, Arundel Street (suggested contributions £5/ £3 for the talk and £6/ £4 for the workshop.

Sharrow Lantern Carnival Workshops, every weekend through February and March open workshops are being held where people can learn how to make their own lantern for the procession on April, all ages welcome, though children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, Sharrow Old Junior School, South View Road, and Highfield Trinity Church, London Road, Saturdays, noon to 4pm until April 2