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It’s about time again that we pack your week out with cultural delights from around the region. This week, we’ve got pretty much all of the seven deadly sins covered, plus death and a bit of DIY pop punk. Something for everyone then.

Monday 27th April
ART AND LIT SOLO Exhibition @ Holmeside Coffee, Sunderland

Back for another week-long dose of art, the latest SOLO Exhibition at the cosy Holmeside Coffee features work from somewhat controversial artist Adam Wilson Holme. Holme playfully criticises and critiques masculinity and gender norms through the juxtaposition of pornographic images and the mundane. Though some of his works are quite extreme, others are simply witty, particularly the drawings that he’ll no doubt be showcasing on the walls of the coffee house. If you want to see the cheeky artworks though, you only have until Friday 1st May.

Tuesday 28th April
MUSIC Okinawa Picture Show, DRIFTS, Syslak @ Empty Shop, Durham

Comprised of Elly Kingdon and members of Ace Bushy Striptease, Birmingham’s Okinawa Picture Show are any hardcore DIY music fan’s wet dream thanks to their delicious concoction of punk indie and pop. The band will no doubt give a bit of an airing to the short but sweet delights on their latest EP Sobbing Mathematically and there’s a chance to catch a performance by DRIFTS, a quasi-supergroup formed of members of the now-defunct Rivals, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaind and The Futureheads. Syslak will be providing a noisy punk-infused warm up for the main acts.

Wednesday 29th April
STAGE Learning How To Die @ Stockton ARC

Yes, okay. It sounds a bit grim, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, though; despite its rather morbid title, Learning How To Die isn’t a production that’s about being sad or wallowing in grief. It’s not a show designed to increase the profits of the people at Kleenex. Instead, it’s a show about the actuality of dying and how accepting our own mortality can bring about a lust for life. It asks us why we’re all so scared of the grim reaper, of the inevitable, in an attempt to open up a sensible and frank discussion about what it means to be human and how we can come to terms with the end of our own life. It’ll be a positive experience, we promise!

Thursday 30th April
MUSIC Bearfoot Beware, Shades, Canyons @ Head of Steam, Newcastle

Post-hardcore has been having something of a resurgence of late. With numerous bands taking on the screamo mantle and updating it with a little bit of intelligent finesse, it’s a genre that’s quickly becoming a mainstay on the regional circuit. That means we can enjoy the energetic, scrappy and subversive nature of Leeds’ Bearfoot Beware as they journey up to the region as part of their UK tour. They’re accompanied by clever local genre-benders and fellow post-hardcore revivalists Shades and Canyons, whose slightly lighter indie will set you up nicely for the night.

Friday 1st May
MUSIC Kingsley Chapman and The Murder @ Georgian Theatre, Stockton

Kingsley Chapman might be one of Teesside’s best known and best loved musical exports but he still loves having a dodge down the Georgian to play now and then. With his new band The Murder, Chapman has quickly been getting critics all hot under the collar with excitement; their debut track Olympians was nothing short of a grandiose statement of intent that attacked your auditory canals with its sheer grim brilliance. It gets even better considering that neo-gothic blues boys Goy Boy McIlroy and one-man eardrum assaulter Girl Sweat are coming along for the ride.

Saturday 2nd May
STAGE Cloud 9 @ Washington Arts Centre

Based on Caryl Churchill’s controversial play of the same name, Sunfest are taking on the socially astute play looking at the politics of sexuality and oppression. The play carefully and cleverly parallels colonialism in the Victorian era with the trials of being a homosexual in 70s Britain, meaning its message is never completely in-your-face and is shrouded with subtlety. The language, on the other hand, is not, and it’s a production that makes very liberal use of the bluest language and the most sexual of imagery. Not for the faint hearted, but an intriguing performance of a classic play.

Sunday 3rd May
FILM The Adventures of Prince Achmed @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

After that week of blood, guts, sex, raucous music and just a bit of cheeky wit, you’ll probably be in the mood for something a little bit more sedate. Have no fear, the Tyneside is here; as part of their Art of Cinema season they’re showing German director Lotte Reiniger’s groundbreaking 1926 animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed. A silent film based on the Arabian Nights legends, it tells the tale of the titular Prince as he saves the girl, fights some mythical beasts and tussles with evil witches (oh and he also discovers Aladdin’s lamp. All in a day’s work). Shot using a slightly primitive but altogether gorgeous silhouette style, it’s a beautiful and innovative piece of cinema history.

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