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We fill your week with seven days of cultural delights. This week, we take you into the world of Glenn McCrory and John Gibson, take a look at the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-loved novel, join Maggie Smith in France, have a party at The Head of Steam, appreciate some seriously good pop art in Durham and much, much more.

Monday 26th January
COMEDY The Writer and the Fighter @ The Stand, Newcastle

Former boxing World Cruiserweight champion Glenn McCrory. Veteran sports journalist John Gibson. Put them in the ring together and let’s see what happens. Actually, The Writer and the Fighter will probably turn out to be a pretty jovial affair, as McCrory and Gibson are actually best friends! The pair are hosting this talk and charity night at The Stand to raise funds to help pay for Geordie athlete Drew Graham’s medical bills, after he tragically broke his neck training for a triathlon in America. The pair will no doubt be a hoot ad it’s for a good cause too; what better way to kick off the week?

Tuesday 27th January
STAGE The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Based on Mark Haddon’s beloved novel, the National Theatre’s stage adaptation of The Curious Incident has won a whopping seven Olivier Awards and hearts across the country. It follows the story of fifteen-year-old maths genius and autism sufferer Christopher, who falls under suspicion of killing his neighbour’s dog. What happens next takes him on a journey that turns his world upside down and, if you’re anything like me, will leave you in a pool of tears. In a good way. Tuesday is its opening night at the Theatre Royal but you’ll still have until Saturday 7th February to catch it in all its splendour.

Wednesday 28th January
FILM My Old Lady @ ARC, Stockton

Did you miss My Old Lady when it came out last year? Have no fear! Stockton’s ARC are showing the comedy-drama in all its glory on Wednesday 28th January, so you’ll have another chance to see Maggie Smith play reclusive tenant Mathilde in one of her best roles for some time (not counting Downton of course). A beautiful flick also starring Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott-Thomas, it’ll warm the cockles of your heart.

Thursday 29th January
MUSIC Blue Rinse @ Bar Loco, Newcastle

Blue Rinse is BACK with more tunes and wonderment than you can shake a stick at. In this first instalment of 2015, the comforting, arty bar is welcoming Tantric Ships, Shelly Knotts, Vanity Ward and The DB Jazz Project. In other words, it’s crammed full of experimental, coded, improvisational goodness with some slap-bass thrown in for good measure. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s nowhere near as everyday as your grandma’s perm.

Friday 30th January
ART AND LIT Gintare Kapociute Exhibition @ Holmeside Coffee, Sunderland

The SOLO shows at Holmeside Coffee have returned in 2015, with the first exhibition being from Lithunian-born Gintare Kapociute. Her latest exhibition After Illusion: From Coal to the City features beautiful illustrations exploring the architecture of and social life of rural spaces in Northumberland. Wonderfully intricate, the drawings will have you wondering how Kapociute captures such beauty in her works. The exhibition only runs until the end of the week, so make sure you catch it soon!

Saturday 31st January
ART AND LIT Eduardo Paolozzi @ DLI Durham

Scottish pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi was one of the pioneers of the artistic form. He was a compulsive collector and a jumbler of icons, leading to him describing himself as the “wizard of toytown.” He synthesized his mass-produced, collected images into super-energetic collages that captured the spirit of a time and place and zap with sometimes surreal eclecticism. This is a chance to see a collection of works by a true pioneer, so don’t miss out!

Sunday 1st February
MUSIC Head of Steam Party @ Head of Steam, Newcastle

We’re often encouraging you to have a quiet Sunday watching a film or seeing a nice art exhibition. Well, not this time. Nope, this time we think should get yourself down to the Head of Steam in Newcastle as they have a massive blow-out party. Why? Because it’s February of course! Of course, we wouldn’t be recommending it if there wasn’t a huge tidal wave of local talent appearing and the Head of Steam certainly have that covered. Bernaccia, Coquin Migale, Mouses and Avenues are all playing the event, so it’s gonna get loud…

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