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Each week we bring you the pick of the region’s best cultural events! This week, rib-tickling funny women, artistic representations of the First World War, European animation, noisy alt-pop, a bit of Clara Bow and even more.

Monday 16th February
ART AND LIT Decoded 1914-1918 @ Tyne and Wear Museums, Various Locations

Monday sees the beginning of a two-week series of exhibitions across the region looking at what life was like in the North East during World War One. Seven artists have taken inspiration from the archives of Tyne and Wear Museums to create innovative works reflecting on the events during the tumultuous four years. Including soundscapes of city life and even recreations of communications technologies, the exhibitions are sure to be illuminating for anyone interested in our regional history.

Tuesday 17th February
MUSIC Serinette, Joe Ramsey @ The Keys, Middlesbrough

The third instalment in an epic series of urgent indie rock coming out of Mixtape at The Keys, this week sees firebrand duo Serinette taking to the stage with their brand of intense and compelling indie. They’re supported by Joe Ramsey, who is continuing what’s already been a majorly successful 2015 by bringing his latest single Time and a collection of beautifully formed songs down to Teesside. You’d be a fool to miss two of the hottest acts in the region at the minute on the same bill…

Wednesday 18th February
ART AND LIT Student Show 2015 @ Holy Biscuit, Newcastle

Ever wondered why people don’t seem to do as much painting nowadays? Sculpture and conceptual art is all the rage in contemporary art and the craft of a beautiful painting has gone out of fashion somewhat. For those of us who miss the look of acrylic on canvas, the craft is at the centre of a student exhibition being hosted by the Holy Biscuit this week. Three artists have taken inspiration from painting to create unique works exploring our relationship with the medium in new and innovative ways. Keep an open mind and you might never look at a Rembrandt in the same way again.

Thursday 19th February
STAGE Breakfast Hearts/ Choirplay @ Live Theatre, Newcastle

Thursday is the second night in a short run for The Six Twenty’s latest dramatic double-bill at the Live Theatre. Writer Robin French and director Melanie Rashbrooke have placed two rather different plays side by side in this line-up, so at least one of these fresh works are likely to strike a chord. Breakfast Hearts is an often dark and wonderfully funny look at the need to be loved and eat each other (yes, really. What love story isn’t complete without a bit of cannibalism?) Choirplay,, meanwhile, takes a wry look at our endless modern battle of always wanting more.

Friday 20th February
COMEDY Lucy Beaumont @ Gala Theatre, Durham

Comedians don’t come much more celebrated in recent years than Lucy Beaumont. She’s been (deep breath) the winner of the BBC New Comedy Award, been a Foster’s Best Newcomer nominee, a Chortle Best Newcomer winner and has been a star on BBC3’s Live at the Electric. It’s hard to believe that We Can Twerk It Out is only her debut show. Expect riotous laughs with supreme comic timing.

Saturday 21st February
MUSIC Lola Colt @ Think Tank, Newcastle

London sextet Lola Colt are brilliant purveyors of dark and atmospheric rock. So who better to support them than two of our best northern equivalents? Bernaccia, with their dirty blues stomp, and Kobadelta, with their raw psych energy, are both supporting the six-piece at their Think Tank date. Basically, it’s a chance to see two of the region’s best live acts at the minute supporting one of the country’s best-kept secrets.

Sunday 22nd February
FILM It @ Star and Shadow, Newcastle

“It-Girl” has become a bit of a double-edged sword nowadays. On the one hand it’s nice to be recognised as someone at the forefront of fashion, but for some people it’s a sign of being a bit of an aloof hipster. But back in the days when “It” was invented, everyone wanted to be branded with the label. There wasn’t much more of a symbol of the new found “it” than silent star Clara Bow. In this film she defines what it means to have “it” as well as starring in one of the best rom-coms ever made.

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