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Welcome to your weekly round-up of all that’s great and good about North East culture. This week enjoy brushing up your writing skills, laughing at classic radio comedy, spend an afternoon with Arnie and much more!

Monday 5th January
FILM Birdman @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Alejandro Inarritu brings his latest challenging and surreal vision to the big screen and this time he’s brought an astonishing Michael Keaton along for the ride. Longing to be taken seriously as a playwright, Keaton’s character Riggan Thomson stages a play on Broadway that suffers from numerous disasters. To top it off, his former alter-ego Birdman just won’t leave him alone (quite literally, as Keaton plays both the monstrous beast and Thomson). Tipped as a potential leftfield Oscar winner, Inarritu’s latest is a visual feast not to be missed.

Tuesday 6th January
ART AND LIT Writers’ Café Spring Clean @ Settle Down Café, Newcastle

The Writers’ Café have got their feather dusters and pinnies out early this year as they’re already preparing for a monster spring clean! If your creative pipes need a good unclogging or your need to brush away the cobwebs hanging around your brain then the first Writers’ Café event of the year is the place to go. If your New Year’s Resolution is finally getting around to writing that novel, pop down to the Settle Down Café.

Wednesday 7th January
ART AND LIT Ghosting the Periphery @ Hatton Gallery, Newcastle

Running until the 28th January, Ghosting the Periphery is a new installation by sound artist and composer Danny Bright. The site-specific commission sees Bright reflecting on the history of the Hatton Gallery ahead of its redevelopment in 2016. Bright became interested in the lesser-known spaces of the gallery itself and focused on what he called “sonic palimpsests,” or spaces that resonate with something that was once there or has been lost. Echoing the history of the gallery, Bright’s exhibition is also accompanied by a display of performance instructions pertaining to listening, to make the experience just that little bit more immersive.

Thursday 8th January
COMEDY I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue @ Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

As one of the UK’s longest running radio programmes, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue has been consistently popular with a range of ages. Perhaps it’s something to do with the sometimes nonsensical ideas for quiz rounds or the wise-cracking of the panellists. Or perhaps it’s because it’s a perfect antidote to the onslaught of panel game shows we have around nowadays. Now, the multi-award winning show is coming to the Sunderland Empire with Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and special guest Sandi Toksvig in tow.

Friday 9th January
MUSIC Dan Sailor Album Launch @ Independent, Sunderland

Described as Newcastle’s answer to Jake Bugg, Dan Sailor is finally bringing out his debut album and is having a special launch party at Independent to celebrate. Supported by Sunderland’s Plecdrum Inc. and Dec & Wayne as well as Middlesbrough’s Megan Dotchin, the night will be filled with local talent. If that wasn’t enough, you’re also all invited to the after-show party.

Saturday 10th January
COMEDY Northern Ladies @ The Witham, Barnard Castle

On 10th January, prepare yourself for a new season of comedy at The Witham as Funny Way to Be returns to Barnard Castle. Kicking off the new year is a trio of Northern Ladies: Lucy Beaumont, Katie Mulgrew and Hayley Ellis. Beaumont might be the top draw on this one (thanks to her winning the BBC New Comedy Award in 2012) but Mulgrew and Ellis are rising stars on the comedy circuit. Together, they’re guaranteed to provide more than a few giggles.

Sunday 11th January
FILM An Afternoon With Arnie @ The Cluny, Newcastle

Sunday afternoons are made for relaxing. Unless, of course, you fancy spending some quality time with one of the world’s most iconic action heroes. The Cluny are screening three of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most popular films (voted for by you) in an afternoon with Arnie. Expect high concept thrills, explosions, catchphrases and, possibly, some comedy (because surely everyone wants to see Arnie and Danny DeVito hook up again in Twins). Hopefully there’ll be no Batman and Robin though…

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