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Stuck for something to do in the next seven days? We aim to have you covered with an event a day for the next week, all across the region. This time around we have award-winning stand-up, a coming-of-age comedy, hip-hop inflected jazz and an ever-expanding music festival.

Monday 17th August
FILM Mistress America @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

After the utterly captivating Frances Ha charmed audiences in 2012, writing partnership Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig are back with another irreverent slice of life growing up in the modern world with Mistress America. The film stars Lola Kirke as a frustrated, lonely college freshman in New York, who is taken under the wing of her future step-sister played by Gerwig and is subsequently swept away by her crazy schemes and insatiable charisma. Gerwig’s role is as close to an Annie Hall for the millennials as they come and one not to be missed.

Tuesday 18th August
COMEDY Stewart Lee: A Room with a Stew @ The Stand, Newcastle

Taking a break from his Edinburgh run, Stewart Lee detours to Newcastle for a night of irreverent and sardonic wit. The show’s purpose is to air new material for his critically acclaimed BB2 series Comedy Vehicle, in which he pokes fun and just about everything. Lee’s routines pull the audience in several directions throughout, being equally thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating and, of course, hilarious.

Wednesday 19th August
ART AND LIT Tony Swain: Undetailed Progress @ BALTIC, Gateshead

Nearing its final weeks, Tony Swain’s deeply compelling Undetailed Progress is a continuation of his exploration into unusual formats and the representation of landscape. Throughout the innovative collection, he uses sections of newspaper that are pieced together as a support for paintings of fragmented landscapes and abstract patterns.

Thursday 20th August
MUSIC Youngblood Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle

Following on from their seventh studio album Pax Volumi, Oregon-based Youngblood Brass Band are set to bring their hip-hop inflected jazz to Tyneside. The group effortlessly marry the improvised nature of traditional jazz music with hip-hop components and a decidedly punk ethos to create something utterly refreshing. Having worked alongside hip-hop stalwarts, such as former Black Star rapper Talib Kweli, their feel good sound is sure to get everyone grooving.

Friday 21st August
COMEDY Funny Bones Comedy Club @ Gala Theatre, Durham

The monthly club night welcomes a host of comedic talent to the north east in the form of Chris Brooker, Mike Milling and Andy Watson, all introduced by on the night MC Nina Gilligan.

Saturday 22nd August
MUSIC Hardwick Live @ Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

Now in its third year, Hardwick Live has grown and grown into one of the north east’s largest festivals that aims to showcase both local and national talent. This year’s line-up is no exception, containing Geordie favourites Smoove and Turrell alongside multi-platinum selling artists such as James and Cast.

Sunday 23rd August
FILM The Flickering Darkness @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Visual artist Juan DelGado latest installation explores the journey that food produce takes from its arrival before dawn at the Corabastos market in Colombia to its consumption across the social spectrum. The piece aims to create sense out of the market’s chaos and order, while inviting wider reflections on society’s strata and how they interact.

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