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It’s that time again where we bring you the best of what the week has to offer from across the region. This time we’ve got comedians gearing up for the Edinburgh Fringe, some mighty fine autumnal folk, luchadors at dawn and much, much more.

Monday 8th June
FILM A History of Mexploitation @ Tyneside Bar Cafe, Newcastle

The low-budget cinema of Mexico in the 1960s and 70s is rarely seen and therefore rarely appreciated for the cult masterpieces they often are. Luckily, as part of this year’s ¡VAMOS! Festival, the Tyneside Bar Café are screening several scenes from a selection of these movies everyday weekday afternoon until the close of the festival. Of course, there’s some things they just can’t screen at such a reasonable hour in the day (it’s called Mexploitation for a reason!) but to make up for it chef Tom Adlam is putting on a menu filled with Latin flavours and DJ Lady Koo will be spinning tunes as well.

Tuesday 9th June
COMEDY Fringe Shows @ The Stand, Newcastle

The Edinburgh Fringe is fast approaching and the stars of comedy are gearing up to show off their best lines at this year’s event. For the next couple of weeks The Stand are helping out with the prep by inviting comedians down to test their material. This Tuesday it’s the turn of two north east giants. John Scott will be performing his show Dissent, while Jonny Pelham will be exploring what happened when the NHS suggested he have plastic surgery in his much-anticipated debut show Before and After.

Wednesday 10th June
COMEDY Danny Bhoy @ Arc, Stockton

Best known for being the host of BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Danny Bhoy is one of the country’s most successful comedic exports. Not relying on social media and building a career over the years by, shock horror, people actually saying he’s more than a bit decent, Bhoy’s wit and ability to weave hilarious stories is endearing and sure to raise more than a few chuckles. So, if you still needed a dose of top-notch comedy after the antics of Tuesday, you’ll be in the right place.

Thursday 11th June
FILM The Damned: Don’t You Wish We Were Dead @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

It’s just a matter of fact that if The Damned hadn’t released their thunderous single New Rose back in 1976 and been the first punks to record a full LP, we probably wouldn’t have The Sex Pistols, The Clash and many more. The Damned opened the gates for a generation of anarchic youngsters to thrash at their guitars and sing/shout about all that was wrong with the world. Wes Orshoski’s new documentary catches up with the various members of the band (because who doesn’t want to have an audience with Captain Sensible and Rat Scabies) as well as members of Pink Floyd, The Clash, Buzzcocks and Black Flag. It’s a screening no punk fan will want to miss.

Friday 12th June
MUSIC Skylark Song Single Launch @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

Autumnal folk duo Skylark Song are releasing their latest single Only A Thought this week and, surprise surprise, it’s another magical slice of deft guitar picking and wonderful vocals. The pair will no doubt also be playing some tunes from their debut album Relent, which was released last year, and previewing more tracks from their upcoming second LP. Support comes from fellow local folksters Boss Caine and Craig Clarke on what’s sure to be a gorgeous night filled with Romanticism.

Saturday 13th June
ART AND LIT Jolomo @ Sage Gateshead

John Lowrie Morrison, better known by his alias Jolomo, is one of the most prolific and beloved painters of recent times. Shunning the abstract form of much contemporary art, Jolomo has built his reputation on painting traditional landscapes of the Scottish countryside in vibrant and powerful colours that are extremely eye-catching. Drawing on his long-standing link with the Corrymella Scott Gallery, Jolomo is bringing more of his work back to the north east to bring more of the beauty of the Highlands to the region. Hurry though, the exhibition is at the Sage for one week only.

Sunday 14th June
ART AND LIT Canny Crafty @ The Central, Gateshead

When I was little, Sundays were a day when you’d pop down Tynemouth Market to bag a bargain or peruse the odd trinkets and then have Antiques Roadshow on at your gran’s. And usually six year old me would be bored into submission (no pre-tween is interested in that stuff are they?) Had those stalls had the rock’n’roll edge of Canny Crafty, I daresay I would have been infinitely more entertained. Quirky vendors from across the region are coming together at The Central to sell everything from arts and crafts to clothes and soap, so if you’re in the market for something just that little bit different, you’re bound to find it here.

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