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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’ve got some stupid, anarchic comedy, fun with fonts, a riverside festival, a B-movie legend and much, much more.

Monday 27th July
ART AND LIT Muro Buro @ SOLO Arts, Sunderland

Newcastle native Muro Buro – aka Paul Robson – implores you to not believe the type with his latest week-long exhibition at SOLO Arts, but with such an impressive repertoire and an artistic style that’s instantly recognisable, it’s hard not to have faith that the coffee shop’s latest acquisition will be one of their best. Muro Buro started out as a graffiti artist before becoming a graphic designer for cult lifestyle magazine Sleazenation and working in advertising. His experiences in these various formats eventually led to him creating artwork that utilises a bold typographical style that’s instantly recognisable and incredibly appealing.

Tuesday 28th July
FILM Timbuktu @ Arc, Stockton

Protest films tow a fine line between being overly preachy and overly oblique. Hammer the message in too much and you might fall foul of people saying you’re too militant, but swing the other way and you run the risk of your audience scratching their heads in bemusement. Luckily, that’s not a problem for Abderrahmane Sissako’s film Timbuktu skirts around this problem by presenting the tale of a family powerless in the face of a regime of terror in a compelling and richly poetic style. A piece of protest cinema that stands up beautifully against any narrative, Timbuktu will compel anyone who sees it.

Wednesday 29th July
MUSIC Badly Drawn Boy @ Sage Gateshead

Back in 2000, Badly Drawn Boy’s album The Hour of The Bewilderbeast was almost a ubiquitous presence after Damon Gough’s debut won the Mercury Prize. With some jaunty, catchy singles it seemed like perfect radio bait, though a deeper scratching of the surface revealed it was more of a dark horse, containing some truly mesmeric and complex melodies, interesting and witty lyrics and a good smattering of oddball arrangements. It’s been some time since anyone really saw Gough in action, but in its fifteenth year, he’s decided to play his debut in full around the country and throw in a few extra favourites too. Perhaps the man with the beanie isn’t as famous as he once was, but he’s still destined to pull a large crowd and show off why his quirky alt pop gems are as relevant now as they were then.

Thursday 30th July
MUSIC Stockton Riverside Festival @ Various Locations, Stockton

From Thursday until Sunday, those popping down to the banks of the River Tees will be able to delight in the various cultural happenings of this year’s Stockton Riverside Festival. Featuring four packed days of street theatre, dance and music, this year’s festivities also coincide with an imaginative redevelopment of the town. Ballet Lorent, Bootworks, Gandini Juggling and more are all set to make sure this year’s festivities are the biggest ever.

Friday 31st July
COMEDY Hot Gulp and Friends @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

Jokes! Music! Really, really rubbish prizes! It can only be a show by comedy trio Hot Gulp and their amazingly talented friends. The troupe are back at the Cumberland Arms presenting a showcase of some of their best rib-tickling sketches, as well as bringing along a few guests in the shape of East Germany’s most successful post-industrial dystopian techno outfit KLEFT, wondroud boy band BLT and local lovelies Nicola Mantalios-Lovett and John Whale. Hold on to your sides, just in case they explode with laughter. Hot Gulp aren’t responsible for any laughter-induced injuries, just so you know…

Saturday 1st August
ART AND LIT No Sleep Til Scotland @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle

Over in the lovely, intimate basement environment of the Alphabetti Theatre, a whole host of acts have been gearing up for the Edinburgh Fringe and testing out their material one last time. In this special day-long event which also features an open mic session, nine spoken word artists – including Jenni Pascoe, Sara Hirsch, Agnes Torok and Henry Raby – will be showing off what they’ve got to the audience before heading across the border and, hopefully, basking in some Scottish glory. Far from an indulgent airing for the artists, it’s set to be a thoroughly friendly and loving affair as the Aplhabetti’s back alley (not a euphemism and it’s nicer than it sounds) opens up for a gourmet BBQ throughout the day. It might be your last chance to see the performers for a while, so make sure you grab your chance.

Sunday 2nd August
FILM An Evening With Fenella Fielding @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

It must be quite funny to be Fenella Fielding. On the one hand, she’s an extremely able actress, having worked alongside Christopher Plummer, Tony Curtis, George Segal and more in her time on television, film and radio. On the other hand, she’s best known for being a walking euphemism and the butt of all the wink-wink nudge-nudge jokes in the Carry On series. The Tyneside are offering a rare chance for film lovers to hear Fenella talking about her very varied life on screen in a special appearance at the theatre, which is preceded by her most famous flick, Carry On Screaming.

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