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Once again we’re giving you a handy guide to the week’s best events. This week, we’ve got the last performance for some time from one of the region’s best rising bands, some top comedy, site-specific artwork on Wearside and much, much more!

Monday 1st June
COMEDY Zoe Lyons @ The Stand, Newcastle

She’s a familiar face after appearing on panel shows such as Mock the Week and The Wright Stuff and she’s shown that she’s got some grey matter too after appearing on Celebrity Mastermind, but now comedienne Zoe Lyons is back on the road with her latest show Mustard Cutter. Expect some hilarious jokes (she did win Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe Award after all) as she tackles everything from pan pipes to the price of lobster. It is getting a bit expensive nowadays, isn’t it?

Tuesday 2nd June
ART AND LIT Glitch-Athon @ The Core, Newcastle

Inspired by the internet subculture of Vaporwave (which is all very interesting but too complex to condense here), Glitch-Athon is turning the scientific space of The Core into a flashy, interactive world (or, er, 450 square meter space) of light-art installations. The night will also feature live performances of future beatmaking and coding, adding to the futuristic experience. It’s set to be a portal into another, brighter dimension.

Wednesday 3rd June
FILM Hackney’s Finest @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

There’s always a bit of time on a Wednesday night for a Cockney crime caper, especially if it’s been produced right here in the region? Hackney’s Finest tells the tale of Eastern European psychopaths, small-time drug dealers, corrupt cops and Welsh-Jamaican gangsters. The usual fare, then… After the screening, there will also be a Q&A session with producer and actor Arin Allridge and co-producer Jack Tarling, who runs Shudder Films. Shudder recently produced Duane Hopkins’ Bypass while they have several others in production, including their own slate of films in the pipeline. It’s exciting times for Shudder Films,

Thursday 4th June
STAGE Just Checking @ Arc, Stockton

Vivid Theatre are returning to Stockton’s Arc on Wednesday with their brand new production based on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Based on interviews and speeches with sufferers from all walks of life, the show aims to take the audience into the mind of a person with OCD to help them understand what living with the condition is really like. If you think that OCD is just a bit of an annoyance, this show might change your mind. Just Checking is also making its way to other locations across the region, just in case you miss it on Teesside.

Friday 5th June
ART AND LIT Cornelia Baltes @ NGCA, Sunderland

Spending her time both in London and Berlin, artist Cornelia Baltes has made a name for herself constructing beautiful and playful works of site-specific art. She’s now bringing her latest exhibition Turner to the NGCA and City Library in Sunderland, where she’ll be turning the architecture of the space – and some of the nooks and crannies – into an artistic wonderland of playful, witty illustrations and murals. If you’ve never seen the often glorious effect of site-specific artwork then this is an amazing chance to see what all the fuss is about.

Saturday 6th June
MUSIC Schultz @ Head of Steam, Newcastle

Beloved by many in the region thanks to their blend of math rock, shoegaze and post-hardcore elements, it’s sad that we have to say that Schultz are going on a bit of a hiatus. Don’t panic though, it’s only so they can work on some new material for us, the lovely bunch. In the meantime, they’re planning to make their last gig at the Head of Steam just that little bit special. And if you’ve never been to a gig by Schultz before, then you’ll know that their gigs are already something a bit magical. They’ll be joined by Hartlepudlian alt-pop group Antlez and local math-rock maestros Mongeese, as if you needed extra persuading.

Sunday 7th June
STAGE Zik’r @ Sage Gateshead

Is Zik’r a stage performance? Or a musical extravaganza? In may ways, that doesn’t matter as the blend between gig and performance are blurred in Pink Floyd and Killing Joke producer Youth’s new show. Examining our ancient obsession and connection with music from around the world, Zik’r follows Flamenco’s journey from India to Spain and the mystical roots of Sufi music. If you’re looking for something just that little bit different with a Latin tinge (it is part of the VAMOS! Festival after all), then you’ll love this uniquely impassioned blend of music and dance.

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