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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 spellbinding music, top comedy, inspired art, a gem of a film and much more.

Monday 4th April
MUSIC Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind @ Cluny, Newcastle
A dark, twisted take on rock ‘n’ roll comes courtesy of Jim Jones’ newest incarnation. Already garnering lots of praise, they’re a band full of all the raw, raucous energy of previous projects The Jim Jones Revue, Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics, but are now ready to take it even further.

Tuesday 5th April
FILM Anomalisa @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcaste
This stop-motion animation comes from the quite brilliant mind of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and is full of tenderness and achingly funny black comedy. As with most things Kaufman, this could well turn out to be one of this year’s hidden treasures.

Wednesday 6th April
STAGE Iris @ Live Theatre, Newcastle
Iris is perfect mix of caustic humour and tender pathos from writer Alison Carr. The play follows a mother’s unusual bequest after her passing, and unearths a story that leaves some indelible marks, in a touching piece of theatre.

Thursday 7th April
COMEDY The Chuckling Monk @ The Chillingham, Newcastle
The Chuckling Monk Comedy Club has only been in existence a short while and has already been putting together some mighty fine bills. This month is no exception with political comic John Scott headlining, the delightfully fun Joby Mageean opening, and Sean Turner, Nick Cranston and Si Beckwith rounding out the show that’s all held together by comedy impressionist Cal Halbert.

Friday 8th April
MUSIC A Festival A Parade, Rhys Patterson, Cape Cub @ Pop Recs, Sunderland
We’d be foolish not to throw one of our own shows in there for this Friday, having been delighted to pull together three shining lights of the North East music scene at one of its best venues. Alt rockers A Festival, A Parade are a band with an already huge reputation, and are joined by Rhys Patterson’s subdued, harmony-drenched vignettes and the minimal glacial-tinged pop of Cape Cub.

Saturday 9th April
MUSIC Vin Garbutt @ ARC, Stockton
With over 40 years on the music scene under his belt, Garbutt makes a welcome return to ARC to deliver a selection of his iconic folk-inspired songs both new and old. Filled with gritty social comment and life experience, this show will be littered with incredible songwriting.

Sunday 10th April
ART & LIT David Hockney @ Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle
Six Tales From The Brothers Grimm is the first exhibition in Gallagher & Turner’s new gallery space. Legendary artist David Hockney’s collection showcases the psychological strangeness that bubbles away as an undercurrent to the Brothers Grimm tales and celebrates the supernatural and the surreal.

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