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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 top comedy, classic film, short film shenanigans, grime and hip-hop and a whole lot more…

Monday 27th June
FILM Poor Cow @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Having just won his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival with the Newcastle set drama I, Daniel Blake (released later this year) it’s the perfect time to look back at the acclaimed director’s early work with this reissue of Ken Loach’s influential debut feature, based on the novel by Nell Dunn. Poor Cow is kitchen sink realism at its very best, and the drama follows three years in the life of a struggling young working class mother who falls for a small time crook (played by a young Terrance Stamp), while her abusive husband is in prison.

Tuesday 28th June
COMEDY LOL For Lollipop @ The Hancock Pub, Newcastle
Mr Shindig’s Comedy Store is presenting a very special comedy night on Tuesday, as LOL for Lollipop comes to the Hancock pub, with the hilarious night of comedy raising funds for Radio Lollipop Newcastle. Radio Lollipop is a charity that provides play, comfort, care and entertainment to children in hospitals, and the awesome cause has roped in the brilliantly silly (and regular TV face) Ben Crompton, BBC New Comedy Award 2014 winner Lost Voice Guy, comedy and impressions double-act The Mimic Men and a whole lot more.

Wednesday 29th June
STAGE ARCADE Scratch Night @ ARC, Stockton
ARCADE is ARC’s professional artist network and their regular Scratch Nights provide an opportunity for members to test new work and ideas in front of a supportive audience.  This might be one scene from a new show, a couple of early ideas for characters or a rehearsed reading of a 10 minute script. It offers audiences an exciting opportunity to not only see work at an early stage but to influence it, as they are invited to feedback on the work and chat to the artists and companies after the show.  This ARCADE Scratch will include The Invisible Man: Angry Mob, by Mike Edwards, Where do all the Dead Pigeons Go? by Scott Turnbull, FANS by The Six Twenty and The Lamp Post Petition, by Zoe Murtagh.

Thursday 30th June
FILM Sunderland Shorts Film Festival @ Various Venues, Sunderland
After a hugely successful inaugural festival in 2015, this year is shaping up to be even better for the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival. Across various Wearside venues, you can take in a series of epic short tales, and experience comedy skits, animation clips and short films of all genres by talented filmmakers from all over the world. Running from Thursday 3oth June, until Sunday 3rd July, it all starts with a brilliant selection at Sunderland Minister on Thursday.

Friday 1st July
MUSIC Endearment Records @ Chilli Cake Deli, Hartlepool
A new monthly DIY live music night comes to the centre of Hartlepool from Friday. The venue, Chilli Cake Deli, has a 60 capacity room, which is normally used as a cafe/restaurant. The events will be curated by James Leonard Hewitson’s micro-independent label, Endearment Records, and aim to bring fearless and convincing underground music to the local area, in a delightfully intimate setting. This month sees First Process Church Of Mars bring their psychedelic prog rock alongside the indie, emo band Waterfall and the punk influenced Armpit and the Glitterbabies.

Saturday 2nd July
MUSIC Young Sceptic – Jay Simian & Midnight Society @ Independent, Sunderland
Young Sceptic Presents an evening of 100% Grime and Hip-Hop on Saturday, featuring all your favourite beats from DJ 90Bro plus live and original performances from Grime artists TM Plus Dano, North Tyneside group fusing rap and indie-rock Jay Simian And The Midnight Society and Legitimate Anarchy bring their Darlington Grime.
The night also features classic beats and original bars from Ryza, Jay Tafeeda, B-Type and Tm Trick and beat boxer Cyber-byte to kick things off.

Sunday 3rd July
COMEDY Barking Tales @ The Stand, Newcastle
Due to its success in Manchester, Barking Tales is now coming to Newcastle. As heard on BBC Ouch, Barking Tales is a comedy night where comedians tell stories or do material relating to mental health. A small bid to try to break the stigma. Hosted by Harriet Dyer with her whimsical and charismatic energy, the debut night sees local favourite Matt Reed perform bits from his critically acclaimed show, Stalked.

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