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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 madball comedy, wonderful theatre, mesmerising music and a whole lot more…

Monday 14th November
COMEDY Good Grief with Tony Law @ The Stand, Newcastle
It’s quite the way to start the week on Monday, as Tony Law makes a special appearance at the always fun Good Grief at The Stand. The hilarious, inventive and utterly original comedian is always a real treat, and catching him here is a must for all comedy fans. There’ll be plenty of fun shenanigans all evening from the masterful funnyman and more.

Tuesday 15th November
STAGE Fish Eye @ ARC, Stockton
With influence drawn from the works of people like Alan Bennett, this story of Pam’s low opinion of her neighbours escalates when someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard and all-out war ensues. She becomes a one-woman investigations team, her curtain twitching revealing answers to her suspicions and showing how our lives can run way out of control in this entertaining tale.

Wednesday 16th November
MUSIC Jon Boden @ Gala, Durham
Following Bellowhead’s farewell shows in April, Jon Boden is off on tour to promote the reissue of his gem of a solo album Painted Lady. Forget any thoughts that these shows may pale in comparison to his performances with ten other musicians – playing fiddle, guitar and a whole host of other instruments, Jon is just as compelling as a solo act, and this should prove to be a mesmerising evening.

Thursday 17th November
MUSIC 65daysofstatic @ Newcastle University, Newcastle
The noisy instrumental band from Sheffield are another completely beguiling bunch of musicians. Six albums down, they’ve developed a sound that is a real statement of intent with every release. Their raucous tracks are an eclectic mix of electronic and frenetic rock sounds that really make them stand-out from the crowd.

Friday 18th November
FILM French Film Festival @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Tyneside Cinema’s French Film Festival starts this weekend, and first up it’s Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut. This warm, witty and impeccably performed drama-comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences is going to be an incredible viewing. With its themes of fraternity, love and the need for human connection, Rosalie Blum delivers a timely reminder of the best that French culture has to offer. It’s a joy to watch.

Saturday 19th November
ART & LIT Shadows at the Door Book Launch @ Newcastle Castle, Newcastle
Halloween may be over, but there’s no rest for the dead just yet; a collective of spooks and spirits are set to take over Newcastle Castle this month to help launch a collection of locally-inspired ghost stories. It’s a celebration of horror, in an evening of discussion, spine-chilling readings and more. 

Sunday 20th November
MUSIC Soham De @ Empty Shop, Durham
Superb guitar playing and a beautifully mellow, mature voice is the ideal way to draw the curtain on a fantastic week of culture. Finger-picked guitar lines in weird tunings that necessitate the use of two capos, Soham De is one well worth keeping an eye out for, starting this weekend.

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