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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 some fantastic films, lots of chuckles from some top comedy, majestic music and a whole lot more…

Monday 12th December
COMEDY The Stand Christmas Special @ The Stand, Newcastle
As we edge even closer to Christmas and a bit of time off work, our Mondays all get a little easier. Though to make it all extra easy, why not spend your evening in the company of some mighty fine comedic talent? Vladimir McTavish, Bethany Black, George Zach, Hal Branson and host Matt Reed will all aim to fill you with a bit of Christmas cheer in a line-up that continues right through until Saturday.

Tuesday 13th December
FILM Paterson @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Indie cinema legend Jim Jarmusch is perhaps still severely underrated outside the more knowledgeable of film lovers. His newest effort may garner him a few new fans though, with Adam Driver putting down that impressive lightsaber to portray a bus driver (who we know are still prone to moments of angst to rival Kylo Ren at his best) in this subtle celebration of everyday small-town life.

Wednesday 14th December
FILM / ART & LIT Jonathan Balazs’s They Heard Voices @ Empty Shop HQ, Durham
This documentary flick ties in with a new exhibition at Palace Green Library in Durham, with a focus on what hearing voices in our heads actually means. Intelligently looking chronic psychosis and the schizophrenia label, this film is something a little different, and provides an interesting bit of context to the Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration And The Everyday exhibition.

Thursday 15th December
MUSIC Martha Hill @ Jazz Cafe, Newcastle
Take a smattering of folk influences, a pinch of blues, sprinkle some pop dust and throw in some subtle nods to reggae, and through a soulful voice and a rhythmic guitar sound, you’ll find Martha Hill; ensconced in one of Newcastle’s most delightful places to spend a winter evening.

Friday 16th December
COMEDY Mike Milligan, Ben Crompton @ The Exchange, North Shields
Friday funnies kick off your weekend with a bang, as comedy circuit favourite (and voice of Viz Magazine’s Sid The Sexist) Mike Milligan headlines a show, which also welcomes Ben Crompton (also recognisable from Game Of Thrones), Si Beckwith and compere Si Buglass.

Saturday 17th December
MUSIC Mouses, Baker Island @ Head of Steam, Newcastle
If you’re reading this and haven’t listened to Mouses yet, pause you’re reading and get on it now! One of the most original and impressive bands the North East offers up, the quirky, fuzzy pop duo have a healthy nod to bands like Weezer, and with the similarly impressive and lo-fi noise makers Baker Island on the bill, this is a smashing Saturday night ahead.

Sunday 18th December
COMEDY Punch Drunk Comedy Kids Club @ Newsham Working Men’s Social Club, Blyth
We thought we’d recommend something for the little ones in your life, if only to take their mind off badgering you to put a word in with Santa for that present they really want. The Kids Comedy Club has become a staple of all Punch Drunk do so well, with lots of laughs for the adults too, and an ideal way to round out the week.

And for something a little different…
Rob Auton is one of the most impressive poets around. Captivating, mesmerising and with a real warmth to all he does, Letter From Father Christmas catches him at his best (and hey, it’s relevant to the time of year too). If you watch this, and get swept away with his beguiling charm, you can check him out at The Stand in Newcastle on Tuesday 18th April next year.

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