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Stuck for something to do in the next seven days? Follow our guide to the best events happening across the region this week and never be bored again! This week indulge in some dance, art and poetry all sandwiched in between two slices of delicious comedy.

Monday 21st September
COMEDY Punch Drunk Comedy @ Newsham Working Men’s Club, Blyth

Punch Drunk Comedy have started a real community movement, bringing both charity and hilarity to the clubs of South Northumberland. For their ninth outing, they’re hoping once again that laughter will unite the masses as they bring the star of Uncle and Heavy Entertainment Nick Helm to the usual trio of venues. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Blyth on Monday, as there’s two other chances to catch Helm and the rest of the crew work their magic at Bedlington Netherton Club on Tuesday and Whitehouse Unique Social Club in Ashington on Wednesday.

Tuesday 22nd September
ART AND LIT Jack Lavender @ BALTIC, Gateshead

Ever wanted to know what a world of mass produced objects would look like if they were formed into scultptures? Canterbury-born artist Jack Lavender did and through a process of finding and constructing items as diverse as crisp packets, fake fruit and dog toys to novelty ashtrays he’s created a utopian landscape of tat. Okay, that didn’t really sell it, but as they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure and Lavender has attempted to find the beauty in what we might consider to be rubbish in his latest exhibition at the BALTIC. Has he been successful? Best get down there to find out.

Wednesday 23rd September
ART AND LIT Mslexia Poetry Evening @ Black Swan Bar, Newcastle

Created by the region’s leading light in promoting writing by women, Mslexia’s new poetry night promises to showcase the best emerging talent and give a platform for would-be poets to air their work. This Wednesday’s event at the Black Swan Bar brings together poets Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Gillian Allnutt, Linda France and Aileen Ballantyne but will also be opening up the floor to other women writers to show off their rhymes in a constructive and friendly environment. If you’ve ever thought you might be the next Carol Ann Duffy, there’s no better place to start.

Thursday 24th September
STAGE Dance Edits @ Dance City, Newcastle

The challenge: to create a brand new, short, 5-10 minute piece of dance to perform at a showcase night. Eight of the top dance makers in the north east rose to this challenge and will be showing off their extremely varied creations in Dance Edits, the perfect taster session for anyone who’s always been a bit nervous about attending a dance performance. From philosophical explorations using movement to more straightforward storytelling, there’s something for everyone at this celebration of all things choreographed. You might even get converted to being a dance lover.

Friday 25th September
FILM Ocean Film Festival Tour @ Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Considering it has some of the most stunning coastlines in the world, it’s no real surprise that the Ocean Film Festival, the premier festival for all things to do with the deep blue sea, originated in Australia. The festival brings some of the best from this year’s event to locations across the world, and it makes a stop at Whitley Bay this week. If you’re a cinephile or a lover of all things aquatic then you’ll no doubt lap up everything this year’s program has to offer, from the tale of one of the world’s youngest surfers to a freediving experience like no other.

Saturday 26th September
MUSIC Benji Kirkpatrick @ Arc, Stockton

There’s no rest for the members of Bellowhead at the minute – a founding member of the group, Kirkpatrick, who is an ardent fan of Jimi Hendrix, has decided to go on the road to perform some songs by one of the greatest guitarists to ever live. You might be wondering how a folk musician will go about performing songs like Foxy Lady and the answer is simple: on a combination of bouzouki, banjo and mandolin. Bendrix is one not to miss.

Sunday 27th September
COMEDY Silly Billies @ Live Theatre, Newcastle

The Order of the Silly Billies return to their home at the Live Theatre with nothing less than another orgy of anarchy, surrealism and all round daftness. Sarah Franken guest stars in September’s edition of the night and her brand of Pythonesque one-woman stand up is not to be missed. Meanwhile, Al Greaves, John Whale and Mark Kennedy, Si Beckwith and Liam Elcoat will leave you rolling in the aisles laughing.

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