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Each week we bring you seven days of cultural treasures from around the region. This week, we’ve got one of the country’s best food critics, a plethora of bands from near and afar, Darlo’s latest club night, a quest to be the biggest thing on the planet and much, much more.

Monday 30th March
STAGE Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell @ The Stand, Newcastle

He’s one of the country’s most recognisable food critics, providing his slightly caustic but still oddly lovable critiques of haute cuisine and everything in-between for numerous newspaper columns. He’s also on Masterchef quite a bit, in case you hadn’t noticed. But now he’s continuing his very own tour, examining our strange love affair with the lousy review. He takes a look at some of the worst reviews he’s ever received and reads accounts from some of the most excruciating nights out he’s ever had. Juicy stuff.

Tuesday 31st March
COMEDY Quest for Stardom @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle

What is our obsession with fame in the modern age? It seems everyone is trying to get their fifteen minutes’ worth and it doesn’t matter how silly you look trying to do it, or how many cats you can cram into one video, some people will stop at nothing to get themselves noticed. So, the Alphabetti are putting on their own talent contest… of sorts. Quest for Stardom sees teams pitted against each other to test each other’s talent. Who will win? What are the tasks? Who knows, but it’s bound to be a raucous night of entertainment.

Wednesday 1st April
ART AND LIT JibbaJabba(ish) @ Mr Darcy’s, Whitley Bay

It’s no April Fool’s joke: Jibba Jabba really are having a baby and the birth is taking place at Mr Darcy’s in Whitley Bay. It’s all the usual Jibba Jabba fare (poetry, comedy, spoken word and music) all slightly condensed into a smaller space and taken on a trip to the seaside. This inaugural event sees Alan Jones providing music on his guitar, Harry Gallagher giving us some snippets of his poetry, Mandy Maxell delivering some of her own special verses and Si Beckwith bringing his penchant for silliness and alliteration to his stand up routine. It’s a monster delivery.

Thursday 2nd April
FILM Wild Tales @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Any fans of Pedro Almodovar will no doubt take to this slightly bizarre yet endearing flick with ease. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, Damion Szifron’s Wild Tales tells the stories of six people who are all loosely interconnected and tied together by the theme of revenge. It’s both an attack on Argentinian society, and a riotously funny comedy, with splashes of the absurd and some seriously stylish visuals.

Friday 3rd April
MUSIC Seek Magic @ Tynemouth Surf Cafe

Seekmagic’s Balearic Social night, which caters for fans of eclectic and expansive genres. Their sunny sounds are perfect for the laidback environs of the Surf Café, and on Friday they bring Balearic goliath Phil Mison to Tynemouth. Having cut his teeth playing with Alfredo at Ibiza’s Café Del Mar, Mison has DJ’d all over the world over the last 20 years. It’s a perfect opportunity to get a bit sweaty and sandy down the beach (if the weather holds out for the Bank Holiday…)

Saturday 4th April
MUSIC James Carroll, Anna’s Anchor, Keiandra @ Dog and Parrot, Newcastle

James Carroll is something of a hidden local gem, and thanks to him scuttling away from Sunderland off to Leeds to pursue his career making his odd yet delectable blend of smooshed emo-prog-math rock in intricate acoustic songs (there’s a new genre in there somewhere but damned if I’m clever enough to think of it…) And so the prodigal son returns for Beyond the Wall’s second event at the Dog and Parrot, joined by Irish singer-songwriter Anna’s Anchor and local alt-folk talent Kiki Lowe, aka Keiandra. Can’t ask for more than that.

Sunday 5th April
MUSIC Love Fuzz Launch Night @ Love Fuzz, Darlington

Fancy a monthly trip down the rabbit hole? Love Fuzz, a new DJ night in Darlington, is promising to bring a brilliant mix of psych, blues, 60s and alt music to your ears every four weeks. Their launch party also features a pre-show, Seen, that’s hosting five wonderful bands: Avalanche Party, La Petite Mort, KIDD, Seocnd Son and Lagoons. It’s set to be a storming start to the alternative club night.

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