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Your one-stop shop for things to do in the region! This week: the launch of a Finland-inspired poetry collections, a dose of Benedict Cumberbatch, a night of mixed comedy and music, poetry readings and some gorgeous folk from one of the region’s most beloved acts.

Monday 12th January
ART AND LIT Sampo: Heading Further North Book Launch @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle

Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby are releasing their latest poetry collection in Newcastle at the beginning of this week. Inspired by the Finnish epic The Kalevela, the collection takes the mythical object of the Sampo in order to examine facets of contemporary life. Also being launched at the event is a new pamphlet by Nominally Known As Morbid, Gorged On Light. A wonderfully literary start to the week.

Tuesday 13th January
FILM The Imitation Game @ ARC, Stockton

If you had the misfortune to miss this biopic of Alan Turing, then have no fear as Stockton’s ARC are offering another chance to catch the story of the legendary code-cracker. Featuring an excellent performance from Benedict Cumberbatch and great support from Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game has been tipped by some for Oscar success.

Wednesday 14th January
FILM Comedy Shorts @ St. Dominics, Newcastle

Need a little pick me up with all the nasty weather that’s happening at the minute? In association with the Holy Biscuit, St. Dominics are hosting an evening of classic comedy shorts that are guaranteed to brighten your day. Featuring classics by Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin, the comforting slapstick and visual jokes will transport anyone back to the gentler days of comedy. St. Dominics are also providing refreshments, and all for just a small donation.

Thursday 15th January
ART AND LIT The Stanza @ The Chillingham Arms, Newcastle

We probably all need a bit more poetry in our lives and what better way to soak in a few verses than to be relaxing in a friendy pub? For an extremely small entry fee, The Chillingham Arms will welcome you to an evening of free poetry readings from some of the best writers the region has to offer.

Friday 16th January
MUSIC Beyond the Wall @ Head of Steam, Newcastle

The third instalment of the new gig night from Charlie Dancer and Ollie Winn features a trio of top talent. New local band Blind Buffalo and Coquin Migale, who recently released their F E E L EP, are joined by headliner Poor Michael. Hailing from Maidenhead, their brand of super-energetic psych-rock is sure to kick off the weekend in raucous fashion. Oh, and it’s only £1 per band. Bargain.

Saturday 17th January
COMEDY The Devil’s Farce @ Bar Loco, Newcastle

One of the toon’s best cabaret and vaudeville nights returns for its first outing of 2015. Hosted by the delightful Bella DuVall and her magnificent soup-tits (yes, really), strap yourself in for a night of high and low brow entertainment, featuring comedians, music, burlesque and improve poetry. The phrase “something for everyone” might be bandied around a bit too much these days, but this is one of these occasions where it’s wonderfully apt.

Sunday 18th January
MUSIC Ribbon Road @ The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe

Perhaps all the excitement of the cabaret night has you searching for something a little more soothing; Ribbon Road’s comforting folk tunes with a socially conscious twist are sure to delight the earbuds and provide that relaxing Sunday afternoon atmosphere. Performing on the back of the release of their latest LP No Redemption Songs, the family affair will no doubt polish off a few old classics too.

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