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We’re back to help you set up your week of culture around the region. This week we’ve got two hilarious nights of comedy, renditions of some of the best film music ever composed, some examination of artistic environments and much, much more.

Monday 6th July
COMEDY CHEW @ Ernest, Newcastle

We’re becoming a bit spoiled when it comes to great comedy nights in the region, but one more couldn’t hurt, could it? The World of Shaft, alongside Ernest, is preparing to launch their new monthly comedy night at the venue, bringing laughter to the Ouseburn Valley. The first in what will hopefully be a long running series of events includes sets from Matt Reed, Lee Kyle, Lauren Pattison, Sammy Dobson, Hal Branson, Neil Harris and Sam Potter, with MC Julian Lee, which is a damn fine line up even if I do say so myself. If you need a bit of perking up after your first working day of the week, this is the perfect place to be.

Tuesday 7th July
MUSIC Hidden Charms @ The Keys, Middlesbrough

Gravelly vocals, a bit of fuzz bass and a smattering of beautiful harmonies – London’s Hidden Charms are pretty aptly named. The group are still terrifyingly young but have impressed with their penchant for retro production and defiantly catchy indie jams, which have earned them extensive airplay around the country and features on adverts for some of the UK’s top brands. They’re bringing the party to Middlesbrough’s best Tuesday disco-themed gig night Mixtape this week, and it suffices to say that this is one buzz band you don’t want to miss.

Wednesday 8th July
MUSIC Mouth of the Tyne Festival

This year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival is kicking off in style at Whitley Bay Playhouse as cult singer-songwriter and master piano player Rufus Wainwright brings his oodles of charm to the coastal town on Wednesday. Across the rest of the festival, expect performances from Lisbon, Jack Savoretti, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, The Specials, Roots Manuva, and many more, making this one of the biggest Mouth of the Tyne Festivals yet.

Thursday 9th July
STAGE Five Feet In Front @ Northern Stage, Newcastle

John Steinbeck made a name for himself writing tales of the American dust bowl in the 20s and 30s, but even he never wrote such a foot stomping, bone shaking tale as The Letter Room’s Feet Feet In Front. Focusing on the life of protagonist Johnnie Wylo, the production encompasses struggles, survival and sex, all with an amazing live music score and some seriously dark humour. It’s set to be a magnificent examination of what it’s like to fall on hard times, an exquisite musical tale of daring to hope when you’re downtrodden.

Friday 10th July
ART AND LIT Do We Need To Grow Up @ NewBridge Project, Newcastle

Artist-led communities and communes are meant to be spaces cultivating creativity among their members and rebelling against the boundaries society normally places upon us. But what happens when these environments and ecosystems become the norm? If there are too many of these spaces, do they just become part of the mainstream and our cultural landscape? As part of the NewBridge Project’s fifth birthday celebrations, this new exhibition critically explores the nature of these artist-led communities and workspaces and asks how ecologies develop beyond a singular movement.

Saturday 11th July
COMEDY Silly Billies @ Old Cinema Launderette, Durham

If you want  a really atypical night out with brilliantly surreal comedy within a brilliantly off-kilter environment, then Silly Billies are putting on just the night for you. Jack Gardner, his mate Sam, Barry Fox and a Hippo will be descending on Durham’s teeny tiny Old Cinema Launderette and performing some hilariously stupid washing machine-based routines alongside Fernando, Liberty Hodes, Joby Mageean, and David Callaghan. I am slightly worried about the structural integrity of the launderette mind…

Sunday 12th July
MUSIC Cinema Paradiso @ Sage Gateshead

Some of the most epic movies are made all the more gripping by their soundtracks. Star Wars and Indiana Jones just wouldn’t be the same without the famous scores created by some of the world’s best composers. The Inspiration Choir and Royal Northern Sinfonia are now teaming up to present a night of some of the best film music, from John Williams to Ennio Moricone. There might even be some special renditions of songs from modern musicals, including a performance of The Proclaimers…

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