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Stuck for something to do in the next seven days? Don’t worry, our weekly roundup gives you some ideas for how to spend your time across the region. This week we’ve got a some local music worship, a fascinating new exhibition in Sunderland, a bit of French film and fashion, and much, much more.

Monday 20th July
MUSIC Al Lover @ The Green Room, Stockton

Tees Music Alliance continue to go crazy for garage-psych by bringing San Franciscan Al Lover to the Green Room. The producer works in a medley of genres, combining styles as diverse as hip hop, dance, noise, psych and garage together to create often mesmeric soundscapes. He’s joined by Stockton local and garage maestro Girl Sweat, whom Al describes as one of the best live acts he’s seen in ages. I don’t know what more needs to be said, really.

Tuesday 21st July
FILM Yves Saint Laurent @ The Witham, Barnard Castle

Following the years after the passing of Christian Dior, when a young Yves Saint Laurent was chosen to be the iconic designer’s successor, Jalil Lespert’s film starring Gauillaume Galienne as the titular talisman is a loving and highly decadent insight into the life of one of the most famous men in fashion. Tying in with the current exhibition of YSL’s work at the nearby Bowes Museum, the run of screenings for the new biopic is part of The Witham’s French Film Festival and should prove to be a popular run.

Wednesday 22nd July
STAGE A Haggis Queen Abroad @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle

The recent Scottish Referendum had people on both sides of the border debating the pros and cons of independence. In all the coverage of the campaigns though, there was one group who were often curiously left out of the conversation: Scottish natives living in England. Eilidh Talman is one such ex-pat, and recent events have left her questioning her loyalties. Does she identify more with her native country or with the land she now calls home? A Haggis Queen Abroad sees Talan wrestling with these issues before she heads to the Edinburgh to bring her wit to the Fringe. The big question is: can you still be Scottish if you don’t like haggis?

Thursday 23rd July
ART AND LIT JibbaJabba @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

It hasn’t been long since spoken word night JibbaJabba celebrated their fifth birthday and expanded into Wearside and down to Whitley Bay. Still, one of the region’s premier spoken word nights shows no signs of slowing down as they continue to bring performers of the highest quality from across the country to the region. This time, acclaimed scribe and co-founder of popular London poetry night BANG Said The Gun Daniel Cockrill is headlining the event at the Cumberland Arms. His slightly off-kilter work and affable personality are sure to be a winning combination.

Friday 24th July
MUSIC Orphan Boy @ Ku Bar, Stockton

Grimsby indie four-piece Orphan Boy originally split up in 2010 and, for a while, it looked like we wouldn’t be seeing any more of everyone’s favourite self-styled Council Poppers. How wrong we were though, because after a five year hiatus the group are back with their latest, critically acclaimed effort, Coastal Tones, and a rather sporadic UK tour. The band are only playing a handful of shows across the country and their show at Ku Bar is not to be missed for fans of the group; who knows when they might come back?

Saturday 25th July
ART AND LIT Jeffrey Dennis @ NGCA, Sunderland

Since coming t prominence in the 1980s, Jeffrey Dennis has been hailed as one of the foremost resistors of early Conceptual Art in Britain, paralleling the Young Wild Ones in Germany and the work of New Image Painters in America. A range of his works since the 80s is now coming to the NGCA in the form of Ringbinder, which contains some of Dennis’ more recent works – including the psychedelic The Artist Successfully Levitating in the Studio – alongside some of his more recognisable works. Often taking popular culture and film as a base point for his paintings, his works are often a sideways glance at iconic paintings, cinema and photography. No lovers of postmodern art will want to miss out.

Sunday 26th July
MUSIC Sunday Service @ Avalon, Darlington

As anyone and they’ll probably agree that beer and gardens go together pretty well, so long as the weather holds up. But if you throw in a good dose of live music too, well, you’ve got a wonderfully winning combination on your hands. The second instalment in the Avalon’s run of beer garden musical get-togethers is a blinder, with some of the best bands from across the region coming together to bring a gig of Biblical proportions to Darlo. Avalanche Party, Cellar Door, Second Sun, Kobadelta, Astoma, The Baddies and Eve Conway are all lined up to keep the Sabbath holy.

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