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Stuck for something to do in the next seven days? We aim to have you covered with an event a day for the next week, all across the region. This time around we have intelligent, political, silly comedy, a bold piece of theatre, sharp spoken word, quirky folksy music, a stellar line-up of punk music and much more…

Monday 22nd February
COMEDY Free Thinking Radicals @ The Stand, Newcastle
Some very intelligent and extremely funny comedy is on offer to kick off the week, as Free Thinking Radicals returns at The Stand. It’s an LGBT special show this month, with guest headliner Bethany Black, who may be most recognisable from Channel 4’s Cucumber Banana Tofu trilogy, and more recently Doctor Who. She brings darkly comedic confessional stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There’s also comedy impressionist Cal Halbert, performance poet Radikal Queen and it’s all held together by the razor-sharp wit of host John Scott.

Tuesday 23rd February
STAGE In The Vice Like Grip Of It @ ARC, Stockton
A fresh, bold piece of theatre which captures one of the most current burning issues in our society comes to ARC on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Tackling and exploring the relationship between citizens and the state in light of our knowledge of contemporary surveillance practices, it’s a play which captures the zeitgeist unnervingly well. Centering on a woman who feels as if she’s being watched, it’s a smart, sharp work which really needs to be viewed, as much as we all are.

Wednesday 24th February
STAGE Newcastle Literary Salon @ Bar Loco, Newcastle
The North East’s newest spoken word night returns in mid-week for something a little bit different. With the theme this month of “love games” the night will feature some of the most interesting and poetic souls our region has to offer. With featured performers including Catherine Graham, Emma Whitehall, Rob Walton and Richard Atkinson this is a show that seems to be going from strength to strength and always offers up something new and vibrant.

Thursday 25th February
MUSIC Paper Beat Scissors @ Empty Shop HQ, Durham
Canada based singer/songwriter Paper Beat Scissors is a truly mesmerising act. With a haunting voice, slipping in and out of delicate and intricate guitar playing, his music builds and drops and draws you right in. Folksy and fascinating, he’s well worth catching here as part of his European Tour. With support coming from Thornaby’s Dressed Like Wolves, the local eccentrics have some delightfully twinkly and beautiful fuzzy pop songs; their lo-fi indie is a perfect addition to a really wonderfully put together show.

Friday 26th February
COMEDY Bec Hill / Sarah Bennetto @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
How about some Friday funnies this week? Two of the finest comedians around bring their shows to Newcastle as part of a short tour, with both of the Australian ladies’ work receiving rave reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Both very funny and tremendously inventive, there’s a mix of stand-up and paper-puppetry from Bec Hill, and laughs and storytelling from Sarah Bennetto in two highly original shows.

Saturday 27th February
MUSIC Massa Confusa Presents…Compilation (Volume 2) Launch @ Northumberland Arms, Newcastle
Alternative electronic rockers Massa Confusa launch their second compilation album on limited CD and tape release, and also available for digital download through Clarty Cat Records. To celebrate, they’ve pulled in a rather special line-up of bands for this show on Saturday evening. There’s angry, political punk from Kinky, poppier punk from York’s On The Ropes; and further punk attitudes though with a nerdier acoustic edge from Skull Puppies. It’s another skillfully curated line-up from Massa Confusa.

Sunday 28th February
FILM Coen Brothers Double Bill: Barton Fink & O’Brother, Where Art Thou? @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
With the latest Coen Brothers’ film Hail, Caesar! set for UK release next month, why not prepare yourself for their latest cinematic treat by taking in two of their finest works. Barton Fink is a captivating tale of a 1940s playwright suffering writer’s block; featuring regular collaborators John Turturro and John Goodman in a gloriously dark and mesmerising story. After that is a chance to see O’Brother, Where Art Thou? Homer’s Odyssey is transported to the Deep South of America in the 1930s, following three convicts on the lamb, with a glorious soundtrack of bluegrass music. These films are the perfect way to round-out the week.

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