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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 huge comedy names, classic film, inventive theatre, dreamy music and much, much more…

Monday 18th July
COMEDY Punch Drunk Comedy @ Newsham Working Men’s Club, Blyth
Regular Punch Drunk host and co-founder Kai Humphries uses his razor sharp with to hold together another incredible show to start the week off with a chucklesome bang. The confident swagger of John Fothergill, the brilliantly unique Pete Johansson and Scouse rising star Adam Rowe make for a fantastic mirth-filled Monday.

Tuesday 19th July
STAGE Lords And Ladies @ People’s Theatre, Newcastle
If you’re a fan of the author of Terry Pratchett, you’re a huge fan, there’s never room for middle ground for a talented writer who caught many of us at a young age and never let go. His Discworld series of books is adored by many, so an imagining on the stage is greeted with a sense of excitement for many; and this theatrical adaptation may be the perfect introduction to some fascinating characters.

Wednesday 20th July
ART & LIT Fang Qi @ Abject Gallery, Newcastle
Currently studying for a PhD in Fine Art at Newcastle University, Chinese artist and illustrator Fang Qi presents a new installation at Abject Gallery which ponders the ambiguousness of the evolution of life.
The Reversible Future combines video projection mapping technology with traditional drawings and sculptures to create parallels between technology, the human body and art. It’s all questions of the body and mind, control and change that are explored, in an exhibition that uses video-based installation to provide a lot of food for thought.

Thursday 21st July
MUSIC Thomas Truax @ MIMA, Middlesbrough
Thomas Truax will turn up with his trunk full of self-made experimental musical instruments, and play a fantastical spellbinding set of punk/anti-folk anthems. The thoughtful songwriter has some immensely touching and highly original work in his back catalogue, and his sideways thinking will fit in perfectly at MIMA for a night of truly leftfield music.

Friday 22nd July
MUSIC Endless Window w/ Fractions @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle
Dreamy pop, filled with atmospheric electro sounds have made Fractions really stand out in a rich North East music scene. Endless Window welcome them along on Friday alongside the ambience of fellow Newcastle band Tchotchke and mellow singer songwriter Craig Clark. With a blistering array of songs to quirky songs to dance to from the Endless Window DJs after, this is the best way to start your weekend.

Saturday 23rd July
COMEDY Jo Calulfield, Gavin Webster @ ARC, Stockton
Two more phenomenal Edinburgh Fringe Festival previews come to ARC this weekend, as comedy circuit favourites Jo Caulfield and Gavin Webster bring their hour long shows.  The brilliantly clever Caulfield brings Pretending To Care, where she takes a wry look at life’s potential traps. While Webster’s Jesus Christ’s A Window Cleaner Now is said to be his angriest hour yet, but there’ll still be lots of silliness from one of the North East’s finest.

Sunday 25th July
FILM Jaws @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Still the ultimate in big screen blockbusters, Steven Spielberg’s classic is now 40 years old, and still bites just as hard as ever. The film sees Roy Scheider as Chief Brody who teams up with Richard Dreyfuss’s ichthyologist and Robert Shaw’s world-weary shark hunter Quint as they take on a killer shark. Superbly made, wonderfully acted, it’s an incredible piece of cinema, you just may want to avoid the beach for a couple of days after, or, at least not wander too close to the water.

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