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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 a classic film, awesome comedy, brilliantly quirky music and a whole lot more…

Monday 8th August
MUSIC Garden Centre @ Pop Recs, Sunderland
The week starts with quirky, erratic and enigmatic pop from Garden Centre, playing to promote their debut album, which is full of leftfield melodies and a gift for captivating and intelligent tracks. They’ve also got support from two-piece Rice Milk, and their minimal punk songs, with noisy pop from the brilliant Baker Island. Three bands that really set themselves apart, in a venue that does exactly the same, this one is going to be the best way to get those Monday blues kicked to the kerb.

Tuesday 9th August
ART & LIT If All Relations Were To Reach Equilibrium, The This Building Would Dissolve @ MIMA, Middlesbrough
This exhibition explores an alternative perspective to the media’s often negative representation of migrants in recent times, with a showcase of thought-provoking paintings, films, texts, objects and archival materials. Contributors and artists include the Collection of Investing in People and Culture, Right to Remain, Babi Badalov, Chto Delat, Burlesque of North America, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Isabel Lima, and Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler, amongst others.

Wednesday 10th August
COMEDY Red Raw @ The Stand, Newcastle
There’s a chance for some awesome midweek laughs along with a packed-out crowd at The Stand, as Red Raw yet again hosts the best in emerging comedy talent, along with other top acts trying out some new stuff. This week also welcomes all round cheeky chap Matt Reed as host, with the always hilarious Andy Fury headlining.

Thursday 11th August
STAGE Spoon Feeders @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
The satirical play from Patrick Watson follows the lives of four actors in a Newsroom. The four characters all vie for supremacy when the prospect of a career-making scoop lurks on the horizon, the claws come out, sharp and ready, as a major question emerges; what does it really mean to control something? The four leads each bring something fascinating to the role in a piece of theatre filled with depth.

Friday 12th August
MUSIC Charlie Parr @ Live Theatre, Newcastle
Parr’s remarkable voice and his guitar, dobro and banjo are going to be an incredible Friday night’s entertainment. Parr is touring the UK to accompany a new release – rare enough in itself – and Jumpin’ Hot Club have excelled themselves in securing a Newcastle show. Support for the evening comes from Cath & Phil Tyler, whose own blend of British and American folk traditions should perfectly compliment the wonderfully unique Parr.

Saturday 13th August
FILM Whitley Bay Film Festival @ Various Venues, Whitley Bay
Whitley Bay Film Festival start this weekend, with a host of cinematic treats to be seen, running right through until Sunday 4th September. Taking blockbusters, short film reels and everything in between to cafes, lighthouses and even business parks, this year’s event mixes the glamour of Hollywood with glimpses into the history of the North East. It all starts with a dark and bitter sweet comedy starring Tony Hancock, The Punch And Judy Man at The Rendezvous Cafe.

Sunday 14th August
FILM Barry Lyndon @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
There’s more classic film to round out your weekend too, as Stanley Kubrick’s elegant, slow burning period drama charting the rise through nobility of an Irish rogue comes to Tyneside Cinema. One that definitely needs to be seen on the big screen, Barry Lyndon wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband’s aristocratic position in 18th-century England. Based on the Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, this visual masterpiece could be perfect Sunday viewing.

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