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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 top indie music, incredible art shows, a Village Fête with a twist and a whole lot more…

Monday 15th May
MUSIC The Cribs @ O2 Academy, Newcastle
The indie stalwarts are back, and always deliver with a blend of raw indie pop, a knack for writing top songs, and a raucously good time. This show is set to be a smashing start to the week.

Tuesday 16th May
COMEDY Long Live Comedy @ Jumpin’ Jacks, Newcastle
Open mic comedy fun at Long Live Comedy once more. The weekly night is the North East’s longest running comedy night and features another blend of brand new acts, and some of the North East’s best popping in to try some new material.

Wednesday 17th May
FILM 5×2 @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
The rise and fall of one couple’s marriage goes under the microscope in François Ozon poignant drama. Gilles (Stephane Freis) and Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) have filed for divorce following several years of marriage, and after the judge declares their union is over, the film follows the couple through five lengthy flashbacks, presented in reverse chronological order, in which glimpses of their lives together are shown, ending with the couple meeting for the first time.

Thursday 18th May
STAGE Another England @ ARC, Stockton
If we scratch below the surface of mainstream media, what stories of optimism and hope can we find? Murphy and Rat are unlikely companions. Murphy is a 55 year old veteran of the welfare state: a cantankerous grouch, filled with the pessimism of humanity, waving the flag of the far right rising. A dark, lively piece starring Andrew McLay and Philippa Cole.

Friday 19th May
ART & LIT Experiments In Happiness @ 13 Grey Street, Newcastle
Artist Amy Lord brings a fascinating project to 13 Grey Street this weekend. The project uses science, psychology and philosophy to explore the idea of ‘happiness’ and mood. Discover different artworks and interactive experiences over 3 floors made in collaboration with other local artists. You can read our interview with Amy here.

Saturday 20th May
EVENTS Village Fête @ The Stand, Newcastle
One of the first big Summer events comes to The Stand on Saturday, as they throw a good old-fashioned Summer Fête, filled with tip-top shenanigans to put a smile on your face. The day will feature comedy acts, games, events, food and a whole lot more. Some of the highlights set to make the day a memorable one include palm-reading with Tinkerbell Dobson; local psychic and medium Johnny Spoonbender; a knobbly-knees contest; experimental BBQ from The Stand’s fine Bistro chefs; Afrobeat sounds from the amazing Ponyland and the best beats and tunes with DJs Jamie Cook and Jon Cornbill.

Sunday 21st May
ART & LIT Moving Cities @ Dance City, Newcastle
You’d normally expect to find a dancer hidden away in the studio, on stage or on the dancefloor, not in Grainger Market, the Fish Quay or the back streets of Benwell, because dance isn’t usually welcome out there. But this isn’t a normal showcase: Moving Art Management have collaborated with Jevan Chowdhury to capture dancers in iconic North East locations in this stunning new exhibition, Moving Cities North East.  Check out Helen Redfern’s full preview here.

And for something a little different…
Check out our look at The Wildflower Café, the new vegan eatery, in Emily Ingram’s article here.

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