Tom Keighley

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What’s on this weekend: 18th-20th November

This week’s top pick

Lumiere 2011 - Durham. Fri Nov 17 - Sun Nov 20, 5pm-11pm. Free admission.

A round of four dazzling winter evenings in the beautiful surrounds of Durham city. Dozens of artists, lighting designers and community groups bring their work to the city, creating a breath-taking series of installations and illuminations on Durham’s buildings, streets and bridges. This year’s artists include Tracey Emin, Jacques Rival and Cedric Le Borgne. This winter wonderland display is not to be missed.


Shh…A Christmas Story - Northern Stage, Newcastle. Sat Nov 19, 2.30pm. Tickets: £12 adult; £9 children.

A Christmas story aimed at young children, who find it hard to keep quiet. It’s Christmas Eve and Boo can’t contain her excitement, although she has to go to work with her Dad, a librarian. Only the grown-ups can touch the books, and everyone has to keep very quiet. She soon finds herself lost in a maze of books, and meets cheeky characters along the way. An enchanting tale for children under 6 and their families.


Jimmy Carr: The Laughter Surgey - Newcastle City Hall. Fri Nov 18, 8pm. Tickets: £25.

Now a household name, Jimmy Carr brings his ninth solo show to Newcastle. An evening of none stop gags and banter for those with a slightly warped sense of humour. Jimmy comes armed with a number of visual aids and a barrage of jokes, delivered in his inimitable dead-pan style. Not for those of a sensitive disposition.


Contagion - Arc, Stockton. Sat Nov 19, 2pm, 5.30pm and 8pm. Tickets: £6 adults; £5 concessions.

Steven Soderbergh directs this American medical thriller starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal virus, that kills within days. As the pandemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic. Praised for scientific accuracy, Contagion is set to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Museums and Exhibitions

The International Print Biennale draws to an end this weekend, as attention will now be focused on the 2011 Print Awards, as the 45 entries will be shown at Northern Print, Hatton Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery until Saturday. There is the opportunity to win an original screen print by Imi Maufe, worth £170, and festival director Anna Wilkinson will be choosing the most inspiring review.


Hot Club of Cowtown - The Sage, Gateshead. Fri Nov 18, 8pm. Tickets: £14.50/16.50

Described as Hot Jazz, and Western Swing, New York’s Hot Club of Cowtown have made several appearances on Jools Holland, Glastonbury sets, and even graced the Grand Ol’ Opry. The trio play an exciting melting pot of blues and jazz, with three-part harmonies, and touch upon Romany influences such as Django Reinhardt.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Tom Keighley .

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