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What’s on this weekend: February 3-4

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Tyneside Cinema’s Birthday Newsreel - Newcastle. Daily screenings until Thursday March 8. Free admission.

This month marks 75 years since the Tyneside Cinema opened as Newcastle’s News Theatre, and to celebrate this anniversary, a special newsreel from February 1937 will be showing. It features a selection of news stories shown in the first month of the cinema’s existence, including the launch of Thomas Sopwith’s motor yacht ‘Philante,’ Emperor Hirohito inspecting Japan’s military forces, greyhound racing, floods in Kentucky and the dark shadow of war looming as Parliament decides to expand Britain’s military might. This is an ideal chance to witness part of early 20th century history, while also celebrating in the region’s most cherished independent cinema.


Darren Hayman - The Star and Shadow, Newcastle. Saturday February February 4. 7.30pm. Tickets: £7.

Former Hefner frontman and John Peel favourite, Darren Hayman stops at The Star and Shadow cinema this weekend. His tender song-writing style takes in a diverse range of subjects including crumbling crafts, dog charities, retiring school teaches and air hostesses plummeting to their death. Darren has built up a devout fanbase for his remarkably self-effacing and disarming performances that take bare-bones pop songs and personal confessions.


The Big Windoodle - The Gates Shopping Centre, Durham. All weekend.

A two-day event featuring award winning street artists and illustrators, who will perform live using brightly coloured designs to adorn empty shop units within the shopping centre. It forms part of the Gates’ initiative to support the local community by providing free space for art in empty shop units. Paints, sprays and pens will entertain shoppers and add a spot of colour.

Food and Drink

Bread Making for Beginners - Blackfriars restaurant, Newcastle. Saturday February 4 10am-4pm. Tickets: £75.

This course at Blackfriars gives budding bread-makers the chance to master the art of baking; showing you how to make proper artisan bread that is both delicious and nutritious. By the end of the day, participants will have produced a number of breads, both savoury and sweet. Recipe cards will also be provided for home bread making.


Andrew O’Neill: Alternative - Live Theatre, Newcastle. Sunday February 5, 8pm. Tickets: £10; £8 concs.

Rocker-come-comedia Andrew O’Neill stops at the Live Theatre this weekend to perform his “electrifying” routine. Andrew is a long-haired metal head who covers a wide range of comedic styles. He has previously featured on Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Radio One’s Rock Show and even in the pages of Terrorizer magazine. Actor Alan Moore, said O’Neill was “even funnier than the misfortunes of others.”


Alice - Northern Stage, Newcastle. Saturday February 4, 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets: £6.50 - £8.50.

Alice tells the dark tale of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland: the story of a girl who always wished for a place without logic and rules to make things more exciting. Once Alice steps in to Wonderland however, she realises that it might not be such a good idea, and begins her intriguing journey to discover the exit. This production is written, produced, scored and choreographed by Newcastle Stagecoach Further Stages, a young theatre group all aged 15-18.

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

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