Weekend planner 

EVENTS

Nobbys Lighthouse Sunday. Now open to the public every Sunday and also features a different food stall each week. This week has wholesome organic meals, specialising in gluten, dairy and sugar free cakes and goodies, and chai, plus live music. 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Flight Centre Travel Expo Sunday. Leading travel specialists under one roof to unveil their latest range of products and destination information. 10am to 4pm. Free entry. Newcastle Panthers.

Maitland Mercury Hunter River Super Show Saturday and Sunday. Amusement rides, games, animal farm, rodeo and more. From 10am. Entry $10 adults, kids under 16 $5. Maitland Showground.

RAW Comedy Saturday. The search to uncover Australia's next big comedy star comes to Newcastle. 8pm. Tickets from $19.95 through Ticketek. The Playhouse, Newcastle.

Newcastle to Port Stephens Cruise Sunday. Bring a friend for free on Moonshadow's new cruise service which runs on the third Sunday of each month. Bookings 4984 9388. Cruise departs Lee Wharf Newcastle at 12.30pm and arrives Nelson Bay by 4pm.

Walk & Talk Flood Tours - Series 1 Sunday. Join an early morning guided tour and learn how flooding has shaped the city of Maitland. 7am. $10. Bookings essential (includes morning tea) 4930 1030. Eastern end of High St and Horseshoe Bend, Maitland.

Spotlight Prowl Saturday. Join experienced guides on an easy-paced spotlight walk. BYO torch, wear suitable clothing and shoes. Bookings 4951 6466. $10 adults, $5 children. Hunter Wetlands Centre, Shortland.

Carole King Saturday. The legendary singer-songwriter behind I Feel The Earth Move, It's Too Late and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman performs live. Gates open 4pm. Bookings through Ticketmaster. Hope Estate, Pokolbin.

The Music of Tommy Rowell Sunday. Benefit concert featuring brass and jazz groups Cardiff Northlakes Brass and The Tiger's Tail raising money to assist ill musician Tom Rowell. 2pm. Tickets $15. Wallsend Diggers.

Walks For Women Saturday. Join a Discovery Ranger for a walk through Hunter Wetlands National Park. Bring water, sunscreen and wear fully enclosed footwear. 8.45am. Bookings 4946 4112 or visit nationalparks.nsw.gov.au.

Afternoon Teal Sunday. Pamper yourself in support of Ovarian Cancer Australia plus raffles, silent auctions and door prizes. 2pm. Entry $5. Morisset Country Club.

Summer Cinema at the Lighthouse Saturday. The second of three outdoor film event, this weekend featuring a screening of The Giants. Gates open 6.30pm. Bookings theotherfilmsociety@hotmail.com. Nobbys Beach Lighthouse.

Canoeing on Ironbark Creek Sunday. Explore the canoe trail at the Hunter Wetlands. 9.30am. $20 adults, $15 child. Bookings 4951 6466. Hunter Wetlands Centre, Shortland.

MARKETS

Belmont Anglican Church Market Saturday. Bric-a-brac, clothes, books, China, CDs, videos, DVDs, toys, morning tea and sausage sizzle. 8am to 12 noon. Anglican Church, Belmont.

Sacred Tree Markets Sunday. Entertainment, produce, artisan baker, massage, palm reading, healers, clothes, food, coffee and kids' craft stall. 9am to 2pm. New England Hwy, Branxton.

Art Bazaar Cruise Markets Saturday. Hunter Arts Network market to coincide with cruise ships arriving in Newcastle Harbour. Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Honeysuckle.

Handmade in the Hunter Saturday. Handmade arts and crafts, food and gifts, 9am to 4pm. Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Cherry Blossom Markets Saturday. More than 100 stalls selling homemade and boutique products. 9am to 2pm. Adamstown Public School.

The Store Trash & Treasure Market Saturday and Sunday. Antiques, collectables, clothing, plants, art and craft, toys, furniture, jewellery and more. 8.30am to 3pm. The Store, Newcastle West.

Adamstown Markets Sunday. Fresh produce, gifts, crafts and more. 7am to noon. Corner of Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers Markets Sunday. The first market of the year returns with fresh produce, gourmet food, plants and more, 8am to 1pm. Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Psychic Fair & Community Markets Saturday. Psychics, tarot and flower readings plus handicrafts, fresh produce and entertainment. 9am to 2pm. Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace.

THEATRE

Chicago! A Musical Vaudeville In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart, an ambitious chorus girl, murders her lover. She then convinces her gullible husband, Amos, that her lover was in fact a burglar. Tonight 8pm and tomorrow 2pm. Tickets $35 adults, $30 concession. Bookings 4952 3355. Hunter Theatre, Broadmeadow.

SPORT

Surfest Saturday and Sunday. The annual surf competition continues all weekend with the Burton Toyota Pro Junior (Merewether Beach), Sanbah Cadet Cup (South Bar Beach) and the Burton Toyota Pro Trials (Dixon Park Beach). The pro finals are next weekend, Feb 23-24. See surfest.com.

ART

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Trail of Art - works from Hunter Valley studios until Feb 24. 16 Vincent Street, Cessnock.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Bungaree, the first Australian; Water Stories, works from the collection; Birabahn (and Threlkeld) all until March 24. First Street, Booragul.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Sculptors Richard Goodwin and Michael Snape until March 17. G.W Bot The long paddock, A 30-year survey; Portrait and Landscape by Ian Howard & Recipients of the Pat Corrigan Artist Award all finishing Sunday. 230 High Street, Maitland.

Newcastle Art Gallery Art & Australia Collection 2003-2013; Katherine Del Barton (Paintings); A Japanese Aesthetic (Ceramics) all until Feb 17; Collection Companions, until May. 1 Laman Street, Cooks Hill.

Newcastle Art Space Paintings by Leslie Duffin and photographs by Cheridan Chard until Sunday. 246 Parry Strett, Newcastle West.

MUSIC

Bar Petite Saturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, DJ Nicolas.

Beach Hotel Saturday, The Brass Arcade. Sunday, Misbehave.

Belmont 16 Footers Saturday, Talk of The Town. Sunday, Cool Change.

The Brewery Wharf: Saturday, Brendan Murphy, Kim & Mik. Sunday, D-Love.

Delany Hotel Saturday, Skyepoint.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Kotadama.

Great Northern Hotel Saturday, The Smith Street Band, Bomb The Music Industry, Adeline Pines, The Bennies.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, The River & The Road.

Harrigan's Pokolbin Saturday, Howard Shearman.

Hotel Premier Saturday, Hey Poncho. Sunday, Hornet.

Kent Hotel Saturday, The Rub. Sunday, Dai Pritchard.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Ajax. Sunday, Any Given Sunday.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Free Willy and The Grace Bros.

The Landing Bar and Kitchen Saturday, Tim Coffey. Sunday, Surian, Tim Coffey.

Lass O'Gowrie Saturday, The Magnetic Westies, Riley & Donna, Love Lost. Sunday, Lass O' Gowrie Pet Dog Poker Tournament.

Lizotte's Newcastle Saturday, Eugene Hideaway Bridges. Sunday, Paul Greene & The Other Colours, The Hussy Hicks.

Murray's Brewery Sunday, Jim Overend.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, MardMax. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Shoal Bay Resort Saturday, Boulderdash, Marissa Lee, Mystery Trousers, Tim Usher. Sunday, Jesse Vee, Plastic Spurs.

Terrace Bar Saturday, Saturday Got Soul.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, The V-Dubs.

Wests Leagues Club New Lambton Piano Lounge: Saturday, Warren Hunter. Marble Bar: Saturday, The Rattle.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, The Voodoo Express, Mick n Josh. Sunday, Jungle Kings, Carrot.

MOVIES

Show Me The Magic (E) This documentary looks at the life and work of legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine. Weaving together footage from Don's films, his personal archive, and interviews with famous film-makers, it will entrance those touched by the magic of film. (Avoca Cinema)

Anna Karenina (M) Director Joe Wright adapts Leo Tolstoy's classic romance novel set in the upper-class world of 19th century Russia. Stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law, written for the screen by Oscar-winner Tom Stoppard. (Tower Cinemas Newcastle)

Safe Haven (M) When a mysterious young woman named Katie washes up in a small town, she is determined not to make personal relationships. That is, until she meets Alex, a kind-hearted widower store owner, struggling to raise his two children. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.

The Sweeney (MA15+) Based on the '70s UK television series of the same name, The Sweeney is an action-packed British police thriller. Jack Regan (Ray Winstone), a hardened cop who doesn't play by the rules, is confronted with a criminal from his past. With sidekick George Carter (Ben Drew aka Plan B) they are put on the case of a jewellery store heist that ends in a killing.

Django Unchained (MA15+) Stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave in southern America in 1858, who is freed and helped by a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife from a cruel plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Dora And Diego On The Big Screen (G) Go on two exciting new adventures with Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! (Hoyts)

Flight (MA15+) Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly everyone on board. (Event Cinemas, Glendale)

Guilt Trip (M) Barbra Streisand stars as Joyce Brewster, a widowed mother embarking on a road trip with her son Andy (Seth Rogen). Directed by Anne Fletcher, written by Crazy, Stupid, Love writer Dan Fogelman.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (MA15+) Set 15 years after Hansel and his sister Gretel were imprisoned by a witch, the pair now make a living tracking and killing witches and are called upon by a town whose children keep disappearing.

Hitchcock (M) Love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner Alma Reville.

The Impossible (M) The true story of a family caught in the 2004 tsunami while holidaying in Thailand. Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.

Les Miserables (M) When Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is released from prison after serving 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread, he breaks parole to create a new life for himself, but has to evade Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe).

Life Of Pi (PG) A groundbreaking movie about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery.

Lincoln (M) Set during the Civil War in 1865, it follows the president as he tries to win enough political votes to amend the constitution and ban slavery forever. But Lincoln becomes torn by his own conscience - to end the war, or to end slavery.

Movie 43 (MA15+) Twelve comedy sketches, each with a different director, strung together by the story of a washed-up producer pitching insane ideas. Starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Halle Berry.

Paranorman (PG) Norman is harbouring a secret - he can communicate with the dead.

Parental Guidance (PG) Old-school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal) meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids.

Quartet (M) Dirty secrets stir up the reunion of a world-famous quartet at a one-off concert.

Silver Linings Playbook (M) Bradley Cooper stars as a man fresh out of a mental institution, living with his parents and trying to get his life back together.

Wreck-It Ralph (PG) In this computer-animated family-comedy, video game villain Wreck-It Ralph wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfil his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

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