Your guide to music, movies and theatre

GIG OF THE WEEK: Canadian songstress Martha Wainwright returns to a sold out Lizotte's on Thursday to perform songs from her latest album Goodnight City.
GIG OF THE WEEK: Canadian songstress Martha Wainwright returns to a sold out Lizotte's on Thursday to perform songs from her latest album Goodnight City.

MUSIC

5 Sawyers Thursday, Jack Carty. Friday, DJ Perry Carter. Saturday, DJ Jethro. Sunday, CrocQ & Friends.

48 Watt Street Friday, Sarah McLeod.

Albion Hotel Singleton Friday, Jon Matthews.

Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, Lake Macquarie Winds Concert with Sax Blue.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Purple Hearts. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Argyle House Friday, Ben Penfold.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Bar Petite Friday, Kylie Jane. Saturday, GW Freebird.

Battlesticks Bar Friday, Mark Wood, Nicko. Saturday, Little Cents. Sunday, Pana, Audie Franks. Monday, Jade Lee Wright. Tuesday, Mark Wood.

Beach Hotel Friday, The Illustrators.

Belmont 16s Friday, Wayne and the Wanderers, Ty. Saturday, Bobby C, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Backbeat Duo.

Belmont Sporties Saturday, The Way.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Pelican Romance.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Hurricane Fall. Saturday, Solid Gold Party. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Silverhair. Saturday, Phase III.

The Bradford Friday, Purple Hearts. Saturday, Damnation – Bon Scott tribute. Sunday, Sami.

Burwood Inn Friday, Ngariki. Saturday, Nicko.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, Secret Launch Party Show (Glass House), My Echo, Less Majesty, Family Dog (Warehouse). Friday, Urthboy, Joyrider, Alice Ivy. Saturday, Ceres, The Pretty Littles, Paper Thin, Jamie Hay.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Soul Play. Saturday, Achtung Baby – The U2 Experience. 

Carrington Place Thursday, The Frenchman St New Orleans Jazz Band. Friday, Loui Abell. Saturday, Joe Cox.

Catho Pub Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Emily Smith. Saturday, Tim Harding.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Hendo.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Snape & Son. Saturday, Robbie T.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Club Kotara Saturday, Deborah Sinclair.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Mardmax. Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Club Maitland City Friday, Big Pete.

Colliery Inn Saturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Sami.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Counterpart. Saturday, Dave Carter.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday, Zane Penn. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Customs House Friday, Dave Owen. Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Emily Smith.

D'Albora Marina Sunday, Banddits.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Brien McVernon. Saturday, HP Duo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Big Night Out. Saturday, All Access 80's. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, Finn.

The Edwards Thursday, Treehouse Children, The People & Us, Thomas Macokatic. Friday, Audie. Saturday, The Dew Cats. Sunday, Holly Wilson.

Erringhi Hotel Saturday, Angel Gear.

Exchange Hotel Friday, 4 Letter Word.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, James Naldo.

Finnegans Friday, Bushin Behnes. Saturday, Luke La Beat.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Gallipoli Legion Club Thursday, The Rehab Brass Band. Saturday, Jes Ashman & The Mojobones 8.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, 2 to the Floor. Sunday, Paparazzi.

George Tavern Friday, Todd Schmoo. Saturday, Banddits.

Grain Store Saturday, Louie. Sunday, Tom Buckley.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Jacob Neale Quartet.

Grand Junction Hotel Thursday, Skyscraper Stan. Friday, Sean McMahon & The Moonmen. Saturday, Chris Pickering Band. Sunday, The Lairs.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Darren Gould.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Howard Shearman. Saturday, Jake Davey.

Gresford Bowling Club Friday, The Fedz.

Greta Workers Club Friday, The Search Party.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, Redline. Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Damien.

Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, Suburban Haze,Blue Velvet, Rachel Maria Cox. Saturday, Purenvy, Pawn Logic, The Grounds. Sunday, Good Grief, Boots Porter, Daniel Foster, Lachlan x Morris.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Get Jiggy, Black Creek. Saturday, Misbehave. 

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Love That Hat, Tre Soul. Saturday, Mark Wells Trio. Sunday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Frets With Benefits, Mick Jones.

Hotel Delany Friday, Surian, Tommy Gun. Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Ryan Daley.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Frick-n-Orson.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Aqwa. Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.

Kent Hotel Friday, Purple Rain. Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Christina Crofts Blues Band.

Khartoum Hotel Friday, Allstar.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Hayden Johns.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Friday, Allan Freihaut. Sunday, Bush Happy Band.

Lakeside Village Tavern Friday, Hayden Johns.

The Landing Saturday, James Osborn. Sunday, Melody Feder.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Little Cents.

Lass O’Gowrie Thursday, Creative Creatures. Friday, Bin Juice, Shirley Crescent Band, The Reveries. Saturday, Beach Street 5 ft. Nicholas Connors, Dan Southward, Ceilings, Main Guy & The Other Guys, The Dershwins, Family Dog, Jucy Lucy. Sunday, Jackson, Wysper, Adaptors, Big Chief & The Bottle Openers, e4444e, Thomas Macokatic, Mahala Williams.

Lizotte’s Thursday, Martha Wainwright (CAN), Oh Pep. Friday, Bloom Adele & Amy Songbook Tribute. Saturday, Holly Throsby, Shining Bird. 

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Sami.

Lorn Park Bowling Club Sunday, Jason’s Variety Show.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Matt McLaren. Saturday, Adrianna Mac. Sunday, Truman Smith.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Rubber Bullet. Sunday, Shivoo.

Mary Ellen Friday, The Smarts. Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Gareth Hudson. Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Mattara Hotel Friday, Melody Feder.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Mike Vee. Saturday, James Naldo. Sunday, Jerome.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Arley Black. Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, Love That Hat. Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Grant Walmsley Duo.

Morrisset Country Club Saturday, Secret Society. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Kim & Mik.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Jason Ray.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, The Big Bang. Saturday, The Alchemists. Sunday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Marissa.

Newcastle Jockey Club Friday, Todd Schmoo, Howard Shearman.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, Darkcell, Amelia Arsenic, Tensions Arise, From Love to Violence.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Josh Callaway.

Oriental Hotel Sunday, dave, e4444e.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, Jacinta. Saturday, Rock Oz.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, The V Dubs.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Beau Hatch, Troy Kemp. Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Potters Brewery Friday, Karen O’Shea.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Kelly Hope.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Jamie Martens. Sunday, Anthology.

Prince of Wales Hotel Friday, Brown Bear & Hooves. Saturday, Richard Walker.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Matt Meler. Saturday, Jake Davey, Alessandro. Sunday, Howard Shearman, Wharf Life.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Ashley Knight.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Ashley Knight.

River Royal Inn Morpeth Saturday, Louis Burt.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Sundays Record. Saturday, Sun Hill Drive.

Royal Inn Waratah Friday, James Naldo.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Friday, Junior and Luana. Sunday, The Fruittrees.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, The Way. Sunday, Tiali.

Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Damien. Saturday, Mike Vee.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Two Left Feet. Saturday, At The Hop.

Souths Leagues Club Saturday, Troy Kemp.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Kim.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Jack Biilman. Friday, Red City, New Black Shades, Caveman. Saturday, Josh Needs.

Star Hotel Friday, DJ Benny B. Sunday, Steve Cowley & Friends.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Dynamite.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Sun Rockets.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Duplexity.

Tattersalls Hotel Greta Sunday, Secret Society.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Telarah Bowling Club Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Deuce. Saturday, Siren.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Fedz. Sunday, Arley Black.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Jayde Corner. Sunday, Nano.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Reg Sinclair. Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Mike Vee.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Friday, Bobby C. Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Roxy. Saturday, The Duo Tones.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, Grand Theft Audio.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Hayden Johns, Beth Gleeson. Sunday, Tim Harding.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, The Sue & Mikey Show. Tuesday, Angamus.

West Wallsend Workers Club Friday, Triple Zero.

Wickham Park Hotel Thursday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Jam Night. Friday, Milestones. Saturday, Big Daddy’s Cajun Blues Party, The Fossicks. Sunday, Meags Hill, Steve Edmonds.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Remember When.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Michael Muchow. Sunday, Emily Smith.

MOVIES

A Cure For Wellness (MA) An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness centre” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. 

Before I Fall (M) February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's in danger of losing.

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (M) A personal journey with David Stratton, as he relates the fascinating development of our cinema history. David guides us from his boyhood cinema experience of Australia in England to his migration as a ‘ten-pound pom’ in 1963 and onto his present day reflections on the iconic themes that run through our cinematic legacy.

Fifty Shades Darker (MA) While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

Hidden Figures (PG) A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

Jasper Jones (M) In the dead of night during the summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. 

Kong: Skull Island (M) A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

​Lion (PG) A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres from home. 

Logan (MA) In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Monster Trucks (PG) Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, a high school senior builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars.

Moonlight (M) The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. (Regal)

National Theatre: Saint Joan (CTC) Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience (G) On this exclusive four-part adventure see Peppa visit the outback for a barbecue, learn to surf, throw a boomerang and see the Great Barrier Reef in a submarine.

Queen Of Katwe (PG) A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master. (Lake Cinema)

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (PG) Is Ordinal Scale just another game? Players are about to find the line between the virtual world and reality beginning to blur and their worst nightmares coming true.

T2: Trainspotting (R) 20 years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too.

The Boss Baby (G) A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The Commitments (M) When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house. (Regal)

The Met Opera: Romeo Et Juliette (E) The team of Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau reunite for a new production of Gounod’s opera based on the Shakespeare play.

THEATRE

Burlesque Idol High-energy and amusing performances by emerging burlesque talents, with audience participation. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Sunday, dinner and show from 6pm, show only at 8.30pm.

Class Clowns Newcastle heat of Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s development program for 14 to 18-year-old high school students. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Friday at 7pm.

Dracula A vampire travels to London with seduction, true love and blood on his mind; adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel by Nelle Lee & Nick Skubij. Shake & Stir Theatre Co and Queensland Performing Arts Centre, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Friday at 11am and 8pm.

Gallery of Rogues Vagabonds and misfits compete to be the top dog in the world’s hall of infamy; bright circus acts with a storyline. Circus Avalon, in Birdwood Park, Newcastle West. Saturday and Sunday, at 11am, 3pm and 6pm, until March 26.

Neighbourhood Watch An 80-year-old Hungarian migrant woman and an out-of-work young actress form an unlikely bond in an Australian suburban street; heart-warming comedy by Lally Katz. Stooged Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Thursday at 11am and 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm (final week).

Newcastle Fringe Festival 2017 Wednesday, March 22, shows. The Royal Exchange: Dial N for Nerder, Clark Gormley’s amusing send-up of murder dramas, 6pm, also on March 23 and 26; Islands in a Sea of Confusion, a once-attached man and woman meet again years after their last contact in Phillip Aughey’s new play, 7.30pm, also on March 23, 24 and 26. Christ Church Cathedral: Africa Entsha, South African singers and dancers in a lively mix of numbers presented in Zulu and English, 7.30pm, then nightly to March 26. Newcastle Leagues Club: Stimela – The Gumboot Musical, songs performed with gumboot dancing by South Africans, 7.30pm, then nightly to Sunday, March 26. The Grand Hotel: Conda! Conda! Conda!, comedian Matt McFarlane’s look at a Newcastle theatre institution, 6pm; Dropped, darkly comic tale of two women waiting to be rescued from an old building, Two Tall Theatre, at 7.30pm; Uncle Nath, playful comedy for all ages, 9pm – the three shows play nightly to March 24. Dropped also at Newcastle Leagues Club, March 25 and 26; Uncle Nath also at The Royal Exchange, March 25. Catapult Dance Studio: Where Be The Winged Apes?, Hell has become a very different place in this comedy show, 6pm, also on March 23, 25 and 26; Self Absorbed Tw*t, cheeky English chappy Andrew Silverwood looks at things he and his ex agree on, 7.30pm, also on March 23, 25 and 26, and at Circus Avalon on March 24; “Ze”: Queer as F*ck, autobiographical comedy by Michelle Ryan looking at sex and gender, 9pm, then nightly to March 26.

Picnic A job-seeking drifter stirs emotions when he arrives in a small town celebrating a public holiday with an outdoor gathering; Pulitzer Prize-winning play by William Inge. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Friday and Saturday, at 8pm.

Queen of Mars A young woman with a passion for space exploration competes for a one-way vessel trip to Mars; premiere of a comedy-drama by Newcastle writer-director John Wood. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Adamstown. Friday and Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm, until April 1; show only Sunday, March 19, at 2pm.

Try and Stop Me International comedian Lewis Spears, renowned at age 23 for being an amusing cyber bully. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7.30pm (sold out) and 9.30pm.

You Don’t Own Me Melbourne comedian Luke Kidgell in his debut solo show, supported by Lewis Spears. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Monday, at 7.30pm.