Your guide to music, movies and theatre in the Hunter

GIG OF THE WEEK: Wolfmother play their first Hunter gig since the 2015 Groovin The Moo on Thursday when they perform at the Cambridge Hotel. Picture: Marina Neil
GIG OF THE WEEK: Wolfmother play their first Hunter gig since the 2015 Groovin The Moo on Thursday when they perform at the Cambridge Hotel. Picture: Marina Neil

MUSIC

5 Sawyers Friday, AK Morris. Saturday, DJ Timmy Coffey.

Abermain Bowling Club Tuesday, Deborah Sinclair.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The New Cool. Sunday, Sami.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Brown Bull.

Bar Petite Friday, Holly Wilson. Saturday, Truman Smith.

Battlesticks Bar Thursday, Dan Southward. Friday, Nicko. Saturday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, Nicholas Connors.

Beach Hotel Sunday, The New Black Shades.

Bellbird Hotel Friday, Gerda & Dave. Saturday, Loren Ryan. Sunday, Hendo’s Jam.

Belmont 16s Friday, Midnight Drifters, Georgina Grimshaw. Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Rich & Famous.

Belmont Sporties Sunday, Kelly Hope. Tuesday, Mark Lee.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Loko.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Snape Trilogy. Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, David McCredie. Saturday, Captain Risky.

The Bradford Friday, Zac & Ben. Saturday, Witchery. Sunday, Lennie Live.

Burwood Inn Friday, Brown Bear & Hooves. Saturday, Zac & Ben.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, Wolfmother (Glass House), King Single, Jen Buxton & The Slaughterhouse Five, Antonia & The Lazy Suzans (Warehouse).

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Arley & I. Saturday, C2 Air. 

Catho Pub Saturday, Steve Geary. Sunday, The V Dubs.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Pete Gelzinnis. Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Central Hotel Stroud Friday, Greg Bryce. Monday, Darren Rolling Keys Band.

Cessnock Ex-Services Club Tuesday, Lennie and Carter.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Scratch.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Redline. Saturday, Jackson Halliday.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Todd Schmoo.

Club Kotara Saturday, Hurricane Fall.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Jumpin’ Jukebox. Saturday, Mick Jones.

Club Maitland City Friday, Karen O’Shea.

Colliery Inn Saturday, 2 ½ Men.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Jacinta.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Kelly Hope.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday, DJ Defrok. Saturday, Code Red.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Dos Eager.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Friday, Mac Da Villain, DJ Lil Dee, Perry Carter, Ryan Moon.

Customs House Friday, Kaylah Anne. Saturday, Tim Broadway. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Anyerin.

Dashville Friday-Sunday Gum Ball ft. Regurgitator, Tripod, The Peep Tempel, Funk Hunters (CAN), Boo Seeka, Kim Churchill, Gareth Liddiard, The Ocean Party, Felix Riebl & more.   

D'Albora Marina Sunday, Jordan Fleming. Monday, Mick Jones.

Denman Hotel Saturday, Jaybee Duo. Sunday, Mitch Burgess.

Denman RSL Club Tuesday, Sami.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Troy Kemp. Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Defaced. Sunday, Emile.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Tuesday, The V Dubs.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, Marriah. Saturday, Inside Out. Tuesday, Ash Mountain, Roar Boar.

The Edwards Thursday, The Pink Tiles, Rhysics, Zappo. Friday, Nadia Reid (NZ), Ben Leece, De'May. Saturday, Spencer Scott.

Exchange Hotel Friday, Big Night Out.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Wicked.

Finnegans Saturday, Indigo Starlight, Kidd Kaos.

FogHorn Brewhouse Friday, Gareth Hudson. Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Frets With Benefits. Sunday, Paparazzi.

George Tavern Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Melbourne Street.

Grain Store Saturday, Beth Gleeson. Sunday, Logan Wolfgang.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Gum Ball recovery.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Damien. Tuesday, Phil McKnight.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Damien. Saturday, Beau Hatch. Tuesday, Jerome.

Greta Workers Club Friday, Smokin Rosie. Tuesday, Witchery.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, 4 Letter Word. Sunday, The Blues Bombers.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, The Dead Magpies, Vanishing Shapes, Wilson & The Castaways, The Mary Eve Scream, Karl Kaiser-Schmidt. Friday, Crystal Ignite, Stone Empire, Jackson. Saturday, Scars Have Faded, Convex, Burial At Sea, Prophecies.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, 4 Letter Word.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday-Saturday Jimmy Craz Band. Sunday, Mike Vee, Prestige Inc. Tuesday, All Access 80s.

Hotel Delany Friday, Misbehave. Saturday, The Fedz.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Banddits.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Counterpart.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

The Junction Hotel Friday, CrocQ. Saturday, Bobby C.

Kent Hotel Friday, Gen-X. Saturday, The Core. Sunday, Thread Blues Band.

Khartoum Hotel Saturday, Slam Tango.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Hook N Sling.

Kurri Workers Club Tuesday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Ryan Daley.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Friday, Deb Sinclair. Sunday, Sarah Christine.

The Landing Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Dai Pritchard.

Lass O’Gowrie Thursday, Dada Ono, Southern End, Plastic Voyage. Friday, Los Scallywaggs, Crocodylis, Pist Idiots. Saturday, Time on Earth, Syntax Error, Magic Lantern. 

Lizotte’s Thursday, 8 Ball Aitken. Friday, Bob Evans. Saturday-Sunday, Ian Moss, The Fields.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Kylie Jane. Saturday, Prestige Inc.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee. Sunday, The Years.

Mary Ellen Friday, Dos Eager. Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Damien. Tuesday, Jason Bone.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Tim Harding. Saturday, Iguana. Tuesday, Anyerin.

Mattara Hotel Tuesday, Hummingbirds.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Ben Travis. Saturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Troy Kemp. 

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Duncan Woods.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, Motown Magic. Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Adam Gear. Tuesday, Troy Kemp.

Morriset Country Club Tuesday, Spank N The Monkey.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Anyerin.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Banddits.

Neath Hotel Tuesday, Mick Jones.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Friday, Allan Freihaut. Saturday, All Access 80s.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, 2GoodReasons. Saturday, The Way. Sunday, Melody Feder.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, The Big Bang.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, October Rage, The Dysfunctions, Wysper, Facing Zero, Jackson.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Josh Callaway. Saturday, Pap N That.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, Reg Sinclair. Saturday, The V Dubs. Tuesday, Jon Matthews.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Anyerin, Phonic. Saturday, The Duo Tones. Sunday, Bonny Rai.  

Potters Brewery Friday, Kim.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Duncan Woods.

Premier Hotel Friday, Michael Boogaard. Saturday, The Cruisers.

Prince of Wales Hotel Friday, Mark Wells. Saturday, Bucko.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Dean Kyrwood, The Duo Tones. Saturday, Frets With Benefits, Marrisa. Sunday, Mark Wells. 

Racecourse Hotel Tuesday, Angie.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Mardy Leith.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Kim.

River Royal Inn Morpeth Saturday, Angie.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Rocket. Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Brown Bull.

Royal Inn Waratah Friday, Roxy.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Friday, Tim Usher. Sunday, Shawn Lidster.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Michael Hawke. Tuesday, Zane Penn.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Lennie & Carter. Sunday, Tim Broadway. Tuesday, Layth Gunn.

Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Melody Feder.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Thursday, Murph. Friday, Tim Rossington. Saturday, Dirty Devils. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Mike Vee. Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Small Ballroom Thursday, Psycropitc, Black Rheno, Gutter Tactic. Sunday, Protest The Hero (CAN), Closure In Moscow & Majora.

Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Chris Unicomb.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Jim Overend. Saturday, Rave On.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Jim Overend.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Tuesday, Karen O’Shea.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Colin Lillie. Friday, Greg Numan. The Motherload & The Craw. 

Star Hotel Sunday, Bravo Victor.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Friday, Robbie T.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Sound Of Sunday. Saturday, DJ Symon.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Jumpin’ Jukebox.

Sunnyside Tavern Friday, Max Jackson. Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Swansea Hotel Friday, Pistol Pete.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, The Dreamcatchers.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Siren.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Mardmax. Saturday, Layth Gunn. Tuesday, Rock Factor.

Tomago Bowling Club Friday, Mark Lee.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, Boundary Riders.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Frick N Orson. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Scotty T. Sunday, Michael Hawke.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Deb Sinclair. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Tiali.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Friday, Kevin O’Hara. Sunday, Jim Overend.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Jackson Halliday. Saturday, Deuce.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Just Jade.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Klassics.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, Phonic. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Thursday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Jam Night. Friday, Hobo Magic, In Motion. Saturday, Sunhill Drive, Shivoo. Sunday, John Larder, Steve Edmonds.

Windale-Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Vegas.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Jessica Cain.

MOVIES

A Street Cat Named Bob (PG) Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.  (Regal)

Beauty and the Beast (PG) An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Dance Academy: The Movie (PG) This 2017 movie follows the original dance academy TV show and tracks where the characters are in their lives now.

Ghost In The Shell (M) Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Going In Style (M) Three senior citizens in their 70s who live together are slowly decaying in endless days with nothing to do but feed the birds. One of them comes up with an idea - rob a bank.

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. (Regal)

Jasper Jones (M) On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie's life is changed forever. (Regal)

Lion (PG) A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. (Regal)

Loving (PG) The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. (Lake Cinema)

Manchester By The Sea (M) A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies. (Regal)

My Pet Dinosaur (CTC) When a young boy named Jake accidentally makes a new friend in an experiment gone wrong a troubled town is plunged into chaos. But with the creature rapidly evolving every day, Jake finds it increasingly difficult to keep his new pet secret.

Power Rangers (M) A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Smurfs: The Lost Village (G) A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.

Table 19 (M) Ex-maid of honor Eloise - having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text - decides to attend the wedding anyway only to find herself seated with five random guests at the dreaded Table 19.

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 Edge Of Seventeen (M) High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother. (Regal)

The Fate Of The Furious (M) The crew has been exonerated and the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can't seem to escape, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before.

The LEGO Batman Movie (PG) Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

Their Finest (M) A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.

THEATRE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Two pairs of runaway lovers fall victims to mischievous fairies in a forest in Shakespeare’s lively comedy. Prospero Players, at Newcastle Waldorf School Performance Hall, Glendale. Wednesday, at 7pm, then Friday, April 28 at 12.30pm and 7pm, and Saturday, April 29, at 7pm.

Blood Brothers Twin brothers, separated at birth in England’s Liverpool, become close friends as young adults, not knowing their relationship; musical by Willy Russell. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm, then plays Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until May 6, plus 2pm Saturday, May 6.

Don’t Dress for Dinner A man plans a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress while his wife is away, but nothing goes right; brisk comedy by Marc Camoletti. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Wednesday, at 8pm, then Friday and Saturday at 8pm, untilMay 13, plus 2pm on Sunday April 30 and May 7.

Rent Rock musical by Jonathan Larson based on the opera La Boheme, with young singers and actors sharing rental properties and relationships as they try to make a living in New York. Pantseat Performing Arts, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly from Thursday to Saturday, at 8pm, plus 2pm Saturday.

Seussical KIDS Horton the Elephant tries to protect small creatures called the Whos in a lively musical with young performers playing Dr Seuss characters. Hunter Drama, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Wednesday, at 7pm, then nightly at 7pm from Thursday, April 27, to Saturday, April 29, plus 10am and 2pm Saturday shows, and a 10am show on Sunday, April 30.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie The gumnut babies head through the bush on a journey and meet Mr Lizard, Mrs Snake, the big, bad Banksia Men and others; lively musical from May Gibbs’ book. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, until April 29; then Saturday at 2pm, until May 20, plus 7pm Saturday on May 20, and 2pm Sunday on April 30 and May 7 and 14.