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GIG OF THE WEEK: Audreys singer Taasha Coates returns to Lizotte's on Thursday night to perform songs off her debut solo album.

GIG OF THE WEEK: Audreys singer Taasha Coates returns to Lizotte's on Thursday night to perform songs off her debut solo album.


5 Sawyers Saturday, AK Morris.

Abermain Hotel Saturday, The Core.

Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, Leider Recital, Simone Easthope & Benjamin Moser.

Albion Hotel Singleton Friday, Urban Chiefs.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Burn N Carrot.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, KR Duo.

Bar Petite Saturday, Grant Walmsley Freebird.

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

Bay Hotel Saturday, Project X.

Beach Hotel Friday, The Illustrators. Saturday, The New Black Shades. Sunday, Misbehave.

Belmont 16s Friday, Emily Smith, Jake Rattle N’ Roll. Saturday, Cruzers, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmont Hotel Thursday, Jamie Martens. Friday, DJ Mal Pa. Saturday, Purple Hearts. Sunday, Logan.

Belmore Hotel Friday, Courtney Mills.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Sundays Record. Saturday, The Years. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

The Bradford Friday, Reggie Sinclair. Saturday, Hit Pit.

Burwood Inn Friday, Bucko. Saturday, DJ Tone.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, Riff Raff. Friday, KLP (Glasshouse), Split Feed, Blue Velvet, Paper Thin, Govv (Warehouse). Saturday, ColourSound.

Cardiff RSL Friday, Rock Factor. Saturday, Swing Shift – Cold Chisel show.

Catho Pub Saturday, Secret Society, Steve Geary. Sunday, The Years.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Matt Gaudry. Saturday, Matt Semmens.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, The Remedy. Saturday, Kristy James.

Christ Church Cathedral Thursday, The Song Company presents Forward & Bach.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Lauren Arms. Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Club Kotara Saturday, Black Jack – AC/DC tribute.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Redline. Saturday, Gasolene.

Club Maitland City Friday, Phil McKnight.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Kelly Hope.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Michael Bryers. Saturday, Presidential Sweet.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday, Courtney Mills. Saturday, DJ Ules.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Jim Overend.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Viagro.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Friday, AK Morris. Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Customs House Friday, Kaylah Anne. Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Arley Black.

D'Albora Marina Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Tim Broadway.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Troy Kemp. Saturday, Greg Bryce Duo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Snape Trilogy. Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, Zane Penn.

East's Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, The DuoTones.

Exchange Hotel Friday, Soundabout. Saturday, Big Night Out.

Family Hotel Maitland Friday, Witchery.

Finnegans Saturday, DJ J Smoove & MC Bones.

FogHorn Brewhouse Friday, James Osborn. Saturday, Tom Christie.

Gallipoli Legion Club Thursday, Baltic Bar Mitzvah. Saturday, Mach 3 With Fred Loneragan.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Outerphase. Sunday, Brindle Pigs.

George Tavern Friday, Tim Broadway. Saturday, Dos Eager.

Grain Store Saturday, Kylie Jane. Sunday, JJ King.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Unified.

Grand Junction Hotel Friday, Nicholas Connors Band, Ahlia Rain. Saturday, Arcades and Lions. Sunday, Papa Pilko, Bin Rats.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Arley Black. Saturday, Max Jackson.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Purple Rain. Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Friday, The Loom of Time, The Stranger Five Survive, Chillaum.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, The Trade Ins. Saturday, Greg Bryce, Gen-R-8. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Honeysuckle Hotel Sunday, Mick Jones.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Hotel Delany Friday, 4 Letter Word. Saturday, Sundays Record.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Bandditts.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Phonic.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Bobby C. Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Kent Hotel Friday, Dos Eager. Saturday, Overload. Sunday, The Hot Yogis.

King Street Hotel Friday, Jaysounds. Saturday, Ganz, Fossa Beats. 

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Anyerin.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Nicko. Saturday, Holly Wilson.

Lass O’Gowrie Friday, Truman Smith Band, As of Sky, Jason Lowe. Saturday, Jackson, Dave Favours & The Road Side Ashes, The Iron Horses. Sunday, Lincoln le Fevre, Jen Buxton, Jamie Hay.

Lizotte’s Thursday, Taasha Coates, Daniel March. Friday, The Life & Music of Stevie Wright & the Easybeats. Saturday, ABBAsback. Sunday, Circus Avalon.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Max Jackson. Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.

Maitland Leagues Club Friday, Prahlad Little. Saturday, Johnny Devilseed & Ole Man Rubes. Sunday, National Music Academy Students, Andrew G.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn Duo. Sunday, Love That Hat.

Mary Ellen Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Roxy. Saturday, Jordan Fleming. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Matt McLaren. Saturday, Jake Davey.

Mayfield Ex-Services Friday, Lee Rolfe.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, Gen-X. Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Snape & Son.

Muree Golf Club Friday, Daxton Monaghan.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Arley and I.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Friday, Klassic Blak. Saturday, Johnny O’Keefe Tribute.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Phoenix Pritchard. Saturday, Jye Sharp.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, Chris Unicomb. Saturday, The Way.

Pelican RSL Saturday, Urban Chiefs.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Pete Gelzinnis, Zane Penn. Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Potters Brewery Friday, Todd Schmoo.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Jamie Martens.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Four to the Floor. Sunday, Anthology.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Wesley’s Edge.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Mick Jones, Phonic. Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth, Troy Kemp. Sunday, Hornet.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Angie.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Jade Holland Band.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Frets With Benefits.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Friday, Junior & Luana. Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Mardmax. Sunday, Jacinta.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Thursday, Phoenix Pritchard. Friday, Gareth Jay. Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Jye Sharp.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Dave Carter. Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Silverhair.

Snake Gully Hotel Friday, Lennie Live.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Mark Lee. Saturday, Defaced.

Souths Leagues Club Saturday, Robbie T.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, Magpie Diaries, Lyle Dennis Express. Saturday, Lloyd Spiegl. 

Star Hotel Sunday, Bruce Mathiske’s Guitar Lounge.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Greg Bryce. Saturday, DJ Symon.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Andy & The Cruisers.

Sunnyside Tavern Friday, Ashley Knight.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Dreams Duo.

Tanilba Bay Golf Club Friday, Layth Gunn.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Kim & Mik. Saturday, Robbie Urquhart.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Kim & Mik. Sunday, Damien.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Jim Overend.

Unorthodox Church of Groove Friday, The Jeremy Rose Band. Saturday, Kirk Fletcher (US).

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Jake Davey. Saturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Friday, Deborah Sinclair. Sunday, Cotton Sax & Strings.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Chad Shuttleworth. Saturday, Redline.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Alias.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Dwayne Elix & The Engineers.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Mark Wells Duo. Saturday, The Remedy Trio. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Thursday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Jam Night. Friday, Southern Under Stars. Saturday, Kieran Glasgow Duo, Papa Pilko & the Bin Rats, Nick Connors. Sunday, Mark Wells, Chris Cain (US).

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Summerland Kings.


A Dog’s Purpose (PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

A Man Called Ove (M) Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. (Regal)

All Eyez On Me (MA) Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

Baywatch (M) Follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon as he butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Black Butler: Book of The Atlantic (MA) In April 1889, Earl Ciel Phantomhive & his servants, Sebastian Michaelis & Snake, board the luxury passenger ship Campania alongside the Midford family, not for recreational purposes, however, but for investigating illegal human experimentation.

Cars 3 (G) Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

Churchill (M) A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day. (Tower)

Despicable Me 3 (PG) Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.

Don’t Tell (M) The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school.

Going In Style (M)  Three senior citizens in their 70s decide to rob a bank. (Regal)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (M) The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together.

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)

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

My Cousin Rachel (PG) A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. (Tower)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (M) Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. 

Rough Night (MA) A male stripper ends up dead at a Miami beach house during a bachelorette party weekend.

The Mummy (M) An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

The Promise (M) Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, it follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

The Shack (M) After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. (Event, Kotara)

The Zookeeper’s Wife (M) The story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion. (Regal)

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

Viceroy’s House (PG) Lord Mountbatten is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence.

Whitney: I Can Be Me (M) Even though Whitney Houston had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles and was recognised as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still couldn’t do what she wanted to do.

Wonder Woman (M) An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world's greatest heroes.


A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody A man’s New Year resolution to murder his wife has her declaring that he won’t, with a mad year following; zany comedy by Ron Bernas. Newcastle Theatre Company, Lambton. Friday and Saturday at 8pm (final shows).

Chicago A woman who shoots her boyfriend when he walks out on her uses a trial to promote her show business ambitions; lively jazz age musical. Novocastrian Players and Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Hall, Adamstown. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, dinner and show 7pm, show only 8pm, until June 24, plus Sunday at 2pm.

Circus Avalon: Cabaret Breathtaking circus, comedy and magic routines performed in a lunch show. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Sunday, lunch from 12; show at 1.30pm.

Don Giovanni Brisk and amusing Mozart opera, with the womanising title character continually eluding their menfolk; Australian premiere of new translation by Jeremy Sams. Opera Hunter, at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay. Wednesday and Friday, at 7.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday, at 2pm, until June 25.

Much Ado About Nothing Two young couples who are attracted to each other have to put up with others interfering with their romances; lively Shakespeare comedy. Shakespeare’s Women, at Newcastle Theatre Company’s Lambton venue. Opens Wednesday, at 8pm, then plays Friday, June 23, at 8pm, and Saturday, June 24, at 2pm and 8pm.

Pantseat Performs Students from Pantseat Performing Arts musical theatre, drama and dance classes in a showcase performance. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Wednesday, at 7.30pm.

Rumours A 10th wedding anniversary party goes awry when friends arrive to find the politician husband with a gun wound and his wife missing; comedy by Neil Simon. Newcastle G and S Players Comedy Club, at St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, Georgetown. Dinner show performances on Friday and Saturday, with meal at 7pm (final week).

Star Struck “Shines On” Now in its 25th year, Star Struck is an annual arena showcase of dance, music and drama celebrating public education. Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Friday, at 10.30am and 7pm; Saturday, at 2pm and 7pm.

The Moonlight Cabaret Bright show featuring burlesque dancing, knife-juggling, mind-bending yoga poses, a lion riding a bicycle, and other amusing acts. Jerry Ray Productions, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7pm.

Therese Raquin A woman in 19th century Paris is forcibly married to a sickly cousin, and falls in love with one of his friends; adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel. Dirty Pretty Theatre & Critical Stages, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Friday and Saturday, at 8pm.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Bright musical with the Peanuts comic children, pet dog, Snoopy, and Charlie Brown seeking a girlfriend. Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Sunday, at 2pm, then Wednesday at 7pm, Friday, June 23, at 7pm, and Saturday, June 24, at 2pm and 7pm.