What's happening this week in entertainment across Newcastle and the Hunter

SPINNING A WEB: Flamboyant Australian rockers Chocolate Starfish will launch their first album in 20 years, Spider, at the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday.
SPINNING A WEB: Flamboyant Australian rockers Chocolate Starfish will launch their first album in 20 years, Spider, at the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday.

MUSIC

5 Sawyers Thursday, Allison Forbes, Ben Leece. Friday, AK Morris. Saturday, DJ Sonic. Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, The Y Project – Civil Thrill #6. Sunday, Chopin: A Portrait with pianist Chris Cartner.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, Beau Hatch.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Bar On The Hill Thursday, Thursday On The Hill. Wednesday, Smith Street Band, Bec Sandridge, Press Club.

Bar Petite Saturday, Gerda +1.

Battlesticks Bar Thursday, Sarah Christine. Friday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, Connor Wink.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, The Humm.

Bellbird Hotel Friday, SCNDL.

Belmont 16s Friday, Rave On, Tom Christie. Saturday, Cruzers, Matt Gaudry. Sunday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Belmont Hotel Thursday, Todd Schmoo. Friday, Matty G. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Belmore Hotel Friday, Shivoo. Saturday, Sundays Record.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Amigos. Saturday, Solid Gold Party.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Lee Rolfe.

The Bradford Friday, Allstar. Saturday, Witchery.

Burwood Inn Friday, Ryan Daley. Saturday, Beau Watt.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, The Butterfly Effect, Rival Fire, Osaka Punch. Friday, Disparo, Uncle Geezer (main room), Arcades and Lions, Georgia June, William John Jnr, Zampa (side bar). Saturday, Chocolate Starfish (main room), Voodoo Youth, E444e, Astronaut Jon (side bar). Sunday, The Tambourine Girls, Yeevs.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Rock Factor. Saturday, X&Y.

Carrington Place Thursday, Jack McLaughlin’s Frenchman Street New Orleans Jazz Band. Friday, Anna Milat.

Catho Pub Saturday, Ben Woodham. Sunday, Sideshow Annie.

Caves Beachside Hotel Friday, Adrianna Mac. Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis, Josh & Liv.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Holly Mae. Saturday, Pete McCredie.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Four To The Floor.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Bandditts.

Civic Theatre Thursday, Alina Ibragimova – Death and the Maiden.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Club Catalina Sunday, Jason Paris.

Club Kotara Friday, Love That Hat.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Kevin O'Hara. Saturday, Clean Slate.

Club Maitland City Friday, Snape Trilogy.

Colliery Inn Friday, Todd Schmoo. Saturday, Zane Penn.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Bob Allan.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, James Naldo. Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday, Little Cents. Saturday, DLove, King Shakey, Driver 8. Sunday, Elisa Kate, KJ Duo.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Customs House Friday, Matt McLaren. Saturday, Matt Shepherd. Sunday, Sunday Set.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Tim Harding.

D'Albora Marina Sunday, Mick Jones.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Lennie Live.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Greg Bryce. Saturday, Bobby C.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Thursday, Snowy Robson. Saturday, DJ Cotton. Sunday, Pink Cadillac. 

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, All Access 80's. Saturday, The Remedy Trio. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, Alias.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, Viagro. Saturday, The New Cool.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Jimmy Craz Band.

Family Hotel Maitland Friday, Lennie Live.

Finnegans Saturday, Bushin Behnes.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Texas Strangers.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Brazillian Brothers Duo. Sunday, Gasoline.

George Tavern Friday, Georgina Grimshaw. Saturday, Arley and I.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Outside-In Trio.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Songs For Sebastian ft. Baghead, Dave Wells. Wednesday, Steve Smyth.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Friday, Karen O'Shea.

Greta Workers Club Friday, No Control.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, Alessandro. Saturday, Mojo Bandits.

Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, MoE (NOR), Dead, Body Melt.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Overload. Saturday, Get Jiggy, Black Creek, Purple Rain. Sunday, Celtic Connection.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, The Search Party. Saturday, Murphy O’Toole. Saturday, Renegade Ways. Sunday, Bobby C, Phonic Duo.

Hotel Cessnock Thursday, Guerrilla Radio. Friday, Daxton Monaghan.

Hotel Delany Friday, Ben Travis. Saturday, The Urge.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Mardmax.

Imperial Hotel Saturday, The Search Party.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Him & Hawke. Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Kent Hotel Friday, The V Dubs. Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

King Street Hotel Friday, Outbreak, Tim Dawes, Gillies, Linxar. Saturday, Godlands. 

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Beth Gleeson.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Friday, Kylie Jane. Sunday, Andrew G.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Unplugged.

Lass O’Gowrie Thursday, Creative Creatures Open Mic. Friday, The Boatmen, Perils of Wizdom. Saturday, Run Squirrel, Hey Lady, Blue Velvet, Lachlan X. Morris. Sunday, Dazed, Hot Dad, Arch Stanton, India, Mitch Bryant. 

Lizotte’s Thursday, Jordann Christie Music Showcase. Friday, Tapestry - The Songs of Carole King. Saturday, George Michael Relived. Tuesday, Ryan McMullan (IRE), David Hosking, Amy Vee. 

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Sami.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Lauren Arms. Saturday, Matt McLaren.

Mark Hotel Friday, Daniel Arvidson. Saturday, The Andy Show.

Mary Ellen Hotel Friday, The DuoTones. Saturday, Wild Oats. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Jake Folbigg. Saturday, Phonic Trio.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Anthony Lee. Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Roxy.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo.

Mayfield Ex-Services Friday, The Levymen. Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Friday, Trataka, Pawn Logic, Gutter Dog.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, Rattle & Hum U2 show. Friday, Zachary Israel. Saturday, Love That Hat, DJ Angelo. Sunday, Jordan Fleming.

Morriset Country Club Sunday, James Naldo.

Muree Golf Club Friday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Ricky Campton.

Nag’s Head Hotel Friday, Phil McKnight. Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Revamped.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Friday, Sami.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, Phonic Trio. Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Just Jade.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Friday, Anyerin. Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Friday, Megan Core. Sunday, The Big Bang Band.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Dean Kyrwood. Saturday, Hugh Gordon Irish Trio, Piscin, John Larder, Hugh Gordon Irish Trio, Red Belly Pickers, Compadre Diablo, Sailor’s Grave.

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Saturday, Matt Semmens.

Old Victoria Hotel Friday, Layth Gunn. Saturday, Jason Paris.

Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Emily Smith.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Early Daze.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Arley and I. Friday, Pete G. Saturday, Shaka. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Potters Brewery Friday, Joel Oakhill. Saturday, Bandditts.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Layth Gunn.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Smokin Rosie. Sunday, DV8.

Prince of Wales Hotel Friday, Bobby C.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Paperboy, Just Jade. Saturday, The Rumour Trio, Jake Folbigg. Sunday, The Years, Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Friday, Pistol Pete.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Crawfish Stew, Outlaw Avenue. Saturday, Alias.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Outerphase.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Friday, Jason Paris. Sunday, Sarah Christine.

Salamander Shores Friday, Mick Jones.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Four To The Floor. Sunday, Ben Woodham, Sunday Soul Sessions.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Friday, Tim Harding. Saturday, Erin Re-Jigged, Murphy O’Toole.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Zane Penn. Saturday, Mick Jones.

Small Ballroom Friday, Crystal Ignite, Foeman, Outsider Now.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Mark Lee. Saturday, Two Left Feet.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Jake Davey.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Redline.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Elephant Sessions (SCO). Friday, Jon Toogood (NZ). Saturday, Joe Mungovan.

Star Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske's Guitar Lounge.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Impudent Lager Wort. Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Normy James.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Wicked.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Brindle Pigs.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kevin O'Hara.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Jackson Broadway. Saturday, Rock Oz.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Hotel Friday, Sarah De Bono Duo. Sunday, Russell Morris.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Boney Rivers. Sunday, Joel Oakhill.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Leigh Warren.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Kim. Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, The Gaudrys.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Max Jackson.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Loko Band. Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Boys in the Band. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Thursday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Jam Night. Friday, Early Daze. Saturday, Future Rock Star Showcase, Aqwa, Amigos. Sunday, John Larder, Ron Knight & The Daze Band.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, The Big Bang.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Megan Core.

MOVIES

12 Strong (MA) A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.

A Fantastic Woman (MA) Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. (MA)

Black Panther (M) T’Challa who returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to become king, but when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested.

Breathe (PG) The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. (Regal)

Darkest Hour (PG) During the early days of WWII, the fate of Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. (Regal)

Death Wish (R) A family man becomes a vigilante killing machine when his family is violently attacked by robbers.

Finding Your Feet (M) Lady Sandra Abbott finds the courage to reinvent herself after she flees a broken marriage to stay with her bohemian sister in London. 

Game Night (MA) A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.

Human Flow (M) Director and artist, Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis. (Tower)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG) In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. (Kotara, Event)

Lady Bird (M) The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Paddington 2 (G) Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Peter Rabbit (PG) Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden.

Red Sparrow (MA) Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat.

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (M) Laird Hamilton is perhaps the greatest big wave surfer of all time, a living legend who has tamed some of the world’s mightiest waves. (Tower)

The BBQ (PG) Dazza accidentally gives his neighbours food poisoning. To make amends he seeks tutelage from the tyrannical Scottish chef and together they enter an international barbecue competition. (Regal)

The Greatest Showman (PG) Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. (Lake Cinema)

The Mercy (M) An amateur sailor competes in the 1968 Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. (Tower)

The Post (M) A cover-up that spanned four US Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. (Lake Cinema)

The Shape Of Water (MA) In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

The Strangers: Prey At Night (MA) A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are visited by three masked psychopaths, to test their every limit.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA) A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Tomb Raider (M) Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. 

Tron (G) A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program. (Event, Kotara)

THEATRE

A Murder is Announced Amusing Agatha Christie mystery, with a town’s residents meeting to discuss a newspaper advertisement about a coming murder. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Friday, at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm (final shows).

Kiss Me Like You Mean It Love is in the air in Chris Chibnall’s play, with two young people attracted to each other at a party, and a couple married for 50 years celebrating on the floor above. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Friday and Saturday, at 8pm, until March 24; Sunday at 2pm.

Ross Noble - El Hablador Comedian Ross Noble plays a shadowy and exotic figure whose nature and exchanges with audience members raise laughter. A-List Entertainment, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Wednesday, at 8pm.

Newcastle Fringe Festival 2018 This year’s Fringe includes 24 shows at six venues, with 70 performances from March 21 to 25 - comedy, theatre, children’s theatre, music, dance, cabaret, circus – and artists from Germany, England, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, and the Hunter. Wednesday, March 21, shows. Royal Exchange, Newcastle: 7.30pm, A Showgirl: Deconstructed – Carlotta the Great looks amusingly in this cabaret at a showgirl’s life; 9pm, Shaken: A James Bond Cabaret – Charlie D Barkle looks at the seven actors who played Bond in films. Grand Hotel, Newcastle: 7.30pm, Loser - Novocastrian Bree Cunningham stages, with other female actors, amusing short plays she has tried to enter in competitions. Wesley Church, Hamilton: 9pm, The Fun Talker – Ally Baharoon examines through comedy the stutter he has suffered for 20 years. Catapult Dance Studio, Newcastle West: 7.30pm, Amor – Stephanie Rochet uses technology to converse live with her lover/actor in Chile. Go to www.newcastlefringe.com.au for more info.