january events… queers falling in love, grandma’s house, the delian mode & a few nice shows (including one that maybe is a bit too nice)

Posted on January 3, 2013


here’s a few of my picks for january 2013 for lovely queer and/or feminist friendly events in and around the north east.


Straight as a Rainbow: Hopeful Romantics film season at the Star and Shadow Cinema (Newcastle upon Tyne): Four contemporary films about falling in love with a same-sex focus. Niiice. Snuggling at the back, daydreaming, falling in love and hand holding encouraged.Tickets for each film cost £5/£3.50 concessions. All films start at 7.30 pm, doors open at 6.30 pm.

Sunday 13:  Kiss Me/Kyss Mig (dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining, 2011, Sweden, English subtitles) Set in Sweden, KISS ME follows the story of two thirty something women who fall for each other at their parents’ engagement party. With filmic nods to classic Swedish filmmakers, KISS ME is one of the most authentic, and moving, representations of love on screen. Shot on location around Sweden and on a tiny budget over 6 weeks, the film is beautifully acted and directed. It is all held together by stunning cinematography which utilises the beauty of the Scandinavian landscape. Facebook event 

Thursday 17: Weekend (dir. Andrew Haigh, 2011, UK) Set in Nottingham, WEEKEND follows the story of two guys, a one night stand and how their relationship blossoms over a single weekend. It has been compared to Richard Linklater’s‘Before Sunset/Before Sunrise’through its focus on two characters over a small period of time. Facebook event.

Thursday 31 – Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (dir. Madeline Olnek, 2012, USA) CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME tracks the adventures, misadventures and experiences of three aliens from the planet Zots, sent down to Earth on a mission to rid themselves of romantic emotions, which are considered toxic to their planet’s atmosphere. There they meet Jane, an Earthling of mild manners who lives an uneventful life and works in a stationery store; cross species romance ensues. Facebook event.

Sunday 3 February – North Sea Texas/ Noordzee Texas (dir. Bavo Defurne, 2012, Belgium) Pim lives in a small town on the Belgian coast, together with his single mother Yvette, a local accordion starlet. It’s an ordinary existence which Pim brightens up by dreaming of princesses, beauty queens and handsome Gino, the boy next door. But when hunky traveller Zoltan blows through town, Pim’s life takes an exciting and unexpected turn. Facebook event.

There are a few shows worth checking out to readjust your January blues…


Saturday 19 January – House show with Travels by Telephone, Elly Kingdon, Ferret Legs & Andrew Lips @ Grandma’s House. £3 donation. Starts at 8pm, finishes at 10:30pm. Expect blankets & soup.
Facebook event or email Andy Lips andrewlips@hotmail.co.uk for location and things.

Travels by Telephone Twee twiddly sweet songs from Yorkshire
Elly Kingdon Uke femme endearing tales from Stoke
Ferret Legs Songs for the anxious and weird
Andrew Lips Story songs about love and make outs

Find out more about Grandma’s House here


Sunday 20 – Delia Derbyshire Night @ Star & Shadow Cinema, starts 8pm.

A whole night dedicated to Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), a British experimental music pioneer – with a documentary screening of  The Delian Mode (2010, dir. Kara Blake, 25 min) with Director Q&A + especially commissioned live music! by Caro C,  Ailís Ní Ríain & Naomi Kashiwagi with visuals by Kara Blake and DJs playing Delian inspired sounds.

Facebook event and more information about the film tour and Delia Derbyshire here 


Sunday 27 – Sweet Empire, Bear trade, Control & Martha @ The Central Bar (Gateshead) £4, 7:30pm start.

SWEET EMPIRE – Punk fucking rock from Holland!
BEAR TRADE – Punk fucking rock from Sunderland/York
CONTROL – Hardcore punk fucking rock from Durham
MARTHA – Lovely indie-pop fucking rock from Durham!
Facebook event

Other things

Join the Pony Club at Discount Horse records to make 2013 a year of treats here