It’s the weekend. Make the most of it with a little help from the Herald.

SATURDAYCinema Under The Stars 5.30pm, King Edward Park. Pack a picnic blanket and watch SING! when the sun goes down. Lots of family-friendly activities plus live entertainment, too.
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Sand Sculpting Workshop and Competition 9am to 11am, Blacksmiths Beach. Join master sculptor Dennis Massoud for a sand-sculpting workshop before putting your new skills to the test in a fun, family-friendly sand-sculpting competition. Skills workshop 9am to 9.30am, sand-sculpting competition 9.30am to 11am. Bookings not required. Bring two buckets per person.

Newcastle Street Art Walking Tour 2pm, meet at Foghorn Brewhouse. Tickets $20 at visitnewcastle老域名购买.au/street-art-walking; duration 90 minutes.

Aquatic Challenger Saturday and Sunday, noon to 2pm, Swansea Swim Centre.Enjoy taking on this inflatable obstacle course on water. Six years and over;$2.50 per person, $5 per family.

WaterWorld Central Saturday and Sunday, Doyalson-Wyee RSL Club. The park runs on set two-hour session times from 10am to 4pm. Wristbands are $25 for children; $10 for adults.

Newcastle Fire and Flow Jam 6.30pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Drumming circle at 8pm.

Op Shop Tour with Raid My Wardrobe 9.30am to 12.30pm, 8 Beaumont Street, Hamilton. Cost $38, book at eventbrite老域名购买.au.

Shine for Emma Dunlop 1pm, Clare Castle, 17 William Street, Raymond Terrace. A fundraiser for Emma Dunlop, who is fighting stage 4 melanoma. Raffles; auction; BBQ; live music.

Screen on the Green 7.30pm, Maitland Park Bowling Club. Sausage sizzle and film The Emoji Movie.

Free Art January 10am, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Fun art-making activities.

Hunter Valley Wrestling Ready 2 Rumble 20187pm, Club Maitland City, Rutherford.

Christmas Lights Spectacular Saturday and Sunday, 5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens. Lights, rides, food stalls, live entertainment and more. Until January 27.

Nelson Bay Family Carnival Saturday and Sunday, 7pm onwards, Fly Point Park.

SUNDAYHunter Wedding Expo 10am to 2pm, Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre, Wests City.

Free Art January 10am to 5pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Fun art-making activities.

SAVE THE DATEThe Lake Mac Festival of Surfing is at Redhead Beach January20 and 21 forlongboards, short boards and stand-up paddleboards (SUP). There will be markets and beach activities, plusthe $23,000 ECS Boards Surf SUP & Paddle Battle –the richest prize money for SUP events in .

MARKETSLake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.

Medowie Markets Saturday, 8am to 12.30pm, outside the Bull ‘n’ Bush Hotel, Medowie.

Newcastle Racecourse Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm,Darling Street, Broadmeadow.

Tomaree Market Sunday, 8.30am to 1pm, Tomaree Sports Complex park, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay.

Wollombi Village Market Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Wollombi.

ARTSLake Macquarie City Art GalleryBoard; Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures (surf lifesaving); At The Beach. Until February 4.

Finite GalleryCaves BeachSchool holiday workshops, go tofinitegallery老域名购买/category/newsfor details.

Cooks Hill GalleriesThe Summer Collection, online exhibition. Until February 4.

The Lock UpFinal Remembering, by Lottie Consalvo. In the Halls of My Youth, by James Drinkwater. Until January 21.

Newcastle MuseumDinosaur Revolution, until January 28.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryArt Maker, Patron, Lover, by Gary Grealy. Until March 18.David Archer: Archer’s Arcadia. Until February 4. Passchendale –A Ridge Too Far, Photography in Battle; Taking a closer look, by Bruce Roxburgh. Until January 28. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8.

Newcastle Art GalleryPainting Memory: From The Collection. Until January 28. Everything Changes: Tim Maguire 2002-2017. Until February 18.Free tours, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am, until February 18. Also, Art Cart, Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Art Systems WickhamLost & Found: Memory, by Maggie Hall. Ends Sunday.

Gallery 139The Doggie Show. Until February 4.

Timeless TextilesThe Nature of Things, by NCEATA. Until Ends Sunday.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Sun, Surf and Sand. Until January 20.

THEATREDead Centre and Sea WallThis double bill by Tom Holloway and Simon Stephens looks atfactors that alter the relationship between a couple, with the woman moving from England to in Dead Centre to try to escape her past, and the man looking in Sea Wall at issuesin a coastal region that affected them. Stooged Theatre, at the Catapult Dance Studios,Newcastle West. Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 6pm, until January 21, plus Friday,January 19, at 7.30pm.

For the Love of Mrs BrownWidow Mrs Brown uses internet social media to try to get aromantic partner for Valentine’s Day, and her family use diverse means to win relationships;amusing live version of the TV series with writer-actor Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown.Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Nightly from Thursday, January 18, toSaturday, January 20, at 7.30pm, plus 2pm Saturday.

Honk JrLively musical adaptation of fairy tale The Ugly Duckling, with a young castplaying the farmyard animals with very different views of a very unusual baby bird. MaitlandMusical Society. Maitland Pro Cathedral (St John’s Hall): Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm,Sunday at 2pm. James Theatre, Dungog: Saturday, January 20, at 7.30pm, Sunday, January21, at 2pm.

Mo Comedy in JanuaryA showcase of Newcastle’s comedic talent, including IsaacButterfield, Soame Chopra, Brendon Knott, Glenn Majurey, Andrew Milos, Clinton Starrettand Steven White, hosted by award-winning comedian, Jason Starrett, to raise funds forMovember. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Thursday, dinner and show from 6pm; show only at 8.30pm.

Take Me to NeverlandNewcastle playwright Riley McLean reworks, with comedy anddrama, the story of Peter Pan and shows how his experiences as an orphan and psychiatricpatient left him determined not to grow up. Bearfoot Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse,Newcastle. Nightly from Thursday, January 11, to Saturday, January 13, at 7pm, plus 2pmSaturday.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Perry Carter. Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Pat Vs Cat.Sunday,Mick Jones.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Dave Feint.

Avon Valley InnSaturday, Steel City.

Bar Petite Saturday, Jerome.

Battlesticks BarSaturday,Elisa Kate. Sunday,Robbie Long.

Beach HotelSaturday, D.Love. Sunday, Misbehave.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Akmal, Cruzers, The Andy Show. Sunday, 2 Left Feet.

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Belmont HotelSunday, Todd Schmoo.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Code Red.

Blackbutt HotelSaturday,Siren.

The BradfordSaturday, Beau Hatch Duo.

Cambridge HotelSaturday, ColourSound ft. Solomon Campbell,Phil Shaw, Ryan Paul, Tomas Truban, Tomek (Glasshouse),The Venom Lips, Friday Night Zoo, Kingsley James (Warehouse). Sunday, Four Year Strong (US), Knocked Loose (US) (Glasshouse),Bermuda Bloom, Wysper (Warehouse).

Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday, Mardmax.

Catho PubSaturday, Bob Allan.Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Holly Mae.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Phonic.

Charlestown Golf ClubSunday, Phil McKnight.

Club CatalinaSunday, Roxy.

Club LemonTreeSaturday, Kellie Cain.

Colliery InnSaturday, Zane Penn.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday,2 To The Floor.

Country Club Hotel Shoal BaySaturday, Ryan Daley, DJ Willan, Robbie Long, Sunday Avenue. Sunday, Casey Bellamy, DJs Eclipse & Grizzy, D.Love, DJ Kstar, DJ Ules.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Brien McVernon. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday,Viagro.

Customs HouseSaturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Sunset Club.

D’Albora MarinaSunday, Kazzie.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, DJ Cotton. Sunday, Wayne Rogers.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Cotton Sax & Strings.

Easts Leisure & Golf ClubSaturday, Pete McCredie.

Edgeworth TavernSaturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Exchange HotelSaturday, Misbehave.

FinnegansSaturday, Chunky Dip.

Flow Bar –Old BarSaturday, Kim Churchill.

Gateshead TavernSunday,Katie N Feff.

George TavernSaturday, The New Cool.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, 24 Hours.

​Hamilton Station HotelSaturday, Georgia Maq, Spencer Scott, Rachel Maria Cox. Sunday, Scumbag, GrimDisparo,Loose Unit,Body Melt.

Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, Brendan Murphy, Paperboy. Sunday, Howie & Alex.

Hexham Bowling ClubSunday, Anthony Lee.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Lisa Hunt & Forever Soul.

Hotel DelanySaturday, Sundays Record.

Hotel JesmondSunday, Crawfish Stew.

Imperial Hotel SingletonSaturday, Loose Bazooka.

Jewells TavernSunday, James Naldo.

Kent HotelSaturday, The Smarts.

King Street HotelSaturday, Anthems.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSaturday, Murray Byfield.Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday,Sister Rosicky,Dane Overton & The Joy Williams Band, Bravo Victor.Sunday,Lovegas.

Lizotte’sSaturday, Russell Morris, Whistle Dixie.

Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Anthony Lee.

Lucky HotelSaturday, KR Duo. Sunday, The Gleesons.

Mark HotelSunday, The V Dubs.

Mary Ellen HotelSaturday, Easy Daze. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Max Jackson.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Tyler John.

Metropolitan Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Full Throttle. Sunday, Metro’s Muso Muster.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,Gen-R-8, Alessandro.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Murray Byfield.

Murray’s BrewerySaturday, Holly Mae Wilson. Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Mick Jones.

Neath HotelSaturday, Green Ginger.

Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday, Purple Hearts.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Love That Hat.

Northern Star HotelSaturday, Allon.

Pedens CessnockSaturday,Xyz.

Pelican RSL ClubSunday, Pistol Pete.

Pippis At The PointSaturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Potters BrewerySaturday, Brendan Murphy.

Premier HotelSunday, Trancemission.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, Kylie Jane, The Gaudrys. Sunday, Loko, Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Boney Rivers.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, Tailgate Drive.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, Kristy James.

Shortland HotelSaturday, Reg Sinclair.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, The Way.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, Summerland Kings.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Kristy James.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Andy Abra Band.

Station HotelKurri KurriSaturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling ClubSaturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Marriah.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving ClubSunday, Jim Neal.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Witchery.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday,Ethan Latsinos. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Beau Hatch.

Toronto DiggersSaturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto HotelSunday, Glen Harrison.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Hummdinger. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Michael Bryers. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Wangi HotelSaturday, Layth Gunn.Sunday, Duncan Woods.

Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Jackson Halliday.

Warners At The BaySaturday, The DuoTones.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday, Big Night Out.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Hayden Johns.

Wests New LambtonSaturday, Dr Zoom. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Phoenix,Rock This City Band.Sunday,Kellie Cain,Kevin Borich.

UPCOMING GIGSJanuary

18-20For The Love Of Mrs Brown (UK) –Newcastle Entertainment Centre

20Thrashville ft. Frenzal Rhomb, Batpiss, King Parrot & more –Dashville

26In Hearts Wake – Cambridge

27-28The Black Sorrows –Lizotte’s

February

3Iron Chic (US) –Hamilton Station Hotel

10Crossroads Blues In The Vines ft. Buddy Guy (US), Ian Moss, Diesel, Russell Morris –Roche Estate

10Tim Hart (Boy & Bear) –Lizotte’s

11Celtic Woman –Civic Theatre

15Unwritten Law –Small Ballroom (Marina to shoot)

16Tori Forsyth –Small Ballroom

MOVIESAli’s Wedding(M)After a white liewhich spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric’s eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an n born-Lebanese girl. (Lake Cinema)

All The Money In The World(R)The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-oldJohn Paul Getty IIIand the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfatherJean Paul Gettyto pay the ransom.

Breathe(M)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. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. (Tower)

Call Me ByYour Name(M)Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American-Italian is enamored by an American student who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them. (Tower)

Coco(PG)Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.

Darkest Hour(PG)Within days of becoming prime minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

Downsizing(M)Imagine what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall & propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

Ferdinand(G)After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home.

Final Portrait(M)The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. (Lake Cinema)

Home Again(PG)Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. (Lake Cinema)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle(PG)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.

Murder On The Orient Express(M)When a murder occurs on the train he’s travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case. (Lake Cinema)

Paddington 2(G) Now happily settled with the Brown family, Paddington 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.

Pitch Perfect 3(M)Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Stars Wars Episode VIII:The Last Jedi(M)Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers.

The Greatest Showman(PG)The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature(PG)Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.

The Post(M)A thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four US presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers –and their very freedom –to help bring long-buried truths to light.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri(MA)After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police.

Three Summers(M)At a summer music festival, the feisty lead singer of an Irish folk band meets a folk music-hating Theremin playerand sparks literally fly. (Lake Cinema)

Wonder(PG)A boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s an ordinary kid.

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