A new installation presented by Laing Art Gallery and Tyneside cinema, this giant panoramic vision of Mars set 200 years in the future has been created using NASA data by Canadian artist Kelly Richardson.
Mariner 9, 10th May–7th September Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle 0191 232 7734 www.twmuseums.org.uk
Since 2009, Mark Steel has toured the towns of Britain performing specially written stand-up about the local area for Radio 4. If you prefer your gags locally-sourced, don't miss a unique show in Saltburn.
Mark Steel's In Town, 22nd May, Saltburn Arts Centre, 7.30pm www.saltburnarts.co.uk
Step back in time to millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Woodhorn Museum will welcome fearsome animatronic dinosaurs in an exhibition of prehistoric peril.
Dinosaur Encounter, From 24th May until 1st September, Woodhorn Museum, Ashington 01670 624455 www.experiencewoodhorn.com