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December 3, 2021

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Solveig-with-MandyPainting Mullum

Local artist Solveig will be unveiling her most recent artworks in a vibrant exhibition called Colourful Mullumbimbians at the Empire Cafe on Thursday 20 March.

Solveig’s latest body of work celebrates community through the colourful characters that call Mullum home. Portraits on display include comedy queen Mandy Nolan, actor/ activist Tony Barry, singer/songwriter Rebeca Ireland, hitch-hiking life coach Shanti Ananda and performance artist Dannidoo Butterfly, and environmental campaigner Paul Brecht.

‘It’s taken me a year to put this together,’ says Solveig, who will be hosting a smashing opening party on Thursday March 20.

The artist extends her thanks to local businesses, The Court House Hotel, Empire Cafe and Mullum Mac, who have rallied behind her to ensure the success of her exhibition. From 6pm. All welcome.

Paradiso Rap

Paradiso Poets are having a hip-hop special this month. The night will feature local spoken-word artists, singers and rappers including Rangimarie aka MC Ms Exotic, Sistagurl’s MC Muana, and more. Open readers and rappers are welcome. It all starts at 7pm Wednesday 19 March at Pizza Paradiso, Suffolk Park, hosted by Vasudha Harte.

Seniors Week Big Band

Northern Rivers Big Band will bring great big-band swing to Ballina RSL on Sunday March 16 for Seniors Week, featuring wonderful vocalist Laura Nobel and a great band playing many of the favourite tunes from Duke Ellington and Glen Miller. The concert starts at 2pm with interval and finish at 5pm.

Tattoo Art

The Ajna Tattoo Art Exhibition with live music from Kevin Mark Trail + guests at the Bangalow Bowling Club is set to be hosted by Claire Reid and Jacob Gwynn of Ajna Tattoo in Rosebank. Twelve well-known and up-and-coming local artists will be displaying and selling their work along with projections, live tattooing and live music from Kevin Mark Trail – a singer/songwriter and producer from London. Claire Reid opened the Rosebank-based Ajna Tattoo Studio in September 2013; prior to this she has been tattooing in the UK, America, Borneo, Japan, Peru, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and Europe. In her work Claire celebrates the power of fusion art influenced by the experiences of working and living with contemporary tattoo artists around the world. With a passion for organic shapes and a love of colour, Claire’s work explores people and life experiences – individuals’ interpretations of their loves, lives, fantasies and passions – creating new and unexpected themes.

Claire is the founder and organiser of the acclaimed Rites of Passage tattoo convention, Melbourne, now in its third year. The festival arose from a dream to connect people with the ancient practice of tattooing and scarification used across indigenous cultures worldwide, with profits being utilised to replant Australian old-growth rainforest. While regularly being invited to guest at studios and conventions internationally, Claire continues her goal to connect people through tattooing and art to the planet and a higher understanding of life. Friday, doors opening at 6.30,  music from 8pm. Tix $10 and will be available at the door.

Elton John at the Palace

Singer, songwriter, performer and legend – Elton John is known and loved around the world. His extraordinary career recently moved into a new phase with his critically acclaimed The Million Dollar Piano concert, currently being performed to standing ovations during Elton’s residency at The Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. He performs all his greatest hits including Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, I’m Still Standing, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Crocodile Rock and Your Song in a show guaranteed to put a smile on any face. Elton John – The Million Dollar Piano screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema on Sunday March 23 at 4pm. Tickets $18–20 available now at the Palace box office or online at www.palacecinemas.com.au.

Supporting Your Theatre Company

The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents a variety show of style fundraiser this Sunday, featuring a wide range of performers from comedy to music to short theatre skits. Some of the featured acts will include the Hinterland Wayfarers, Mavis and Jean Circus acts, El Psycho and The Ghost Chickens. The $20/$15 conc entry ticket will include a relaxed late afternoon tea during the show’s interval. The fundraiser is being staged with a strong community effort and a wonderful volunteer spirit to raise the capital required to continue alterations and improvements to the Drill Hall Theatre’s stage in preparation for an exciting 2014 season of theatre and beyond. From 5pm. Tix at the door. At the Drill Hall of course!

Comedy Cherries Popped for Your Laughing Pleasure!

The latest crop of standup comedy virgins are finishing up their ‘how to be a standup comic in six weeks’ program. It’s not as hard as it looks, and is firmly rooted in the theory ‘Take any disaster and just add laughter’. As usual it’s been a diverse group. Over the month and half of their comedy discovery process the students have revealed their deepest, darkest secrets. What do they think about relationships? How do they feel about politics? What’s their view on god? Mandy Nolan encourages participants to have a good hard look at themselves in the funniest way possible.

‘Comedy comes from serious situations,’ she says. ‘The best comedy is when people manage to talk about things that may have been a struggle for them. It’s always a surprise on stage when people laugh, and it’s gratifying to learn that you are not alone!’ Mandy is committed to finding each person’s unique characteristics and having those translate on stage in performance. ‘Standup is not just downloading a few gags off the internet – it has to be about who the person is, and how they engage an audience. Mindless jokes that are just said for the sake of being funny don’t work. It’s like badly fitting pants: they don’t look any good, so you might as well take a risk and show your arse. At least it will be authentic! For me authenticity is the key.’ The 14 new standups are nervously practising their routines, getting ready for popping their comedy cherries at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services at 8pm on Thursday. Tickets at the door or bookings to 6619 0529. Tix are just $10/15.

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