Brad Oakes’s decision to take up comedy in 1989 has seen him evolve into a popular and versatile performer, a veteran of thousands of shows, television appearances and other media. His technique incorporates adapting his speaking to match whichever audience he is working to entertain. This results in a natural style that translates to create an accessible humour that crowds around the country love. He has written for Full Frontal, Jimeoin, Comedy Company and Back Berner and has directed the shows for Corinne Grant, Lehmo, Geraldine Hickey, Harley Breen and Claire Hooper. Brad Oakes is the special guest MC at the free comedy open mic at Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby this Thursday. 8pm.
This Sunday the Palace in Byron live-streams Noel Coward’s play Private Lives, captured live in London at the Gielgud Theatre. Described by the UK Daily Telegraph as ‘one of the finest productions of the play I have seen… startlingly fresh, funny and unexpectedly moving… Five stars… Two hours of comic bliss’, and originally a Chichester Festival Theatre production, Coward’s provocative play still has the power to thrill and delight with its wicked wit. Elyot Chase and Amanda Prynne are glamorous, rich, reckless… and divorced. Five years later, their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses. This chance encounter instantly reignites their passion, and they fling themselves headlong into a whirlwind of love and lust once more, without a thought for partners present or turbulences past. At 10.30am.
This Friday, Byron Bay’s Philo Café features Matthew Del Nevo, prolific author and associate professor in philosophy at the Catholic Institute in Sydney. Matthew started Sydney’s first philocafe that ran for more than 20 years. He will conduct a session at Succulent Café at 5.30pm and everyone interested in the philosophical method is welcome. $15 entry includes coffee and delicious light snacks.
This Saturday and Sunday Vishva shares his yogic journey through the five elements with a series of workshops at Shiva Shakti Yoga in Byron Bay.
Vishva studied and practised Hatha and Raja yoga and the Vedic healing arts in northern India since childhood. From the age of eight, he studied Vedic wisdom at Kanvashram in the foothills of the Himalayas. Vishva went on to attain an MA and PhD in Yoga Philosophy. He then moved to Yoga Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, seeking advanced teachings in pranic purification from Yogi Nath, while teaching and inspiring students from around the world to live the yogic life with joy and dedication.
A testament to his loving and kind nature, in 2012 Vishva agreed to come to Byron Bay and perform.
Bookings: [email protected] For more information visit www.yogainbyron.com.
The Power is Yours
Mullum Forums present Taking Back Your Power at their regular gathering at the Uniting Church Hall in Mullumbimby. The documentary looks at the possible effects of prolonged exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
Thursday from 7pm.
Memories of Monologue
A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer is a combination of theatre pieces written by a variety of playwrights and actor/vists, including pieces by Alice Walker on the need for women to support women both emotionally and physically. Eve Ensler who penned The Vagina Monologues talks about finding meaning beyond the frivolous and Mollie Doyle talks about the first kiss and listening to a child’s truth. Monies raised will go towards northern rivers women and children’s services. Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Friday 11 April at 7.30pm. Tickets at byroncentre.com.au or 6685 6807.
The Art of Trebilcock
Ross Trebilcock is a neo-symbolist and visionary artist. Ross’s rare blend of craftsmanship and creative intuition, along with his exquisite use of colour, empower his symbolic expression of mythological archetypes. These unique manifestations that connect us with the collective consciousness and the universal mind portray what cannot be expressed in any other way other than through symbolism and symbolic media. Ross Trebilcock’s exhibition, EN-LIGHT-EN-MENT: Luminous Mind, consists of oil and acrylic paintings, lino cuts and etchings. Most of his paintings are reproduced as archival quality giclée prints. The exhibition’s opening is at The Lone Goat Gallery on Friday at 6.30pm, with entertainment provided by Fingal and Friends, and Sarah Standish. All welcome.
Art-monkeys and connoisseurs of things slinky and seductive will be enthralled by the feline grace of international temptress, the mesmerising Lady Cave. Performing between Australia and London, Lady Cave is a sultry Sketchy’s favourite and this is a chance to catch her before she competes in the finals for Miss Burlesque Australia! She is joined by Porcelaine Alice and MC Miss Mae Wilde. 6pm for 6.30pm. $15. At the Byron Brewery on Tuesday.
Pregnant with FILM
Bay FM’s presenters of the Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Radio present a special community radio fundraiser at the Community Centre in the shape of a film festival, with films all about babies! Called Baby! International Film Festival, this is a joint effort with the Northern Rivers Maternity Coalition. Films include Midwife The Documentary, Guerrilla Midwifery, and also a fatherly focus with the screening of Being With Her, about fathers attending the birth. Local filmmaker Karin Ecker will also be screening her film A Breech in the System. Starting at 11.30am, this labour of love is just $13 or $10 for subscribers! Tickets at the Byron Theatre or on the door on the day. Saturday April 5.
Good things come in Threes
Three of a Kind is an exhibition of the works of three longtime friends: Soren Carlbergg, Graham Mackie and James Willebrant. Soren, Graham and James became friends as schoolboys growing up in the northern suburbs of Sydney against the backdrop of the social evolution and revolution of the late 60s and early 70s. From very early in their years, all engaged in exploring the visual arts, although the making of music and performing was also very high on the agenda as well. The work of Soren Carlbergg has always favoured abstraction, with his work developing over time to incorporate mark-making, narrative threads subjugated or hidden in his sometimes complex line-work and the incorporation of figurative elements. Graham Mackie works in a number of media, including photography. His arts practice has come to focus on the life and landscape of his rural home in the Clarence Valley, where has lived for a number of years. James Willebrant established a successful professional career as an artist in Sydney within a few years of completing his formal tertiary studies. James’s paintings demonstrate highly ordered and crisp compositions of urban or rural landscapes with a twist. The show opens at The Channon Gallery on Saturday at 3pm, and runs for four weeks.
To celebrate the opening of the Margaret Olley Art Centre Margot Anthony and the Friends of The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc are proud to present: The Lyrebird Trio.
Glenn Christensen (Violin), Simon Cobcroft (cello), and Angela Turner ( piano), are all graduates of the Queensland Conservatorium, formed The Lyrebird Trio last year and have quickly acquired an impressive reputation, both in Australia and internationally.
In their first year , they won the Beleura Prize for best piano trio and the Peter Druce Audience Prize at the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition. They have recently returned from a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Christensen and Cobcroft are members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Turner, a lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium and specialist piano lecturer at Young Conservatorium.
The Lyrebird Trio at the Tweed Regional Gallery, Sunday April 6pm for 6.30pm
(Program: Beethoven Archduke /Haydn Trio in C major / Schumann Piano Trio No 2 in F major)