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James Guppy’s first local exhibition, The Secrets of Dark Contemplation, will be open to the public from Thursday July 10 at Art Piece Gallery in Mullumbimby. Photo Jeff Dawson
James Guppy’s first local exhibition, The Secrets of Dark Contemplation, will be open to the public from Thursday July 10 at Art Piece Gallery in Mullumbimby. Photo Jeff Dawson

Guppy’s Feast

Featured in an Echonetdaily story Guppy shows off his dark arts, a show by James Guppy, one of Australia’s most notable painters of small, exquisitely executed, evocative paintings and large mythic tableaux, will open with a sit-down feast at Mullumbimby’s Art Piece Gallery on Thursday July 10.

It’s been more than 20 years since local artist James Guppy, lauded as one of Australia’s most notable painters, has exhibited locally.

Guppy’s subject matter includes surreal moments, formidable women, anthropomorphic beings and mythic animals. Executed with a refined and intelligent approach, they appear both dramatic and lifelike. Exhibition opening free for public at 6pm.  Sit-down feast with artist $68 per head from 7.30pm. Call the gallery on 6684 3446 to book.

Talking About Legal Ethics

This Friday the clever people of Byron Café Philo present a discussion on Legal Ethics: What Lawyers Get Away With, introduced by John Bailey.

He provocatively suggests that the concept Legal Ethics is an oxymoron because the rules that have been established by the states to oversee legal practice may not actually be very ethical and may not satisfy the standards of fairness held by the man or woman in the street.

He asks if these rules are merely a con-job by the legal profession. John has been a teacher, a public servant and a barrister and has written seven books, mainly on Australian and US history, and has won several literary awards, including the Centenary Medal of the Australian Government for services to literature.

Byron Café Philo Luscious Cafe in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate. 5.30pm this Friday.

Fiona-McGary-(23)Comedy has its Day in Court

If you feel like a laugh then you are in luck. Mullumbimby’s favourite comedy night, Open Mic at the Court House, hits the stage this Thursday at 8pm.

With Fiona McGary at the helm expect a night of rollicking laughs. McGary has an easy charm. She’s the best mate you wish you had; laidback, tongue in cheek, and quite a deep thinker!

She leads the charge with the brightest and boldest on the comedy circuit.

Fawlty Dining

We all loved Fawlty Towers.

The series ran for only 13 episode,s but most of us have probably watched each one 13 times each and still laughed.

Fawlty Towers The Dining Experience was born in Brisbane in 1997 and made its international debut in 2008 at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it has sold out every year since.

It opened a residency in London’s West End in October 2012 and continues there still. Eight teams of cast now tour the world non-stop.

Saturday at the Ballina RSL. Tickets are $64.90pp, which includes three-course meal and two-hour show. Call 6686 2544.

Serving Country

Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond is the theme that honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who fought in the defence of country. The official launch of the exhibition coincides with national NAIDOC week celebrations and is officiated by Aunty Nancy Walker on Sunday at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (44 Cherry St, Ballina) at 1pm. All welcome.

Ruby’s Wish

Ruby’s Wish is a performance for children that mixes theatre and puppetry and takes us inside the vivid imagination of Ruby and a clown doctor while confined to a hospital bed. At Lismore City Hall’s Studio on Friday and Saturday. Call 1300 066 772 for session times and ticketing.

In-The-Air-NAIDOC Screenings

The Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest and iQ are present a selection of inspiring Indigenous short films selected from the finalists of Flickerfest 2014.

The 90-minute program features some of the freshest Indigenous filmmakers today.

Highlights include: In The Air, a romantic comedy from the Kimberley about the feisty camp cook Sue, who goes from the frying pan to the fire trying to get her man.

Ngarritj, a little white corella with a big attitude who flies freely around the Yolngu community of Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island, NT) visiting everyone and speaking the local language.

Vote Yes set in Australia’s 1967 referendum on Aboriginal rights where two women unite as a family, come to terms with the prospect of change.

Starring Miranda Tapsell (The Sapphires). Aboriginal Heart – a young city doctor’s first job in an Indigenous community outback takes a turn when some savvy local Aboriginal women compel him to buy all their artwork. Cannibal Story brings to life the dangerous carnivorous beings that live beneath a salt lake in the heart of the Western Desert.

This is Martu artist Yunkurra Billy Atkins’s country.

The Chuck In – three sixteen-year-old boys concoct an elaborate plan to purchase a carton of liquid gold, by local Casino Bundjalung filmmaker Jon Bell. Tuesday 8 July at Byron Community Centre from 6.30pm. Tix $8 / $5 con (at door only).

Workshop with master drummer

Bassidi Kone (performing with Hayden Hack Infusion) will be conducting a fabulous African drumming workshop at Kulchajam, Byron, on Saturday from 11am till 12.30pm. Anyone who wants to spend time with this master drummer contact 0434 585 992 for registrations and enquiries.

So You Blokes Want to Sing?

If you are a bloke and you’d like to have a crack at singing and would like a cheap and fun alternative to private singing lessons, where you get to groove on the African-American rhythms of acapella gospel, in easy-to-learn, funky, four-part harmony songs, improving your pitch, harmony and rhythm, and busting out your inner James Brown in our vocal jams?

Raise the Roof is your local community gospel and eco-soul choir, with a weekly session near you – meeting in Suffolk (Tues 11–1), Bruns (Tues 6.30–8.30) and Murwillumbah (Mon 7–9).

All are welcome, no auditions, with first session free for our special Free Try in July, and any bloke who brings another bloke along scores an extra free session for both blokes. Call 0417 277 211 for details. Women welcome too, of course!

Learning French

Have you ever thought about taking up a language? I speak foul language and it’s really great to have a second tongue! If you’d like to speak something a little sexier then why not French? Alliance Française is a not-for-profit organisation and will be running classes for beginners starting Thursday 24 July from 11am to 1pm at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Centre in Ewingsdale. Call Anne on 0481 355 773.


Lone Goat Gallery

Lone Goat Gallery will host an exhibition of established local artist Jay Pearse’s series of works: Dams, Waterholes and Billabongs Go to New York, 3–16 July 2014. All welcome to the opening this Friday 4 July at 6pm

Art Talk in the Pub

This month C.A.S.E. Inc have invited artist James Guppy to Talk Art in the Pub at the Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby on Tuesday 15 July at 6pm. An opportunity to learn more about his survey exhibition at Art Piece Gallery.

Byron Sophia

Byron Sophia Philosophical Group – J Krishnamurti: Religion, Authority & Education, presented by Gerald Reardon, Thursday 3 July, 1–3pm at Masonic Centre, 6 Byron St, Byron Bay. Info: Celia 6684 3623.

Free school of music

Guitar/banjo/mouth-organ player, 71 years, requests expressions of interest in a free school of music for all ages from would-bes to tragics. Phone John 0424 916 074.

Artworks needed

Everyone who is creative is invited to enter works in the Ocean Shores Art Expo. Prizes amount to more than $5,000. Enter online at osartexpo.com by 3 August.

Mullum craft show

Mullumbimby Craft and Quilt Show to be held at Mullumbimby High School 19 July 9am–2.30pm. Money raised to the Special Needs Unit at the high school and the Sunshine Bus for the children. Stallholders can contact Lesley on 6684 3331 (daytime only).


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