Bev Killick is one of the most outrageous, riotous comics on the circuit. In fact even Mandy Nolan, known for her in-your-face antics, is brought undone. ‘Bev makes me look like a nun!’ laughs Nolan, who welcomes the glorious Ms Killick to the stage as special guest MC for BellyLaugh at the Brewery this month.
This free comedy night is focusing on the wild and wanton voice of women in comedy. Featuring only women on the open mic, with new and emerging talent coming from as far afield as Brisbane, this is going to be one killer night of kick-arse laughs.
Bev Killick and her pack of sharp-tongued bitches perform at the Byron Brewery on Thursday at 8pm. Free show.
Bliss Farmers Incorporated!
If you are wanting to get in touch with your Bliss then you are invited to share a week with Phoenix Arrien, who is conducting a ‘Deep Expansive Healing Intensive: Healing Your Hurts, Living Your Realness, Flowing Your Bliss’.
Participants are encouraged to resolve issues, uncover hidden layers blocking true authenticity, and to emerge renewed.
For enquiries call Phoenix on 0407 650 026. Control Yourself!
Okay, admit it, you are a Control Freak.
Hell, if you aren’t then you are probably comfortable being out of control! Belinda Raisin explores the life we live as control freaks in our multitasking, multivitamin, multimedia, multi-orgasmic modern era.
This former ballerina and self-confessed control freak created this show after failing to find the balance in her own life. ‘Control breeds chaos. How can we possibly achieve success in our careers, raise a normal family, keep a clean house, see our friends, keep fit, keep up with the news, find a moment to unwind and keep our sanity?’ asks Belinda. ‘We’re trying so hard to do it all, be it all, have it all – do we ever get the time to actually enjoy it all?
‘I realised the way I was living my life was so ridiculous, it was actually rather hilarious.’
Catch Confessions of a Control Freak, a comedy cabaret, on Friday at the Byron Theatre at 7.30pm.
Tickets on 6685 6807 or byroncentre.com.au.
Women in the Same Dress
The upcoming Drill Hall Theatre Company production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball (who wrote American Beauty, Six Feet Under and True Blood) sees the return to the acting stage of Melia Naughton, one half of the local singing sister duo Scarlett Affection.
Melia’s last performance as an actor was in 2003 with the Playbox Theatre in Melbourne at the Malthouse Theatre. Melia studied acting at the Victorian College of the Arts and toured with Bell Shakespeare before abandoning her acting career to join her sister in Scarlett Affection.
At its most basic, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress is a darkly comic story of five bridesmaids who can’t stand the bride and who really don’t know each other very well but end up close friends. The Drill Hall Theatre on Friday 25 July, and for three weekends until 10 August.
Tickets are at drillhalltheatre.org.au or at the Mullumbimby Bookshop.
Burlesque Idol and Noir Revue have come together to showcase some of the brightest stars in the burlesque and cabaret scene both here and through Europe.
BI was created to support emerging talent and has been running in London for the past five years. Featuring a lineup of Australian’s fastest-rising stars, this is truly the best of burlesque.
And as for Noir Revue, this is a musical cabaret burlesque murder mystery!
Blues-soaked cabaret narrated by an unseen detective and featuring circus, cabaret, burlesque, torch-singer blues crooner and film.
Together they hit all the right notes! Sunday at the Byron Community Centre’s Theatre from 6pm.
Some Like it French
Step into a French-themed village atmosphere in beautiful Stokers Siding Hall on Saturday when the Multicultural Society presents Let’s Go French Bastille Day celebration.
The crew are putting on a French fete with fine French food, drinks, great music, dance and lots of fun! Stokers Moulin Rouge will feature entertainment including the world-famous Can-Can.
The deliciously authentic three-course dinner has been prepared with love by French chefs especially for the night. A feast of soups, mains and sumptuous desserts, along with a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival. Also featuring French music played by the very talented Marcus Nassner and Rudi Gerhardt duo and friends.
There will also be other lustrous ‘chansons’ sung with friends throughout the evening. Bookings are essential and places are limited; tickets must be purchased in advance with payment to accompany the bookings. Doors open 6.30pm, dinner and entertainment commence from 7.30pm.
Tickets just $45pp for this inaugural night of nights!, for bookings online: www.trybooking.com/89966 or email Michelle: [email protected] Phone enquiries Jenny: 0418 723 908
Catch the stunning work of Katka Adams when she opens Parade at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina on Wednesday.
Originally from Prague, Katka arrived in 1968 when her home country was invaded by Russia.
The inspiration for Katka’s whimsical work was her recent travels to Japan where, she says, ‘I witnessed a magical procession of adorned rocks and trees, shrines to animals and sacred places of natural beauty’.
Opening on Wednesday at The Northern Rivers Community Gallery at 5.30pm. Exhibition runs weekdays from 10am till 4pm.
Protest Songs: Artful Actions
The Northern Rivers of NSW is home to a vocal and vibrant activist culture. Australia’s first major forest blockade occurred at Terania Creek in 1979; and most recently thousands of locals blockaded a proposed gas mining site at Bentley, outside Lismore.
These protests; and thousands of others across the globe; have often involved creative actions to draw attention to the different issues they represent. Protests Songs: Artful Actions is an exhibition that begins with activism from the 1960s, through to the present day, and seeks to articulate the various ways in which creativity has helped to promote awareness of issues of the day.
The exhibition starts with footage detailing the story of the Yolgnu people’s bark petition tabled in parliament in 1963.
Works by artists Richard Bell, boat-people, Yhonnie Scarce, Therese Ritchie, Chips Mackinolty, Aris Prabawa, Raquel Ormella, Deborah Kelly & Tina Fiveash and Alex Seton address arrange of contemporary issues; while local activists Benny Zable and the Knitting Nanas Against Greed And Gas will create new actions specifically for the exhibition. Safdar Ahmed, Zanny Begg, Mona Moradveisi, Murtaza Ali Jafari, Sayed Hadi Husseini & Collaborators From The Refugee Art Project have produced a sensational metre long collaborative wall work which uses the motif of the waq waq tree from the 13th Islamic tradition. This tree grows human fruit that can talk and tells stories of the future.
Protests Songs: Artful Actions will be opened by Aidan Ricketts on Friday, from 5.30pm for a 6pm start at the Lismore Regional Gallery. The exhibition continues to September 7.