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Culture August 13

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art_Woodley.-420x0Woodley: Best in Show

Frank Woodley is built from funny. It’s in his bones. Whether he’s being a comedian, clown, actor or acrobat he is constantly creating characters and worlds to engage audiences of all ages.

Since emerging from the acclaimed duo Lano and Woodley (which lasted an astounding 20 years) Frank has created four new stage shows and his own ABC series, Woodley.

Frank continues to push the artistic boundaries as a comedic performer, bringing old-school charm to a sometimes abrasive genre.

Frank Woodley performs at the Byron Brewery on Friday August 22. Bookings on 6619 0529 or go to the website for the Byron Brewery and follow the links.

Words Don’t Come Easy

Director Fred Schepisi’s latest film Words And Pictures has a great many facets sewn into the fabric of a unique story about literature and art.

Starring Clive Owen on the side of words, and Juliette Binoche batting for pictures, a competition is ignited between personalities and professions.

There is wit, emotion, romance, comedy, failure, humility, learning, honesty and sheer energy at every turn. All this leads to the final delectable debate… which is more important? – Pictures or Words.

Saturday at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby, with dinner from 6.30pm.

Going Potty

Potters around the region throw their studio doors open for the public as part of the Australian Ceramics Open Studios.

Here on the far north coast, 18 ceramic artists in the Byron Shire invite you to join them in their 13 inspiring studios on the North Coast Mud Trail this Saturday and Sunday.

Follow the trail, say hello and have all your questions answered on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NorthCoastMudTrail.

Madeline-Lugosi-Glasseater-Drawing on Burlesque

This Wednesday Dr Sketchy’s Burlesque Life Drawing takes a stroll down sideshow alley for a post-Splendour dose of Carney goodness!

It will be a night of strange and forbidden delights as regular ringmaster Miss Mae Wilde takes punters behind the curtains to explore Dr Sketchy’s Mysterious Tent of Oddities and Curiosities.

Meet two tattooed ladies, the spectacular Miss Frankie Mae Felon and Madeline Lugosi Glasseater, who will entrance art-monkeys and inspire great art with their exotic beauty and mysterious ways.

Entry $15! Dress circus freak-show style, and bring your own art materials.
From 6pm at the Byron Brewery.

Stunning Puppet Show for Ripe

Ripe presents a Critical Stages and Dead Puppet Society Production – The Harbinger. 

An original production from the La Boite Theatre Company Brisbane. The Harbinger is an extraordinary live performance and puppetry story of an old man hiding away in a dusty old bookshop, forgotten and alone with only a handful of beautiful memories as comfort.

Gone are the days of magnificent apple orchards, rowboats on crystal streams and picnics under the moon. Gone is the woman he loved. Throughout the long years of his life, the old man has watched the magic in the world disappear, his crowded city sink into misery, and his nightmares come to life and stalk the streets.

Haunted by painful memories of a much happier time and place, he toils away long days to forget. But when a young girl arrives, desperate for protection, the old man is forced to relive the pain and pleasures of his own past and uncovers a chance to change the city forever.

These giant puppets will take your breath away. It’s like being inside a Tim Burton film. Tuesday 19 at 7pm and Wednesday 20 August at 1pm Byron Community Centre. Tickets at byroncentre.com.au or 6685 6807.

sean-choolburraSean Choolburra at the Ocean Shores Tavern

Sean Choolburra hosts the regular comedy night at the Ocean Shores Tavern this Thursday. Sean has carved his niche as Australia’s No 1 Indigenous entertainer.

After winning the NSW Raw Comedy final in 2002, Sean has gone on to prove himself as a dynamic and versatile comedian, rap singer, dancer, storyteller, actor and hip-hop didge player.

He performed at MICF Gala on the 10 Network during his Melbourne International Comedy Festival season and he also made his debut on Thank God You’re Here.

He has previously performed at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Comedy Festival, drawing on life experiences.

Sean’s is a fresh voice in a comedy scene inundated by white fellas. He blends popular culture, dance, comedy and hip-hop in a high-energy, feelgood show. He is a rising star of not only the comedy world but also as an all-round entertainer and is guaranteed to raise your spirits while splitting your spleen.

He’s joined by a bunch of other talent, but seriously you’ll be wanting them to bugger off so you can see more of Sean.

This guy is sensational. 8pm.Free.

Raw and Ready at the Beach Hotel Byron Bay

On Wednesday 20 August, industry professionals, head-hunters, and art lovers head to The Beach Hotel, for the highly anticipated showcase: Allure, to enjoy a display of diverse talent in an evening dedicated to celebrating local emerging artists.

Now in its second year, and more than halfway through the 2014 season, RAW Byron Bay is fast developing a reputation as a fun, unique, and organic cultural event in the northern rivers region.

Director Abbie Gibson said she was proud to say that said she was proud to say that ‘RAW showcases have repeatedly proved to be a fantastic opportunity for the artists who are hand-selected to exhibit their work.

They are exposed to potential business, potential job opportunities and the opportunity to create networks with like-minded people.’, she said.

RAW events are 18+. Tickets are $15 pre-sale or $20 at the door. For more information, including details about Byron Bay’s featured artists, and to book tickets, visit: http://rawartists.org/byronbay/allure. If you are a northern rivers-based artist and would like to be featured at a future RAW event, submit your work at www.rawartists.org.

NickPenn2010a_0Comedy in Condong & Club Lennox

Funny girl Mandy Nolan teams up with her comrade in comedy Nick Penn for two shows that will see the laughs rolling in at Condong Bowlo on Friday and Saturday at Club Lennox.

While Nolan is a regular on the local scene, few get a chance to see her do a full hour of comedy. ‘I tend to do my feature spots out of area these days,’ she says. ‘Last weekend I was in Townsville, the weekend before I was in Bellingen and Coffs. I do regular shows in Noosa, Brisbane, Hervey Bay… but around here I tend to do a lot of MC work because I’ve been here for 20 years and I rarely do full shows.

‘I am always aware that people might have seen a bit too much of me… sometimes quite literally when I’ve done a reverse strip!

mandy-nolan--da-da‘So these shows are one-offs where I let it all hang out and do my full feature set.

‘I do however keep my clothes on! Too cold for that nonsense! If you are a Mandy Nolan virgin, or you have always wanted a bit more than you get at the gigs I host, then this is your chance to get the full Mandy!’

Nick Penn is a tireless comedian on the circuit, clean cut in comparison to Nolan. Penn manages the unthinkable. Mandy Nolan says, ‘Nick’s material is super funny and he’s so clean. I mean I look like such a potty mouth next to him.

‘I really admire his work. I don’t think I could get through 20 minutes without at least one vagina joke!’

Friday at the Condong Bowling Club. Show at 8pm. Tix are $15 and are at the bar on the door on the night.Enquiries to 6672 2238. Saturday at Club Lennox.

2-course dinner show. $40 Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm Bookings and enquiries 6687 4313.

And then there Was Light… oh, and sound.

The Drill Hall Theatre Company are conducting light and sound workshops for those interested in becoming light and sound operators for future productions.

The workshops will look primarily at lighting and will spend some time on the art of light design. They will also look at the operation of lighting and sound equipment at the Drill Hall. Workshops will be held on Wednesday 7–9pm, Sunday 2–5pm and Wednesday 27th at 7–9 pm.

Participants should commit to all three workshops. The workshops will be limited to eight participants. If interested in participating please send an email expressing your interest to [email protected]

Share-House-Press-ShotThere is nothing quite like living…

In a Share House – In fact, I think it would also be true to say that you don’t really know a person until you have lived with them and, for many of us, shared accommodation was the place where lasting relationships have been both formed and destroyed.

Share House will be on this Saturday at the Byron Community Centre. 7pm. 



Rob Oakshott will interview Mary Delahunty about her book Gravity: The Last Days in the office of the PM Julia Gillard, at Byron Community Centre, Sat 16 August 5.30pm. Bookings 6685 8183.

Ocean Shores Art Expo

Don’t miss the Ocean Shores Art Expo 2014 entitled ‘Home’. The Opening Launch Party is Friday 29 August. The Expo is open over the weekend Friday 29 to Sunday 31 August 10am to 4pm. See www.osartexpo.com.

Byron Sophia

Byron Sophia Philosophical Group: Images in Nature – Imagination or Recognition? presented by Jim Nutter, Thursday 14 August 2014, 1–3pm, at Masonic Centre, 6 Byron St. Byron Bay. Info: Celia 6684 3623.

Lone Goat Gallery

An exhibition of paintings by northern rivers artist, Stephen Phibbs titled Alive & Kicking will open at Lone Goat Gallery on Friday 15 August and will run until 27 August.


Old-time and new vogue at Tumbulgum Hall on Saturday 16 August at 8pm. A great family night with door prize, raffles, a country supper and live music with Trilogy.


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