Raising Funds for the Children of Gaza
It’s almost impossible to draw a line in the sand about who is right and who is wrong when it comes to the conflict in Gaza.
I guess when it comes down to it, it’s a reminder that conflict is wrong; everyone has their own opinion about who is the victim and who is the perpetrator. In this case, I think it can go without question that the real victims of Gaza are the children who are being massacred daily in a war that rages literally in their living rooms.
Byron Forums have been hosting conversations around this topic and this Saturday they are hosting a lantern vigil at Belongil Beach (lantern making starts at Cafe Oska at noon) with a forum and fundraiser at the Byron Centre to follow at 7pm. Featured performers/speakers are Phil Monsour, Lewis Walker and Willy McIllroy.
Please support the children of Gaza.
Students have drama in the Bag
Year 12 HSC Drama students from Byron Bay High School will be performing their HSC Drama pieces this Friday and Saturday.
This year 18 students have produced three and a half hours of relevant and engaging theatre spread over two afternoons and evenings. The theatre includes monologues, films and four small group plays incorporating original and scripted material.
The four original group plays will be performed both days and include Bunker 101, an extraordinary 12-minute treatise of dystopian society (is this where we are heading?), The Wild Things, examining the creative and destructive ‘wildness’ of imagination and reality, Witch Hunt, ‘a subtle yet powerful piece where students examine the heartlessness of Australia’s Sovereign Borders policy, and Sunnyside, a tongue-in-cheek and very funny examination of our obsession with prescription drugs.
Fifteen eight-minute monologues will accompany the group plays and range from an incredible version of Beckett’s Happy Days through to a poignant and most beautiful original piece, Sylvia Plath. Teacher Robert Owens says that the HSC class of 2014 is a dedicated, talented and intelligent group.
‘Their work is truly inspirational and epitomises all that is beautiful, honest and hopeful in a generation that will ultimately have to correct the mistakes of their foolish parents. Through the theatre arts these young people have given voice to their hopes and disappointments.They demand to be heard.’
4pm and 7pm in the Performing Arts Centre at Byron High School. $5/10 Book at front office Byron High or ring 6685 8188. Tickets are limited and may not be available at the door.
Performances are not suitable for children under 14 years.
The Tardis lands in Byron this Sunday when the Doctor Who Season 8 premiere feature-length episode Deep Breath screens in cinemas around Australia, including Palace Byron Bay.
This year’s screenings follow the success of BBC Worldwide’s global cinema release of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor, which was screened in more than 1,500 cinemas around the world, allowing fans to come together to watch the show like never before. In addition to the main feature, which like the 50th anniversary episode will also be available on TV, cinemas will be offered 15 minutes of exclusive content not available through television: five minutes of specially scripted content to play before the feature and 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes after.
Dr Who: Deep Breath screens at 12pm on Sunday; tickets $20–$25 now available at Palace Byron Bay box office or online at www.palacecinemas.com.au.
Talent in the Raw
Exposing and cultivating artists of every medium has never been more exciting. This Wednesday industry professionals, head-hunters, and art lovers head to Byron’s Beach Hotel for the latest RAW showcase: Allure.
Now in its second year, and more than halfway through the 2014 season, RAW Byron Bay is fast developing a reputation as one of the most fun and organic cultural events in the northern rivers region. 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.
The Brewery’s free monthly open mic comedy night takes to the stage this Thursday with host, comedian Steven J Whiteley! Steven J Whiteley first found himself on stage back in 1996 when Adam Hills put a bit of pressure on him to put a five-minute performance together.
Since then he has performed for every major Aussie comedy festival and compered for comedy luminaries such as Stephen K Amos and Ed Byrne. Steven is also a co-producer of Brisbane’s favourite Chanel 31 show, Thursday Night Live.Byron Brewery. Thursday. 8pm. Free.
Northern rivers locals Heather and Martin Elphinstone established The Latin Underground Downunder in 2014 to share their love of Latin American music and dance and have been teaching classes in Cuban casino, son and cha cha cha, as well as bachata from the Dominican Republic.
They have provided classes in Lismore and social dance opportunities in both Lismore and Lennox Head during 2014 as The Latin Underground Downunder, but have been learning, teaching and performing various styles of street latin dance in the northern rivers region since 2002.
After a decade’s worth of attending a variety of local and national dance events including the Byron Latin Fiesta, Sydney Cuban Congress, Canberra Multicultural Festival, as well as other events in Brisbane and New Zealand, they travelled to Cuba in 2012 to soak up the local culture and dance their way around the island.
To complement their monthly social event Cuban Chill – every second Sunday, Heather and Martin are now bringing to Club Lennox members and guests the opportunity to learn to dance casino, the original and authentic form of social dance from Cuba that has since become popularly known as Cuban Salsa. Classes will be run on the second and fourth Sunday mornings of every month.
At 9am absolute beginners can learn correct timing, footwork and partnering techniques; a series of 8–10 foundation classes will not only provide the student with the ability to dance socially and impress their friends but also graduate to intermediate level classes where more complicated steps and combinations are taught.
Intermediate-level classes will be run 10–11am for those who already have a solid foundation in casino. Classes start this Sunday. See website for more information clublennox.com.au.
Throughout the long years of his life an old man has watched the magic of the world disappear. He watches 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. When a young girl arrives desperate for protection, the old man is forced to relive the pain and pleasures of his own past and in the process he uncovers a chance to change the city forever.
This is the story of the Harbinger, an extraordinary collaboration between Critical Stages and Dead Puppet Society.
Presented originally at La Boîte Theatre in Brisbane, Ripe Productions brings the show to the Byron Community Centre with two performances this Wednesday: 1pm and 7pm. Tickets at byroncentre.com.au or 6685 6807.
Lone Wolf at Lone Goat
Lone Goat Gallery presents an exhibition by northern rivers artist Stephen Phibbs. This exhibition comprises a diverse range of artworks that highlight a professional career spanning fifteen years, including new and experimental paintings.
Stephen Phibbs, an accomplished painter, was part of the successful ABC TV documentary series Painting Australia and his paintings were recently shown at the Seattle Art Fair in the US. He has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and his works are held in private collections around the world; he is represented by galleries in Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.
His work is on show at the Lone Goat in Byron Bay until Wednesday 27 August. Open 10am–4pm daily.
This Saturday Gabriel Otu and his musician friends from ‘Happy Africa’ come to Brunswick Heads bringing positive attitudes in their mission to ‘bring people together in happiness’.
Gabriel is a dynamic master dance and drum performer who presents and uses powerful and energetic traditional West African music, dance, storytelling, culture, and participation, whether it is to simply entertain or to foster acceptance and learning within a fun and inclusive environment.
‘We are respecting the ancestors of this country and Ghana, sharing our cultures and wanting to bridge the spirit of two ancient lands,’ says Gabriel. ‘This event is for everybody. You don’t have to be the best dancer or drummer. Just come and have fun. There is a lot to worry about in the world right now and that is why it is important to keep the balance and do something that takes your mind into a happier place…
‘In Ghana, my grandfather lived a long life; he lived until he was 115. He always had time for all his grandchildren – he had 50 of us! He was happy and strong and full of spirit. Here in Australia, I meet people who haven’t seen or spoken to their mother or father in years.
‘That doesn’t happen in Africa. Not in indigenous culture. Family and friends keep us strong. We sing, we dance, come together, play music, tell stories.’
Inspired by Uncle Bob Randall’s teachings of ‘Kanyini’, to love and care for each other and for Earth, event co-organiser Iris Ray Nunn feels Gabriel’s classes and performance will be an opportunity to bring her community together.
Friday at 5pm there will be a welcome to country and traditional gift offering from Ghana to local custodians at the Brunswick River Park.
Then on Saturday morning the drumming and dancing workshops begin from 9am till 12.30pm at the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall, Fingal Street. The afternoon session runs again at 2–5pm and flash mob practice performance in the park.
All happy people from the workshop are encouraged to invite their family and friends to come to the hall that night to watch them perform their new skills. Gabriel and friends will also perform their wild dance and drumming show and then everyone can dance and drum and party together to West African traditional beats and DJ.
Evening event starts at 7pm at the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall, Fingal Street. $10 adult $5 for teenagers (kids under 13 years free). Tickets for the night-time show at the door. All welcome. The day drumming and dance workshop is $80. ($50 for either dance or drumming and $5 drum hire.Discount for kids. First Nations people free!)
For enquiries or to join in this happy event, call 0452 191 657 or 0417 937 720 or FB Happy Africa. (People are asked to bring a plate of food to share for lunch and to taste a spicy African dish made by Gabriel.)
You only need to spend a few moments with Frank Woodley to realise he’s the love child of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers and Jerry Lewis.
How those guys managed to pioneer cutting-edge IVF I don’t know, but the end result is astounding.
Frank is the youngest of seven children, which isn’t surprising as he seems to have that lucid confidence of the last born, combined with the child-like spirit. I was talking about him to my husband the other night and he said, ‘Oh I loved him in The Two Woodlies. I said, ‘that’s The Two Ronnies.
He was one half of Lano and Woodley.’ He stopped for a while and said, ‘I think I was thinking of the tennis players.’ Sheesh.
If it’s tennis you are after this is not your gig, but if you want world-class slapstick left-of-centre comedy by an Australian comedic icon, catch Frank Woodley at the Brewery on Friday.
Tickets can be booked by calling 6619 0529 or by going to the Brewery website and purchasing online.
To win tickets to this mind-blowing show and to get a subscription to our online Echo, email [email protected] with subject header ‘Frank Comedy’
A Rumi of His Own
Jallaludin Rumi is considered the greatest medieval Persian poet. His work has been compared to that of Dante. What few people know is that he was inspired to write by another man, Shems of Tabriz.
A vagabond intellect who seized upon Rumi to be his voice, Shems may be compared to Zorba in Kazantzakis’ novel Zorba the Greek.
The concept of intellectual friendship runs deeply in the Middle East. James Cowan’s talk will explore the various motifs that make Shems and Rumi unique to world literature. Cowan is the author of more than 30 books. His work ranges across poetry, essays, novels and travel books.
He was awarded the ALS Gold Medal in 1998 for his novel A Mapmaker’s Dream. His other works include Desert Father, Letter from a Wild State, Mysteries of the Dreaming and Divan of Shems of Tabriz.
Byron Masonic Hall at 1pm on Thursday.
‘Exit Stage Left’ play-reading group for adults, Byron Bay Library, Friday 22 Aug, 10.30–12.30. Free and fun! Meg: 0474 098 428.
OS Art Expo
Don’t miss the Ocean Shores Art Expo 2014 titled ‘Home’. The opening launch party is Friday August 29. See www.osartexpo.com.
Lone Goat gallery
An exhibition of paintings by northern rivers artist Stephen Phibbs titledAlive & Kicking will run until August 27.
Byron Sophia Philosophical Group: The Man behind Rumi, Shems of Tabriz, presented by James Cowan, Thursday 21 August, 1–3pm, at Masonic Centre, 6 Byron St, Byron Bay. Info: Celia 6684 3623.