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Culture January 14

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Vale big Jez, Mullum troubadour

The Mullumbimby community lost one of the founding fathers of its counter culture last Thursday, when Graham Chambers, better known as Jerry De Munga, passed away at his home with the love and care of wife Chrissy, family and close friends.

Frida’s Field: nose-to-tail lunch

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NSW Upper House wants to hear about the floods

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mark-mcconvilleLennox Laughs!

Club Lennox has reinvented itself and powers on with fresh new ideas to bring their community home to roost. The latest endeavour is regular FREE comedy under the banner Lennox Laughs.

This Saturday’s show features two headline comics, Mark McConville and Desh. More than a comedian, more than just an MC, Mark brings to the table more than 15 years of performing experience coupled with a genuine passion for ensuring that your event is a total success.

Having headlined and emceed all of the major comedy clubs around the country as well as regular corporate engagements and cruise-ship bookings, Mark has comfortably become known as ‘one of the most reliable comedians in the business’.

As a storyteller Mark can keep an audience enthralled as he peppers them with punchline after punchline littered throughout real-life true stories from his own experiences.

He is joined by Australian standup comedian Desh – otherwise known as the mind behind some of the funniest television programs never made. Since his introduction as a national finalist in the Triple J Raw competition, Desh has squeezed his rotund frame into just about every TV and radio show in the land, featuring as a comic guest, opinion maker and racial stereotype for casting directors from Surry Hills to Mumbai.

Saturday from 8pm at Club Lennox, and it is free. Come early for dinner at the restaurant. The food is awesome.

DV8 Theatre's dance work John screens at the Palace on Saturday.
DV8 Theatre’s dance work John screens at the Palace on Saturday.


National Theatre in partnership with DV8 Physical Theatre, Palace Byron Bay Cinema, Saturday 17 January, 1pm and Wednesday 21 January, 12.30pm Watching John.

The NT Live 2015 season kicks off with a startling new production from one of Europe’s most important, innovative dance companies.

DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered more than 50 national and international awards. The world-renowned company’s latest work JOHN authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience.

Suitable for over-18s only, this is modern dance theatre at its cutting edge, a unique and challenging work that is also very accessible, a human story with huge emotional range.

JOHN screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema on Saturday at 1pm and Wednesday 21 January at 12.30pm. Tickets $23–$25.

Yoga Evolves

Slip into those Lorna Janes, grab your yoga mat and find yourself at The Byron Bay Evolve Yoga Festival at Byron Public School this Saturday.

The event is shaping up to be an amazing buffet of yoga and music, learning and experiencing, coming together and connecting.

Alongside the seven session spaces, the free outdoor area has a program of inspirational music, a range of market stalls and exhibitors, plus delicious vegetarian food, chai and a coffee cart. You don’t need a festival ticket for entry to this area so come and enjoy the entertainment, browse the stalls and be part of this community event. For those who do want to attend the festival sessions – an incredible array of yoga asana classes, philosophy and wellness workshops, music and dance gatherings, kids’ sessions plus more – tickets $60 on the door or only $50 online.

Tickets available until midnight Thursday 15 January (under 16 free). www.evolveyogafestival.com.au.

A Sketchy Move

Well it’s a new year and times they are a changing! Miss Mae has taken the reins at Dr Sketchy’s and in the process of re-inventing this night of dames, drawing and debauchery that she regularly hosts, Miss Mae has moved location – no longer at the Brewery, now at the Byron Theatre.

Dr Sketchy’s Byron Bay presents Fear and Loathing in Vintage Vegas! Featured act is Miss Friby (Melb) and her dancing good time girls – Za Za Zing and Juniper Bashful. Presented for the first time in the brightly coloured lights of the Byron Bay Community Centre with the effervescent and sparkling-white mistress of tipsy lounge Mae Wilde!  Bring your own drawing equipment and beret, and let Dr Sketchy’s dazzle you in the bright glitz of high-kitsch Vintage Vegas.

Dress-up optional but highly ecommended.

The second Wednesday of every month starting 6.30pm Wednesday. $20 entry.

Art at the Airport

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents a new series of works for the exciting Art at the Airport program in January and February 2015.

The program features two major works by leading contemporary Australian artist Robyn Sweaney. Robyn Sweaney is an artist based in Mullumbimby and since 1992 she has held 12 solo exhibitions and been involved in more than 90 selected group exhibitions.

The subject matter for Sweaney’s artwork is generally sourced from her immediate environment, the home, garden and the suburban landscape. Her work explores notions of Australian identity and place. So next time you are flying out of Ballina, have a poke around the airport and check out the work of one of this area’s finest painters.

A Funny Thing Happened…

Kick off the new year with comedy at the ByronBrewery – the regular open mic hosted by Mandy Nolan and featuring some serious upcoming comedy talent. Brisbane’s Ting Ling put in some blistering sets at Falls Fest and is returning for a Brewery guestie and one of the open mic circuit’s favourites, Dave Watson, aka Dave, aka the dude with a roadkill bat strapped to his chest and nothing but a CSG triangle to hide his modesty, takes the stage after a year-long hiatus.

Forget that idiot Raymond, everyone LOVES Dave.

Thursday 8pm. Free.

Robert Ryan’s Place

Just the other day I was asking someone where is Robert Ryan?

Fifteen years ago his paintings were everywhere, their simple playful lines capturing the imagination of art buyers around the country.

Ryan is back with his latest exhibition Place of Dreams, a body of work that references the idea of Byron Bay, those moving here to search for a better, less complicated life.

Check out what is on offer at the Lone Goat Gallery Friday until 4 February.


Mullum Potters

Mullum Potters are welcoming new members. Call into the Drill Hall studio on Jubilee Avenue from 10 till 3 on Thursday 22 or 29 Jan to get membership details or contact Ellen 6680 4810. More info at www.mcag.com.au.

Lone Goat gallery

‘Place of Dreams’ by Robert Ryan opens at the Lone Goat Gallery on Friday 16 January and runs until 4 February.

Mullum library

Summer Stories and Songs at 10.30am on Friday 16 January in the Storytent behind the Library (enter through Library). Suitable for ages 3–9. Bookings and information contact the library on 6684 2992.

Looking for photos

Looking for photos (or memorabilia to photograph) of war-bride-related material for a new exhibition at the Ex-Services Club Mullumbimby in April 2015. Also material related to war horses that were part of WWI. Please email Debby at [email protected]


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