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Culture Roundup – May 27, 2015

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John Turton - Earth to Sky exhibition at Lone Goat Gallery
John Turton – Earth to Sky exhibition at Lone Goat Gallery

Earth To Sky

John Turton has held more than 30 solo exhibitions during his long career as an artist. This show at the Lone Goat Gallery invites the viewer to a journey in colour, the primary essence and driver for his landscape paintings.

You will also be able to see John working on his own paintings in the gallery throughout the exhibition.

Earth to Sky is opening 6pm Friday, and available for viewing until 10 June at Byron Library’s Lone Goat Gallery – open 10am–4pm daily.

What’s on at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Ballina showcases the work of five established and emerging artists from the northern rivers region who explore the theme of place through their diverse artistic methods. Artists Rene Bolten, Jennifer Lowrey, Jeremy Austin, Heather Jessup, and Claudie Frock, also known as the popular Peggy Popart. In a separate show Lismore-based artist Rachael Windress will be exhibiting a series of abstract photographs and interactive installations at Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina, during June that aim to promote thought and understanding of what life is like for those with hidden or ‘unseen’ disabilities. Both shows open on Thursday at 5.30pm at the The Northern Rivers Community Gallery, 44 Cherry Street Ballina.

Appearing at Bangalow Music & Books

Sam Cutler (tour manager Rolling Stones/Grateful Dead) will be in conversation with Pat Davern (Grinspoon) at the Byron School of Art teaching space, which is part of the Station St Studios complex (home of Bangalow Music & Books) at 2/10 Station St Bangalow. Sam Cutler’s book follows the notorious rock ’n’ roll stories of the late sixties and includes the infamous concert at Altamont where a man was murdered by a Hells Angel in front of the stage while the Stones played. After the show Sam was left behind to make peace with the Hells Angels, the various mobsters and organisations. These are only some of the stories!

The night will feature a live musical performance by ME Baird (www.mebairdmusic.com), an audience Q&A with Sam and Pat. Sam will be signing copies of his book You Can’t Always Get What You Want, and refreshments will be provided.

Thursday 4 June at 6.30pm. Tickets $15 presale from Bangalow Music & Books (6687 1592), or $20 on the night. All proceeds raised will go towards Sam’s ongoing medical treatment.

Talking about Karma

The Venerable Geshe Sonam Thargye will be offering a public talk on ‘Karma: The Law of Cause and Effect’. Unfortunately Tony Abbott won’t be able to attend that one but it would be a timely reminder that all choices have consequences, and if not in this life, then quite possibly in the next.

Geshe Sonam is a devoted student of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and is the Spiritual Directer of Drol Kar, the Buddhist centre in Victoria. He will be at the Byron Community Centre on Wednesday 17 June 7–8pm. Entry by donation.

Dodger introduces Oliver
Dodger introduces Oliver

Yes You can Have More! 

Oliver! is one of the great tales and the Ballina Players are bringing this Dickens story to the stage.

In Victorian London young orphan Oliver (Landon Broadley) escapes from the workhouse and an undertaker to whom he had been sold, and falls in with a ragged bunch of orphans. He is befriended by the Artful Dodger (Sam Green), who takes the innocent Oliver to the lair where the elderly, conniving thief Fagin (Graeme Speed) teaches young boys to pick pockets and exploits them shamelessly. Oliver has no idea what they are really doing.

Ten-year-old Landon Broadley brings extensive experience in music and theatre to the role of Oliver. Sam Green, the Artful Dodger, is twelve. He also has had considerable involvement in youth theatre including the Players’ Sound of Music.

Oliver! will be staged at the Players Theatre from 12 June to 4 July. Evening performances will commence at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Opening night on 12 June will be a special event, with pre-show champagne and finger food. Book online at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music, 6686 2440.

First Impressionists 

The Impressionists and The Man Who Made Them, part of the Exhibition on Screen series, charts Durand-Ruel’s relationship with artists including Manet, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Renoir and Pissarro, and his determination to support them in the unforgiving environment of 19th-century Paris, through the Franco-Prussian war, while dealing with the tragedies and struggles of his own personal life – losing his wife and caring for their five children. From the artists’ early struggles to be accepted at the Salon, to the widespread ridicule and derision that followed when their work was exhibited in Paris, to his brave decision to exhibit these revolutionary and radical new artists in America, the film follows Durand-Ruel’s extraordinary story, which finally brought the Impressionists the worldwide respect that they sought – and changed the art world forever. As well as the opportunity to see some of the Impressionists’ most famous works up close on the big screen, the film offers diary extracts and insights from Durand-Ruel and the artists in their own words, with Durand-Ruel voiced by acclaimed stage and screen actor Robert Lindsay.

The Impressionists screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema at 1pm on Saturday and Wednesday.

Get Down with Mr Brown

Rob Brown brings his satirical, cheeky, out-of-the-box views on the world to the stage when he headlines the Ballina RSL’s free monthly comedy night The Big Gig. Rob draws on his diverse background – from growing up in a trailer park, working for more than a decade as a prison officer in maximum-security prisons, his time training security services in Iraq and Afghanistan, his family life – children, and marriage. With headline performances in Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, UK, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Bali, Papua New Guinea and Prague, just to name a lot, Rob can truly be called an international comedian. Rob now shares his time equally between Los Angeles and Brisbane. So when he comes to town you don’t want to miss him. Fiona McGary as support. Catch this show on Thursday at 8pm.

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