Nostalgia is Cooly
With more than two kilometres of rock ’n’ roll, rockabilly, swing music and more than 1,000 interesting vehicles, Coolangatta and Tweed comes alive at Cooly Rocks On 2015.
Punters are invited to browse more than 200 stalls; enjoy vintage-style food and join in the atmosphere.
It culminates in a grand finale weekend where the streets come alive with street parades, shows, displays, competitions, and cars each evening.
More than 1,300 custom and classic cars and hot rods will pack the streets for the Shannons Show’n’Shine. London rockabilly sensation Si Cranstoun brings his trademark high-octane dance style and scintillating voice to the stage. Si joins one of Australia’s most respected rockabilly and roots musicians Pat Capocci on Thurs for a concert in the Cooly Rocks On marquee. Also on Sunday from 10am don’t miss the incredible popular Poodle Parade for the dog obsessed! There’s a Miss Cooly Vintage Glamour pageant and a vintage van display. Don’t miss this very popular annual event.
For more info about what is where and when go to www.coolyrockson.com.
Trading Your 15 minutes of Fame for 5 Minutes of Shame!
For those born without a sense of shame, standup comedy is just the ultimate extreme sport for attention seekers. Queen of the scene, Mandy Nolan, the biggest attention seeker of them all, heads up Open Mic Comedy at the Court House in Mullumbimby on Thursday with a full bill of aspiring comics. This month comedians are up for a fresh challenge with Nolan inviting the audience to submit improvisation topics in a one-minute spontaneous joke-off. Audience gets to vote the winner! 8pm on Thursday, free.
Oliver is coming…
Oliver! is a visual feast, with a total cast of 52 and with great attention to detail and efforts to be authentic to the period. Outstanding costumes by Shelly Halpin and the set designed by Eddie Richards and director Clem Halpin achieve this effectively. Shani McKay has taken these elements and choreographed the action to create a series of stunning and vibrant moving pictures. 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.
Book online at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music, 6686 2440.
Murwillumbah’s Caldera Environment Centre (CEC) is set to hold a family fun festival to celebrate this year’s World Environment Day.
The environmentally friendly event, at Murwillumbah’s Knox Park on Sunday from 10am to 3pm, will be high on energy but low on waste.
Live music, food, acrobats and the locally grown Hoopla Circus will take centre stage while talks on how to wipe out those hefty electricity bills and tips on how to grow a bumper crop will be in the hall. Entertainment on the day will include Bunya, from Bellingen. Entertainment includes Luna Junction, the Pitts Family Circus, Hoopla Circus and other groups. Don’t miss this free family get-together!
NORPA will celebrate their homegrown work The HOME Project opening at Prague Quadrennial of Design and Space with a free event at Lismore City Hall on Friday 19 June.
The HOME Project is one of eight Australian works selected to feature in the Australian Pavilion at the Prague Quadrennial of Design and Space (18–28 June) where it will be presented to an international audience as a large scale audio-visual installation. The international contingent of curators will respond to themes of Weather, Politics and Music.
The HOME Project goes to Prague. Friday 19 June, 6–8pm at Lismore City Hall. Free event but please RSVP to [email protected] by Friday 12 June.
Moments Between Thoughts
Shunya and Amrita Devi launch their spacious, heart-warming album Moments Between Thoughts, created over nine months in magical nature settings around the Byron Shire. They offer an intimate concert at Red Tent Yoga on Saturday. $20 entry includes soy chai, gluten-free cake and a copy of the new album in its unique hand-made sleeve. Doors at 7pm.
The Drill Hall are looking for actors for their upcoming production of The Ballad Of Edgar and Mary – a dramatic love story complete with WWI music hall and trench songs. It is a boutique musical for three performers, Edgar and Mary and The Singer. The production is the opening show for the centenary celebration season of the Drill Hall by the Drill Hall Theatre Company (DHTC). Rehearsals begin late June and the show plays for 10 performances over 2–18 October. It is an original work by Claude Gonzalez and Gregory Aitken plus wonderful songs from the period. The book is written especially for the DHTC and is of course a world premiere.
Audition on Saturday from 10am till 3pm, Drill Hall Theatre Mullumbimby. To book a time for an audition contact Greg Aitken
at [email protected] 6684 6115 or 0421 984 024.
Women Like Them
Standup comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs join forces in Women Like Us to deliver two hours of rapid-fire, sharp, honest, sometimes self-deprecating, somewhat irreverent standup comedy for audiences who love their humour straight from the lip. There are few sacred cows that Briggs and Nolan shy away from milking, pushing the bucket of popular opinion under the teats and then the jokes start flowing!
‘Failure to parent’ is certainly the focus of some of their material, but then so is the beauty industry, getting older, getting fatter, strange surgeries, weird TV shows, obsessions, frustrations, and who unpacks the flipping dishwasher.
The two friends have teamed up to bring two hours of standup to communities they believe would love a dose of Women Like Us.
Women Like Us – Telling it how it is! Star Court Theatre in Lismore 20 June. Tickets $27.20 / 22.20 at starcourttheatre.com.au.
Becky Shaw, a Pulitzer prize-nominated play, is a contemporary comedy of bad manners, love, sex, and ethics, comes to Mullumbimby on 19 June. There is a strong play with a strong cast.
Opening night 19 June. Performances 8pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday. Bookings: $20 and $15 at the Bookshop, Mullumbimby or online www.drillhalltheatre.org.au.
Join Hands with Langtang Bangalow Cabaret
Bangalow Joins Hands with Langtang Nepal – Saturday 13 June fundraiser at Bangalow A&I Hall. With Mandy Nolan as MC, entertainment including Bollywood dancing, Henna Harem musical duo, circus performances, live auction – proceeds to directly to disaster relief for people of Langtang Village and surrounds. For tickets go to www.seechangebyron.com.au/langtangnepal. Magic Bus pickups from Sunrise, Byron and Suffolk from 5.30pm for coin donation.
Showing His Hand
International magical mystic minstrel Bharat Rochlin is in Byron for the first time in a decade for an entertaining, interactive palmistry workshop on Sat 13 June.
Bharat has 30 years’ hands-on experience with what he considers ‘the human biocomputer printout of who you are’, and supports his multi-levelled private sessions of Advaitic palmistry with neo-Vedic astrology and esoteric Tarot.
For practical help with your karmic evolution or if you just want to hold hands, check YouTube palmistryunplugged, palmistryreading.com or contact 0423 562 532 for info/bookings.
Am I Right or Am I Wrong?
Byron Café Philo has moved to a new venue – the Bangalow Historical Society Museum and Tea Room in Deacon St, Bangalow. Everyone is welcome to join in for a lively discussion on the topic: Ethical Relativism – or – Are Some Things Just Wrong? The topic will be outlined by local philosopher Christine Willmot and will address problems such as: What do we do when we make ethical judgments or engage in ethical argument? Are we trying to get the facts right as a scientist might do? Or simply expressing our feelings, or perhaps the feelings and conventions of our society as a whole? Friday from 6pm till 8pm. Meals, snacks, tea and coffee available. $5 donation.
Writers at the Rails
This Sunday Writers at the Rails will feature two top performance poets with local poet/songstress/piano maestro Vasudha Harte and Brisbane feature poet Angela Pieta. The afternoon show will also include invited readings and the ever popular Poetry Slam. Show stars 2pm
Slow and Strange
Palace Byron Bay Cinema is screening two outstanding festival films, Slow West and Strangerland.
Slow West is an unconventional western that is both thrilling and romantic. Kim Farrant’s Strangerland marks Nicole Kidman’s welcome return to Australian independent cinema with a fearless performance of deep vulnerability and emotion. Slow West and Strangerland are both screening at the Palace in Byron Bay.
Trains and Boats and Paper Planes
Travelling Flicks presents Paper Planes, a film about 12-year-old Dylan, who lives with his father Jack in the Western Australia outback. Dylan finds himself caught up in the world of competitive paper-plane making, leading to new friendships, new rivalries and new revelations about his own family. The Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby, on Saturday at 7.30pm.