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Culture Roundup – Wednesday 23 December, 2015

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Rapey Liberal culture is their undoing

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony around rape allegations saw spiders crawl from under rocks and spread in all directions last week. 

Suffolk Park residents pressure councillors over pump track

Councillors, Michael Lyon and Jeanette Martin, met Suffolk Park residents on Saturday to hear concerns around the proposed pump bike track, which is slated for the Linda Vidler park.

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

M1 closed both directions at Yelgun

Traffic is currently at a standstill between Ocean Shores and Crabbes Creek on the M1 Pacific Highway following a truck crash at around 7am this morning.

Ballina Dragons invite public to have a go

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is having a come and try day on Saturday 6 March, on the Richmond River at Ballina.

Bangalow blackspot puts school children at risk

Will action ever be taken to protect school kids getting on and off the bus on Lismore Road, Bangalow as trucks fly by at 80km/h?

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys at the Byron Community Centre on Wednesday 6 January
The Amazing Drumming Monkeys at the Byron Community Centre on Wednesday 6 January

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys Interactive Drumming Show

Wondering what to do with the kids these holidays? Australia’s favourite little kids’ show is coming to the Byron Theatre on 6 January 2016!

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys have been wowing audiences around Australia and overseas for the past 12 years! The Monkeys combine a unique blend of puppetry, live music, comedy, and heartwarming themes, to deliver a fun-filled interactive show for the whole family.

Wednesday 6 January, at 11am.

Cost: Full $15, concession $13,
Family of 4 (2 adult + 2 children) $50,
Infants under 18 months free.

Austen Tayshus – the Big Man back in Byron for a show at the Byron Services Club on Monday 11 January
Austen Tayshus – the Big Man back in Byron for a show at the Byron Services Club on Monday 11 January

Austen Tayshus: The white pointer of Oz comedy 

There are few comics with the tenacity and killer instinct of Austen Tayshus. The comedy superstar, who first came into being in 1981, has the ability to take a room hostage just with his tongue. He’s the closest thing the Australian comedy scene has to its very own Bill Hicks. Topical, dangerous, irreverent he’s the high priest of satire, unflappable and relentless. Every Austen show is unique. He has the ability to weave current politics, what’s happening in the room, philosophy, anthropology, religion and of course sport – and let’s not forget the Pope – into one gag.

In the eating department, you might be surprised to find out that the fierce and funny Mr Tayshus is a committed vegetarian, although onstage he is certainly not averse to hacking up the odd sacred cow. There is no subject he won’t dissect. Uncomfortable, confronting, but always illuminating, an Austen Tayshus show is both comic and cleansing. Austen remarked once that he sees his role as being a social agitator, as the prickle in the paw that makes the public think. He doesn’t need you to like him. In fact he’d probably prefer if you didn’t. Austen Tayshus performs at the Byron Services Club on Monday 11 January 2016 with Mandy Nolan. Tickets are $25 at the club or can be booked by calling 6619 0529.

Let’s Get METAphysical – Glitta Supernova brings her one-woman sex comedy home to Byron Bay this Wednesday
Let’s Get METAphysical – Glitta Supernova brings her one-woman sex comedy home to Byron Bay this Wednesday

Getting META-physical

Strap yourself in for camp humour and sexual satire in a parody that’s strictly adults only. Think The Mighty Boosh mashed with Benny Hill on the set of Deep Throat with The Young Ones narrating in lotus position. Self-described sex clown Glitta Supernova and her fabulously demented one-woman show collide into Byron Bay for one night only as part of the Tropical Fruits Festival. Nominated best cabaret 2015 Perth Fringe World, this deliciously (im)moral autobiographical tale begins in Lennox Head… From the ‘sanctity’ of her coastal upbringing with nudist mother and hippy father, this small-town hippy girl heads for the big smoke and is immediately lured into the hedonist post-punk nirvana of late 80s underground Sydney; within weeks she transitions into the unlikely role of ‘Kings Cross stripper’. Let’s get METAphysical scratches the surface of society’s malfunctions and represents an alternative reality. Performance art with a conscience and art proving itself as entertainment through mind expansion in this 60-minute pussy punch of neo-burlesque, performance art, absurdist theatre, illusion/magic and drag. Twenty years on, after successfully touring her award-nominated show nationally (Adelaide Fringe, Perth World Fringe, Cairns Tropical Mardi Gras), former Ballina High School girl returns home to perform her uncensored screwball sex comedy at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday. One Woman – multiple personalities, limitless possibilities. Tickets at the venue.

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