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Culture Roundup – April 6, 2016

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 19

‘This Life’ is the first single off Jesse Morris and the Shakedown’s forthcoming and first ever vinyl release titled The Children of the Sun. 

Other News

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

Business calls for Tweed train tracks to be kept ignored

More than 800 people had signed a petition calling for a new rail trail to be built next to, rather than in place of, the existing disused railway line running through the shire.

Interview with Peter Castaldi

The Quad in Lismore presents its first outdoor cinema event – programmed by nationally regarded film critic and programmer, Peter Castaldi. Peter told The Echo about the vision.

Proposed quarry expansion opposed by the farmers of Bentley

You would need to be a pretty tough customer to come up against the Bentley farmers, yet, that is exactly what Rob and Sarah McKenzie, the operators of the Bentley Quarry, what they say is a local, family-operated business, are doing.

Hey nice bits!

The Drill Hall Theatre’s first production for 2016 is The Drill Bits Show. Bits of Drama, Bits of Comedy, Bits of Dance, Bits of Music and Bits of Film, all shaken into a theatrical cocktail that will appeal to all tastes.

Money raised on opening night will go to COREM, who will be installing a 10kW solar PV system on the Drill Hall.

Running Friday and Saturday, 15, 16 April and 22, 23 April at 7.30pm, and Sunday 17 April at 2pm.

Bookings drillhalltheatre.org.au and the Bookshop, Mullumbimby. Dinner available!

Seeing even more of Seymour…

The screenings of Ethan Hawke’s wondrous film Seymour: An Introduction have been so greatly enjoyed that Lounge Cinema, aka Pighouse Flicks, has decided to screen it a third time! Sunday at 3pm.

In Conversation with Last Cab to Darwin writer

Multi-award-winning playwright and screenwriter Reg Cribb Last Cab to Darwin) will spend an evening In Conversation with local screenwriter and script editor Charlie de Salis at a Screenworks event, at SAE Creative Institute in Byron Bay on Thursday 14 April. At this special event, Reg Cribb will share his career highlights and talk about his current projects, two of which he is working on in the Northern Rivers.

Beginning with a networking event at 5.30pm, followed by the In Conversation at 7pm at SAE Creative Media Institute in Byron Bay.

This event is open to the general public. Tickets include food, beverages and admission to the In Conversation. Tickets and more information www.screenworks.com.au.

Annie Bryant
Annie Bryant

School holiday story hunt!

Join local storyteller and musician Annie Bryant for an autumn story hunt in the magical Storytent this school holidays. Together with Byron Spirit Festival and Tweed Council, Annie is offering free shows to celebrate the harvest season during Youth Week in Murwillumbah on Thursday 14 April (1pm to 4pm) and at Byron Spirit Festival on Saturday 16 April (10am and 2pm) in the Spirited Kids Space (general public welcome). Annie combines spellbinding tales with singalong melodies to create a fun and nourishing show inspired by nature.

More info: talesandsongs.com.

Celebrating wisdom!

Thanks to a NSW Seniors Week Grant, Cape Byron Playback Theatre Company are offering a one-day workshop on Saturday, open to ALL community members.

This fun, dynamic workshop will explore the art of Playback, where you will be guided through the basics of improvisation, encouraged to explore your physical and creative self-expression through body and voice while sharing our stories of Wisdom of the Ages. 10am–3pm, Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby. Entry by donation. Open to all ages 14+.For bookings call Lisa
0403 023 693.

Karyn Fendley
Karyn Fendley

Seeing the connection

Lennox Arts Collective opened a new working gallery space in December last year, taking over an empty shop in the Lennox Head CBD. This Friday they open Natural Connection, an exhibition by three local artists, Caroline McKay, Karyn Fendley and Kay Knights, who share their diverse ways of connecting with the landscape. Caroline McKay’s intricately detailed artworks remind us to live in the moment and to look closer at our surroundings every day. Using elements of etching, drawing and painting, McKay creates unique artworks that celebrate the small things of daily life. Her artworks explore the patterns and forces of nature and detailed fragments from the environment.

Landscape artist Karyn Fendley composes her paintings in the studio after spending time in the field. Fendley’s dramatic compositions, with their simple imagery and flattened perspectives, capture the essence of the landscapes she paints. Her recent artworks focus on the coastal landscapes and heathlands between Byron Bay and Evans Head.

Kay Knights exhibits a bold new series of artworks that share her daily experience of living on the coast at Lennox Head. The Lennox dog beach, a place of delight for both dogs and their humans, is the inspiration for Knights’s colourful oil paintings that capture the joy and energy of dogs at play. Knights depicts the dogs’ vitality, enthusiasm and chaotic play with colours and shapes fashioned by sea and sky.

Showing until Thursday 21 April at the Lennox Arts Collective gallery, 2/72 Ballina Street, Lennox Head.

Lindsay Webb
Lindsay Webb

Webb joins the bill for ANZ Cack Comedy

Fast-talking Brisbane comedian Lindsay Webb joins local comedians at the ANZ Cack Comedy Gala to raise money for the Byron Bay War Memorial.

There are some comedians that have this uncanny ability of talking to you as if they’ve known you forever. Lindsay Webb is one of them. He is unforgettable. Other comedians all acknowledge that no-one talks to an audience and improvises material as well as Webb. He is the master of small talk. In fact he’s so good at shooting the breeze that in 2009 he set a Guinness World Record for the Longest Show by an Individual when he performed non-stop – a massive 38 hours six minutes.

Hosted by Mandy Nolan, the evening features longtime comedian Nick Penn, who has also been a regular performer for the troops both here and abroad; mother of twins, Ellen Briggs; and geologist-turned-comedian Peter Willey. Willey has a particularly funny song about a CWA meeting gone horribly wrong. Saturday 23 April. Tickets are limited and are available at the Byron Bay Services Club or can be booked on 6619 0529. Show is at 8pm. Tickets are $30 or $25 per person if booked for a table of 10.

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