Drill Bits on Stage!
The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents The Drill Bits Show for five shows commencing Friday with additional performances on Saturday and then the following weekend, 22 and 23 April at 7.30pm and a Sunday matinee at 2pm. The show is a delightful collection of dramatic bits, comedy bits, dance bits, music bits, film bits, with all the bits shaken into a theatrical cocktail that will appeal to all tastes. Opening night is a fundraiser for COREM, that fantastic not-for-profit local group who have been raising funds to install a PV system to the Drill Hall roof. COREM will also be busy in the kitchen preparing curries for dinner and lunch before each show, from 6.30pm Friday and Saturday and 1pm Sunday.
Tickets and further information from www.drillhalltheatre.org.au. Tickets also available from the Bookshop, Mullumbimby.
There’s lots happening at the Drill Hall this year thanks to DHTC’s fundraising efforts and lots of support from Byron Shire Council. The building is now air-conditioned so patrons can enjoy shows in comfort all year round. In the not-too-distant future the old and tired tiered seating will also be replaced with new platforms and new seating. These improvements are all part of the Drill Hall’s 100th birthday this year. Watch out for information on celebrations to be held on 28 August.
Young art gets Loud
LOUD in the Gallery, now in its fourth year, is a dynamic exhibition celebrating National Youth Week, with final-year works on showcase from secondary schools in the Ballina Shire. Students from Alstonville High, Ballina High, Southern Cross School K–12, Xavier Catholic College and Emmanuel Anglican College will experience their artworks’ being exhibited in a professional gallery while giving the community a valuable insight into the processes, skills and concepts the students explore in art-making.
At Northern Rivers Community Gallery on show until 8 May.
Cheeky Cabaret gets you in the picture!
After selling out the inaugural cabaret in its opening weekend, the Brunswick Picture House announce the return of The Cheeky Cabaret for Saturday 23 April.
Featuring a new lineup and some of the best exponents of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary vaudeville that Australia has to offer. Be sure to get your tickets, especially if you missed out the first time around. We promise you’ll leave spellbound, titillated and amazed. As always, bring Grandma but leave the little ones at home. 7pm.
Ticket link: www.trybooking.com/LAUS.
Self-publishing with Captain Honey
Byron Writers Festival is partnering with innovative publishing company Captain Honey to provide a venue at the 2016 festival exclusively for self-published authors. Having debuted at the 2015 festival, this year the Self-Published Marquee will feature 28 authors in a bigger space across all three days of the event (versus two days last year).
For those interested in finding our more about the Self-Published Marquee and how to apply, Byron Writers Festival is hosting an information night on Wednesday 20 April at 5.30–7pm. Roz Hopkins of Captain Honey will be there to provide guidance on what’s required to create a high-quality book as well as advise on printing processes, e-publishing, and the art of selling, promoting and marketing your book.
Byron Writers Festival Office, Level 1, 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay (next to Witchery). Wednesday 20 April 5.30–7pm. RSVP [email protected]
Surfers tell the story of West Papua
Isolated is a documentary film that follows five professional surfers who travel to the ‘no media zone’ of West Papua in search of unexplored waves and a unique adventure, but find themselves in the midst of a brutal regime and a journey that will change their mission and their lives. Since the Dutch left and Indonesia brutally occupied West Papua in 1963 its people have been traumatised by the military controlling their daily life. In 1969 the UN officially handed West Papua over to Indonesia; this and a series of events leading up to it were orchestrated by the US and their hunger for control of natural resources. This was the beginning of oppression and slow-motion genocide of the West Papuan people that continues to this day.
One night only screening of Isolated at Pighouse Flicks, Friday at 6.30pm with special appearance by Josh Fuller in a Q&A. Tix $18. (Film not suitable for children.)
Poetry, especially good poetry, can provide a compelling vision, grant needed courage, and stir the dormant imagination. What if we could become even half a shade braver? What daily practices could we develop, what habits could we build, to more bravely step up into our work, parenting, friendships, and communities?
David Whyte is an internationally renowned poet whose work looks at the larger, timeless relationship of human beings to their world, to their relationship with creation, with others or with death. He looks at the sufferings and joys that come with revelations and the necessities of belonging to specific families, peoples and places. His work also chronicles a close relationship to landscapes and histories, especially those of his native Yorkshire, Ireland, Wales and his more recent home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Byron Community Theatre, Half a Shade Braver: The Art of Living a Courageous, Conversational, Everyday Life. Sunday 24 April, 10am–4pm
Appearance by His Eminence
When His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was only two years old, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recognised him as the reincarnation of the 6th Ling Rinpoche (1903–1983). The 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was His Holiness’s main teacher and spiritual adviser throughout his lifetime, and accompanied His Holiness when he fled into exile from Tibet in 1959. His Holiness refers to him as ‘my Root Guru’.
He was also supreme head of the Gelugpa tradition, which is the largest tradition in Tibetan Buddhism. Over many centuries, the incarnations of Ling Rinpoche were tutors to many Dalai Lamas. For further information, please visit lingrinpoche.info.
His Eminence Ling Rinpoche (Tibetan Lama from India) offering Heart Sutra Teachings at Byron Theatre on 25 April. 7.30pm. $25.
Bookings at www.byroncentre.com.au.
Cracker of a comedy night for Anzac memorial
Have a corker of a comedy night happening on Saturday 23 April at the Byron Bay Services Club raising money for the Byron Bay War Memorial. It’s on Anzac Day weekend – a few days before the unveiling of the memorial on Anzac day. Moneys raised will go towards paying the debt incurred to get it built on time!
With Mandy Nolan as MC and featuring the talents of professional comedians Nick Penn, Ellen Briggs, Peter Willey and, as Paul McMahon is camping and can’t make it, we are thrilled that the fast-talking king of impro, Lindsay Webb, has stepped in to join the bill. It’s Anzac weekend, so show your respect and come and have a laugh!
Show starts at 8pm. Tickets can be bought at the club or booked on 6619 0529. Tickets are $30 or $25 per person if booked for a table of 10.
This will be comedy at its best! Lest you won’t forget it!