Dave Callan: the original beard boy of comedy
He was one of the highlights on Rove, and it’s true to say that the energy and humour of Dave Callan continues to thrive. And it’s not just the way he shakes those hips when he dances a fully choreographed routine to Beyonce’s All The Single Ladies. The magic is undefinable, but somehow linked with the beard!
The one way people recognise comedian Dave Callan is his beard and long hair. Many people want him to shave but it is his trademark. He thinks it will be very fashionable when the new Ice Age comes. Born in Ireland, Dave moved to WA when he was eight. Apart from performing standup comedy in Perth, he did a series of ads in WA for WA Home Loans and Fruitisma. He didn’t move to Melbourne until Rove McManus asked him to help him out with his new TV show. He has also appeared on Spicks and Specks, at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, on The Footy Show, and Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Dave Callan is the headline performer at Big Gig Comedy at the Ballina RSL on Thursday 28 April with Peter Willey as support and Ellen Briggs jumping in as MC while Mandy Nolan travels with the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow in Southern Victoria and Tasmania. Dave will be back in May as host of the Roadshow when it comes to the Ballina RSL. Here’s your chance to catch his full show!
Thursday 28 April, 8pm. Ballina RSL. Free entry.
Lone Goat Gallery in the RED
The IncREDible Art Exhibition opening at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay will feature stunning visual art, as well as ceramics. RED Inc has studios in both Byron Bay and Lismore and this exhibition is just a yearly event to showcase the talent of the artists. This exhibition gives insight into the lives, interests and experiences of our local contemporary artists with disability. Their vision, spirit and range of abilities is expressed so beautifully in this range of works. The works are vibrant, expressive and passionate. The professional art practice of the artists is supported by experienced local artists, and by people with passion. The artists participate in group exhibitions throughout the year, as well as having solo exhibitions and exhibiting in art competitions here and abroad.
Check out some of the available works on the Lone Goat website, or their Facebook page and at www.redinc.org.au. A grassroots community-based organisation, RED Inc works creatively with people who have disability, their families, and carers, to achieve a quality life and a sense of belonging, by providing opportunities to reach their goals and aspirations.
Opening Friday 29 April at 6pm.
This Saturday night sees five hard-hitting comedians take to the stage to raise money for the Byron Bay War Memorial. While war is certainly no laughing matter, raising money is, and these funny folk are pulling together to help alleviate some of the debt incurred in building the new memorial. Featured acts are Lindsay Webb, a bloke who holds a Guinness world record for longest show – more than 38 hours! He promises to pull in a little short of that! With an incredible talent for working his material in with the audience, working quickly off the cuff every time, Webb has audiences on their knees. Also appearing is the dry-witted Nick Penn, the comedic stylings of musical comic Peter Willey, and the rising star Ellen Briggs. Mandy Nolan is at the helm as MC, driving that big comedy bus all the way home. Byron Bay Services Club on Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are limited and are available at the Byron Bay Services Club or can be booked on 6619 0529. Tickets are $30 or $25 per person if booked for a table of ten.
Heart Sutra teachings with His Eminence
We have His Eminence Ling Rinpoche (Tibetan lama from India) in Byron offering a Heart Sutra Teachings at Byron Theatre on Monday. He is also the 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. 7.30pm. Tickets $25 and available at byroncentre.com.au.
Half a Shade Braver – Whyte workshop
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, writer and philosopher. David’s 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.
Half a Shade Braver: The Art of Living a Courageous, Conversational, Everyday Life on Sunday 10am–4pm. Byron Community Centre, Sunday 24 April, 10am–4pm. Tickets: Full $170 / Conc $100 from: www.talkingsticks.com.au
Broke film screening and Q&A
An ageing rail worker, Cec, finds his former footy hero turned washed-up gambling addict, Ben ‘BK’ Kelly, passed out late one evening and decides to take him in.
Through the love and support of Cec and his single-parent daughter, Terri, BK finally finds the courage he was once famous for on the field to tackle his demons head on and ultimately win back the respect of the community he so deeply let down.
This is the story of Broke, directed by Heath Davis and screening at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore on Friday at 7pm (tix $20) and Pighouse Flicks in Byron on Saturday. Screening followed by a Q&A with Heath Davis.
The two mummies!
Well it seems like Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs’s Women Like Us is causing something of a sensation, selling out shows wherever they go!
The girls performed to full houses at the Adelaide Fringe, scoring a 4-star review from Glamadelaide (which gave Steven K Amos only three!). The reviewer loved our Mullum mamas and declared ‘two totally relatable ladies who hit the nail on the head of charismatic female comedy… this show is a must. Prepare yourself to be hunched over in hysterics and repeat to yourself, “we’ve all been there”.’
Women Like Us performed to a sell-out crowd of 300 at Currumbin RSL two weeks ago, has another full house on 1 April, and a new show being scheduled for later in the year. They have also just returned from a smash sell-out season at the Melbourne Comedy Festival where they featured at Melbourne Town Hall in front of 1,400 people, tearing the roof off with their show. For those of you who have missed this middle-aged train wreck of mirth and self-deprecating joy, they’re doing a very special ’Twas the Night Before Mothers Day performance at Ocean Shores Country Club on Saturday 7 May.
For tickets to their Ocean Shores Country Club show book on 6680 1008. Tix are $25, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm. The fabulous new deck will be complete so come and enjoy the soiree!
Drive-In Movies are Coming to Bangalow
A group of Bangalow locals is bringing the old-school drive-in cinema back to the region.
Established to provide the local community with a fun night out under the stars, Flicks in the Field drive-ins typically show popular family movies on a Friday night, followed by a cult classic or two on Saturday.
‘We have this absolutely brilliant showground in Bangalow and it’s been screaming out for some occasional after-dark, community fun,’ said Dan Hill, Flicks in the Field co-founder.
‘We tested the idea on a few of our friends and families, who all gave it the thumbs-up. One thing led to another and – presto! – we have a drive-in on our hands,’ he continued.
With food, drinks, snacks and sweets, plenty of room for blankets on the grass in front of the screen, and an old-school drive-in with the soundtrack piped directly into your car by some techno-wizardry, Flicks in the Field serves up good times aplenty.
Co-founder, Anthony Lycenko, added, ‘Just about everyone of our generation has fond memories of being bundled into the family car with blankets and pillows, and heading off to see the latest blockbuster at the local drive-in. We might be showing our ages a bit, but this is a nostalgia-fuelled event that’ll show the younger crew something new.
With plenty of room for walk-ins on the grass in front of the jumbo screen, and cars in sweeping arcs behind them, refreshments, popcorn, choc-tops and treats, we expect Flicks in the Field to deliver an absolutely authentic drive-in vibe.’
You won’t go hungry with the Veggie Patch Van serving vegetarian goodness on both nights, Stockpot Kitchen (from the Bangalow Bowlo) on Friday, and BexMex on Saturday.
Supporting the event is Scoot – Asia/Pacific’s Best Low Cost Airline for 2015 – with the airline generously offering two return tickets from the Gold Coast to Singapore as a giveaway at Flicks in the Field.
This coming ANZAC Day long weekend, Flicks in the Field is bringing the drive-in to Bangalow with a family night on Friday 22, and a double helping of outback road-trip madness on Saturday 23 at the Bangalow Showground.
INAUGURAL WEEKEND SCREENINGS
Friday 22 – Family Night
Gates open at 5.30 with the first film kicking off at 6.30pm showing Oddball followed by the classic The Castle.
Saturday 23 – Double Trouble
Gates open at 5.30 with the first film kicking off at 6.30pm showing Priscilla Queen of the Desert followed by Mad Max Fury Road.
Tickets: Car tickets ($40 per car) can be pre-purchased online (recommended) through the Flicks in the Field website: flicksinthefield.com.au.
Walk-in tickets (adults: $15 each/families: $30) can be purchased at the gate on the night or pre-purchased (recommended) at Bangalow’s Windhorse Gallery, 25 Byron Street, Bangalow.