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Culture Roundup: Wednesday 29 June, 2016

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9th Arakwal NAIDOC Film Screening featuring Spear with Q&A at the Byron Theatre, Community  Centre on Tuesday
9th Arakwal NAIDOC Film Screening featuring Spear with Q&A at the Byron Theatre, Community
Centre on Tuesday

NAIDOC exhibition

The Annual NAIDOC Group Exhibition at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina provides an opportunity for all of us to recognise the valuable contribution Indigenous people have made to this country. This exhibition features paintings, ceramics, textiles, weaving and sculptural works by Aboriginal artists associated with the northern rivers region.

The gallery will also host three workshops by local Bundjalung artists Albert Digby Moran, Emma Walker and the Saltwater Dubays Circle. The official Gathering Launch event is Sunday 3 July 11am–12 noon and all members of the community are welcome.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with local Aboriginal organisations and the Bullinah Goori Services Action Group and continues until Sunday 17 July.

Trippin’ Toads!

Dean Jefferys launches his crowdfunding campaign for his new documentary The God Molecule and the Shamanic Toad at Kulchajam on Friday.

Dean’s doco is a personal journey into the mysterious shamanic world of the most powerful entheogenic molecule known to man, 5-MeO-DMT or the god molecule as many are now calling it. 5-MeO-DMT appears only in a few plants and one animal known as the Bufo Alvarius, Sonora desert toad from Mexico. The film follows filmmaker Dean Jefferys as he travels around Central and South America to experience 5-MeO-DMT rituals with initiates, indigenous shamans, and Westerners experienced in 5-MeO-DMT. You can make a donation at www.thegodmoleculemovie.com.

Or come to Kulchajam for some Toadie fun on Friday at 5.30pm. $10 entry. Featuring film screenings and discussions from local shamanic commentators.

The Dandy Man, The Robot Dog & You

The Brunswick Picture House is bringing world-class circus, cabaret and vaudeville to our doorstep.

This Thursday and Friday at 1pm catch the wonders of Dandyman in his all-ages circus spectacular, and on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and then Thursday 7 July and Friday 8 July at 1pm, Erik the Robot Dog and his master Joel Salom are bringing forth their electro circus.

Suitable for all ages.

Daughters of Dolma, screening at the Drill Hall on Friday
Daughters of Dolma, screening at the Drill Hall on Friday

Latest virgins sacrificed with love

Learning to be a comedian is quite a challenge. For 16 local people, their performances at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services on Wednesday will see a big red tick against a major item on the bucket list.

What’s most impressive is the courage these first-timers have in getting up in their local community and pressing their comedy pedal to the metal. It’s impossible not to fall a little bit in love with all of them. I always do.

Learning comedy is a great skill for life. You learn to re-frame everyday challenges, and in the end a comedic godsend might be annoying for friends and loved ones but, in my experience, you’ll laugh all the way to the bank. Then you’ll probably find your account is empty, but that just makes the shit funnier.

This class has been a riot. With 16 people graduating, it’s been a rollicking outrageous experience week to week. With a Greek bloke who makes the world’s finest baclava to a QC to a real estate photographer to a banana farmer and a swimwear designer… there’s a whole lot of life experience in this little old group.

Catch their first comedy performance at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on Wednesday.

Tickets are $10/15 and are either available at the door on the night or by booking at 6619 0529. Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm.

Coco of the Curly Cousins is running a Kid’s drama and play workshop from 11–15 July. Registrations to 0427 917 571
Coco of the Curly Cousins is running a Kid’s drama and play workshop from 11–15 July. Registrations to 0427 917 571

Fun with Coco!

It’s always a challenge to find something exciting and new to do with the kids every holidays. Especially during winter when the beaches aren’t quite the attraction they are in summer.

So if you have a collection of smalls with a penchant for drama or creative play then Coco from the Curly Cousins has just the workshop. Her cousins Miss B and Sunshine are both busy this holiday so she is looking for some playmates. Coco would love you to join her for five fun-filled drama/play sessions in beautiful Brunswick Heads.

The program starts Monday 11 July and runs to Friday 15 July. The cost for the five sessions is $120 (with an option of $30 a session if you can’t join her for the whole time).

Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

For more info or to book call Mandy (Coco) 0427 917 571. 11am–1pm, the Brunswick Heads RSL Sub Branch Hall (next to Caltex).

Jenny Talia – at Ballina RSL on Sunday
Jenny Talia – at Ballina RSL on Sunday

Jenny Talia, rude, crude and R-rated!

Originally from the outback of Australia comes a comedic talent that will blow your mind. Jenny Talia is a blond-haired, blue-eyed, fast-talking, ball-busting sheila with an attitude, and that’s on a good day!

This feisty little woman has a voice larger than herself and an arsenal of material to make any woman proud and every bloke piss himself laughing. Coupled with an amazing talent for writing songs that mirror the ridiculous realities in life, Jenny delivers a fresh approach to comedy you’re going to love.

Sunday at the Ballina RSL at 8pm.

Women Like Us – back by popular demand for the Fourth and Final time! At Ocean Shores Country Club Saturday 30 July! Buy tickets now to avoid disappointment and begging at the door!
Women Like Us – back by popular demand for the Fourth and Final time! At Ocean Shores Country Club Saturday 30 July! Buy tickets now to avoid disappointment and begging at the door!


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