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Culture Roundup: Wednesday 13 July, 2016

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Book club Last Supper – this amazing group of women share work from books that inspire them – at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron, opening Friday at 6pm and on show until 31 July
Book club Last Supper – this amazing group of women share work from books that inspire them – at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron, opening Friday at 6pm and on show until 31 July

Book Clubbers on the same page!

Eight local artists/book-club members collaborate to present a diverse collection of works expressing their unique responses to books and reading. It’s a truly innovative way to present feedback at book club. Featuring work by Alle Scott, Kathrin McMiles, Helena Maughan, Anne Mosey, Maryanne Shea, Prue Page Regan, Lucille Atkins and Mandy Peters.

This exhibition aims to represent visually how each individual artist reacts differently to books, and the importance of both literature and art in their lives.

Just as books have stimulated lively discussion within the group, we intend that these art works will stimulate a conversation around the meaning of art and how reading can often be a visual experience, particularly for artists.

Opening on Friday at the Lone Goat Gallery at 6pm and on show until the end of the month.

Leafy Trivia 

A fabulous Trivia night in aid of local charity African LEAF will be held at the Byron Bay Bowling Club on Saturday 23 July at 7pm. The MC will be Mick O’Regan, with fascinating, nostalgic and amusing questions by trivia queen Alison Mackay. Get a team of eight friends together; you don’t have to be good at trivia, it’s all just for fun – PLUS you’ll be helping LEAF help orphaned and vulnerable Kenyan children. There will be great prizes and a raffle drawn on the night. $20 each.

To book a team, contact Susan on 0423 033 213 or by email at [email protected]

Andy Saunders – sensational comic talent headlining at the Byron Services Club on Monday 1 August
Andy Saunders – sensational comic talent headlining at the Byron Services Club on Monday 1 August

Andy, Mandy & Stella…

He featured at the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Big 30th Bash with colleague Kevin Kropinyeri; he’s a regular on The Comedy Channel and it’s no wonder: Andy Saunders is an impressive new talent with the extraordinary ability to use humour to break down barriers and stereotypes. From an early age Andy Saunders has been telling jokes in front of a variety of audiences. He was always destined to make people laugh.

Of his show The Bald and the Beautiful with Kropinyeri, the Herald Sun declared, ‘Aboriginality is a big part of their identity and both naturally talk about their experiences in a good-natured and friendly way. Saunders is the more laidback of the two.

He has mad skills as a beat boxer, and veers into Michael Winslow territory with an impressive sound-effects-laden sketch about aliens asking to meet our leader and having to meet Donald Trump.’

It’s Saunders’s impressive and extraordinary ability to use humour to break down barriers and stereotypes as well as provoke thought in any audience that makes him so intoxicating onstage.

As the In Daily raved, Saunders has, ‘Disarming wit and charm’. He is hilarious. Belly-aching funny. High energy, six-foot-three Indian man in a baseball cap, often mistaken, he jokes, for an Indian… which of course he uses to his advantage!

Saunders headlines at the Byron Services Club on Monday 1 August with Ms Stella as support. Some will remember Stella as the small, darkly funny half of the Queen Bees, the comedy duo that included Mandy Nolan more than two decades ago! In the past few years after a career in documentary making Ms Stella has reprised her love for standup, and regularly runs a comedy room at Newport in Melbourne, where she now lives. Her old partner in crime, Mandy Nolan, is the MC.

Byron Services Club, Monday 1 August at 8pm. Doors at 7pm.Tickets $20/$25 at the club, or can be booked on 6619 0529.

Big Bubbles… No Troubles…

Everybody loves bubbles, and Dr Hubble is here to show you why! Dr Hubble (portrayed by world-renowned circus and sideshow performer Shep Huntly) will be on hand to take you on a magical journey behind the bubble, as he shows you bubbles in all shapes and sizes, including the famous ‘exploda-bubble’. During the performance, one lucky child will even be put inside a bubble, so come along, it could be you! Don’t miss this fun and funny show suitable for kids of all ages.

Shows on Saturday and Sunday at the Brunswick Picture House at 1pm.

Zoning in

Welcome to an alternative surfing dimension, one where creativity and imagination are boundless, and the vicissitudes of life pale in comparison to the utter joy of experiencing the moment, where surfers entwine with their environment to create and express themselves in a place called The Zone.

Jack Coleman’s surf odyssey, exploring the future of free surfing and board design, was shot over a two-year period throughout Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico and the US. Screening followed by Q&A with director Jack Coleman.

Thursday at the Brunswick Picture House at 7pm.

Short a Dollar

A Day Late and A Dollar Short will be shown at Brunswick Picture House on Saturday followed by Q&A with Dale Egan and director Ben Cregan, and an exclusive acoustic musical performance by The Desert Sea.

A portrait of an original ‘punk surfer’ living on the fringe of a modern world. Dale Egan is a man who refuses to conform to conventional life in a contemporary society. This biopic follows Dale’s journey from being a 70s surfing prodigy to 80s punk pioneer of Luna Tech (an avant-garde furniture store/arts enclave in Sydney), which led to a decade of drug use, creativity and self-exploration. Sacrificing potential wealth, family and security, Dale perseveres with a surfer’s life and philosophy loyal to a less complicated era and reclaiming the artefacts of a disposable society.

The film challenges its audience to reflect on the way chance, consequence and values shape a life, its opportunities, losses and moments of grace. 7pm.

Breast Friends under the Pink Top at Dunes on Shelly Beach in East Ballina. A pink-ribbon fundraiser, started nine years ago as a Girls Night In with just 17 girls and now an event that attracts up to 300 women! This year’s massive event is on Friday 22 July. Tickets from ticketbooth.com.au
Breast Friends under the Pink Top at Dunes on Shelly Beach in East Ballina. A pink-ribbon fundraiser, started nine years ago as a Girls Night In with just 17 girls and now an event that attracts up to 300 women! This year’s massive event is on Friday 22 July. Tickets from ticketbooth.com.au


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1 COMMENT

  1. Well, eight women react differently to the same book. Amazing.
    Books sell on popularity so mainly in the real world, books are written so everyone as much as possible, agree on a book and how they feel about the characters in the book, and in what is written in the book. That has to be so or there would be no book sales and no best sellers.

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