Art about What Matters
If you want to see the most innovative art in the region, don’t miss the Ocean Shores Art Expo. This exciting show boasts a number of new and emerging artists with unusual imaginative flair. And many established artists use the event to try out new ideas.
At the Launch Party on Friday 26 August visitors will get to see works on the theme ‘What Matters?’ while sipping a wine, snacking on delectables, hanging out with local artists and listening to talented musicians.
With more than 230 art pieces on display at the Ocean Shores Public School auditorium over the weekend of 26–28 August from 10am till 4pm.
Visit www.osartexpo.com for more information.
The Island of Doctor Moron
Edwyna and Douggie are shipwrecked on this crazy island, captured by natives and sold to the maniacal Doctor Moron.
Moron is an unprecedented hybrid film of a high-energy, full-tilt, completely original rock musical performed live before a live audience. The singing and dancing are amazing. The film is a visual and audio treat that blows people’s minds. What the audience experience when they this see this unique film is the live show on the ‘steroids’ of state-of-the-art film production technology.
Following its successful screening at The Star Court for The Knitting Nannas, Doc Moron returns to the north coast for two special film-screening events – Bangalow Bowling Club, Friday at 7,30pm and Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall, Saturday at 6.30pm (fundraiser for The Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre).
Tickets at www.theislandofdoctormoron.com. Some tickets may be available at the door. Enquiries: 0427 660 401.
Comedy of Kinne
This month sees Troy Kinne headline at the Big Gig Comedy Club at the Ballina RSL.
Troy is often recognised from his performance on The Search for Australia’s Funniest Man DVD featured with FHM magazine in January 2006, But more recently as star of his own sketch comedy TV show KINNE on 7Mate. After his standup comedy debut, Troy won almost every young comic competition in the country, among which was the You Gotta Be Joking competition at the Comics Lounge in Melbourne. This win saw Troy receive the prize of a trip to New York to attend the American Institute of Comedy. Troy has since performed at a number of well-known clubs in the US, including Caroline’s on Broadway, Stand Up New York, Gotham Comedy Club, the Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Comedy Store and The Comedy Cellar. He is joined by support act, Melbourne’s ramshackle raconteur and rock-comedy Lothario, Ryan Coffey. This musical comedy genius burst onto the scene as a national finalist in the 2008 Raw Comedy Competition.
His unique style has quickly gained him notoriety around Australia and abroad as one of the most exciting and inventive comedians to come out of the Melbourne scene in recent years.
MC is the wisecracking mum of twins, and one half of the very successful Women Like Us comedy machine, Ellen Briggs.
Thursday 25 August, 8pm. Free.
Polyester Prince at the Picture House
Bob Downe, the Prince of Polyester and Murwillumbah’s original perfect party animal is set to grace the Brunswick Picture House stage this month for the now famous and highly acclaimed Cheeky Cabaret weekend. As one of Australia’s most loved and enduring comedy characters, Bob Downe promises to have the audience in stitches as he couples a signature cheeky irreverence and razor-sharp wit with a warm innate likability. It’s hard not to fall in love with his madcap character as he glides and jives his way through an eclectic array of feelgood, high-energy show tunes and hilarious, laugh-out-loud standup. Unequivocally lauded as Australia’s greatest MC, Bob Downe will lead the charge on what is shaping up to be a standout cabaret weekend.
Watch on and let your jaw drop wide as this multifarious clique of circus stars, tricksters, celebrities and extraordinary entertainers come from far and wide to present yet another not-to-be-forgotten Cheeky Cabaret weekend at The Brunswick Picture House. Friday and Saturday at 7pm.
Art on the Sea Table
Sea Table Art Trail is a marine conservation event being held around Brunswick Heads on Saturday August 20 from 11am till 3pm. Some of Byron Shire’s best artists are banding together to blitz the riverside picnic tables with ocean-themed murals that inspire people to help keep our oceans clean and protect what we love. There will be live musicians doing busking sets scattered around the trail of picnic tables, as well as beach cleanups taking place, and a large communal plastic-free picnic sponsored by Santos that the community can take part in and also bring a plastic-free plate to contribute. This event is a great opportunity for the community to enjoy the showcase of artistic and musical talent, while also learning about the ocean and getting inspired to protect it.
Check in to The Patrick Pearse Hotel
The play The Patrick Pearse Motel has all the elements of hilarious farce. The two-bedroom set is arranged to make the most of the farcical situations and sight gags, giving scope for complications and confusion and simultaneous action. This hysterical bedroom farce will have audiences wondering how it will all end.
Directed by Sue Belsham, The Patrick Pearse Motel will be staged at the Players Theatre from September 9 till 18, Thursdays to Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm.
Book online at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music, 6686 2440 (a booking fee applies).
Lone Goat in the PAN
The artworks in this year’s PAN (Practising Artists Network) exhibition represent each artist’s interpretation of the poem Byron Bay – Winter by renowned Australian poet Robert Gray. A broad range of materials and media are utilised in the exhibition, which reflects the creative diversity of the artists within PAN. Opening Friday at 6pm.
Winter Fair for Mullumbimby
A few months ago the Mullumbimby Public School’s Winter Fair got rained out. So just before we turn the page to spring, they will be holding the Winter Fair this Saturday from 11am till 3pm, at the school grounds. With a Winter Wonderland theme, the fair will feature an awesome, sustainably created life-size igloo, fun winter games and a snow machine.
Fun for the whole family: Kids can enjoy five rides and numerous stalls and games. Spaghetti Circus will be there to perform and run a workshop area, while sports lovers can get involved with the PGA inflatable hitting bay run by a certified PGA professional of Ocean Shores Country Club. The Brunswick Valley Bulldogs Junior AFL Club will also have some fun activities for the kids.
There are fantastic raffle and auction prizes to be won including cash, music festival tickets, dinner vouchers, accommodation, attractions, activities and vouchers for local businesses. For the little ones, there’ll be a petting zoo and toddlers’ jumping castle.
Adults can sit back relax and enjoy great food, barista-made coffee, sweet treats and entertainment. Live music performances on the day by local artists include Miss Amber & Stukulele, Manoa, Tranzporters Family Band and more. The school is this year also launching their first ever Sustainable Snowman Competition. Community members, students from local schools and community groups are invited to join in the competition and build a snowman from completely sustainable and recycled materials. For registration details and major prize information visit the school’s website.
For all information and the on day program please visit www.mullumbimb-p.schools.nsw.edu.au.
The stage is awash with bodies tumbling, lifting and clutching. Then, out of the darkness and gnawed by nostalgia, the Greek hero Ulysses appears after twenty long years of war and wanderings. Will he reach his faithful wife Penelope before she succumbs to her suitors? Il Ritorno is a ground-breaking new work fusing Circa’s world-renowned stripped-back acrobatics with baroque opera. Over 80 taut minutes, it retells Claudio Monteverdi’s classic opera Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, intermingling it with folk song and new compositions. At the core of Il Ritorno is the hunger to return home – saturated with loss and war, powered by longing and haunted by the past. Commissioned by the Brisbane Festival, Il Ritorno is created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz in collaboration with composer and arranger Quincy Grant and is performed by an outstanding cast of singers and accompanists.
Wednesday 31 August, Thursday 1 and Friday 2 September, 7.30pm. NORPA at Lismore City Hall, $22–50. Tickets: 1300 066 772 or www.norpa.org.au. Bar and diner open from 6pm. All ages welcome but best suited for 12 years + | Running time 75 mins. Join the cast for a Q&A after the Wednesday night performance.
Sunday fun for families
Upper Coopers Creek Primary School will be celebrating its fantastic community with a Family Fun Day this Sunday 11am–4pm.
Nestled in a delightful valley out near Minyon Falls, the event is a chance to showcase this vibrant and creative small school to the wider community by offering a great day out for families across the region. With lots of games and activities planned for all, highlights will include free aerial circus, felt-making workshops and a jumping castle.
There will be great food on offer and a secondhand books and treasure stall. Live music will fill the afternoon as the Fill Inns host an open stage for ArtWomb alongside a collaborative canvas and sketching for all to enjoy. Come along for a relaxed, fun and affordable day for the whole family.
The woman who flies
The Will To Fly is the story of Olympic champion Lydia Lassila who, as a young mum against all odds, competing in one of the most dangerous sports in the world, dares to reach for an almost impossible dream. After winning the gold medal at her third Olympic Games in 2010, Lydia became a mother; she then returned to aerial skiing intent on becoming the first woman to perform the most complex acrobatic manoeuvre, an ambitious benchmark she set for herself as a young rookie, and one that had only been achieved by male aerialists. The Will to Fly is the desire to stay true to your heart, to chase your ambition and to fulfil your greatest dreams.
Screening Friday at the Drill Hall at 7.30pm. Presented by Travelling Flicks. Tickets $17/15 at the Mullum bookshop or [email protected]
French Film Festival
The Alliance Française North Coast is presenting another exciting three-day French Film Festival over 26–28 August at the Ballina Fair Cinemas.
On Friday at 5pm the opening night movie will be Un plus Une (One plus One), a romantic comedy by the famous director Claude Lelouch. The movie stars great actors such as Jean Dujardin, Christophe Lambert and Elsa Zylberstein. At 2pm on Saturday 27 the Festival continues with another comedy, Blind Date (Un peu, beaucoup, aveuglément), starring Clovis Cornillac and Mélanie Bernier. This film won the audience award at the 19th Annual COLCOA French Film Festival in LA and the Best First Film Award at the 2015 Cabourg Film Festival. At 5pm on Saturday the fabulous Noémie Lvovsky and Kyan Khojandi star in Rosalie Blum. This drama/comedy, with its themes of fraternity, love and the need for human connection, has inspired audiences around the world. On Sunday another two great movies screen at 2pm and 5pm. Microbe et Gasoil (rated M) follows the antics of two wonderful characters as they spend their summer holidays in a unique way. At 5pm Marguerite is the French version of the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the wealthy ‘chanteuse’ who dreams of fame. Splendid satire!
Tickets are only available at the cinema and advanced purchase is recommended to avoid disappointment. For more information go to www.afcdn.org.au.