International comedian headlines Big Gig Comedy Night of Bling
This year’s New Years Eve Big Gig comedy show at the Ballina RSL features international comedy star Gordon Southern. MC and Bling Queen Mandy Nolan is thrilled to be hosting what she says is ‘the most iconic comedy gig on the coast’. She believes that moving to a more intimate location at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club is going to make the night even more exclusive, so it’s a better reason to get those tickets quickly!
Gordon Southern is the international world clown. His upbeat and energetic delivery combined with his fantastically funny observational comedy and quick-witted improvisation has secured his place as an audience favourite all over the world. Gordon is a regular at many of the top clubs including the famous London Comedy Store. Joining Mandy Nolan and Gordon Southern is Big Gig favourite, Greg Sullivan, one of the most in-demand acts on the increasingly popular comedy cruises. Laidback, insightful and impossible not to love, Greg Sullivan never fails to bring home the comedy bacon.
So make the night something special, wear your finest blingiest bling, and be part of the comedy sparkle this New Years Eve!
Saturday 31 December. Doors 6.30pm. Show 8pm. Show tickets $30. 18+ show. Tickets available at the club or online at ballinarsl.com.au.
Offerings From the Heart
This Sunday at Mevlana experience a multicultural and contemporary dance and singing performance to celebrate cultural inclusion. Indigenoise (young and upcoming local Indigenous artists will open the show) followed by Maya Seven star Mohani and the Hilal Egyptian Dancers, Louise El Bari Flamenco with live music, Mana Aloha Hula, Rebeka Ray and Zorba the Greeks! This is a fundraiser to support asylum seekers. Proceeds from event will go to Federal Loves Refugees. Prepaid tickets essential $20 at Mullum bookshop (only 50 available), Mohani 0435 635 822. 4pm at Mevlana, 42 Bilin Road, Myocum.
The story of Dirty Town
Don’t miss a Close Encounter of the Recycling Kind written, evolved and presented by Byron Community Primary School. It tells the story of Dirty Town, a town that really lives up to its name, and the town’s fight to win the Spick and Span Trophy from their arch-rival, Tidy Town.
You’ll see aliens, spies and robots, incredible music from local talents Michael Turner and Brian Watt. Be thrilled by songs that you know and love – Sadie the Cleaning Lady, Smoke on the Water and Jack Johnson’s 3 Rs.
Byron Theatre, 6pm, Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November. For tickets go to Byron Theatre website or the centre.
Lithographs at the Lone Goat
Don’t miss Lloyd Rees’s Original Lithography Exhibition at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron this month. Featuring 30 lithographs by renowned Australian artist Lloyd Rees, printed by master lithographer Fred Genis over a period of nine years during the 80s. Lloyd Rees came to lithography late in his career, well into his 80s.
These prints show an intimate collaboration between artist and printer. He very much enjoyed the medium and the relationship with Fred. These became one of his last projects before his death at the age of 93.
Lloyd loved nature; the last edition of prints, with the support of Bob Brown, became a donation for the Wilderness Society, funding the Franklin River Dam protest in Tasmania.
Opening night at Lone Goat Gallery, Byron, Friday 18 November 6pm.
The whore story
Set in rural USA in the 1970s, Ballina Players’ production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is lively, colourful and funny.
One of the most entertaining features is the behaviour of the politicians over the controversial local institution, the Chicken Ranch, and calls for its closure.
A real brothel named the Chicken Ranch operated near La Grange, Texas, for 68 years until the 1970s and was the inspiration for the one in the musical.
Written by Larry L King and Peter Masterson, and directed by Paul Belsham, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas will be staged at the Players Theatre from 18 November 18 till 4 December, Thursdays to Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm.
Book online at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or at Windrose Travel, 6686 6566 (a booking fee applies).
Day of the Dead at Crystal Castle
The annual Day of the Dead ceremony is an opportunity for everyone to come together to honour and remember loved ones who have died, are dying, or who are lost to us in some way. Although it has the same name as the South American celebration, this is a uniquely Australian cultural experience, open to any religion, spirituality, belief or culture.
An opportunity to celebrate and create positive social and cultural change. The Day of the Dead is a wonderful way to introduce children to death and bereavement in a gentle and positive way.
As part of the NDCC (Natural Death Care Centre) local celebrant and deathwalker Zenith Virago will facilitate the event, starting with the creation of a community shrine of photos and personal mementos, as well as writing messages for loved family members or friends.
Crystal Castle gates open with free entry at 3.30pm, art from 4pm, then 5–6pm Zenith will conduct an inclusive Ceremony of Love & Remembrance accompanied by the Biggest Little Town Choir. At the close of the ceremony participants can choose to join a silent procession along the Rainforest Walk to the sacred grove, the Forest of Friends and Family, to leave their crafted mementos, which will slowly return to the earth. All are welcome to the Day of the Dead celebrations this Sunday. Crystal Castle from 3.30pm.
LGBT Fancy Formal
The inaugural LGBT+ and friends Youth Fancy Formal will be held at the YAC in Byron Bay on Saturday. This celebratory event has been made possible with a grant from the Mental Health Association of NSW (sponsored by ACON), donation from community member, the legendary Stephen Allkins, king of the 80s DJ scene in Sydney and a Small Change grant successfully gained by Raani Nichols, who is also a member of Byron Youth Theatre (BYT).
Raani came up with the idea of holding a Fancy Formal and together with Lisa Apostolidesthey have gained more support and connections to create the event. LGBT+ youth groups from Tweed and Lismore will also be attending.
The evening commences at 6pm with mocktails and canapes being served by young people studying Hospitality and Event Management through TAFE at the YAC, followed by three short performances by BYT cast members of No One Way and a 15-minute open mic session. The rest of the evening will see awesome DJs mixing it up for the young people attending.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lgbt-and-friends-fancy-formal-tickets-28271625192.
Jackie Loeb & Gretel Killeen – We Don’t Like Young People
Australian stage and screen legends Jackie Loeb and Gretel Killeen have joined forces again to storm Sydney and NSW with their hit show, We Don’t Like Young People.
You’ve seen them individually as comic casts or guests on most TV shows nationally; you might have heard them on radio, read their writing or sung along to their songs. But you’ll kick yourself if you don’t see them live with their encore show owing to popular demand at The Comedy Store and additional shows around NSW with We Don’t Like Young People.
Jackie Loeb has recently won Best Standup Comedian at the 2016 Mo Awards so these will be her first Australian shows since her return from the USA.
Gretel and Jackie say, ‘Young people should be seen and not heard until they’re at least forty. We don’t like young people, in particular we don’t like good-looking, confident young people who are in love. So we’re starting a revolution! We’ve had enough of their clear-skinned selfie smiles and deluded optimism. It’s time to set the record straight with our inspiring tales of the futility of life, the agony of love and the joys of being broke, old and sexless. Yay!’
Join bitterly hilarious life warriors, Jackie Loeb and Gretel Killeen, for a night that you will never forget… but they very well might.
‘Sharp comic storytelling’ – The Sydney Morning Herald
‘Must See!’ – LA Weekly
‘Non-Stop Funny’ – The LA Examiner
‘The Highlight…’ – The Sydney Morning Herald
Ocean Shores Country Club, Saturday 10 December 8.30pm.
$35, bookings 6680 1008.
2017 season launch event
NORPA are so excited about the shows they’re bringing us next year they’re going to reveal all with a fabulous free event on Thursday 10 November.
What gives? Why are NORPA announcing their 2017 season in November 2016?
Strategically, this brings the NORPA 2017 season launch in line with the industry and other performance centres, as well as global artists and their touring calendars. It’s also a bonus for audiences, meaning you can snap up tickets before the holiday season.
Subscription packages and all individual shows will go on sale at the launch. Gift vouchers will also be available. Can you think of a better Christmas present for the arts lover in your life?
NORPA 2017 Season Launch Event, Thursday 10 November, 6pm at Lismore City Hall
Free event. All welcome.
Please RSVP to [email protected] by 4pm, Monday 7 November 2016.
For more info visit www.norpa.org.au.
Doctor Who fans are in for a treat with the screening of Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks at the Byron Theatre this week. Lost since its premiere on the BBC 50 years ago, the full six-part story has now been meticulously animated and will feature added bonus content including interviews with members of the original cast. The Power of the Daleks is the missing third serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who. No complete film recordings or master negatives of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived an archive purge in 1974. This brand-new animation is recreated from original audio, photographs, and surviving film clips.
If that is not enough, the event will feature bonus content including interviews with members of the original cast!
Saturday at the Byron Theatre.
6.30pm. Ticket Price $25 / 20.