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Culture Roundup : Thursday 25 May

Spicey Stories

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Tracey Spicer was always the good girl. Inspired by Jana Wendt, this bogan from the Brisbane backwaters waded through the ‘cruel and shallow money trench’ of television to land a dream role: national news anchor for a major network.

Tracey will be in conversation with co-founder of the Feminist Writers Festival, Dr Cristy Clark, discussing her new book The Good Girl Stripped Bare. This is Tracey Spicer full frontal: expect an entertaining, warm, witty and possibly shocking afternoon! Sunday 4 June at 4pm, NORPA at Lismore City Hall. $25–35 – norpa.org.au.


Brewing up the Laffs

After a white-bread, middle-class upbringing, Chris Wainhouse turned out an arty-trendy sort of try-hard, and a magnet for dominant women. A product of his environment, Chris lives a life of weird repetitions with no time for rational thought.

His sharp-witted and daringly clever act has seen him perform with many comic greats such as Vince Sorrenti, Bruno Lucia, Jeff Green (UK), John Maloney (UK), Mark Mayer (UK), Arj Barker (USA) and Stevie Starr – The Regurgitator. Sharp witted and daringly clever, Chris’s fresh brand of comedy is guaranteed to bring any audience undone. From corporate functions to exclusive presentations, Chris has taken his fun and intelligent standup routine throughout Australia and overseas. Wainhouse is the feature at the Byron Bay Brewery’s Comedy in the Garden on Friday 2 June, supported by the dry, direct and absolutely hilarious Katie Burch. National runner-up in JJJ Raw Comedy 2014, and a regular at The Sydney Comedy Store. With MC Nick Sun, this is a triple-header you don’t want to miss. Friday 2 June at the Byron Bay Brewery at 8pm. Free!


Spiritually Incorrect

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Alan Clements presents a Q&A, Spiritually Incorrect: Alan Clements Uncensored. He explores mindfulness, meditation and indoctrination and asks ‘How are They Different?’ Alan focuses of reclaiming freedom and authenticity and the Totality of Everyday Life.

His shows are ‘a scorching comedic romp through the world of spiritual and political indoctrination and the commodification of mind states’. This is what Paul W Morris, former managing editor of Tricylce: The Buddhist Review. Brilliant, hilarious with buckets of milk from all your favourite sacred cows. Friday at 7.30pm at Temple Byron. Tix are $20 on Eventbrite or $40 cash at the door.


Garden Painting

The paintings for Garden Variety came from working intensely in Shaz Rhodes’s new 3-acre garden in Mullumbimby. It came to her as a weed- and rubbish-infested, creekside block. In an attempt to make sense of it all, Shaz researched native and invasive weeds and in the process noticed that most weeds had very sweet flowers, worthy of painting.

After months of working intensely in the garden, she felt compelled to spend the afternoons in the studio, a practice that continues. More recently Shaz has added the daily reading of Mary Oliver’s poetry to her practice. ‘The combination of physical work and the contemplation of her words brings together the part of my psyche that works with consciousness and allows me to paint and develop my work,’ she says.

Also exhibiting is Chris Selwood, a recent emigre from Melbourne. He grows, collects and assembles the terrariums that accompany this show. Opening Art Piece Gallery in Mullumbimby on Thursday at 6pm


Show Us Ya Bits!

Drill Hall Theatre Company present Drill Bits #2 – a delightful collection of dramatic bits, comedy bits, dance bits, music bits, film bits… with all the bits shaken into a theatrical cocktail that will appeal to all tastes. One of the bits focuses on the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce Hamlet, while another looks at finding the light in dark places and how love can both transcend and restore memories. Friday, Saturday 2, 3, 9, 10 June 7.30pm Sunday 4, 11 at 2pm. $20/18


Young & Green

Celebrating all things green and sustainable, The Byron Youth Service (BYS) will be launching the Young & Green FREE Family Fun Day & Eco-Fair in partnership with Sandhills Childcare Centre.

The Young & Green is a Byron Flea Market special event being run across the neighbouring venues of Byron Youth Activity Centre (YAC) and Sandhills Childcare Centre in Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay. There will be plenty of fun activities for adults and for kids to engage with their natural environment including pony rides, a reptile show, recycled arts and crafts, tree-climbing school, a pop-up garden play space, hip-hop workshops, storytime readings and interactive bird-buddy sessions. For the grownups there will be eco-dying, weaving, up-cycling, slack-lining and making medicine for the trees! There is also the chance to win two tickets to Splendour in the Grass!

The Eco-Fair is a great opportunity for young people and the community to find out how fun it can be to live sustainably and reduce their ecological footprint.

Saturday 10 June, 8am–1pm at the Byron YAC, Gilmore Crescent.


Murder in Mullum

Cultivating Murder is a film about the disastrous effects of broadscale land clearing in Australia. Glen Turner was investigating illegal land clearing when he was murdered, and since his death we have seen the NSW government throw out the Native Vegetation Act and replace it with legislation that will allow even greater broadscale land clearing to occur, much as it has in Queensland. This film offers an insight into what large farming concerns and agribusiness see as the future and it does not include responsible land management and conservation of the natural environment. It reveals the pressure of recent rapid expansion in agribusiness as the laws protecting the environment are weakened across Australia.

Screening at the Mullum Civic Hall Tuesday 6 June, 7pm, by Film Projects, this local screening is in association with iQ Inc and will be launched by Greens MLC Dr Mehreen Faruqi, who will also conduct the Q&A following the screening with the filmmakers Greg Miller and Georgia Wallace-Crabbe of Film Projects.


Some Like it French

A little bit of France comes to Ballina this week with the French Film Festival screening at the Ballina Fair Cinemas from Friday until Sunday.

Opening on Friday with drama 150 Milligrams, which is about a provincial doctor exposing a pharmaceutical company for releasing a diabetes drug that resulted in the death of nearly 500 women. Saturday’s screenings include A Bag of Marbles– a film based on the memoirs of Joseph Joffo, and later that day, The Odyssey, a biopic of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.

The festival closes Sunday with Planetarium, a film about two American sisters traveling through Europe, and finally Mister Chocolat, the rise and fall story of the first popular Afro-Cuban artist of the French stage. Ballina Fair Cinemas are on the corner of Foster and Kerr Streets.


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