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Culture Roundup: Thursday August 17, 2017

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Dr X Marks the Spot


After a tiring journey from her home planet, Dr X arrived in Byron Bay in readiness for Saturday’s screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Over the next few days up until the screening, Dr X will be out and about seeing the sights of Byron Bay. The first person(s) to spot her and ask her to do the Time Warp with them will receive two complimentary tickets to the show. Dr X invites you to come along, dress up and be part of the show. The movie fundraiser will be held at the Byron Theatre this Saturday 19 August at 7pm. All tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to a Byron Bay family in great need.

Briggs brings it home to The Brewery

This month, Ellen Briggs, natural-born storyteller and a finalist of the Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival, RAW Comedy Competition, heads up Home Crafted Comedy at the Brewery. This comedy prodigy was just an open-mic-er herself a decade ago, but now she’s one of the most in-demand acts on the circuit.

She introduces the crème de la crème of Byron’s vibrant underground standup comedy scene to the mad crowd at the Brewery. Come see them rise and fall as fate determines, the good, the bad and the hilarious; they’ll be there and it’ll be a cracker! Twelve of Byron’s best comedians you’ve never heard of delivering their hilarious take on life and love and living in Paradise here in Byron to a warm crowd over a couple of ales. Thursday 24 August at 8pm at the Byron Bay Brewery. Free.

 You want extras?

The high-octane web series Deadlock is soon to begin shooting on the north coast. This youth drama series is being produced by Every Cloud Productions for ABC2 and ABC iView.

It crashes though the incredible highs, heartbreak, camaraderie, laughs and bittersweet sorrow of what it is to be a teenager.

To be a part of this rare opportunity, Deadlock’s calling upon community members 15 years and older to join in and be extras. Send a current photo, your date of birth, town and availability from now until 1 September to [email protected] or contact Megan Alexander on 0490 837 811.

Crafty Works

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina, launches the seventh annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition featuring new work by members of Ballina Arts and Craft Club Incorporated (BACCI). Dedicated to Grace Cruice, who had the vision of a community gallery for Ballina, the exhibition showcases the diverse talents of the group.

The exhibition will open Wednesday and continues until Sunday 17 September 2017. The official launch event is Thursday between 5.30 and 7.30pm.

Tube Trending

What do the Bondi Hipsters, Skit Box, YouTube and Screen Australia’s investment manager all have in common? They’ve all got someone coming to Byron Bay on Friday to present at Screenworks New Voices New Spaces: Trending on YouTube seminar. Screenworks is determined to help regional creatives get their stories to the screen and are proud to be bringing Christiaan Van Vuuren from Bondi Hipsters (Soul Mates), Adele Vuko from Skit Box (Active Wear), Daniel Stephenson from YouTube, Mike Cowap from Screen Australia and story consultant Mike Jones (The Kettering Incident) to Byron Bay to give the inside scoop on how to attract an audience and generate revenue from YouTube. Both Christiaan Van Vuuren from the Bondi Hipsters and Adele Vuko from Skit Box will talk about how their clips went viral and their strategies for success.

Story consultant Mike Jones will talk about story techniques that compel an audience to come back to a program. Screen Australia’s investment manger Mike Cowap will talk about some of Australia’s YouTube success strategies as well as funding and opportunities. Daniel Stephenson from YouTube will talk about the fundamentals of a creative YouTube strategy. New Voices New Spaces: Trending on YouTube one-day seminar is open to anyone interested in creating content for YouTube. It will be held on Friday at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay. Tickets and more information can be found on Screenworks website www.screenworks.com.au.

Finding your SOQ

The SOQ Collective presents a world of original song, dance and projections, a place where stories are told and dreams find home. The project comprises original performance, devised and performed by a team of nine regional Australian artists, and inspired by contemporary Australian cultural influences, place and relationships.

Out of Chaos comes Beauty conflates the elements of music born of the outback, text that situates and questions relationships of people to land and to each other, dance that physicalises the themes the songs interrogate, and visual art that challenges, disrupts and celebrates the emergence of beauty as a cyclical and seasonal response to chaos.

Out of Chaos comes Beauty’s compelling narrative provokes and comments on the fragility of life, its humour and intrinsic beauty. The performance/touring team comprises vocalist, saxophonist, dancer, visual artist, string quartet and technical director/stage manager. Performed at Lismore City Hall on Saturday 26 August at 8pm.

Festival of Seven Seas


Festival of the Seven Seas is a fundraiser for conservation groups Plastic Free Byron and Positive Change for Marine Life and will work to raise awareness of the crisis faced by the world’s oceans. The inaugural Festival of the Seven Seas will be held this Sunday and will be an all-day family-friendly event. The day will be educational and will feature guest speakers and demonstrations suitable for children of all ages.

The event kicks off at 8am with a beach cleanup across from the Beach Hotel, and then back the the Byron Bay Brewery for a barbecue at 11am. Fundraising continues over 12 noon till 10pm with Bay FM hosting a live broadcast, bands, children’s entertainment and speakers.

Alive Inside

Imagine waking up and not knowing which you that you are today? Finding yourself standing somewhere that looks very familiar, but you simply don’t know where you are. Or being in front of someone you think you know very well and just not being able to find the right words, or know their name – it’s your husband, or daughter, or son.

A fog descends and everything changes. This is what life feels like every day for the 413,106 Australians living with dementia. By 2025 the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 536,164. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to reach 1,100,890 by 2056. Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians. But there is hope.

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the non-profit organisation Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. On the night there will be a Q&A with David Roland, psychologist and author, and Sarah Marciano, director Residential and Clinical Services, Feros Care, with the chance to share your stories. Brunswick Picture House, Wednesday at 7pm.

Shaking Monkeys at the Goat

Lone Goat Gallery is proud to present the earth-quaking, neo-Dada, punk-crafted explosion of Monkey Monkey Shake Shake. MMSS combine music, performance, costume, dance, art, comedy, animation and film, creating their own irresistible mythology, characters and genre-defying world.

During their four-week season at Lone Goat Gallery, MMSS will present an installation, video and documentaries, workshop and live performances, turning the gallery into an open residency and studio. On any day, visitors might encounter the artists at work, rehearsing, recording, creating new works – or, in their absence, the evolving residue and outcome of their activity. Monkey Monkey Shake Shake will collaborate with artist and costumier Myo Yim to present a Grizzly Bear Felt Hat Workshop and Grizzly Bear Picnic on Saturday 26 August  12–3pm at Lone Goat Gallery. The workshop is $65 including all materials and afternoon tea. Place limited to 25 persons. Performance on that day at 4pm is free.

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