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Culture Roundup: March 21-27, 2018

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Tweed Council ask State Government to pay for Wardrop Village business case

Tweed Shire Council will write to the State Government to ask them to pay for the Wardrop Community Village business case that is aimed at supplying affordable, local eco-housing.

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Tweed Council ask State Government to pay for Wardrop Village business case

Tweed Shire Council will write to the State Government to ask them to pay for the Wardrop Community Village business case that is aimed at supplying affordable, local eco-housing.

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Naked Magicians at the Ballina RSL on Thursday 12 April

Naked Magicians

How do they do it? The Naked Magicians is undoubtedly the world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show!

The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.

This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full-frontal illusions. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to ‘now you see it’.

Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. This show proves just that!

Ballina RSL | Thursday 12 April | 8pm

Never Town in Byron

On Tuesday 27 March the film Never Town featuring surfers Dave Rastovich and Wayne Lynch premieres at the Byron Theatre. The film follows their surfing along coastlines threatened by environmental threats such as oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight and industrial fish farming in Tasmania and King Island.

The screening will be in support of the Byron Young Residents Alliance and their opposition to the West Byron development.

David Shaw Gallery, Clem’s Marketplace, corner Tweed Street/ Slessor Lane, Brunswick Heads | Open 5 days, Wed–Sun| 10am – 4pm

The Irresistible Attraction of Abstraction

The David Shaw Gallery presents the work of David Shaw this week. ‘I have always been drawn to simplicity in design, very much influenced by the art and the work of Scandinavian artist Frank Gehry. Abstraction allows great freedom of expression, it allows the mind to follow instinct, allows the hands to work unencumbered by reality. It is akin to meditation, relaxing and very enjoyable. I like to think this is reflected in my work. You judge.’

See all at David Shaw Gallery, Clem’s Marketplace, corner Tweed Street/ Slessor Lane, Brunswick Heads | Open 5 days, Wed–Sun| 10am – 4pm | 6685 1213

Neauty and the beast at Byron Theatre

Beauty & The Beast

Experience the full-length classical ballet production of the traditional fairytale story Beauty & the Beast.

Featuring internationally recognised artists in leading roles in a rich display of outstanding skill! One of the world’s most loved fairytale classics is retold through excellent staging, simple and direct mime, superb classical ballet skill and choreography that honour the spirit of this magical work – an inspiring, impacting, entertaining and memorable experience for the whole family!

The Victorian State Ballet’s Beauty & the Beast features a top cast of leading classical ballet artists from across Australia and abroad.

Byron Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2pm. Tickets at byroncentre.com.au | Enquiries to 6685 6807

Drill Hall Presents Film

The Drill Hall Film Society kick off with a premiere screening of Phillip Noyce’s Newsfront. This wonderful film will be introduced by local resident Lissa Coote, the film’s production designer. Lissa will provide insights into the creation of this 1978 Australian classic. The screenplay was written by David Elfick, Philippe Mora, Phillip Noyce and former Lismore boy the late Bob Ellis.

Sunday at 2pm at the Drill Hall Theatre. Doors open at 1pm.

Ballina Players present the courtroom drama, A Few Good Men at Ballina Players Theatre 6–15 April

A Few Top Blokes

Okay that’s the Aussie version. Ballina Players present the courtroom drama A Few Good Men, directed by Mike Sheehan. An internal affairs officer at the Judge Advocate General’s Department, Joanne Galloway, is an ambitious attorney, and an intelligent woman who knows the truth, but finds it tough when others can’t recognise it. In the Ballina Players production, Jo is played by a local Alstonville High School English teacher Mel Strawbridge. Mel joined Ballina Players for the recent 2017 musical Mary Poppins in the chorus, and enjoyed the stage so much, and wanted to expand her acting and drama experience, that she auditioned for the lead female role.

Tickets are available now | 6686 2440 | www.ballinaplayers.com.au/bookings | Just Funkin’ Music in River St, Ballina, near the pedestrian lights | Season runs from 6 till 15 April

Carlotta at the Bangalow A&I Hall on Friday 25 May

Ladies and Gentleman… Carlotta!

Few performers have risked as much artistically and personally with greater frequency or success than Carlotta.

Her personal journey began as a boy from Balmain with a dream of becoming a woman one day. Her legendary career speaks for itself! 

This unique form of art began in 1963, which saw the birth of the famous Kings Cross Les Girls. Carlotta was the star and compere.

In the 70s Carlotta took the Les Girls show on the road and toured Australia and New Zealand and Hong Kong extensively.

Carlotta appeared in the long-running Australian TV soap opera Number 96 and starred in the movie The Naked Bunyip followed by a 5-year stint on the TV series Beauty and The Beast.

Carlotta was the guest of honour when This is your Life came calling, showing to all that Carlotta had become totally accepted.

Based on Carlotta’s two books He Did it Her Way and I’m Not that Kind of Girl ABC and Glitter Productions filmed a movie based on Carlotta’s life called simply Carlotta, which won critical praise Australiawide, and with her recent appearances on Celebrity Come Dine with Me and Studio 10 as a regular hostess on Channel 10 shows Carlotta is riding a new wave of popularity.

Carlotta at the A&I Theatre at Bangalow Friday 25 May 2018 | Tickets on sale at www.beach-bum.eventbrite.com

Making Change Happen

Wednesday 21 March is the autumn equinox. This is the time of equal day and night, Harmony Day, and the UN day for the Elimination of Racial discrimination.

In recognition of collective cultures and in celebration of life and a sustainable future, Power On, Stop Adani Northern Rivers, COREM and the Mullumbimby Commons (Wildspace) are collaboratively volunteering a cultural gathering, afternoon artisan market and evening of music, celebration and shared visions. It will feature an artisan pop-up market with local ethical and creative small businesses, music and live-art displays. In the evening the main focus will be on clean energy with presentations from COREM and PowerOn followed by live music, performance and fire-dancing.

There will also be a raffle with many winners and prizes staking up daily, Mullum herbal voucher, two hours of carpentry, kinesiology session, hemp shop gifts, massage vouchers, Moontime diaries, Renew festival tickets and much more are all up for grabs.

Funds and awareness raised from the raffle and food go towards a feasibility study for a grassroots-initiated large-scale community-owned renewable-energy generator proposed by Sol Reflections Co-operative in Proserpine. More information will be given on the night.

This initiative is being orchestrated by PowerOn, a renewable-energy collective, connecting frontline activism, cultural events and the CORE movement.

Entry by donation | If you would like to donate a creation to the raffle to support positive solutions please get in contact through [email protected]

Politics in the Pub at the Court House Hotel, Mullum

Politics of Urgency

No, it’s not about old men having to take a wee at question time. What we now desperately need, according to George Monbiot, is a ‘politics of belonging’. We need this because neoliberal capitalism peddles a worldview that is essentially violent, dehumanising and wildly destructive to complex ecological systems.

What can we do to change the current order of things? How can we organise most effectively to bring about change? What are the most pressing things that we need to change? Where to from here?

Sue Higginson and Vinay Orekondy will present at the first of the 2018 Politics in the Pub series, titled Ngara’s acting up in 2018! They will focus on the critical importance of protecting and preserving the environment, how to develop strategies to confront the power of corporations and other enemies, and how to build grassroots, community-based organisations capable of bringing about progressive change. The talk will conclude with three practical things that people can do to advance the cause of progressive change.

Environmentalist, lawyer and campaigner Sue Higginson is former CEO and principal lawyer of the Environmental Defender’s Office. She is one of Australia’s leading environmental lawyers.

Vinay Orekondy is a lawyer and advocate who has campaigned on various causes including poor-country debt relief, human rights and international crime law. With comedic overtones supplied by Alternative PM Mark Swivel.

Wednesday | 6.30pm |Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby

Daniel Thompson presents Johnny Cash The Concert revisits Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison on Friday


Daniel Thompson and Stuie French are heading to Park Lane Theatre in Lennox Head on Friday for their Johnny Cash The Concert revisits Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison… performing the tracks from that live album and more Johnny Cash favourites. Don’t miss this night with the man in black!

Park Lane Theatre | 8pm | Lennox Heads


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