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Culture Roundup: 11 April, 2018

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Natural history

While I have not the informed authority to confirm John Bradley’s musings on the birds that seem to be...

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Controversial development that would dwarf Uki under appeal in L&EC – Tweed Nightcap Village MO

The contentious Nightcap Village $39M multiple occupancy development near Uki, promoted by Pete Evans, will have its appeal to the Land & Environment Court against the NRPP's refusal heard from 9 February.

Looking forward, looking back with Jeff Johnson

Long term independent Ballina Shire Councillor Jeff Johnson reflects on the challenges of the past year, and his priorities for 2023.

It’s not the fossils, it’s the fools 

Humans have been muddling along in cities for around twelve thousand years, says Wikipedia, although if you count using an alphabet of some kind as the criterion of civilisation, the time span drops to a mere fifty centuries.

Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park reopens

Just off the road between Alstonville and Ballina, the spectacular Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park has re-opened, bigger and better, after an injection of funding and lots of hard work from dedicated volunteers.

Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

Vale Professor Will Steffen – leading climate scientist

Leading climate scientist Professor Will Steffen has died of pancreatic cancer in Canberra at 75.

Mandy Nolan MC at The Virgin Sacrifice

The Virgin Sacrifice

Monday 16th April | 8pm | Mullum Ex-Services | $10-15

Now in its 21st year, Mandy Nolan’s standup comedy class at Byron Community College continues to go from strength to strength with a capacity class of 17 and even a waiting list lining up to see if they have what it takes to make people laugh. What would make seemingly normal people voluntarily sign up for something that most would cite as one of their biggest fears? Well, it’s not all strictly voluntary.

Some people’s friends and family sign them up! With just six three-hour classes under their belts the comedy initiates are sent into the spotlight wide eyed, finding new ways to find humour in who they are, how people see them and how they think. ‘Comedy is something innate,’ says teacher and comedian Mandy Nolan. There is incredible humour and release in translating our challenges into humour! I think humour is the ultimate coping mechanism. So who is lining up this year? ‘We have a plastic surgeon, a private detective, a massage therapist, a wedding photographer, a school teacher, a retired principal and a whole lot more!’

Come and catch the 17 new comedians at the cult graduation known as The Virgin Sacrifice pay at the door.


Pop Up Designers

13/15 Old Pacific Highway Newrybar | 8am–2pm

The Byron Designers Collective Pop-up at Newrybar this Saturday and Sunday features local independent artists and designer stalls laden with handmade jewellery, fashion, photography, art, and homewares. The emphasis for the Byron Designers Collective is that all products are designed and handmade locally.

Aidan Ricketts at the writers festival

Byron Writers Festival, Aidan Ricketts

Saturday 21 April | 10am – 4pm | 

Presented by the Byron Writers Festival, Aidan Ricketts’ upcoming workshop Writing For Social Action will focus on creating change through what draws us together, rather than what drives us apart. Aidan has a long history of working in social change as an activist, writer and workshop trainer. He advocated with and wrote extensively for the Bentley campaign in local media.

Workshop participants will learn how to galvanise community support for their own advocacy campaigns by framing their concerns within widely held community values.

Tickets are available through Byron Writers Festival | www.byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on | 6685 5115

Art Exhibition

Friday 13 | 6pm

A collaboration between two local artists has created an opportunity for people to undertake a sensory experience and explore an intriguing approach to art.

This collaboration between Colleen DaRosa and Laura Tate will be first displayed to the public at the WALLTALK exhibition opening on Friday at 6pm at the Byron School of Art, Mullumbimby.


Follow your ART

28 & 29 April | Ewingsdale Hall | 

How do you feel about having an artist’s affair? This upcoming weekend at Ewingsdale Hall is for all those who like to paint the human form, celebrating all its fragilities and strengths. With a variety of models of all shapes and sizes, with angles, and edges, colours, and curves. Lovely lumps and bumps to lovingly render on paper. With thoughtful settings that include props and a Burlesque and Bare theme, expect to see velvet, corsets, net, satin gloves, and lots and lots of skin. Local artist activist and longtime workshop facilitator Turiya Bruce did the artwork for the poster and she will be in attendance painting on the day. There’s a lot to learn when in the presence of a master! With a delicious vegetarian and vegan luncheon provided by Vegetarian Delights and beautiful acoustic music by local musicians. To find out more go to www.followyourart.net.au or call Kathy Toka on 0401 181 959 | 28 & 29 April

Naked Magicians

Naked Magic

Thursday 12 April | Ballina RSL | 7pm | $49-75

Starring the clever and seductive Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, two of Australia’s most famous magicians, The Naked Magicians combine magic and muscles with riotous laughs that take magic to a whole new level. Yep, they really do have nothing up their sleeves.

The Aussie duo have been performing magic for nearly 20 years. Catch them Thursday at the Ballina RSL.

Be a UKE PatrEon

Mullum local Stukulele has been producing an incredible interactive musical event each month for the last seven years – Uke Night. Ukulele players and music lovers of all ages converge to strum and sing along or just listen to 20+ songs of a different theme every month – 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, Beatles, Stones, love songs, break-up songs, murder ballads, TV themes, blues, jazz, disco, Motown, punk… and list goes on.

What started out as a hobby has turned into an all-consuming passion involving some of the best local musicians and vocalists, and occasional guests from interstate and overseas. It’s a unique, cherished, local event. Stu and his partner Miss Amber love presenting these nights and want to keep on doing, so that’s where you come in.

You can be a vital member of their growing ukulele community. You get to choose songs and themes, vote for tutorial videos, plus receive the monthly uke songbooks. Go to www.patreon.com/UkeMullum and for the cost of a cup of coffee per month you can keep them and the whole community singing and strumming. Quick, before they develop the uke-playing singing robot.

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