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Culture Roundup: 15 August 2018

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Ballina Players revive The Marvellous Wonderettes at The Players Theatre, Ballina.

The Return of The Marvelous Wonderettes

Ballina Players Theatre | Friday August 24 | 7.30pm | $15-25

In the Ballina Players previous production of The Marvelous Wonderettes we met Missy, Suzy, Cindy Lou and BJ from the graduating class of 1958, celebrating their 10th year Class Reunion.

This year in their latest Ballina Players production we hear about the lives of these four girls again through song and dance at their 20th reunion in 1978.

Opening Friday 24 August at 7.30pm – and dress up because there’s a prize for Best Seventies Costume. Tix are online at ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music in River St, Ballina.

La Viola Vixen is offering a one-off workshop in Byron Bay this Sunday.


Bringing burlesque from Berlin to Byron

Polecatz Studio | Sunday August 19 | 10.30am-12.30pm | $55

Interested in learning the classic art of tease for performance or the boudoir?

International burlesque teacher and performer with more than 10 years of experience, La Viola Vixen is offering a one-off workshop in Byron Bay where you can learn the basics. 

Focusing on strong powerful movements, this class will teach you how to really feel your grinds and deliver them with fierceness on stage (or off!) Viola was raised in Byron but currently lives in Berlin where she runs the Shimmy Shake Berlin Burlesque School and produces the Berlin Burlesque Week. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn the walks and poses of the Golden Age and create your own mini-routine. The workshop is on Saturday but you can also catch Viola in action when she performs at Dr Sketchy’s in Brunswick on Thursday. 

Viola will show you the classic movements of this style, the walks and poses of Golden Age burlesque, and then put them together in a mini-routine.

Sunday at Polecatz Studio at Circus Arts.  [email protected] 

Buy a beer for a farmer – drought fundraiser this Friday at The Northern.

Raising $ for drought

Hotel Great Northern | Friday August 17 | 5.30pm | FREE

NSW is in drought, so what can we do? Well, the good folk at the Hotel Great Northern are doing what they can by participating in the Buy A Bale program for farmers. Farmers across Australia are having to hand feed their stock, something that is extremely expensive, so to help keep our farmers solvent, and their stock alive, pop to the Northern on Friday – they have two karma kegs from Stone & Wood and will be putting on a raffle with all proceeds going to www.buyabale.com.au.

Elvis in 3 Gen

Ballina RSL | Thursday August 23 | 8pm | $50

Elvis An American Trilogy covers the three generations of Elvis.

The show begins with Vic Trevino Jnr, who embodies the rockabilly sound and raw dance moves of the young and dynamic Elvis. Gino Monopoli then recreates the movie years, with the costumes, songs and Hollywood influence that brought Elvis to the big screen. Greg Miller channels Elvis in the famous White Eagle jumpsuit, meticulously recreating the sound and the nuances that made Elvis the most recognisable figure in history. 

With their full live band and choir, Vic, Gino and Greg recreate the Elvis experience like you’ve never seen before.

Nolan is MC of the graduating performances of the Fast & Furious stand-up comedians at Mullum Ex Services Club.


Fast and Furious new comics burn bright

Mullum Ex Services Club | Mon 20 Aug | 8pm | $10

Standup comedy is what Mandy Nolan calls the ‘dark art’ when it comes to performance.

‘There are no characters to hide behind, no clever staging, no tricks. It’s just you, your life, your experience, your ideas. And you have a very short time to connect with a crowd. For some reason when you do it’s so addictive you never want to stop.’

Twelve local wannabe comedians have been bitten hard. So hard that they signed up for a one-day writing intensive with Mandy to push into new territory. ‘Coming up with new material is always challenging,’ says Nolan. ‘That’s why getting together and really pushing each other to the finish line works.’ All the participants have tasted the thrill of the spotlight, and they’re ready for more.

After just one day of writing and performing, they will be up performing their new material with Mandy Nolan as MC. 

Fast And Furious is the graduating performance at the Mullum Ex-Services on Monday night. Tix on the door or mandynolan.com.au.

Visit open ceramics studios on the Mud Trail this weekend.

Ceramics for the forest

 Open studios | Saturday-Sunday 18-19 Aug | 10am-4pm | FREE

Ever wondered what goes on inside a potter’s studio? Imagining scenes from Ghost with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze? Open Studios / Mud Trail, organised through the Australian Ceramic Association, is a nationwide event that sees artisans open their doors and welcome the public into their studios. This weekend participating studios include Tweed Unlimited Arts (TUA) in Banora Point, and Mullum Potters in Mullumbimby. One potter who is using his art to make a difference is Richard Jones – a NSW former politician who’s found his way to the wheel. As a representative for the Democrats Richard’s passion for conservation was at the forefront and it continues today with Mr Jones donating 20 per cent of sales of his work to the Rainforest Trust to help secure habitat for orangutans, otters, gibbons and monkeys in Kalimantan in Borneo. The trust has a unique scheme where four anonymous donors match donations, so anything Richard donates will be quadrupled. With the help of the donors Richard is hoping to save two thousand acres of habitat. So come and check out the thousand-plus unique pieces Richard has made. 

Drop by this Saturday or Sunday, 10am–4pm

To find out studio addresses go to northcoastmudtrail.com.au. 

Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing – Rovers

Ladies with Land Rovers

NORPA | 17 & 18 August | 7.30pm | $20-49

Rovers is a play that features two of Queensland’s most loved and acclaimed actors, Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing, and was written especially for them using stories from their own lives mixed with incredible true stories of female adventurers and bushrangers. 

Barbara Lowing is related to, and named after, the adventurous traveller Barbara Toy, who circumnavigated the globe in her trusty Land Rover, driving solo long before similar expeditions by teams of men.

Rovers is a comedy drama that deals with aspects of the actors’ lives, their ancestors, and some of Australia’s most notorious wild women, including bushrangers Black Mary and Elizabeth Jessie Hickman.

The world premiere of Rovers takes place at NORPA at Lismore City Hall. For more info go to norpa.org.au or call 1300 066 722.

Magnify your curiosity with the Arts Vs Science Festival at The Lismore Quadrangle.

Arts vs Science Festival!

The Quad | Saturday 18 August | 10am-4pm | FREE

Now in its third year, The Arts vs Science Festival brings a unique mix of science and art to The Quad in Lismore this Saturday for a one-day festival to celebrate National Science Week. Find out what happens when you put art and science in a test tube and shake it! The festival features art, music and science at six venues across the Quad, Lismore’s very own creative playground.

There is Science on the Green with hands-on interactive experiments for the whole family, a Bright Ideas Forum; they’ll show you how to use microscopes attached to your mobile phone, learn about water catchment, dabble in some coding, and later experience some music on the Green with Jex Lopez and the Gravediggers and Lady Mondegreen, featuring Lismore’s own Kate Stroud, Barry Hill and friends as well as rising Southern Cross University music stars Love Your Mother, and Clancy Menzies. The Quad, 11 Rural St, Lismore. Find out more here.

Like Education for Chocolat

Brunswick Picture House| Friday 17 Aug | 6pm |  $12-15

Mullumbimby High School P&C are hosting a screening of Chocolat at the Brunswick Picture House this Friday. With comedian Ellen Briggs, a committed chocolate lover, this is sure to be a fun night raising money for a new sign outside the school. 

Doors open 6pm. Light supper and treats available. Tickets $15/$12 (price includes a free hot chocolate).

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