A roundup of cultural events in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week starting October 4

Arrebato perform at Brunswick Picture House on Thursday at 7pm

Arrebato Ensemble at the Brunswick Picture House

Brunswick Picture House | Thursday | 7pm | $23-$27

Arrebato Ensemble is contemporary flamenco with edge, led by best friends and longtime musical collaborators, the acclaimed flamenco guitarist Greg Alfonzetti and Damian de Boos-Smith (cello, oud, fretless bass and guitar). As they celebrate 15 years together, Greg and Damian release their third album Sofia’s Dream and play a string of dates along the east coast – including the Brunswick Picture House – with a new lineup that includes Byron Mark (cajon and percussion) and dancer Chachy Peñalver, founder and director of Sydney Flamenco School.

The group’s first CD snared them the Best World Music Artist at the MusicOz Awards, and performances at WOMADAdelaide, Sydney Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Sydney Opera House, International Australian Festival of Chamber Music, followed. The second CD, Absolución, was launched at the Sydney Opera House in 2011 to a sellout audience and also enjoyed rave reviews.

Brunswick Picture House on Thursday at 7pm. Tix on

Dean Power en plein air. Photo by Carly Brown

Dean Power exhibits The Four Invitations of Syzygium Moorei

Lone Goat Gallery | Opens Friday | 6pm | Free

An exhibition of paintings opening at Lone Goat Gallery this Friday night will shine a light on an iconic local tree, the Coolamon, and raise funds and awareness for the species’ recovery. The Coolamon ( Syzygium moorei ) is endemic to a very small region from Mugereeba to the Richmond River. As such it really could be described as ‘Byron’s tree’. However very few locals would be aware that the tree is listed as vulnerable under the federal EPBC Act. Local artist Dean Power has created a body of work in reverence to the tree and its feminine presence in the Byron landscape. The artist has donated a painting to Big Scrub Landcare to be auctioned on opening night. David Mills of McGrath Real Estate will be on hand to auction the work and all proceeds will go to the Landcare group. 

The exhibition opens on Friday at 6pm till 8pm and runs until 31 October. Dean will also hold an artist talk at 11am Saturday 20 October, free, at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron.

Badgers will be at The Ocean Shores Tavern Girls Night In pink ribbon fundraiser this Thursday.

The Honey Badger times seven

Ocean Shoes Tavern | Thursday | Tickets at the door

Everyone loves the Honey Badger, aka Nick Cummins. And why shouldn’t they? His down-to-earth curly moustached mojo has made The Bachelor one of the most watched shows on the telly for years. 

The Ocean Shores Tavern are getting a bit of badger action when they host their 8th annual pink ribbon fundraising event: Girls Night In on Thursday is a cocktail party for the finale! Tickets at the club! 

Mark Colvin’s Kidney by Tommy Murphy at Drill Hall Theatre

Mark Colvin’s Kidney continues 

Drill Hall Theatre | Fri–Sun til 14 Oct | 7.30pm & Sun matinee | $22-$30

Mark Colvin’s Kidney premiered in Sydney last year. It opens in London next year, and guess what, our own local Drill Hall Theatre have their own production on right now. It’s as good as anything you’ll see in the city. This is an Australian play based on actual events, showing just how startling real life can be. Mary-Ellen Field is a successful Australian business consultant in London – until she’s accused of betraying the secrets of her clients to the press. Her life comes crashing down, and she starts to wonder if she’s losing her mind. Then it emerges that her phone messages were heard on a client’s phone that was illegally tapped by reporters, and she sets out on a campaign to restore her reputation.

But along the way, her ideas of redemption change; she’s been interviewed by a journalist on the other side of the world, and his story puts everything into a new perspective. Mark Colvin is that journalist. This is their story.

Running at the Drill Hall Theatre, Friday–Sunday until 14 October. Tickets: The Bookshop Mullumbimby and via

The Greg Fleet in conversation with The Mandy Nolan! at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby.

Greg Fleet in conversation with Mandy Nolan

Drill Hall Mullumbimby | Wednesday | 7pm | $10

Comedian and writer Greg Fleet has written his first work of fiction. Renowned onstage for his ability to tell stories, USA-born Greg is famed for being one of the best yarn spinners in the business. This isn’t Fleety’s first book, but it is his first work of fiction. The Good Son is a story about when to hold on and when to let go. It’s about falling in love. It’s about impulsive journeys to Byron Bay. So it seems only fitting that as part of his national book tour he should stop off here for a chat. Charming, charismatic and hysterical, Greg talks with Mandy Nolan about The Good Son, the story of a man who starts visiting people in nursing homes with dementia, pretending to be their son, not for money, but simply to make them happy. ‘I think this is a beautiful story, and beautiful stories can make the world a better place,’ says Greg.

Wednesday 24 October at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby. 7pm. Tix are just $10. Book now on or at the door.

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