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Culture in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning March 28, 2019

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Comedian Jenny Wynter – headlining with Jonathan Atherton and Mandy Nolan at the Bangalow Bowlo Pop Up comedy on Thursday 4 April

Pop Up Comedy at the Bangalow Bowling Club

Thursday 4 April | 8pm-Doors open from 7pm | $25

Bangalow comedy lovers are in for a treat when Mandy Nolan presents a stand up comedy double header with two stellar performers Jenny Wynter and Jonathan Atherton. Jenny Wynter is vibrant, disarming, charming and enigmatic. Armed with her keyboard, Jenny uses the improvisation skills she’s honed by working in Second City with Gary Austin and with the world renowned improvisation theatre company Loose Moose in Canada to create unique comedy songs made on the spot for her audience! Globe trotting Jonathan Atherton is a lover of culture, and pretty well kicked off comedy in Malaysia, where for 10 years he ran the Crack Up Comedy Club. With a keen ability to pick up languages and put himself in the middle of cultural conversations, Atherton is never a fly on the wall, he flies around the room.

Mandy Nolan joins these two headline comedians as the host at Pop Up Comedy at the Bangalow Bowling Club on Thursday 4 April at 8pm. Doors open from 7pm – Tix are $25 available at the club or on mandynolan.com.au


This is Mandy Nolan’s First Stand Up Comedy Virgin Sacrifice. 22 Years later it’s still going! Catch the latest crop of graduates on Monday at the Mullumbimby Ex Services

The Virgin Sacrifice!

Mullum Services Club | Monday, April Fools Day | 8pm | $10/15

‘How do you teach someone to be funny?’ That is the question Mandy Nolan is most asked about the stand up comedy course she runs through Byron Community College.

‘I don’t’ she says, 98% of people are naturally funny or have some sort of comedic insight – I teach them technique, I help them find the things they want to talk about, and guide them in how they might talk about it. We create a 5 minute routine, and then they get up on stage!’ Over the last two decades Mandy has taught more than 1500 people. The 6 week course in stand up comedy leads participants to a final end date: The Virgin Sacrifice!

This is when each new comedian gets their 5 minutes of fame! Catch her latest crop of comics at the Mullum Services Club on Monday! April Fools Day! 8pm. Tix $10/15 – at the door or book on mandynolan.com.au


Kat Davidson headlines at the Ocean Shores Comedy Club on Tuesday

Country Club Comedy: Kat Davidson, Vanessa Mitchell & MC Mandy Nolan

Country Club Comedy  |  Ocean Shores Country Club |  Tuesday  |  7pm  |  Free

Kat Davidson is a stand up comedian with real life experience.  She tackles relationships, observations and random events with equal passion and her unique storytelling ability takes her audience along with her for the ride. With MC Mandy Nolan and support by Vanessa Mitchell.

Country Club Comedy at Ocean Shores Country Club on Tuesday at 7pm. Free. www.oceanshorescc.com.au


Playwrighting Australia seeks, develops and champions Australian stories for the stage.

Playwrights Forum with Lachlan Philpott

Saturday 7 April | Lismore City Hall | 12pm – 3pm  |  Free

Playwriting Australia’s new artistic director Lachlan Philpott is keen to meet and converse with playwrights in the Northern Rivers and hear people’s views on the current and future state of play for playwrights.

Playwrighting Australia seeks, develops and champions Australian stories for the stage. Saturday 7 April at Lismore City Hall, 12pm – 3pm Free. Register to attend: Leila Enwright [email protected]


Joni 75 A Birthday Celebration screens at Palace Byron Bay on Thursday 4 April. Photo Credit: The Music Center

Joni’s 75th Birthday Concert

Palace Cinemas, Byron  |  Thursday 4 April  |  7pm  |  $18-20

She is a legend, an icon, a beloved troubadour who has brought joy to music lovers for decades. Rolling Stone magazine called multiple Grammy Award winner Joni Mitchell ‘one of the greatest songwriters ever’ and her songs helped define an era and a generation. This tribute concert from incredible singers and musicians was filmed over two nights at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

The entire concert, along with special behind-the-scenes interviews with the artists, will screen at Palace Byron Bay Cinemas on its opening day, Thursday April 4, at 7pm.

Tickets $18-20 on sale now at www.palacecinemas.com.au


Talking Dogs, presented by Joel Salom and Erik the Dog at Byron Comedy Fest on Saturday 18 May

Byron Comedy Fest at the Surf Club In Byron Bay

Byron Surf Club  |  17-19 May

The Byron Comedy Fest is keen to engage kids with some programming aimed, not just at entertaining and amusing them, but at putting them centre stage under the spotlight cracking funnies!

Two weeks prior to the Byron Comedy Fest, Mandy Nolan will be conducting Funny Kids – comedy workshops for kids with two separate age streams so that kids from 8 – 17 can learn how to turn every day observations, ideas and experiences into comedy! The workshop will culminate in a final performance, on Sunday 19 May, as stars of the Byron Comedy Fest. Hosted by Mandy Nolan, this will be an hysterical insight into how kids see the world! To find out more about the workshop go to mandynolan.com.au

International Man of Circus Joel Salom presents Talking Dogs on Saturday – it’s every kid’s dream come true, a playful, interactive show where kids get on stage with Allen (the shy soft dog) to do stunts with Erik (the mean robotic one) and Joel, the crazy human man-child, who tries to keep it all together! Joel’s creation, Erik The Dog was a Grand Finalist on Australia’s Got Talent.

Professional clown and circus director Alex Frith comes out of London where he ran Aircraft Circus for 10 years. He has a penchant for pie throwing and slapstick and is running these fabulously fun workshops, where you do indeed get to throw a pie in a mate’s face! These workshops are streamed for 8-10 year olds and 11-16 year olds and will be happening on Saturday at the Surf Club!

For more information about workshops and shows, ticket purchase and programming, go to byroncomedyfest.com


For your artistic pleasure

AN ARTISTS AFFAIR ‘Flowers and Flesh’

Saturday 30 Sunday 31 March  |  Stokers Siding Hall 

Follow Your Art presents…

For your artistic pleasure – an inspiring art event for those with a passion for drawing the human form.

AN ARTISTS AFFAIR ‘Flowers and Flesh’ offers a unique opportunity for artists to immerse themselves in the pleasures of painting, drawing or sketching.

This two day event will present eight models, across two stages, running concurrently, creating a truly inspiring atmosphere for all. Artists of all levels are warmly welcome.

Theatrical and opulent – AN ARTISTS AFFAIR ‘ Flowers and Flesh’ promises to be insightful, delightful, auspicious, delicious, humorous, humbling, friendly and fun!

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Saturday 30 Sunday 31 March, Stokers Siding Hall.  www.followyourart.net.au


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