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Culture in the Byron Shire from June 26, 2019

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HuskeeSwap launches in Lennox

An exciting initiative to keep coffee cups out of landfill launched in Lennox Head yesterday. Ballina Shire Council is backing the HuskeeSwap program with free coffees at different cafes in Lennox this week, for coffeeholics keen to try a new solution to a growing problem.

Other News

Murwillumbah Arts Trail coming in May

The sixth Murwillumbah Arts Trail is all set for the weekend of 29-30 May 2021. From its beginnings in 2015, the arts trail has grown to be a major festival for the visual arts, as well as a vibrant community event.

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Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Sick to my stomach

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Character test for PM without much

Over Easter I visited a friend who’s spent decades doing her best to protect old growth forests, preserve human connection with nature in the raw and help save our planet from the climate emergency.

Can you help this local family find a home?

A local couple whose much-loved baby boy was taken away by government officers and then returned is asking the community for help in finding space on a property to park their mobile home.

Reuben Kaye at the Brunswick Picture House on Friday and Saturday

Reuben Kaye

Brunswick Picture House  |  Friday and Saturday  |  7pm  |  $25/28

Imagine if Joan Collins, Tim Curry, and Meow Meow all dropped a stack of narcotics and had an orgy… Now roll it in jewels and bathtub gin and you’re halfway there.

In an explosion of energy, high camp, big notes, and filthy humour, multi-award-winning cabaret artist and self-proclaimed part-time hood ornament Reuben Kaye dominates the stage and devours his audience. With an acid wit and casual sensationalism that is simply delicious, Kaye is a dazzling phantasm of anachronistic showbiz – an explosion of sequins, lashes, and teeth.

Kaye’s own brand of melodramatic showmanship has wowed audiences and critics around the globe. Kaye’s delivery is flawless as he seamlessly blends lavish storytelling into gilded song, incorporating an impressive repertoire that ranges from Kurt Weill to Kate Bush, regularly punctuating his monologue with rich cultural critique.

Reuben has enjoyed residencies at London’s historic Savoy Hotel, The Rosewood Hotel, and at London’s West End home of cabaret, the famous Cafe de Paris as their regular host and performer, while still travelling to perform in Berlin’s Wintergarten, Tipi Am Kanzleramt, Ohh La La Cherie in Zurich, Cabaret Lune Noir in Bern, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, the Royal Albert Hall in London, The Savoy Theatre in Helsinki, and the famous Södra Theatre in Stockholm, to name a few.

He has won two Green Room awards (best cabaret and best musical direction) and been nominated for a Helpmann Award.

He plays the Brunswick Picture House on Friday at 7pm. Tix $25/28. brunswickpicturehouse.com

double indemnity

Double Indemnity Film Screening

Mullumbimby Drill Hall  |  Sunday  |  2pm  |  Tix at the door

Drill Hall Film Society, Mullumbimby Drill Hall, are screening the classic film Double Indemnity this Sunday at 2pm with doors open from 1.30pm.  Refreshments available and post-screen discussion.

Phone Sonia 6684 2112 to book, or just turn up if you are not a member, with a friend or two

Byron Ballet present their annual gala at the Byron Theatre on Saturday and Sunday

Byron Ballet Gala

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Saturday 1pm & 6pm  |  Sunday 2.30pm

The Byron Ballet present their annual Gala at the Byron Theatre with a dynamic showcase of contrasting styles and genres that is sure to be inspirational and entertaining for all. Principal dancers Michael Braun and Sean Williams return to the stage along with the charismatic Tahlia Downey, Silvia Magnani, and other special guests. The program includes excerpts from traditional classics, including Swan Lake and Paquita, a lively gypsy dance from La Bayadere, and the thrilling contemporary piece Threads.

One of the highlights will be the dramatic Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake, performed to the sublime music of Tchaikovsky.

Paquita is a Spanish celebratory ballet that highlights classical technical skill along with the strong Spanish style. Created by in 1881 by Marius Petipa, today this piece is considered one of the major cornerstones of the traditional classical ballet repertory and is staged by many ballet companies around the world. Curated by Yvonne Hall, the spirit of joy is contagious as the dancers leap and spin to the exhilarating music of Ludwig Minkus.

In stark contrast, the original contemporary work Threads is an enigmatic and thrilling piece of contemporary dance theatre. With a captivating soundscape created especially for Byron Ballet by renowned composer Gerard Dirie, this work will take the audience on a journey of intrigue. Yvonne was particularly inspired creating this piece. ‘Gerard’s soundscape was incredibly inspirational to receive, and the collaboration sparked many different ideas. In the end, the contemporary ballet Threads reflects something that everyone can relate to as the principal character journeys through different landscapes and conflicting emotions,’ says Yvonne.

The project was creatively initiated by Jenni Hibbard, the director of the Byron Music Society at the time.

Jenni invited local creative artist Mirrawinni to weave some headpieces from natural fibres and then she named the project  Threads.

Immerse yourself in dance with the Byron Ballet Gala, Saturday 1pm and 6pm and Sunday at Byron Centre at 2.30pm. Tix at byroncentre.com.au

Kriv on location

Screenworks Directing Intensive with Kriv Stenders

Applications due 22 July

One of Australia’s most renowned and critically acclaimed screen directors, Kriv Stenders, will be a guest tutor at Screenworks Directing Intensive in Byron Bay on 24 and 25 August. Along with a leading Australian documentary directory who is yet to be announced, the two directors will advise selected early-career regional screen directors on technique, skills, and project development for drama and documentary film and television.

Applications are now open for early-career screen directors living in regional NSW, regional Queensland, and Western Australia to apply for Screenworks’ Directing Intensive. This two-day program is delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors’ Guild (ADG), Linnaeus Estate Education Fund, and with support from Create NSW, as well as support for individual participants from Screen Queensland and Screenwest.

The deadline for applications is 22 July 2019.

For more information about the workshop or how to apply, visit www.screenworks.com.au

Auditions for calamity


Bangalow A&I Hall | 6 – 9.30pm  | Tuesday 2 July and Wednesday 3 July

Want to be in a show? Hankering for some time in the spotlight? Bangalow Theatre Company is auditioning for their next production  Calamity Jane,  set to hit the stage in October. 

Auditions for fresh-faced young-uns through to cantankerous old fossils are being held at the Bangalow A&I Hall from 6 till 9.30pm on Tuesday 2 July and Wednesday 3 July. 

Go to www.bangalowtheatre.com.au/auditions to register your interest and information. 

Enquiries call Claire 0420 986 570 or email [email protected]

Rash Ryder is the headline at Ballina RSL Big Gig Comedy night on Thursday and Ocean Shores Country Club on Tuesday

Big Gig Comedy with Rash Ryder, Aaron Pratt, & Mandy Nolan, Ballina

Country Club Comedy with Rash Ryder, Ellen Briggs, & Mandy Nolan, Ocean Shores

Ballina RSL  |  Thursday  |  8pm  |  Free
Ocean Shores Country Club  |  Tuesday  |  7pm  |  Free

Jason ‘Rash’ Ryder is a comedy talent for the ages, from high-end cruise liners to dark standup rooms in outback pubs, Rash Rider has been perfecting the art of standup comedy for for more than 30 years. Rash Ryder is a fair dinkum comedy legend in his own time who has headlined in all of the top comedy venues, events, and festivals here in Australia as well as in many of the prestigious comedy centres internationally.

With a huge catalogue of live comedy, film, and television credits, Rash’s comedy talent knows no bounds. With his incredible improvisation skills, a lightning wit and sense of timing Clint Eastwood would be proud of, Rash’s shows are a laugh a second, frequently causing discomfort for his packed crowds owing to the pain from Ryder’s relentless barrage of side-splitting, tear-inducing punchlines.

A 30-year veteran of live comedy, Rash Ryder is a comedian not to be missed and this month The Ballina RSL is proud to announce that Rash is headlining The Big Gig Comedy on Thursday with Aaron Pratt as support and Mandy Nolan as MC. It’s free from 8pm.

And guess what? If you don’t feel like heading to Ballina you can catch Rash at Country Club Comedy at Ocean Shores on Tuesday at 7pm. Mandy will be there as MC and Ellen Briggs jumps in as support! This show is free too!

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