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October 27, 2021

Culture in the Byron Shire and Beyond for the Week Beginning 8 August, 2019

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COVID-19 update: 5 new cases in the NNSWLHD

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Direct from the UK – Mandy Knight headlines Comedy at the Beachy on Tuesday

Mandy Nolan and Mandy Knight

Beach Hotel  |  Tuesday  |  7pm  |  Free

Mandy Nolan has been making the people of Byron laugh now for almost three decades. She’s become something of a comedic icon in the Bay where Mandy-speak is part of the vernacular so it’s perfectly fitting that she should team up with one of Byron’s most iconic venues: The Beach Hotel. Or as it is lovingly known by locals: ‘The Beachy’. So come along this Tuesday to experience international comedy superstar Mandy Knight… yes it’s the two Mandys! Mandy Knight is the 2018 winner of the Comic’s Comic, a prestigious award judged by comedians throughout the UK.

Starting her career in London back in the 90s Mandy was a regular on all the TV standup shows: Live at Jongleurs, The World Stands Up, Live at the Comedy Store, Comedy Network, Comedy Blue, Melbourne Tonight, and Australia’s biggest panel show Good News Week. Her comedy acting was called upon for sitcoms as well, performing in Baddiel’s Syndrome and Jo Brand’s Like It or Lump It.

​In 2017 Mandy returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after a twenty-year hiatus, with a show that was simply her best work to date. The production, The Dark Knight, was a spectacular personal journey of discovery on why she has to make the unspeakable hysterical. It is no wonder the Comedy Store recently wrote: ‘She’s the act that loves nothing better than putting a little bit of wrong in your ear’. And she certainly does that. A rapid-fire wit of one-liners and crowd interaction, Mandy Knight is relentlessly funny. It’s no surprise The Independent called her ‘A virtuoso comedienne…’ Nobody is safe from this woman’s relentless wit.

Two Mandys are always better than one – come and catch the local Mandy and the international Mandy at Comedy at the Beachy, at the Beach Hotel on Tuesday. It’s at 7pm and it’s free!

hammer in hand braziers being launched. The flames-will illuminate and make the figures dance.

Hammer and Hand, Fluxed Exhibition

Fluxed – Exhibition  |  Hammer and Hand, Byron Arts & Industry Estate  |  Friday 16 August  |  5–8pm

Eleven years! The team at Hammer and Hand Jewellery and Metal Collective are excited, proud, and grateful to be celebrating 11 years in business in Byron. Knowing just how hard it is to stay in business has made their upcoming exhibition Fluxed all the more reason to celebrate.

The 13 current members believe that the gallery’s success is down to great teamwork and the way Hammer and Hand is run as a collective, meaning that each member has a share of the rent and has their regular day in the gallery/workshop. Customers can come and browse the work of all 13 metal artists, chat with and watch the rostered member at work.

There have been many business changes in the Arts and Industry Estate over the last decade, but Hammer and Hand are in the same premises where they opened, still welcoming locals and holiday-makers alike.

Many return time and again, and bring new customers who themselves become regulars.

Hammer and Hand Jewellery and Metal Collective celebrate 11 years in business and look forward to the next 11 with an exhibition of new work.

Federal kids Film, My Neighbor Totoro

Federal Films

Federal Hall  |  Saturday
Federal Kids Film Club: My Neighbour Totoro  |  5.30pm
Fed Films: Green Book  |  7.30pm

At Federal Hall this Saturday, Federal Kids Film Club will be screening My Neighbor Totoro, a wonderful animated film from the iconic Studio Ghibli. Directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro is a masterpiece of animation, and a delight for both children and adults.

The film starts at 3.50pm, and there will be snacks and drinks available, and a family dinner after the film at 5.30pm.

The evening film, starting at 7.30pm, is Green Book, a feelgood film about racism in the southern United States in the 1960s. This Academy Award-winning film was directed by Peter Farrelly, who also directed Dumb and Dumber.

Dinner is available from 6.30pm, with tea/coffee and a selection of delicious cakes at intermission. This month’s caterers are Eureka School P&C. They will be providing an Indian curry feast, with a selection of dishes including butter chicken, beef massaman, and vegetarian dahl, all served with rice, pappadams, and lime pickles.

For more information call 6684 9313 or email: [email protected]

Lambs of God

Marele Day and Sarah Lambert

Brunswick Picture House  |  Thursday 8 August  |  6–9pm

Highly acclaimed Australian author Marele Day recently had her bestselling book Lambs of God adapted as a series for Foxtel.

Sarah Lambert, an award-winning writer/producer and best known as the creator of the smash-hit drama Love Child, was the writer and show-runner for Lambs of God.

Sarah and Marele will be guest speakers at a special event screening of Episodes 1 and 2 of Lambs of God at the Brunswick Picture House on Thursday 8 August. They will discuss how they took a complex story and adapted it for the screen, explaining what was left in, what was taken out, and what was done differently. They will also be answering questions from the audience.

This dark, gothic tale about three nuns has an international all-star cast, led by Emmy Award-winning actress Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Leftovers), Australian stage and screen star Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and UK actress Jessica Barden. It’s an epic and fantastical tale of faith, love, and redemption.

Brunswick Picture House, 6–9pm.
Tix: screenworksscreeningoflambsofgod.eventbrite.com.au


Stories in the Club: Photo by Sharon Mccutcheon

Stories in the Club

Mullum Ex-Services Club  |  Sunday  |  4pm  |  $10 donation

This Sunday Stories in the Club celebrates its second birthday along with a new leadership team! Jenni has moved to Ballina, and Jennifer and Morag are now at the helm.

Join the crew this Sunday for stories from Scott Hall, Neil Amber, David Ashton, and Jenni Cargill-Strong.

Scott Hall is the son of a fifth-generation farmer and now runs Gabalah Syntropic Farm. Neil Amber has been a seasoned and intrepid traveller since the early 1970s. He has lived on an organic farm in Wilsons Creek for 20 years. David Ashton has been a  funeral celebrant for twenty years. Jenni, a professional storyteller, will tell her last tale as curator, a story of life transitions and new homes.

So come hear some heartwarming tales, help us celebrate our second birthday, and welcome the new Stories in the Club team! Sunday at 4pm, Mullum Ex-Services Club, $10.

Tweed Regional Gallery until 12 October.

Konstantine: Colour Correction

Tweed Regional Gallery  | Until 12 October

When you fix a mistake, you make a correction, a change that rights a wrong. When you correct a misspelled word, you’ve made a correction. Well done! Correction also applies to punishment, which is another way to right a wrong. A correction is an improvement or a revision when there’s something that needs to be fixed.

Konstantina, known for powerful use of colour, has put together a series of works that annotate today’s political and sociopolitical environment from her perspective as an Aboriginal woman, mother, and activist.

Her work is on show at the Tweed Regional Gallery until 12 October.

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