Die Roten Punkte
Brunswick Picture House | Sunday | 4pm | $25–30
For those of you unlucky enough to not yet be familiar with Berlin’s Prince and Princess of art rock and Europop, Otto and Astrid are Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots). Recently having completed a Canadian tour, the teutonic twosome are coming down under to thunder through a night of their hits and misses, at the Brunswick Picture House.
The dysfunctional duo have also been performing with Australia’s own Circus Oz in Rock Bang; a circus rock opera with acrobats, stunts, high falls and dancing lions. They’ve also had a run at Soho Theatre in London, at Darwin Festival, and made a web series chronicling their rehearsals, which so far have had close to half a million views. With a manic international touring schedule it is rare to have an opportunity to see such an act in a regional town!
Lismore Regional Gallery | Running now | Gallery opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am to 4pm (Thursdays to 6pm)
During the 1970s, the Northern Rivers became known as a hub for wood firing, a process of ceramic production that involves continuous firing, feeding timber into a handmade kiln – sometimes over days. The Alchemists brings together 10 master wood firers who came out of this flourishing. They have each spent 30 years in the area working with clay. They range from the fine, controlled work of Geoff Crispin, to the baroque eccentricity of Dennis Monks, to the geometry and esoteric symbolism of Malina Monks, and the sensitivity to colour and flux of Tony Nankervis. The exemplary works in the exhibition have been sourced from the collections of Lismore Regional Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, and private collections, including those of the artists themselves.
Lismore Regional Art Gallery until January, with a workshop by Suvira Mcdonald at 2pm, Saturday 11 January. www.lismoregallery.org
The Partnershipping Project
Lismore Regional Gallery | Ends 2 Feb | Gallery opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am to 4pm (Thursdays to 6pm)
The Partnershipping Project’s extraordinary flotilla of art-boats has docked at Lismore Regional Gallery on its journey across regional Australia. The ambitious project spans two years and includes twenty new installations, twenty regional artists and connects four regional galleries.
Each artist on the journey is given a vintage dinghy, salvaged in Tasmania, to re-purpose as a work of art.
At Lismore Regional Gallery the exhibition will feature eight boats – four that have been re-imagined by local Northern Rivers artists Penny Evans, Hiromi Tango, Karla Dickens (with contributor Leigh Arnold) and Aris Prabawa, two boats that joined the armada in Townsville, QLD were created by Gail Mabo (the daughter of famous land rights campaigner, Eddie Mabo) and Anthony Vanghoua Vue, and two of the boats are by Selena de Carvalho and David Mangenner Gough (pictured) and have travelled from their original destination in Burnie, Tasmania. The exhibition will return to Tasmania next year having circumnavigated thousands of miles across regional Australia and gathered new works as it goes.
The ambitious project, conceived by curator Pat Hoffie, with associate curator Rosemary Miller, links regional artists and galleries and poses the question ‘Does Place Matter?’ The exhibition runs until 2 Feb. www.lismoregallery.org
Byron Live with Mandy Nolan
Drill Hall Mullumbimby | Sunday 29 Dec | $39
The brand new chat show hosted by Mandy Nolan, Byron Live, welcomes Aussie TV Royalty Delvene Delaney. One of the most iconic figures of Australian TV, Delvene made ‘funny’ sexy. An actress, TV personality and all round top chick, she has starred in The Paul Hogan Show and Crocodile Dundee II. She and her husband John Cornell, aka Strop, were trailblazers back in the day when they moved to Byron (before it was cool) buying the Beach Hotel and becoming engaged and supportive community members.
Someone else who decided to call Byron home is English Rock guitarist, Rick Fenn, who settled in for a Dreadlock Holiday. He’s been a member of 10cc since 1976 and still tours internationally with the band. He’s collaborated with some of the greats of the music industry – including Mike Oldfield, Rick Wakeman, and Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason. In Byron he is best known for playing with the Feramones.
Medical Cannabis Compassionate Advocate, Nick Morley is a champion for legalisation. He is one of the key spokespeople for its medicinal use in the groundbreaking new documentary Greenlight that has just screened nationally. With a colourful career that includes hair and make up on porn shoots, to international fashion photography and the infamous Morley family business of Puppetry of the Penis – Nick is very much a man who likes a life on the edge.
Joel Salom calls himself an ‘off colour juggler’. He’s the better half of Erik the Dog, an international super star of the Spiegeltent scene. Joel makes one wonder – how does a normal guy manage to keep that many balls in the air, and what is he going to do when he grows up?
Featured musicians of this week’s Byron Live are Emily Lubitz from Tin Pan Orange and singer/songwriter Grace on Mute. With the bendy antics of Tumbian of Spaghetti circus twining throughout the show like human tinsel, musical interludes from house band, The Lovejoy Threesome, and Mandy’s opening number (this time choreographed by Marissa from the legendary 80s inspired Cassettes) – you’d be mad to miss it! And as if any further inducement were needed, Byron Live will also feature a special mystery guest that Ellen Briggs picked up hitch-hiking!
Food and Bar from 6pm (with tables and chairs outside). Show starts 7pm. Sunday, 29 December, at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby. Tix $39 from mandynolan.com.au
2020 Vision with Mandy Nolan & Austen Tayshus
Monday, 6 Jan – Byron Services Club.
Wednesday, 8 Jan – The Regent Theatre, Murwillumbah.
Thursday, 9 Jan – Evans Head RSL.
Friday, 10 Jan – The Saraton Theatre, Grafton.
Sunday, 12 Jan – Lennox Bowlo.
The yin and yang of Aussie comedy come together with Austen Tayshus and Mandy Nolan presenting their 2020 Vision show to herald a brand new decade. The combination of these fearless feature acts offers a relentless ride that is both hard and soft, traverses the nasty and the kind, the dangerous and the gentle. Both Tayshus and Nolan are known for their incisive and often outrageous social comment, and for their shared bill. On 2020 Vision you can expect nothing less than satirical explosions of genius, outrage and narcisstic self interest!
Austen Tayshus, the infamous, great white shark of Australian comedy, cutting and dangerous. Mandy Nolan, mother of five, caring, warm, and insightful. Two of Australia’s most respected and experienced comedians back to back, taking us on a journey through the highlights and the lowlights of the last 10 years.
At his most recent show at the Bondi Pavillion, this is what Stage Whispers had to say in their review: ‘Pulverising the audience with gag after gag, whilst at the same time being able to humiliate audience members with ease, all combines for a night out of terror and uncontrollable laughter… Austen leaves you battered and bruised but dying for more.’
What better way to download the decade? Local shows at the Byron Services Club on Monday, 6 Jan, and Lennox Bowlo on Sunday, 12 Jan – all shows $30 at the clubs or from mandynolan.com.au.