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March 8, 2021

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 8 January, 2020

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

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Gretel Killeen

Brew House Theatre, Byron Brewery  |  Saturday  1 Feb  |  5pm & 7pm  |  $30

A few weeks ago TV personality and program host Gretel Killeen said what the country was thinking when she told her Sunrise anchor and the other guest that she was ‘gobsmacked’ at their attitude that it was okay for PM Scott Morrison to have a holiday in Hawaii while the country burned. She went on to say this was a time when we needed good leadership and questioned whether Scott Morrison had the credentials. The segment went nuts on Twitter and viral on social media. Generally people in the mainstream media don’t speak like this. They toe the line. They back the government. Gretel isn’t someone used to staying quiet. She has politicised and been outspoken on a number of issues. In keeping with their commitment to present disruptors, at the end of January the CWA (Country Witches Association) presents Gretel Killeen in a comedy blurt of wit, wisdom, and witchcraft to stop the freaking nutters ruling the world. With two sittings at the Brew House Theatre in Byron – 5pm & 7pm. Tix are $30 from mandynolan.com.au. Gretel also co-presents Speak Up – a half-day workshop, on Sunday 2 Feb ($150) – with Mandy Nolan at Mullum Ex-Services. Places are limited.

Judith Lucy coming to the Brunswick Picture House

Judith Lucy

Brunswick Picture House  |  8 Jan – 12 Jan  |  Wed Friday 6pm, Sunday 5pm  |  $40/45

Judith Lucy recently reflected on her entire history with men and concluded that maybe it was time to shut up shop. At 51 she said, ‘Whatever it is that I’m selling, a lot of straight guys simply aren’t that interested in buying it, and I’m including people like my father.’ In amongst exploring stereotypes and her own desires, Judith Lucy will recount her full history with the opposite sex, and leave it up to the audience to determine whether she should hang up her vagina for good.

In 2019, Judith did a massive sellout tour of the capital cities asking this question, but now she wants a second opinion. Brunswick Heads – the decision is yours!

She plays the Brunswick Picture House, Wednesday 8 Jan–Sunday 12 Jan. Wed–Friday at 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 5pm. Tix are $40/45 from brunswickpicturehouse.com.

Space Cowboy at the Brunswick Picture House

Space Cowboy: Metamorphous

Brunswick Picture House  |  Friday – Sunday  |  2pm

The world’s wildest record breaker, Space Cowboy, presents Metamorphous, an action-packed show with thrilling stunts and mental marvels. Watch sparks fly as this daredevil take centre stage and risks his life with a 500,000 volt Tesla coil! Inspired by great thinkers of the past and present in the field of psychological persuasion and mind-reading, the Space Cowboy performs some of the most direct and precise thought-reading demonstrations that can be found in the world today. Witness his curious antics as he draws pictures from people’s minds and twists spoons in their hands. You are invited to bring your own cutlery for the Space Cowboy to bend – with no apparent physical force!

As the holder of over 50 Guinness World Records, the Space Cowboy is leading the frontier of extreme performance. Experience him sword swallowing, chainsaw juggling, and more, as he pushes the boundaries of possibility.

His bizarre demonstrations highlight the incredible power of the human mind and the physical body, and are so unusual that they have baffled doctors and scientists around the globe. Performing to sellout crowds and making headlines around the globe, The Space Cowboy’s truly unforgettable ‘mind bending’ show promises to do just that.

Brunswick Picture House, Friday 10–Sunday 12 January at 2pm. Tix from brunswickpicturehouse.com.

Frank Woodley at the Brunswick Picture House

Frank Woodley

Brunswick Picture House  |  $30/35

For Frank Woodley, comedy is like one of those old-fashioned washing machines with the wringers on top. Frank loves to push any topic or tale into the wringers and squeeze as much laughter out as he can. Occasionally, he pushes a little enthusiastically and gets his fingers mangled, but that can happen. This is your chance to see the master of daft creating a brand-new show, before he heads off on a national tour.

He performs at the Brunswick Picture House Wed–Sunday. Wed–Friday at 8pm. Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. Tickets $30/35 from brunswickpicturehouse.com.

Tony Backhouse presents A Cappella Workshop on Saturday a the Byron Community College in Mullumbimby

Tony Backhouse Workshop

Byron  Community College, Mullumbimby  |  Saturday  |  1 – 4pm; doors open at 12:45  |  $35 of $30 for Summersong graduates

Tony Backhouse, international choir leader, composer, innovator, and singer will lead a public workshop in a cappella singing on Saturday 11 January, at the Byron Community College in Mullumbimby, 1–4pm.  Under such inspiring guidance, no previous singing experience or musical knowledge is needed to get the joy of singing in instant harmony with a big group of strangers! Renowned as the founder of Sydney’s Cafe at the Gate of Salvation choir, the Honey Bees, and the Heavenly Light Quartet, Tony’s compositions have graced the big screen (Jane Campion’s Sweetie and Peter Jackson’s Braindead), and have been recorded by Joe Walsh, Renee Geyer, Jackie Orszaszcky, Jenny Morris, and many others. Backhouse has received awards from the Contemporary Acappella Society of America, and composer commissions from The Song Company and the Australia Council. In 1990 he received an Australia Council International Study Grant to research black gospel traditions at Memphis State University. In 2006, his song Lost in the Heavenly Light was nominated for the Australian Classical Music Awards for Vocal Work of the Year.

Info:  Alison Pearl 0428 845 570

Byron Theatre presents Hansard

National Theatre Present Hansard

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Saturday |   1pm  |  $25, Conc $23, Byron Theatre Club $20, Under 18 $15, Group of 10+ $15

The Byron Theatre presents Hansard screened live from the National Theatre performance in London. Two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan ( Birdman, About Time ) and Alex Jennings ( The Lady in the Van, The Queen ), perform in this brand-new play by Simon Wood. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport. Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the English governing class.

Saturday 11 January, 1pm at Byron Theatre. Tix from byroncentre.com.au

Flickerfest at the Civic Hall in Mullumbimby 30 Jan – 1 Feb


Mullum Civic Hall  |  30 Jan 8pm, 31 Jan 8pm, 1 Feb 4pm & 8pm  |  Tix for individual sessions or season pass $45/55

Australia’s largest short-film festival returns to Australia’s biggest little town in 2020! Flickerfest returns to the Northern Rivers, Thursday 30 January to Saturday 1 February, for its 22nd year, screening a smorgasbord of the best short films from the Byron region, Australia, and the world, across one packed weekend at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

Celebrating 29 years in 2020, Flickerfest remains Australia’s only Academy-qualifying and BAFTA-recognised short-film festival, and the country’s largest Australian and international short-film competition, presenting A-list short-film programs, recognised amongst the best in the world.

After the highly successful ten-day Sydney festival, under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in early January 2020, selected highlights then tour to more than 50 Australian venues from January till May.

Flickerfest remains a platform for celebrating the most entertaining and innovative short filmmaking from Australia and around the world. The Flickerfest program includes the Best of International Shorts and the Best of Australian Shorts, curated from the Flickerfest international and Australian programs in competition at Bondi; and Short Laughs Comedy, an unusual selection of clever comedy shorts from around the world. This is a one-off chance to see these amazing short films before they continue their journey around the world. Expect to experience the best in short filmmaking that Australia and the world have on offer.

The Flickerfest 2020 program in Bondi is selected from 3,600 entries, from 100 countries, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest short films in the world today. At Mullum Flickerfest we will be screening an entertaining, inspiring, and award-winning range of over 30 Flickerfest short films (many are Australian, and even world premieres), curated into three highlight programs over three nights.

There is also the best of Northern Rivers Shorts with screenings of the Byron All Shorts finalists, selected from around 50 entries, showcasing a wonderful new collection of creative shorts from our very talented local filmmakers on a range of themes that reflect Northern Rivers life,  including surfing, music, comedy, love, and everything in between.

Thusday, 30 Jan – Saturday, 1 Feb. Tix and program info from www.iQ.org.au (tickets will be avail online and at the door). Volunteers wanted: 0414 779 881.

Federal Films present Rocket Man

Federal Films present Rocket Man

Federal Hall  |  Saturday  |  8pm

Federal Films kicks off 2020 on Saturday 11 January at 8pm, with the dazzling Rocketman , a fantastic musical extravaganza about the life of Reginald Dwight, or, as he’s better known, Elton John. When fate brought Elton and Bernie Taupin together, a collaboration was formed that created some of the most iconic songs of the past fifty years. Come and sing along!

This month’s caterers are Amrita in Australia, who are raising funds for the Galupa Homeland Project, working with Yolngu Elders in East Arnhem Land to establish a Community Art Program to keep young women safe with purpose and connected to their culture and land.

Dinner is available from 6.30pm and includes: chickpea and vegetable tikka masala, mushroom and vegetable korma and roast vegetable salad with haloumi. Tea, coffee, and delicious cakes are available at intermission.

For more information call 6684 9313, or email [email protected] www.federalfilmsociety.com or www.facebook.com/federalfilmsociety

The Great Eastern Fly-in on 11 and 12 January at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome

The Great Eastern Fly-in

The region’s longest-running and friendliest community aviation event will be held on 11 and 12 January at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome. With up to 200 planes of all shapes and sizes to look at, amazing air displays, joy flights, market and food stalls, merchandise, raffles, and plenty of kids’ activities, there is something for everyone. Free entry and onsite parking, donations appreciated. Wheelchair accessibility. BYO chairs or picnic blankets, but no umbrellas, small marquees, or tents as these can be a serious hazard on the airfield. Please leave dogs and drones at home.

Details and program at greateasternflyin.com.

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