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Culture in the Byron Shire For the Week Beginning January 16, 2020

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

‘ATO’ scam wants every last dollar in your account

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning about a spike in automated scam calls impersonating the ATO and asking people to transfer all their money to another account.

Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

Don’t worry, be greedy

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia The deputy prime minister has said that the government will consider excluding agriculture from future long-term...

Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

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 Imaginitis is hilarious and extremely contagious at Brunswick Picture House

Shorty Brown presents Imaginitis

Brunswick Picture House  |  Thursday 16 January | 10.30am

You’ve got Imaginitis! The 45-minute Imaginitis show is about discovering and embracing imagination, where Shorty Brown takes children on a magical journey, exploring their own imagination – full of pirates, fairies and unicorns!

Imaginitis is a colourful, extremely silly, funny, and highly interactive show, including magic, bubbles, comedy and extreme slapstick. It’s a vibrant adventure created to entertain an audience of 3–8 year-olds.

Shorty Brown has a wonderful way of connecting with children. She is highly professional and has a huge playful heart. Shorty Brown has travelled all over the world and entertained adults and children alike, from all walks of life. She is original, creative, extremely playful, loads of fun and consistently brings laughter to children’s faces. Imaginitis is hilarious and extremely contagious. After the show, stick around and continue the celebrations with music and balloons. Let’s party!

Shorty Brown presents Imaginitis at the Brunswick Picture House on Thursday 16 January at 10.30am. Duration: Approx. 90 mins (45 min show then a ‘disco’ of approx. 45 mins). shortybrown.com

Local writers and artists joining the line-up are filmmaker Damon Gameau, Bundjalung artist Dr Bronwyn Bancroft, and performer Kate McDowell as MC.

Byron Writers Festival & French Embassy present La Nuit des Idées

Byron Theatre  |  Friday 31 January  |  6–8.30pm  |  $30 Members, $35 General

Byron Writers Festival, in collaboration with the French Embassy in Australia, and Sydney Opera House, will host the legendary French ideas festival La Nuit des Idées (Night of Ideas) at Byron Theatre, on 31 January 2020 – the first time this salon-style event will be held in Australia. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal.

Founded five years ago by the Institut Français in Paris, La Nuit des Idées has grown into a global celebration of arts, culture, science and philosophy which takes place across five continents, from cities as diverse as Dakar, Los Angeles, and Brussels, to Buenos Aires, Kathmandu, and Marseille. In keeping with the 2020 theme Being Alive, audiences can expect a vibrant, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary conversation about life, the universe, and everything inbetween.

Co-curated by Philippe Platel, cultural attaché of the French embassy in Australia and Edwina Johnson, Director of Byron Writers Festival, the Byron line-up brings together a diverse mix of eminent French and Australian thinkers and artists. They include philosophy professor Thierry Hoquet, author and performer Olivia Rosenthal, and author DJ Fabrice de Rotrou. Local writers and artists joining the line-up are filmmaker Damon Gameau, Bundjalung artist Dr Bronwyn Bancroft, and performer Kate McDowell as MC.

Tix $30/35 from byronwritersfestival.com

One of the works on show at Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina launching Thursday. By Sabine Pick

NRCG Exhibition Opening: Nicole Wood, Joanne Mulcahy Zubani, Sabine Pick & Susan Joyce.

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina  |  Thursday  |  5.30–7.30pm

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) in Ballina launches four exciting new exhibitions in January, and invites community and visitors to come and check them out!

Pockets of Green | Nicole Wood

A collection of pastel drawings and acrylic paintings, depicting the pockets of green discovered during Nicole’s regular travels. Featuring rainforests, tree-lined roads and open spaces, each depiction of place exhibiting her strong admiration for these environments.

I Harbour An Obsession | Joanne Mulcahy Zubani

Using innovative methods to enhance discarded materials, Joanne probes into the indelible ramifications of our carbon footprint, on the spectacular landscape of the Northern Rivers.

Intimate Fragments | Sabine Pick

Sabine’s practise consists of making minimalist collage using parts of words, half words, unreadable words, unspoken words and random thoughts. Using discarded books and years of commercial and private letterpress printing, etchings and calligraphy, the fragmented shapes are placed on old collected postcards as a fabric to hold them together.

Perpetual Transit: Five Years on the Road Susan Joyce

Following five years travelling around Australia, Susan’s abstract paintings record tracks from sparse plains to dense areas of vegetation or town.

The official launch event is Thursday, from 5.30–7.30pm, and all are welcome to attend.

The Ghindaring at Byron Theatre


Byron Theatre  |  Friday 17 Jan  |  7pm

Set in 1998, The Ghindaring is a story about Michael, a young boy from the small country town of Mount George in The Manning Valley, NSW and the legend of a mythical creature who is said to live in the region.

Michael learns of the Aborigines’ belief in this ‘yowie’ from old Tom who lives in the surrounding hills. He warns that they are scary creatures protecting the bush and that Michael should not mess with them.

Parents, Ben and Carol, try to convince him that the yowie is not real, but with his vivid imagination and great sense of adventure, Michael becomes determined to find the elusive Ghindaring. With friend Jason, he discovers evidence of the yowie’s existence.

Tensions mount when Michael goes missing on a stormy night. A search party ventures off into the dense bush…

Screening at the Byron Theatre on Friday 17 January, at 7pm. Tickets available from www.byroncentre.com.au

A community gathering to discuss what the fires are telling us

UPLIFT Global Community Gathering, Let’s Explore: What The Fires Are Telling Us

Mullumbimby Civic Hall  |  Thursday 16 Januray  |  6pm

Everyone is invited to an UPLIFT gathering to enquire and explore, What the fires are telling us.

The evening will feature a guided meditation and collective prayer with Bhavani Lev. A presentation from Cellular Biologist, Bruce Lipton, about the Field and the Power of Collective Intention. Devotional Chants with Deva Premal & Miten.

An open conversation with Bruce Lipton, Ganga Mira, Prince EA, Holley Somerville-Knot, Jean Renouf, and more, to explore what is the most loving and authentic response we can make, both individually and collectively, during this unprecedented time we are facing.

Entry is by donation, with all proceeds supporting fire relief efforts (no-one will be turned away for lack of funds). Mullumbimby Civic Hall, Thursday 16 January, from 6pm.

More info from facebook.com/upliftconnect


Hermitage Gallery: Art on Screen

Byron Theatre  |  Sunday 19 January  |  3pm

Come on a visually stunning journey through the daily life at the magnificent Hermitage Museum, and retrace two and a half centuries of legendary art and history.

Featuring the largest collection of paintings in the world, the Hermitage has been a meeting place for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals, creating connections through art and culture, and is forever marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress, Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries.

At the Byron Theatre, Sunday 19 January at 3pm.

Tickets available at www.byroncentre.com.au

Dave Hughes presents Work in Progress at the Brunswick Picture House Wednesday to Saturday

Dave Hughes

Brunswick Picture House  |  Wed 15 Jan–Saturday 18 Jan  |  7pm  |  $30/35

He’s a funny prick that Dave Hughes. He had such a good time in Bruns last year trying out his new material for the upcoming festival season that he’s come back. But he needs you. Without you, a comic’s life is meaningless. Without you, Hughesy really will have a problem. So get your arse on the grass.

Wednesday 15 January–Saturday 18 January, at 7pm. Tickets $30/35 from brunswickpicturehouse.com

Gretel Killeen on Sunrise laying into Scott Morrison. Here what she has to say in her show at the Byron Brewery 1 Feb and her Speak Up workshop on Sunday 2 Feb n Mullum

An Evening with Gretel and Speak Up

CWA presents Gretel Killeen, Brew House Theatre, Byron Bay Brewery  |  Saturday 1 Feb  |  5pm & 7pm  |  $30
Speak Up with Mandy Nolan & Gretel Killeen  |  Mullumbimby Ex-Services  |  Sunday 2 Feb, 9am–1pm  |  $150

Most people know Gretel Killeen as the host of Big Brother. She’s also on-call for The Project and a celeb on The Masked Singer… but it was on the Seven Network’s Sunrise Morning Show most recently that she really made an impact.

Clashing with fellow panelist Chris Smith, and host, Basil Zempilas, on their casual attitudes toward Scott Morrison’s Hawaii vacation, in the middle of the worst bushfires Australia has ever seen, Killeen simply said ‘Gobsmacked’ (about their attitude), and then went on to detail just what a good leader is. Speaking out about politics is not something that happens on Australian TV – generally it’s where you hear back-patting views that reinforce the status quo. But not from Killeen. She’s intelligent, she’s informed, and she’s not prepared to stay silent. It’s so refreshing.

Something many may not know about Gretel is that she’s also a comedian and story teller – and her disruptive thinking puts her exactly in alignment with the Country Witches Association! The CWA presents Gretel Killeen in a comedy blurt of wit, wisdom and witchcraft to stop complete freaking nutters from ruling the world!

The following day she joins Mandy Nolan to present Speak Up – a four hour performance and movement workshop encouraging people to use the avenues they have to speak up against ignorance and destruction, and to push past complacency, helplessness and fear!

Tix from mandynolan.com.au

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