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October 28, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 2 December

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No Ballina commemoration for 11 November

Speaking on behalf of the Ballina RSL sub-branch, Dick Wills BEM has announced that there will be no public commemoration service in Ballina for Remembrance Day next month.

To celebrate International Day of People with Disability, the full length production of O, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible is available to watch online.

Showing what is possible for people with disability

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability (Dec 3) with Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre.

Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre’s latest stage work O, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible, created in association with NORPA, enjoyed a sell-out premiere in Lismore in October.

O, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible is a physically dynamic and robustly hopeful show. It asks the question: In a world that’s not built for you, can you dare to dream of life, love and a rightful place within it all? O, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible beautifully reframes our perspective to show that ‘impossible’ can be transformed into ‘I’m Possible’.

The work explores the experiences of its dancers with disability. Through the lens of seven young, imaginative, and curious minds, we rediscover the power of dreams alongside the optimism and strength that must be summoned to overcome the doubts we all share about life.

To celebrate International Day of People with Disability on 3 December, the full length production, and an insightful Q&A session with the dancers (Auslan interpreted and captioned), is available online via the Sprung!! Facebook and YouTube channel pages: www.youtube.com

Please note, the full length film is available now and will remain online until Monday 7 December 2020.


Country Witches Association, aka Mandy Nolan and Aine Tyrrell, head off on their local summer solstice tour of satire and song: 18–22 Dec, at Lismore City Hall, Byron Theatre, Bangalow Bowlo, Mullum Civic Hall and Kyogle Bowlo.

Solstice Sisters

This December, Solstice marks one whole year of witching by musician Áine Tyrrell and comedian Mandy Nolan, who came together on a whim last year to create the Country Witches Association. The two come from very different sides of the yard, with Nolan a tit flashing irreverent blaspheming banshee, and Tyrrell an articulate deep thinking politically charged powerhouse of rock. What bound them was their shared politics, their sense that, as women, things just aren’t as rosy as we’re sold, and a shared passion to give voice to the rising dissent they feel in their audiences.

Country Witches Association isn’t a show for cake bakers, it’s a show for troublemakers. Although the two are quick to acknowledge the real CWA. ‘We don’t send them up’ says Nolan, ‘we just take the format and bend it a little to make it fit. The real CWA are staunch. They bake it and we shake it!’

What surprised these newbie witches was how many women – and men – wanted to join. They wanted to belong to an aberrant dis-organisation… with an anthem, their own queen and a secret handshake! One of the commitments the women had was to reclaim the more meaningful pagan days on the calendar with celebration and gathering. ‘At a time where we are distanced, it feels important to be coming together [politically] now more than ever before.’ Last month the Country Witches hosted their Bealtaine shows. There was so much power in the room, and the full moon added to the potency – with everyone loving aligning the witch within with the witchy calendar. So they couldn’t let the summer solstice pass by without more ‘serious’ witching.

The actual summer solstice falls at 9:02pm on Monday 21 December, but there will be plenty of vibe around the entire weekend to let broomsticks fly on the solstice wind. Expect the unexpected, and all that you have expected from your co-founding witches thus far; with five cranking hot shows of humour and heart, challenge and change.

Get your tickets early witches – and set the intention of your summer solstice on full power!

Tickets $40 with info at: www.ainetyrrell.com/gigs

FRIDAY 18 Dec – The Studio, Lismore City Hall 8pm

SATURDAY 19 Dec – Byron Theatre, Community Centre 8pm

SUNDAY 20 Dec – Bangalow Bowlo 5pm

MONDAY 21 Dec – Mullum Civic Hall 8pm

TUESDAY 22 Dec – Kyogle Bowlo 8pm


Rod Coe at Mullum Uke Club at Mullumbimby Ex-Services on Wednesday 9 December.

Ho Ho and Strum

Looks like 2020 is shaping up to have a great Christmas season, and the Mullum Uke Crew will be leading the charge. Bring your ukulele, or just your singing voice, on Wednesday 9 December for a 7pm start for some not-so-traditional Christmas songs lead by Stukulele and the Mullum Uke Club. Guest vocalists are Ash Bell, Sara Tindley and Clelia Adams. 

Entry is $20 per adult, Youth $10 and it’s free for kids under 15 years. Wednesday 9 December, Mullum Ex-Services Club.


Headliners Community Christmas is on at Ballina RSL on Wednesday 9 December a 6.30pm

Carols and Show

Headliners Community Christmas is on! Join the Headliners for a dinner and show to celebrate the joy of the festive season. This will be a COVID Safe event and features ‘live’ singing, trivia and lots of ‘festive’ fun… plus an amazing two-course meal. It will be an evening to remember. The main menu offers roast chicken with greens and Paris mash, or slow roast lamb with greens. For dessert, there is Pavlova with berries and cream.

At the Ballina RSL on Wednesday 9 December a 6.30pm. Tix $29.90 from ballinarsl.com.au


This Saturday and Sunday the Byron Ballet bring Peter and the Wolf and the iconic Ravel’s Bolero to the Byron Theatre.

Byron Ballet presents Peter and the Wolf

About a decade ago I was asked to narrate the Byron Ballet production of Peter and The Wolf. It’s such an iconic piece and the perfect introduction to a classic; it’s short – but intense!

This Saturday and Sunday the Byron Ballet bring Peter and the Wolf and the iconic Ravel’s Bolero to the Byron Theatre. 

‘Peter is an adventurous boy who befriends the animals of the forest, despite the wishes of his fearful grandfather. He protects the wolf from the hunters and together they find a new home for the wolf. This ballet is a wonderful introduction to storytelling through classical music and dance and involves a surprise addition with a wolf pack and circus scene.’

‘With sublime music by the master composer Prokofiev, this is a ballet for the whole family to enjoy,’ says director, Yvonne Hall. 

‘Ravel’s famous Bolero is an original contemporary work that celebrates the beauty and power of the feminine. It will be a hypnotic and sensual delight for all with intoxicating music by Maurice Ravel’ she says.

Special guests, Micheal Braun and Liam Strickland will thrill audiences with their grace and athleticism. 

Seats are limited owing to COVID Safe restrictions, so book early to avoid disappointment: www.byroncentre.com.au


Nakisha Jamieson’s work is on show at Gallery 3 in Byron Bay until 11 December.

Nakisha’s Weaving

Nakisha Jamieson is a young local artist, who studies at the National Art School Sydney. With her first solo exhibition at Gallery 3 Byron Bay, she connects the traditional practices of weaving with digital threads of modern society. Weaving new stories with found materials she forges a conversation about Australian identity.

Her show is at Gallery 3 Byron Bay, from 27 Nov till 11 Dec, 3/1 Kendall St, Byron Bay.
www.byroncentre.com.au


Join SAE at this live online event and get access to exclusive behind the scenes tours and more, on Thursday 10 December.

SAE Virtual Info Night

Find your true calling with the leading global specialist in creative media education. If you’re considering studying creative media (Animation, Audio, Creative Industries, Design, Film or Games or Web & Mobile) join us online at Virtual Info Night and hear from our industry-experienced lecturers; learn how you can pursue your passion in this dynamic and expanding industry. 

Join us at this live online event and get access to exclusive behind the scenes tours, course presentations, student showreels, live Q&A, and explore SAE360° – an interactive campus experience!

Thursday 10 December 6pm–8pm
More info, phone1800 723 338
Contact email: [email protected]
Info online: sae.edu.au


Nothing is off limits at a Tommy Little live show…so buckle up at Lismore City Hall on Thursday 10 December at 7.30pm

Fancy a Little Comedy?

Tommy Little is Australia’s premier dickhead. Which is lucky for everyone else, as dickhead decisions make for big laughs! Tommy had planned his biggest tour ever across Australia with his new hour of stand up, I’ll See Myself Out, in 2020 but we all know what happened next: 2020 in the bin. 

But live stand up comedy is back this summer and Tommy is hitting the road across Queensland and New South Wales! Nothing is off limits at a Tommy Little live show – his real-life antics and setbacks are foolish, funny as hell, and definitely all his own fault. He brings his tales to life with effortless charisma, high energy and a cheeky, yet intimate, connection with his audiences. 

He is at Lismore City Hall on Thursday 10 December at 7.30pm.


BSA third year students’ graduating show begins at the Byron School of Art on Friday. Open to the public 5–17 Dec.

Abandon Proceedings: Byron School of Art Graduate Exhibition 2020

Byron School of Art and their third year students would like to welcome the community to view their graduate exhibition, Abandon Proceedings, at the BSA Project Space from 5–17 December.

This event is the culmination of three years of dedicated study in the Visual Arts and exhibits a very high standard of work from all involved. BSA Director and teacher, Emma Walker, states, ‘The title of this show, Abandon Proceedings, was chosen by the students and is a play on the title of their 2019 group show, Proceed with Abandon. Through this difficult year, our third year students have cemented deep friendships, worked tirelessly, and ultimately found ways of engendering a sense of optimism and hope.’

The exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography and textiles, and showcases work by Cedar Jeffs, Josephine Ehlers, Justin Telfer, Di Kelly, Andrea Portela Moreno, Zen Staff, Julia Stockhausen, Meg Walters, Aly Russell, Gabe O’Neill and Belle Raine. Owing to covid, the opening night will be a private event, however the students are extending the gallery’s opening hours to include Sunday, for the opportunity to meet them and talk to them about their work. They will also be minding the show on Fridays and Saturdays if you would like to catch up with them in person.

Exhibition runs 5–17 December, 10–3pm, Monday–Saturday (plus Sunday 6 December).

BSA Project Space, 112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby.


‘We thought we’d do exactly what we bloody did last year and put on some gigs ‘round New Year at the Northern!’ Ruby Fields at The Great Northern on New Year’s Eve.

Ruby Fields at the Northern

Following the release of arguably her most swiftly embraced single to date, Pretty Grim, and a string of sold out, once in a lifetime, intimate wedding-themed shows at Wombarra Bowling Club, Ruby Fields has just announced two New Year’s Eve warm-up shows at The Northern in Byron Bay.

Pretty Grim was Ruby’s first single in over 18 months, and after premiering on triple J it was also added to a range of Spotify playlists, including New Music Friday AU & NZ, Local Noise, Indie Arrivals, All New Rock and Front Left.

The song brought in rave reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone Australia, Tone Deaf and New Musical Express, and is an exciting preview of what’s to come for Ruby’s highly anticipated debut album in 2021.

Ruby will be supported by rising Darwin-based quartet, King Stingray.

‘We thought we’d do exactly what we bloody did last year and put on some gigs ‘round New Year at the Northern! Wanna put on some real sick shows for yas and finish our year with some love and music. Come be a part of it!’ says the enigmatic Ruby Fields.

Tickets to catch Ruby Fields’ New Year’s Eve gigs on sale now at www.rubyfields.com

Wed 30 December at the Hotel Great Northern – two shows.


Chris Mallory aka Smokey Fields has hooked up with the hairy bloke called Josh, who we saw in Woodstock Reimagined, to create Rooftop Revival at the Brunswick Picture House Saturday and Sunday.

Smokey Rooftops

In January 1969 a humble rooftop in London played host to the band of the century. It all started in 1957 when Paul McCartney met a fellow Liverpudlian musician called John Lennon. Between their first meeting and their last performance together on ‘that’ rooftop in 1969, the songwriting duo single-handedly took over the world and changed the face of popular music.

Last year Smokey Fields performed to a sell-out crowd at the Picture House with his Woodstock Reimagined show. He comes back with local musician, Josh Laws to celebrate the songwriting of Lennon and McCartney… embarking on a journey from the rooftop in 1969 to 1957, and back.

‘We’re going to start the night where it all ended for fans on the rooftop in 1969 and take the audience back in time, one song at a time to the beginning’ says Smokey Fields, the alter ego of Chris Mallory.

Smokey Fields has been a fan of The Beatles since his early 20s after being given a mix tape of their hits from 1965, and so began his own Beatles revolution. 

‘During lockdown this year, I started listening to full albums of the Beatles. For some reason, I did it in reverse order and the early stuff stands up to the latest material. Josh and I want to take our audience on a similar backward journey; from the rooftop back to the early 60s, focusing on the songwriting and harmonies in a bare boned homage to the songs of Lennon and McCartney.’

‘We want to remind Beatles fans just how good the songwriting of Lennon and McCartney was by presenting them in a different way’ said Josh.

Join them for a very special evening.

Rooftop Revival – Celebrating the Songs of the Beatles; Saturday and Sunday at the Brunswick Picture House.
brunswickpicturehouse.com.au


Discover studios in hideaway locations you would never normally be able to visit this Saturday and Sunday.

Open Studios

Okay, if you missed it last weekend, you have one more chance to have a little peek inside the studios of some of our regions most talented artists. This Saturday and Sunday all studios are registering as COVID Safe with the NSW Government. Cape Byron Distillery has generously provided Brookie’s hand sanitiser for each studio. Please only come if you are feeling well and have no COVID-19 symptoms! Discover studios in hideaway locations you would never normally be able to visit. It’s a great day out which can last for four days.

See os-bbb.com for all the details.


Dustyesky perform at Habitat Courtyard Cookout.

Habitat Courtyard Cook Out

It’s time to celebrate the end of a pretty weird year with some good old fashioned festive joy. Habitat’s first Courtyard Cook Out is a festive food-focused event featuring a special outdoor barbeque by Barrio, with a vegan dessert station by Vagabond cafe, cocktails by Brookies, free face-painting for the kiddies, and everyone’s favourite local fake Russian choir, Dustyesky! Their first live gig since they became everyone’s favourite old boy band on Australian Story. And all this is just the warm-up for the lighting of The Giving Tree in the courtyard, where people are encouraged to make donations to help the homeless in Byron. There’ll also be a huge raffle on the evening to raise even more money for those who need it most.

This Friday at Habitat. Free entry. Family friendly, 4–8pm.


Palace Byron Bay are now taking bookings for cinema hires for Christmas staff parties.

Xmas Parties at the Palace!

Palace Byron Bay are now taking bookings for cinema hires for Christmas staff parties.
For just $300, you can hire out a private cinema for up to 20 people
(per screen), making this the ultimate staff night or family gathering.

They’ll also throw in a current film of your choice and free popcorn
for each guest at no additional cost. All you need to do is pick a time, date and movie.

Enquire at [email protected]


Get to The Palace Byron Bay at 1.45pm on Sunday for a complimentary glass of Prosecco and some chocolate before the screening of How to be a Good Wife..

How to be a good wife!

Palace Cinemas is delighted to invite you to their special Christmas Prosecco Previews of the charming Boxing Day highlight How to Be a Good Wife at 2pm on Sunday.

Get there at 1.45pm for a complimentary glass of Prosecco and some chocolate before the screening. Plus, all guests will also receive a complimentary ticket offer to see Monsieur Lazhar director Philippe Falardeau’s eagerly anticipated new film My Salinger Year, starring Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley, coming to cinemas 14 Jan 2021! These passes will be issued on the day.

Book now: palacecinemas.com.au


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