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March 6, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 27 January, 2021

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Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

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Missing teen – Tweed Heads

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a boy reported missing from Tweed Heads.

Top of Mt Warning

Daniel O’Brien, Federal Letters about Mt Warning were interesting. Chris Gee defended National Parks and Wildlife for adopting the views of...


Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

FB censorship

Dean Jefferys, Mullumbimby I feel concerned about the level of censorship on FB, Instagram, YouTube, MSM, local online groups and elsewhere...

Magic mushrooms

David Gilet, Byron Bay As noted in David Heilpern’s article (24 February), with drugs, whether medicinal or recreational, dosage is a...

Suffolk Park pump track for Cavanbah

Kathy Gleeson, Suffolk Park When I first heard of, and supported, the pump track at the Linda Vidler Park in Suffolk...

Lemon Chicken play this Friday at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullum.

Lemon Chicken at the Courty

Lemon Chicken is not only a Chinese takeaway favourite, it’s also a great local five piece band who play songs that you forgot you loved. They like to pick and choose from the fine selection of great tunes we all grew up on.

To make a good Lemon Chicken, start with a little Clash, then roll in some REM and Foo Fighters, once that starts to boil add in Thin Lizzy and Bowie, then top it off with some Rage Against the Machine. Best served loud with some Paul Kelly and World Party on the side.

Pulling back the covers on Friday at the Courthouse in Mulllumbimby from 8pm. $5 entry.


Register now to audition for RENT!

Audition for RENT

Bangalow Theatre Company is now auditioning for their 2021 production, RENT. Strong vocalists needed for their cast (18–50yrs). Please register your interest through their website: www.bangalowtheatre.com.au/auditions

Cut off date for auditions is Wednesday 3 February.


Kate McDowell, Mark Swivel and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal at the NORPA Courtyard Bar on Thursday, talking about the state of the arts sector.

State of the Sector Picnic at NORPA

The State of the Sector is usually a formal address but given the arts sector has been ‘in a state’ for the past year, NORPA and Theatre Network NSW are putting on a more informal picnic in order to gather, chat and reconnect.

Writer/director Kate McDowell, writer/comedian Mark Swivel, and choreographer/teacher Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal will each present a short talk responding to the following provocation: There is no ‘new normal’; you are the NSW Minister for the Arts, what is your vision for the Arts, and the role it plays in the wider community in a post pandemic, climate impact world?

This is a FREE EVENT presented by NORPA and Theatre Network NSW, Featuring Kate McDowell, Mark Swivel and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal.
Thursday, 5–7pm, NORPA Courtyard Bar.
BYO picnic blanket and nibbles, NORPA bar will be operating from 5pm.  |  norpa.org.au


Sarah McLeod at the Ballina RSL on 5 March.

Rock royalty at the Ballina RSL

Aussie rock royalty Sarah McLeod has just released her touching new single, Chachi’s Theme, an ode to her recently-passed, beloved and iconic pooch who regularly shared stages with her over the last 15 years.

Chachi’s Theme is a stunningly raw, emotionally charged piano ballad written to honour McLeod’s late rockdog, Chachi, who passed away last month. It’s something a little different from McLeod who first found fame in the late 1990s with three times ARIA Award winning rock band The Superjesus.

She plays the Ballina RSL, 
on 5 March. Tix on ballinarsl.com.au


Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul considers not only the topographic landscape, but also the landscape Boyd carried within himself.

Landscape of the Soul

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul focuses on Arthur Boyd’s diverse notions of landscape and traces one of the most celebrated careers in the history of Australian art through this lens. Presenting a number of never-before-seen works created by Boyd as a teenager, the exhibition at Tweed Gallery offers the first in depth look at the artist’s powerful early grasp of the landscape as a subject.

Bookended by Boyd’s youthful paintings of the Mornington Peninsula in the 1930s and the final phase of his career, depicting the Shoalhaven area in southern New South Wales in the mid-1970s, Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul considers not only the topographic landscape, but also the landscape Boyd carried within himself. Curated by Barry Pearce the exhibition is drawn principally from Bundanon Trust’s own collection of the artist’s work.

On display at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre until 28 February.

As part of the exhibition, acclaimed painter Luke Sciberras will host two, sold out, one-day en plein air painting workshops along the Tweed River in the beautiful town of Tumbulgum on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February, where participants will explore painterly approaches to the landscape.


The Authentic You – Talk Bank at the Byron Theatre on Sunday 7 Feb at 1pm.

The Talks of the Town

Want to feel inspired? Come and hear the ideas and stories of people from across the sector when they present their final seven minute talk after completing the second stage of Authentic You with Mandy Nolan and George Catsi over the weekend.

Prepare to be moved, amazed, to be provoked and inspired. Hosted by Mandy Nolan at the Byron Theatre on Sunday 7 Feb at 1pm for just $15. Tix on byroncentre.com.au


BSA is offering some great course if you have ever thought about making art or broadening your skills.

Get Creative

The BSA has some great courses on offer that you should check out. If you have ever thought about making art or broadening your skills, now is the time! Painter Dale Rhodes will be running an eight week course to give foundational skills for portraits, still life and landscapes. Kat Shapiro Wood is running a class in ceramic sculpture, exploring the vast potential of clay as a sculptural medium. Travis Paterson offers an introduction to cardboard etching and drypoint printing techniques. And Michelle Dawson will guide students through various approaches to drawing the figure, from classical core techniques to more contemporary expressive activities, developing the eye and improving drawing skills.

For more info go to byronschoolofart.com


Bruns Does Burlesque is back at The Brunswick Picture House on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 9pm.

Burlesque in Bruns

With the ongoing success of its signature show, Cheeky Cabaret, it was inevitable that the team behind the Brunswick Picture House would put together their very first all-burlesque show last year – and with fabulous results! They are thrilled to announce that Bruns Does Burlesque is back!

Featuring some of Australia’s hottest burlesque artists today with a very special twist, as only the Brunswick Picture House can do. Sexy, sassy, stunning and innovative, the cast of Bruns Does Burlesque is truly representative of the breathtaking beauty the world of burlesque performance can bring… and they’re bringing it right here in Brunswick Heads. Friday 7pm and Saturday at 9pm.



Tuscan flavours, good vibes and live music at Huonbrook Valley

Tuscany near Mullum

Okay, so you can’t travel, that means you need to find a little bit of the wider world in your world. Hidden away in the hills behind Mullumbimby, with amazing mountain views, is a hint of Tuscany. Every Friday evening the hill-folk and friends gather for woodfired pizza, calzone, salads, homemade desserts, organic wines, cocktails, and more at Huonbrook Valley. During summer they’re also offering live, local music every second Saturday with Chris Fisher playing 6 Feb.

Huonbrook Valley is located 20 minutes’ drive beyond Mullumbimby, through spectacular rainforest and ‘heritage listed’ Byron Shire potholes. Just five minutes past Malcolm’s Corner, drive until you see the big White Villa at 361 Huonbrook Road.

Ph: 6684 0400. Online bookings required.

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