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February 25, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 10 Feb, 2021

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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 Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

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Mullum’s green spine

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TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

Historical Museum shows off its knickers

There is plenty to find out about our ancestors’ ‘intimate apparel’ while you visit the museum and its monthly market, which will be taking place on Saturday.

Skennars Head

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Did Liberal-Nationals rort ‘bushfire’ recovery funds?

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin (Labor) has joined the call to highlight the actions of the Berejiklian-Barilaro NSW government over the latest ‘Liberal-National government grant rorts scandal’.

Grinspoon frontman, Phil Jamieson at Summerstage

Summer’s not over yet!

The band is back again in Byron Bay and Summer Stage is forging ahead with two great shows over the weekend.

Saturday will see the stage host Grinspoon frontman, Phil Jamieson. With much of his work cancelled in 2020, Phil is excited to be returning to the area where his seminal band cut their teeth. Supporting Jamieson on the night will be Andy Jans-Brown, a multi-disciplinary artist, who works through the mediums of film, theatre, art and this weekend through music with Cos*Mic. Also on the bill is local muso Sophie Ozard.

The second show is a Valentine’s Day extravaganza with Summerstage organiser Lisa Hunt headlining with her show Forever Soul; a rhythm and blues retrospective. Lisa will be supported by The Feramones. With the likes of Rick Fenn, Alan Limbrick, Alan Park, Greg Lyon, Col Germano and Rick Lloyd. The Feramones are the Northern Rivers’ own supergroup!

Also on the bill for Sunday’s event are the Byron Divas of Jazz – Sharny Russell, Leigh Carriage and Fiona Dell.

For more info on this weekend – and future – Summerstage events, visit: summerstagebyronbay.com.au.


NoyZ Boy will be at Foxy Luu’s

Groove & Bao in Byron

Noy Ben Ami who plays under the name NoyZ Boy will be at Foxy Luu’s for their Groove & Bao this weekend. Guitarist and vocalist NoyZ fuses blues, rock, jazz, funk, bossa, Middle East Oriental and reggae, in his originals and in covers.

See NoyZ on Saturday from 4.30pm for Groove & Bao at Foxy Luu’s.


Surfing to Survive, which gives an insight into how surfing and the ocean help Byron local, Karin Ochsner, in her daily struggles with a rare illness.

A great line-up at Byron Theatre

The Byron Theatre has a great line up of events this month.

The Theatre are sponsoring a film event fundraiser this week with Surfing to Survive, which gives an insight into how surfing and the ocean help Byron local, Karin Ochsner, in her daily struggles with a rare illness. The event is on tonight, Wednesday, 10 February from 6.30pm.

The film event will commence with a Welcome to Country with Delta Kay and former Surf World Champion Pauline Menczer will present her experience with Karin.

Musicians Sali Bracewell and Mandy Hawkes will paint a musical picture of Karin’s life.

Fore more info visit: www.surfingtosurvive.com/film.

Also at the Theatre this month is a screening of the unforgettable classic: Lost In Translation on Saturday 13 February including live DJ love song dedications.

Back again for their sixth year, the Theatre is proudly hosting two special nights of the Vagina Conversations on Monday and Tuesday,15 and 16 of Feb. A powerful night of presentations from incredible, creative local women and non-binary people with vaginas.

They are presenting pieces – personal, professional or political stories – that will inspire and educate, empower and support as part of the V-Day global revolution to end violence against women and children. This event follow’s the flash mob on Sunday morning at Main Beach.

The presenters use poetry, spoken word, dance, song and comedy to share their experiences and inspire and empower others.

Vagina Conversations is funny, sad, exciting, challenging, and celebratory, and is a more contemporary evolution of the Vagina Monologues, bringing a courageous fresh local flavour to our community event.

MC’d by Zenith Virago, the Vagina Conversations sell out every year, so get in early. The proceeds go to the Women’s Resource Service – Byron Escape Fund.

Fellini of the Spirits is the next Art On Screen on Wednesday 17 Feb. This film allows you to discover a new Fellini, revealing the intimate and personal side of this great director.


High Ground on at The Palace and in Ballina

It’s all about films!

There are some great movies to be seen at local cinemas this week.

Both Ballina Fair cinemas and Palace in Byron have really good films on this week with Penguin Bloom, The Dry, Wild Mountain Thyme, High Ground and The Marksman featuring at both venues.

While Ballina are also screening Ammonite, Palace has a selection of kids movies and others, including The Croods: A New Age, Wonder Woman 1984, Promising Young Woman, Earwig and the Witch, The War with Grandpa, Dragon Rider, Pixie, The Nest, The Food Club, My Salinger Year, The Witches and Maya The Bee 3: The Golden Orb.

Visit: ballinafaircinemas.com.au and palacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/palace-byron-bay for more info.


This Saturdayfederal Films screen the film Nashvill

Federal Films

The Federal Film Society are happy to announce that they are back where they started this Saturday with a screening of the film Nashville – the very first film the FFS showed back in February 2002.

This month’s caterers are the Federal Community Centre/Park group who will be doing a Nashville style menu. As always there will be a delicious selection of cakes and desserts, tea and coffee.

No pre-booking, doors open at 6.30pm for dinner; film starts at 7.30pm. Short and long-term memberships are available at the door. For more info ph: 6684 9313  or email: [email protected]


The festival is screening Girls Can’t Surf with special guests Pauline Menczer

Byron Surf Festival

Don’t forget to put the Byron Bay Surf Festival on your calendar. The festival is screening Girls Can’t Surf with special guests Pauline Menczer and Lauren Hill at the Byron Theatre on Friday 26 February. Visit: byronbaysurffestival.com.au for more information.


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