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June 15, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 9 June, 2021

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You Can Close Your Eyes

There is a beautiful James Taylor song (‘You Can Close Your Eyes’) that commences with the words; Oh, the sun is surely sinking down, But the moon is slowly rising. 

Other News

The housing crisis in regional Australia

As someone who rents a home, I’m frustrated with the lack of action on affordable housing. The debate has raged for years, yet the government buries its head in the sand.

You Can Close Your Eyes

There is a beautiful James Taylor song (‘You Can Close Your Eyes’) that commences with the words; Oh, the sun is surely sinking down, But the moon is slowly rising. 

Taking it to the cleaners – workers speak 

It’s the type of text message exchange that Byron cleaning business owners like Cristina Arcila are becoming all too familiar with.

Cartoon of the week – 8 June, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Three men stabbed in Goonellabah

Police say a man has been charged and will face court, while three men remain in hospital following an alleged stabbing yesterday.

Drug and firearm offences – Tweed Heads

Police say a man has appeared in court after allegedly being found in possession of firearms, drugs and nearly $10,000 cash in Tweed Heads.

The Loveys present their Stories & Confessions album launch.

The Loveys are Back!

The Loveys present their Stories & Confessions album launch. This local, award-winning two-act show features the songs, stories and confessions of four formidable females, and they’re not to be missed. Thursday 24 June, Byron Theatre. Doors open 6.30pm. Show at 7pm. Tix from, https://byron.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/11688

Photo by Jeff dawson

Byron Multicultural Incorporated Presents: Global Beats Byron Bay

A celebration of multicultural unity leading into Refugee Week 2021. Featuring performances from diverse cultural groups including Japanese, Brazilian, Pacific Islander, and Indigenous Australian groups.

On Sunday at 1.30pm, at Byron Theatre, at the Community Centre. Tix on byroncentre.com.au

Still from She is the Ocean – screening at The Byron Theatre on Friday.

She is the Ocean

She is the Ocean is an-depth exploration of the lives of nine astonishing women from around the globe who share a profound love for the sea. A love so profound that they have chosen to make the ocean the centre of their physical, philosophical and professional lives. The film starts with a window on the lives of three women who engage in the thrill of ocean sports, then we meet a famed scientist who plunges into the deepest depths on the edge of human survival, before meeting a cliff diver, who is hailed as ‘The bravest woman in Germany’ who captures the common thread that binds their stories together. the film shows how the ocean has shaped their lives and given them meaning beyond the normal constraints of society.

She is the Ocean – is showing at the Byron Theatre on Friday at 7.30pm with a Q&A. Tix on byroncentre.com.au

And yes, you can use your Discover vouchers to buy tickets!

The cast o Two, Shearwater’s Year 11 Drama students’ latest production at Shearwater Hall, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 June.

Two for Shearwater

Traditionally set in an English pub owned by a savagely bickering husband and wife, Jim Cartwright’s Two is a bittersweet comic drama, reimagined by Shearwater’s Year 11 Drama students, complete with live music by Ross Nobel and friends, and a (non-alcoholic) tipple or two.

Set in the 1970s, in the Universal Pub, Shearwater’s Two explores the intricacies of relationships, where human beings must navigate the landscape of their own belief systems and experiences pushed up against those of others. The play explores this in a way that is both moving and humorous, through a series of vignettes featuring 13 characters, over the course of one night, in their lives.

The play will be performed in the Shearwater Hall, June 16–18. Dress code is 1970s themed. Doors (and bar) open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Show runs for two hours with an interval. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students (not recommended for primary age students).

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BRYBC

Work on show at the Billinudgel Hotel by Hilton Stephenson and other artists.

Art Fest in Billi

It’s on again! Following a hugely successful event in Billinudgel last December, and in Grafton during April, the Arts Fest is back.

Artist, Hilton Stephenson, and renowned bush poet Ray Essery are again joining forces as the Painter and the Poet. Hilton has always wanted to encourage and inspire emerging artists, so a couple of years ago he made a connection with Clarence Valley artist Sue Baker, mentoring her work progression and practice. The results? An exciting display of various art forms from Billinudgel and the Clarence Valley.

Experience an eclectic presentation at the historic Billinudgel Hotel on Sunday, from 12–5pm with muso Slim Pickens, ceramacist Fiona Robb-Davis and Clarence Valley artists, John Baker (wood burning and sculpting ingested with opals), Sue Baker (visual artist), and Jennie Mansfield (visual artist in the third dimension).

Am I who I say I am? is a comedic memoir about one father and four surnames.

The Cat With Four Surnames

Presented by performer George Catsi, Am I who I say I am? is a comedic memoir about one father and four surnames.

After sold out Sydney seasons comes the much-anticipated return of George’s successful comedic memoir show.

It’s storytelling at its best; award-winning George Catsi immerses you in his tales of multiple names, a wayward father, and how hopeless a Greek he is with an identity pulled together by multiple Greek diasporas, upheavals and revolutions. George tells a ripping yarn centred around his father that balances absurdity with pathos, journeying from Crete to Cairo to Detroit to Sydney. The result is a funny, lively and heartfelt evening of stories that has been delighting audiences. A light-hearted way of pulling the threads of family and seeing where we unravel.

Presented at the Sydney Comedy and Sydney Greek Festival and now touring. Shows Wednesday 16 June at The Cedar Bar in Bellingen, Thursday 17 June (with a Greek feast!) at Federal Hall, Friday 18 June at The Citadel in Murwillumbah, and Saturday 19 June at the Bangalow Bowlo. Tix on mandynolan.com.au


A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place Part ll

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.



Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s Cruella, an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable –villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. Cruella, which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense & Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

Both films are showing at Ballina Fair Cinema and the Palace, Byron Bay

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