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August 5, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the Week Begining 23 June, 2021

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No border bubble for NSW–Qld border – restrictions outlined

Eleven local government areas (LGAs) in Queensland have now been identified as areas of concern in relation to COVID-19.

Other News

Misinformation

Susan Skyvington, Mullumbimby The Echo detailed all ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines in the 21 July issue (p 20) on online...

Be CaféSmart about a cuppa donation for homelessness charities

Most people would be shocked to know how close to homelessness some people in the community are – some people might be very shocked to know how close they themselves are to homelessness. It doesn’t take much.

Want to get your voice heard on affordable housing?

Northern Rivers locals are being encouraged to bring their experiences, views and possible solutions on housing affordability to the attention of the NSW government on August 17 and 18.

Shooting in Nimbin

There is a police operation currently underway in Nimbin following a shooting earlier today.

Nonsensical responses

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby Mandy’s Soapbox a couple of weeks ago made a lot of sense and predictably provoked some nonsensical replies,...

Markets could return to Byron’s Butler St Reserve

Byron’s weekly farmers’ market may return to its traditional home in Butler Street Reserve after detailed soil testing found that the park was less contaminated than was feared.

The Lovey’s are loved-up in Loveys Actually

How Lovely, it’s The Loveys

Jenny, Janet, Pam and Belinda are The Loveys and they are excited to announce the launch of their new album, Loveys Actually – fifteen sparkling and original songs from their current stage show. Inspired by The Heroine’s Journey, Loveys Actually is full of songs and stories that women and men understand, connect with, and actually care about – the very stuff of everyday life – from divorce, dementia, and septuagenarian sex to the ordinary and courageous business of love itself.

Great musicians, songwriters and performers, The Loveys demand to be heard as they create a music genre that is both new and as old as time – heroic women, rocking out and telling it like it is.

The Loveys upcoming shows are this Thursday, 24 June at the Byron Theatre, and Friday 2 July at The Regent, Murwillumbah, and Saturday 3 July at the Rochdale Theatre, Lismore. All shows are at 7pm.


Award winning under 8 dance troupe from the Brunswick Valley School of Dance love the Lismore Eisteddfod

109th Lismore Eisteddfod

The Lismore Musical Festival Society has had generous supporters since 1908, and this continuing support means the society is pleased to announce the 109th Lismore Eisteddfod.

If your talent is singing, instrumental performance in piano, string, woodwind, or the spoken word, or dance; be it solo, with a friend or two, or part of a troupe, then this event is a chance for you to show what you’ve got!

Including school performances at the primary and secondary level, the Lismore Eisteddfod gives you the opportunity to step out onto a stage and showcase your talent to highly qualified adjudicators and appreciative audiences.

Eisteddfods are a place to make friends and memories and the Lismore Eisteddfod’s aim is to encourage performers of amateur status to engage in friendly rivalry and have the benefit of receiving the written critical opinions of expert adjudicators.

Competition gives performers a reason to pursue goals in their chosen discipline. They also have the opportunity to listen to, watch, and learn from their peer groups. Most importantly, competitors learn how to handle disappointment with courage.

This year’s event will be held at both the Lismore Workers Club Auditorium and the Lismore City Hall over 21 days in August and September.

For more info visit the website: lismoreeisteddfod.com.au for details on how to enter.


Hiromi Tango

TEDxcellent in Byron Bay

Occupying the Byron Theatre for a full day of cutting-edge ideas, TEDxByronBay will host the region’s brightest thinkers and doers.

This hugely popular event acts as a magnet for those seeking inspiration and motivation to navigate our increasingly complex future landscape.

Speakers for this event include Costa Georgiadis, Delta Kay, Zenith Virago, Kate Constantine, Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Elle Davidson, Dr Gregory P Smith, Brett Solomon, Catherine Ingram, Emilia Decker and Hiromi Tango.

TEDxByronBay, Saturday 26 June 10.30am–4.30pm

Byron Theatre. $150 + bf | Ticketed by TEDxByronBay

For more information on the speakers and to buy tickets, visit:www.tedxbyronbay.com.au.


Arj Barker Comes Clean at Byron Theatre

Northern Son

Australia’s adopted son of comedy returns to Byron this weekend. ‘Do I swear to tell the whole truth?’ Asks Arj. ‘No, but I’ll swear while telling the partial truth. And trust me, it’s a lot more fun that way. If you truly want to laugh, then take my word for it. This is honestly the best hour of BS around; I kid you not.’

And he’s not wrong. Arj Barker returns to the Byron Theatre to premiere his brand-new show of riotous comedy in Arj Barker Comes Clean.

Be prepared for some home truths, some vague truths and some information that none of us are ready to hear, and won’t be able to forget any time soon, because Arj brings the hilarity – and lots of it.

Saturday 25 June at 7.15pm. Byron Theatre

Adult $54.90 | Group of 10 or more $49.90 | Ages 15+


Shorty Brown is spreading Imaginitis in the holidays

Kids Fun is Hilarious and Contagious

It’s playful, it’s hilarious and it’s extremely contagious – it’s time to let your imagination run wild.

Imaginitis is a 45min kids show, starring local children’s entertainer Shorty Brown. Imaginitis is a highly interactive show that connects the audience to the wild, wide world of creative imagination including pirates, fairies and unicorns!

The show is a magical journey of self-discovery full of magic, bubbles, and extreme silliness – it’s a colourful adventure created to entertain our youngest audience, from 2–8 year olds.

Presented by Shorty Brown, well known for being highly creative, extremely playful and loads of fun, in Imaginitis Shorty consistently brings laughter to all of the children’s faces.

You can stick around after the show and continue the celebrations with music and balloons. Catch the show next week in Byron on Thursday.

Email [email protected], visit: www.shortybrown.com, or call 0438 973 689.

See Imaginitis on Thursday 1 July at 10.30am. Byron Theatre. Tickets: Single $20, Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 Children) $60. Discover NSW vouchers accepted – contact theatre box office.


Daryl Braithwaite, Russell Morris, Jack Jones and Rai Thistlethwayte are The Fabulous Caprettos

Braithwaite, Morris, Jones and Thistlethwayte: Fabulous!

What happens when you mix a bit of Southern Sons, a splash of Thirsty Merc, a dash of Sherbet, and toss in some Morris for good measure?

You get The Fabulous Caprettos; a concoction comprising Daryl Braithwaite, Russell Morris, Jack Jones and Rai Thistlethwayte.

The four friends are coming together to perform for the first time as a fabulous band.

It doesn’t take much imagination to know that these shows will be something special as the audience can see and hear all artists together on stage for the entire duration of the concert. The Fabulous Caprettos will perform their hits and favourites and other songs that will be heard for the first time at these shows.

There will be a souvenir program with Bonus CD available for purchase exclusively at the shows.

Daryl Braithwaite is showing no signs of slowing down. Always a fine interpreter of songs, singer/front man/songwriter from his early days with ‘70s supergroup Sherbet to his highly successful solo career today (who hasn’t heard ‘Horses’ right?).

The past seven years have been an incredible musical journey for both Russell and his fans, fortunate enough to create and release three award winning albums of blues and roots music and to be in the top ten albums of 2019 with his new Black & Blue Heart album.

Jack Jones was still a teenager when he found fame in Southern Sons, who went on to become one of the most loved Australian bands of the ‘90s. Jack is one of Australia’s most talented singers/songwriters and guitarists.

Founding member and singer/songwriter for Thirsty Merc, Rai Thistlethwayte is still as thirsty as ever, creating and performing a swag of his classic tracks.

The Fabulous Caprettos, for one night only at Casino RSM.

Thursday 1 July, 8pm seated.


Australia’s favourite LGBTQIA+ storytelling night of Queerstories is bound for The Regent.

The Regent Goes Queer with Unexpected Stories

Australia’s favourite LGBTQIA+ storytelling night is bound for The Regent. The much-loved, critically acclaimed event Queerstories is coming to Murwillumbah for the very first time.

Fast becoming an institution around the country, Queerstories, has seen more than 250 LGBTQIA+ storytellers take to the stage over the past five years, from Melbourne to Mudgee, Sydney to Shepparton, Adelaide to Albury and beyond. Patrons can expect a night of hilarious and heart-warming stories on stage, celebrating the local LGBTQIA+ community, at the newly refurbished, The Regent.

The award-winning show has been brought to the Northern Rivers in partnership with Queer Family Inc, a local not-for-profit that reduces social isolation and improves mental health by providing safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ people to connect and build community. Queerstories has proved an instant hit in the region, with sold out shows in Mullumbimby and Byron Bay.

Queerstories creator Maeve Marsden says the premise of Queerstories is simple. ‘We invite a range of LGBTQI+ people to share a personal story, but the focus is on the unexpected, on the stories people want to tell, instead of those often expected of queer people.

‘I often say, “there’s more to being queer than coming out and getting married”, and that’s really true at Queerstories, where the stories and narrative styles of the performers are always so diverse.’

Queer Family founder Aiden Gentle (they/them) hosts the local shows, which feature a new cast each performance focusing on local community creatives and heroes.

This show will include performances from ABC’s Daniel Browning, Cultural Fire Burner Rachael Cavanagh, Author Jordan Claden-Lewis, Community Advocate Taz Clay, Writer Belinda Raposo, and Artist/ Film Maker Xanthe Dobbie.

‘We’ve been so thrilled to bring Queerstories to the region,’ says Aiden. ‘LGBTQIA+ people in rural and regional areas can be quite isolated and we often miss out on events like these, so it’s really important for our wellbeing and community to be able to come together like this.’

The Regent will open before and after the show so that folks can also socialise over dinner or a drink.

Queerstories is Auslan interpreted. Queerstories , Murwillumbah. Saturday 26 June. Dinner and drinks from 6pm. Performance is 7–9pm. The Regent, 5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah. $30 Concession, $35 Adult +booking fee. Bookings: the-regent.com.au/film/queerstories.


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