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Entertainment for the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning July 14

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Byron Ballet presents a triplicate of wonderful dance.

Byron Ballet revives French classics with triple bill

Byron Ballet Company’s soirée will transport you on a powerful journey through the incredibly fertile world of musical creation in France from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century.
Don’t miss out on this triple bill at the Byron Theatre, including the iconoclastic ballet The Rite of Spring, the passionate love duet from Carmen (excerpt) and a new original creation based on Matisse’s famous painting ‘La Danse’ with soprano and musicians on stage.
‘This season is particularly exciting as we have a new creation inspired by the famous paintings of Matisse,’ says director Yvonne Hall. ‘Matisse’s ‘La Danse’ is conceived by Vianney Pinion and co-created with the senior dancers of the company.’
The famous love duet from Carmen will sweep audiences off their feet with its passionate themes of love and betrayal. Principal dancer Micheal Braun and Nicole Corea from New York will be appearing as special guests. ‘Add these two dynamic performers to the backdrop of George Bizet’s famous hypnotic musical score for an evening of sensual delight,’ says Yvonne.
The program reaches its climax with the iconic contemporary piece Rite of Spring in one of the most influential performance masterpieces of the twentieth century. ‘Stravinsky’s avant garde score and Nijinsky’s modern choreography caused outrage at the Paris premier in 1913. It was the beginning of the modern era, and one of the most famous nights in art history. We will be presenting an original family-friendly version of the piece,’ says Yvonne.
Join Byron Ballet Company as they make a tribute to these masters and take you on an unforgettable journey of suspense and sensual beauty.
July 23, 24 & 25. Tickets on sale at www.byrontheatre.com.

Jock Barnes plays The Rails this weekend. Image by Carol Zatt

Jock and Sugar Game at the Rails

A life spent travelling the world can be the catalyst for a great story. Jock Barnes spent his youth travelling the world as a professional surfer and now continues his travels as a working musician, singer and songwriter. He has collected a world of inspiration to create original lyrical content and a fresh spin on his musical influences of blues, rock and pop.
Having performed his music to audiences the world over and having shared festival line-ups with the likes of Groove Armada, De La Soul, The Darkness, and Everything Everything, Jock’s music reflects influences as diverse as the audiences he has played to.
As well as his own original compositions he also performs a blend of covers spanning Jimi Hendrix to Bernard Fanning, Ray Charles to Johnny Diesel.
Sugar Game are like the love child of Karen Carpenter and Stevie Ray Vaughn. But the love child was spirited away to save face, lived with vagabonds in a travelling medieval fair, then grew up and realised that the villagers that raised them, while lovely, were complete lunatics. The music that followed makes some sense in that context.
Combining energetic performance with raw talent, Sugar Game and their music are paving the way as an influential band for the modern generation. Since joining forces in 2020, the members of Sugar Game have captivated fans with their signature sound and unique performances. You will be hooked from the first note.
Come to the Rails this week Friday and Saturday to see Jock Barnes and his band, Sugar Game.

The fund raising and fun are rolled into one at the Billinudgel Pub on Saturday.

Fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease and ME Foundation

The Billinudgel Pub are hosting a fundraiser for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Me Foundation.
The MND and Me Foundation delivers support programs for people and their families living with Motor Neurone Disease in Queensland. The Foundation also funds research into treatments and the search for a cure for MND.
The MND and Me Foundation was established by Scott Sullivan, a husband and father of two children, who was diagnosed with MND in 2010 at the age of 38. Sadly Scott died in April 2014.
The fundraising event is a chance to support the continuation of his important work.
Artists on the day include Dan Hannaford, Andrew Morris, Ray Essery, Hubcap Stan & the Sidewalk Stompers, and The Real Jarrah Band. MC for the event is Stan Ceglinski.
There is a handcrafted guitar as well as thousands of dollars worth of donated prizes going into one massive raffle.
Come along, buy a raffle ticket, or donate a few dollars; there will be extremely tasty food on offer, as well as the coldest Stone & Wood beer on tap.
The fund raising and fun are rolled into one at the Billinudgel Pub on Saturday. Gates open at 2pm, show Starts at 2.30 pm.

Lindsay Webb (left) headlines July’s Big Gig Comedy at Ballina. Sandeep Totlani (right) is a pizza-loving joker from India.

The Big Gig free live comedy

Every month, Mandy Nolan presents a free comedy night at the Ballina RSL with local, national and international comedians.
The July Big Gig features Lindsay Webb. Lindsay is truly an International Act worthy of the capitals and italics, with a unique, homespun story to tell. From humble beginnings on a sheep and cattle station, Lindsay learned the art of humour young…
Lindsay has supported many great acts, including Wil Anderson and Jim Jeffries, Brad Garret,  Martin Short, Wayne Brady, and Jimeoin, and was a guest comic on The Darren Sanders Show on Chanel GO. With a seemingly endless skillset, Lindsay can also be found doing the  crowd warm-ups for many TV shows.
With an impressive and diverse dance card it’s no wonder Lindsay Webb is one  of the most in-demand comedians in this country. His experience in club, festival and  corporate comedy is second to none, but more importantly – he loves what he does. With  a record of 289 gigs in a single year, that’s obvious, and it’s because of this that he  continues to get accolades and awards everywhere he goes.
The support for July is Sandeep Totlani. Born and raised in India, Sandeep is a pizza eating competition winner and a trained dentist (because some stereotypes are good). Sandeep discovered stand-up comedy by accident when he watched Russell Peters on YouTube and entered Australia’s prestigious RAW comedy competition while on a student visa. Since then he has fallen in love with all things funny and been a regular at Australian comedy venues.
His perspective is fresh, his stage persona likeable and his style of comedy, both intriguing and hilarious.
Thursday 29 July, 8pm, Ballina RSL Level 1
Booking is not required – limited capacity so first come, first in applies.


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