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Last month saw the Byron Brewery launch open mic comedy in the beergarden. Proving to be a comedy hotbed of new and up-andThis Saturday Byron Bay comers, the bill is full with Records bring the music to comedy wannabes, keen to the beautiful idyllic grounds try their hand at the dark art of the Mullumbimby of standup. The great thing Leagues Club with BBR about standup is that people Party 2. don’t care if you’re famous. Sharon Sharabi, one of They’re interested in seeing the Directors of Byron Bay you. The ‘real’ you. In fact the Records (BBR) explained a ‘realler’ the you that you can little more about the event. show an audience, generally ‘We are BBR, a local record the more successful you will label who try to promote local be onstage. artists. No topics are off limits; We will be presenting standup offers a smorgasbord Electronic Dance Music. We of ideas, values, concepts have had a party previously at and beliefs, all distilled into a the same venue, so this is our cleverly crafted gag. Standup second one. comedian Mandy Nolan hosts this month’s open mic. We are all local artists! She believes that open mic Part of the proceeds from comedy rooms are a must for the event will be donated comedy lovers. ‘It’s like being to Sacred Stone Camp Legal there in the lab watching how Fund. the jokes are made,’ laughs There will be a few different Nolan, a seasoned comic of DJs including Shazay, Miles 30 years. ‘I love hosting open Jackson, Liam Kieran, DJ mics because I always find Roger and Amazon Warrior. something so exciting in 18 plus event. There is a watching new and generally courtesy bus from the leagues terrified people stand on the club which can be contacted precipice of their comfort through the cub. zone‌ and leap! I also love the opportunity to push For more information go myself, to try new ideas that to the event Facebook BBR I wouldn’t try in a regular Party 2. comedy setting. Open mic nights such as Home-crafted Comedy are about all the Once a year Kellie Knight and new comedians finding their groove and established the Daze showcase to their local Byron Bay community by comics trying something new. It’s always exciting.’ Homebringing their unique brand crafted Comedy at the The of jazz, soul and funk to the Byron Brewery on the third Byron Bay Markets. Thursday of every month at Expect to hear some chilled 8pm. Sunday-morning funked-up

KNIGHT MARKET

jazz standards followed by early-afternoon original tunes to imbue the market vibes with some sophisticated groove and fierce soul vocals.

Thursday 19 January at 8pm.

‘This should be fun,’ laughs Nolan. ‘It’s the day after my 49th birthday; I should almost be done sulking by then!’

MOSAIC JUICE Public art mosaics have a long history in Byron Shire. The most visible installations are the two colourful roundabouts in the heart of Byron, but mosaic seats, street pavers and wall murals are dotted throughout the Shire. Usually collaborative community efforts, these vibrant mosaics add character to our streets and public spaces. An upcoming exhibition at Lone Goat Gallery takes us beyond the public face of mosaic art. The Mosaic Artists of Byron Bay come together to highlight mosaic art in a domestic setting in the form of sculpture, fine art, decorative objects and garden pavers. Pyari Cau and Turiya Bruce were central in creating the Byron Bay mosaic roundabouts and mural at the Byron Bay Community Centre. In this exhibition, Turiya’s colourful mosaics are informed by another commission – the lotus mosaic at Crystal Castle. Pyari’s work is finely crafted and includes three-dimensional garden sculptures and her impressions of patterns in nature. A highlight is Pyari’s sculpture of a glistening unicorn that would be a focal point in any garden setting. Heather Stevenson is also well known in Byron Shire as a longtime teacher of mosaics and stained glass. Heather has created private mosaic installations in homes locally and interstate. Her marble abstract pieces have a contemporary aesthetic yet are constructed using the traditional hammer and hardie techniques favoured by ancient craftsmen. Janet Bowden’s large scale monochrome portraits and colourful animal studies are rich in intensity and detail. These impressive works are magnetic and have strong visual impact. Janet’s artistic focus is on creating mosaics for modern living. Commissions for portraits are also available.

BALLINA PLAYERS PRESENT SHREK THE MUSICAL JR AT THE PLAYERS THEATRE ON 13–15 AND 18–22 JANUARY. MATINEES AT 2PM AND EVENING PERFORMANCES AT 7PM. BOOK ONLINE AT WWW.BALLINAPLAYERS. COM.AU OR AT JUST FUNKIN MUSIC, 6686 2440 (A BOOKING FEE APPLIES). Jane Denison’s installation of garden pavers draws upon imagery associated with Australian summers. These fun pavers act as a visual reminder of the things we need when going to the beach. Rich in colour and diversity, this exhibition is a must-see for locals and visitors alike this summer. All welcome to the Following the Juice opening at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron on Friday 20 January 6pm.

THE DRILL HALL’S CORRUPTED AUSTRALIA DAY Opening on Australia Day, Louis Nowra’s tragicomedy The Incorruptible is about the beginning of the end of this once compassionate nation. This Drill Hall Theatre Company’s (Mullumbimby)

DRILL HALL PRESENTS THE INCORRUPTIBLE AT THE DRILL HALL 26–29 JAN AND 3–5 FEB, PHOTO JOHN MCCORMICK

Mongrel Arts Project tells of how a newly crowned premier plans to redefine Queensland and Australia. The ‘incorruptible’ is hardworking, conservative, Christian sugarcane grower Ion Stafford, who sees himself as the antidote to progressive social values. Stafford is installed as premier by the political kingmaker Ed Gabelich (Gabo), whose signature game plan is to continue to enjoy the fruits of government for as long as he can. The Incorruptible traverses earthy rural Queensland on a righteous crusade to Canberra, with Louis Nowra’s original Australian voice speaking loudly to our current political situation and about the nature of corruption. The director Gregory Aitken’s (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ballad of Edgar and Mary)

says the play, ‘is timely, wise and outrageous. Louis Nowra challenges us as citizens to either sit back and mourn the transformation of a fair society into a neo-liberal experiment or to do something about it.’ Aitken has assembled a faultless cast of 11 exceptional local actors, supported by a dynamic creative team. Seven shows only: 26, 27, 28, 29 January and 3, 4, 5 February at the Drill Hall Theatre, including a Q&A with the cast and creative team after each of the 2pm Sunday matinees. For more information and online bookings proceed to the drillhalltheatre.org.au website. Over-the-counter ticket sales at The Bookshop Mullumbimby. Warning: The Incorruptible has adult themes, coarse language and bloody fine acting.

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