SEX, SAUSAGES & FRANKGHANISTAN Forget sex, sausages sell! The question is, ‘D’ya want dead horse with that?’ Celebrate our sunburnt country as Noel, the longtime local, takes you on a guided tour around his quintessential Australian suburb, Frankston. One-woman powerhouse Nel Da Silva is a first-generation Blasian (black Asian) Australian, storytelling through performance art, spoken word, documentary, cabaret and neo-burlesque vignettes, sharing defining moments coming of age in Frankston. No stone is left unturned as she boldly explores racism, violence, misogyny, sexual orientation, identity and what it means to call Australia home. ‘Frankston is a diamond in the rough. It was the perfect place for my Pakistan-born, Chinese/Anglo-Indian/ Portuguese parents to raise me as a typical Australian. In many ways I got the best of both worlds!’ Straight from her sellout second season in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Frankghanistan is ‘a show that will make you laugh, hold your hand to your mouth, as well as make you think and feel. Powerful performance.’ Join Noel and a handful of locals as Nel chucks all of her art and soul on the barbie for a yarn that’ll take your curry breath away. Frankghanistan | Drill Hall, Mullumbimby | Friday 11 May, Saturday 12 May | 8–9.30pm
RED HOT OCEAN SHORES LOVERS Ocean Shores’ first theatre company, Halpin Productions, hits the stage this week with Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Last of the Red Hot Lovers. The strong cast features Kasadevi Curtis and Gray Wilson.
ART TRAIL The Murwillumbah Art Trail (MAT18) from May 18 till 27 is designed to surprise and amuse. Event organisers have pushed this year’s event beyond its traditional boundaries into a fully fledged arts festival. Stone & Wood, Pickled Pig Cider, and Husk Distillers support MAT18’s promise of a secret pop-up bar for a quiet drink, impromptu jam session, cool conversations, and fun in surprising places. Food trucks and wines to match. Murwillumbah comes alive as the arts hub of the Tweed region, celebrating its Art Deco heritage and architectural quirks with building projections and performance. Art Trail Murwillumbah | 18–27 May | www.themurwillumbaharttrail.com
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THE BOY FROM BALMAIN WHO BECAME LES GIRLS! Few performers have risked as much artistically and personally with greater frequency or success than Carlotta. At various moments throughout her life and career there have been people who have said that Carlotta could not do something. And each and every time, a determined Carlotta has proven them wrong. Her personal journey began as a boy from Balmain with a dream of becoming a woman one day. This unique form of art began in 1963, which saw the birth of the famous Kings Cross Les Girls. Carlotta was the star and compere. Very soon it was the place to be seen, from curious celebrities to tourists from all around the world. The show attracted such visiting celebrities as Shirley Bassey, Vincent Price, Peter Allen and Liza Minnelli. Les Girls – along with its transgendered star Carlotta – quickly became legends. Carlotta was one of Australia’s first public sex changes who was made famous across Australia, owing to a leak to the media. In the 70s Carlotta took the Les Girls show on the road and toured Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong extensively. A regular spokeswoman on the television and radio Carlotta has gained her popularity with audiences Australiawide. She appeared in the long-running Australian TV soap opera Number 96 among many others and starred in the movie The Naked Bunyip followed by a five-year stint on the TV series Beauty and the Beast.
DARK CABARET Celebrate the darkest month of the year at The Secret Parlour – A Dark Cabaret, at Club Mullum, on Saturday June 9, 7.30pm. The Secret Parlour is a wild and wonderful evening, brought to you by Guilty Pleasures Shows. It features moody, dark cabaret song and music influenced by 1920s German cabaret, glamorous showgirls, absurd sketch humour, political satire and outlandish, heartfelt characters – all woven together with live music from Gypsy,Balkan, Swing band Out of Range. Book your tickets now and get a 10 per cent earlybird discount | The Secret Parlour | Club Mullum – Mullumbimby Ex-Services | 9 June | 7.30pm Go to www.guiltypleasuresshows.com, and click on the ‘buy tickets’ button.
Carlotta then was given the biggest surprise of all to be the guest of honour when This is your Life came calling, showing to all that Carlotta had become totally accepted. Based on Carlotta’s two books He Did It Her Way and I’m not that kind of Girl, ABC and Glitter Productions filmed a movie based on Carlotta’s life called simply Carlotta, which won critical appraise Australiawide and with her recent appearances on Celebrity Come Dine with Me and Studio 10 as a regular hostess on Channel 10 shows Carlotta is riding a new wave of popularity. The most attractive aspect of Carlotta’s long and always surprising career is that she dazzles audiences with her extravagant gowns, lavish jewels, stylish wigs and makeup. The illusion she has become famous for creating, the incarnation of so many people’s dreams and aspirations. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, Carlotta! Carlotta | Bangalow A&I Hall | Friday 25 May | Tickets on sale at www.beach-bum.eventbrite.com
8 – 9.30PM 11 & 12 MAY, EATRE DRILL HALL TH BY MULLUMBIM nkghanistan.eventbrite.com.au 18+ event. Tickets: $25/20 – https://fra an Foundation Ticket proceeds go to the Cathy Freem run) .everydayhero.com/au/runbitxh (RunBitchRun campaign https://gorrf2018
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Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.