Our 5 best things to do this week

Guitar Maestro

Lulo Reinhardt will play the Bangalow A&I Hall on Sunday.

Hailing from Germany, Lulo was taught to play guitar by his father at the age of five. He is described as a spontaneous and spirited musician and his different styles come from exploring a range of musical genres that include flamenco roots from Spain to Latin jazz from South America, combined with his own artistic stamp. He keeps the musical spirit of his great uncle Django Reinhardt alive. Lulo has played at major events as Rock Gegen Hass, Jazz and Blues Festival (Czech Republic) and Sidmouth Folk Week (UK). Sunday's concert starts at 8pm. Tickets $35 pre (+BF) /$40 door www.kupromotions. oztix.com.au (+BF) and Barebones in Bangalow.

Unusual Act

Raymond Crowe is Australia's only Unusualist. For those not in the know an Unusualist is a master of intricate shadow puppetry, dancing jackets, ventriloquism, world class magic and brilliant audience participation. His signature piece 'The Shadows' has become an internet phenomenon with over one million hits worldwide and features his astounding and intricate hand shadows to the Louis Armstrong classic What a Wonderful World. He will perform at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore, next Tuesday from 7pm. Tickets $34.90 adults/ $31.90 concession. Bookings call 6622 0300.

Mother Comedy

Stand-up comedian Mandy Nolan presents a Mother of a Comedy night featuring RAW comedy 2007 finalist Ellen Briggs and Jenny Wynter, just returned from two years of performing in the US. Jenny has returned with a sure-fire show and a swag of complimentary reviews.

Ellen Briggs regularly performs as a comedian and MC at venues all over Australia and can be heard on ABC North Coast Radio and Byron Bay's community radio station. Mandy Nolan will MC the night and will also present her own brand of self-deprecating comedy.

Monday from 8pm at the Byron Services Club, Pandanus Lounge. Tickets $15/20 and can be bought at the club or booked on 6684 3443.

Message Sticks

Don't miss Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival, which is heading for Lismore with free indigenous films screened for the public on Wednesday, September 9 at the Star Court Theatre.

A highlight of the festival will be The New Black, a new generation of Australian film-makers whose work will be showcased in a series of seven 10-minute dramas from emerging indigenous writers, directors and producers.

The New Black had their world premier at the Sydney Opera House Message Sticks in May. Screenings start at 7pm - free.

Red Belly Black

Red Belly Black will play The Rails, Byron Bay, on Saturday from 7pm. The band, born and bred in the hills of the North Coast, play a brand of Bush Rock described as a cross between The Triffids, Radio Birdman and The Doors.

They are currently in the middle of recording a CD and Saturday will be their last gig for a few months, so don't miss them.

Northern Rivers roads hit by ongoing deluge

Northern Rivers roads hit by ongoing deluge

Road closed, others partly impacted after days of rain

Work starts on $31 million Ballina development

Work starts on $31 million Ballina development

The six-storey building will have 34 units and a pool

Group calls for sister city status with Gaza

Group calls for sister city status with Gaza

They say it will raise awareness of conditions in the region

Local Partners