Our 5 best things to do this week

Opera At The Movies

Based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, La Traviata, one of Verdi's most celebrated works, had its premiere at the Teatro la Fenice in 1853. In this love story courtesan Violetta Valery meets a new admirer, Alfredo Germont, who confesses his love. Alfredo's father demands she renounce his son since the scandal of the affair has threatened his own daughter's engagement. Violetta resists but eventually agrees. Back in Paris, Alfredo denounces his former love cruelly, and months later, Violetta, deathly ill with tuberculosis, has only days to live. Alfredo becomes contrite as he learns the truth, but it may already be too late to ask her forgiveness. This production at La Scala sees Angela Gheorghiu in her celebrated debut as Violetta. Gheorghiu leads an all-star cast which includes Ramón Vargas and Roberto Frontali. La Traviata is on this Sunday at the Ballina Cinema at 1pm. Tickets $15.

Big Band Swing

Cool Nights Big Band is one of the hardest-working big bands in the country, performing over 30 shows a year with professionals such as Ralph Pyl, George Golla, Malcolm Wood, Craig Atkinson, Sharny Russell van Herp, Bob Montgomery, and Al Herman and John Zappia. The band has played to audiences of over 10,000 and toured nationally. The Cool Nights Big band will play the Mullumbimby Civic Hall next Wednesday. Tickets $25 (+BF), $30 at door, from Mullum books or www.kupromotions.oztix.com.au.

Shall We Kiss

This month at Mullum Flicks, catch Shall We Kiss, a wonderful new French romantic comedy by Emmanuel Mouret. While travelling to Nantes, a provincial town in western France for one evening, Emilie meets Gabriel. Equally seduced by one another, but both otherwise committed, they know they will probably never see each other again. He would like to kiss her. She as well, but a story prevents her from doing so. The film will screen this Saturday and Sunday at The Old Drill Hall. Doors open at 6pm for homemade dinner, coffee, chai and cakes. The film starts at 7pm. Tickets are available from Mullumbimby Bookshop and on the door from 6pm.

Take PEZ At Byron

After taking the Australian music scene by storm with a #1 independent single, a #7 placing in 2009's Triple J Hottest 100 countdown, the most downloaded track ever on Triple J's website ( The Festival Song), an album that has spent more than 30 weeks in the ARIA charts, and two hugely popular national tours in just six months, you'd be forgiven for thinking that rising Aussie hip-hop artist PEZ would be just about ready to put his feet up and relax following a massive debut year. PEZ will play the Great Northern, Byron Bay, on Sunday. Tickets: $17.50.

Perch Creek Family

The Perch Creek Family Jug Band will be having their first ever live recording at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore, tomorrow. Come and be part of the audience to help these talented and peculiarly beguiling musical miscreants create their first live recording. Doors open at 6.30pm, show starts at 7.30. Adults $10 and kids free! Tickets at door.

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Inside the century old hydro plant which could power a town

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