Our 5 best things to do this week

A Dash of G. Love G. LOVE & Special Sauce are no strangers to our shores. Having consistently delivered their freewheeling playful and earthy tunes to adoring Australian fans for 15 years, we are very excited to welcome them once again to Australia this month. To celebrate the release of the very special, Australia-only album Long Way Down, G. Love & Special Sauce will be bringing the full band back for a run of East Coast shows. The latest album features all the tracks performed live on his recent US tours with the John Butler Trio and Jason Mraz, including the brand new single Peace, Love & Happiness. G. Love will take to the stage of the Great Northern Hotel tomorrow night with special guest Bonjah. Tickets $38.50 from the venue or on 6685 6454. Original Wailers A TIDE of pure energy is about to flood Byron Bay when Bob Marley’s Original Wailers play The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay on Monday night as part of their Movement Of The People tour. The tour will feature a retrospective celebration of the Exodus album, voted by Time Magazine as the most important album of the 20th century. Marley’s legendary musicians, together with other renowned reggae session men, have reformed under the title of The Original Wailers. Tickets $42 at www.oztix.com.au. Doors open 6.30pm. A Shade of Whitely FOLLOWING on from his critically-lauded debut The Submarine, Whitley returns with stellar follow up, Go Forth, Find Mammoth. Written and produced by Whitley, and engineered in a ramshackle studio on the Victorian Coast, the new album pushes the talented songwriter to his limits. This well-realised, follow-up picks up where his debut left off in its warmth, beauty and intimacy, however, it carries a much bolder aspiration. Go Forth, Find Mammoth is an engulfing journey filled with flourishes and triumphs. He will play the Great Northern Hotel on Saturday. Tickets $17.50 at the venue or on 6685 6454. Jumpin’ Ukulele IF you have a thing for the ukulele, then make your way to Bangalow tonight. Direct from the USA comes Jumpin’ Jim Beloff, one of the world’s true ukulele gurus. Jim has recorded several albums with his wife Liz and owns Flea Market Music Inc, a company dedicated to the ukulele. In 1999, Jim introduced a new, colourful and low-cost ukulele called FLUKE that has won admirers all over the world. They believe in the motto, ‘uke can change the world’. Jim will hold a workshop and performance at the Bangalow Catholic Hall, tonight from 6.30pm. Tickets $20 at the door. Short Film Festival THE Queensland Association of the Deaf will be showing short films that were showcased at the NZ Deaf Short Film Festival at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore on Saturday. There are 14 short movies that have been produced by deaf people and deaf actors in this movie. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm showing. Tickets $12 for non QAD members, $10 QAD members, teenagers $5 (up to 16). The films are not suitable for children under 12. Tickets available from mmahony@deafsociety.com or SMS 0422 013 451.

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