Mandy Nolan's latest comedic virgins to entertain.
Mandy Nolan's latest comedic virgins to entertain.

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NORPA fundraiser

LISMORE City Hall will host NORPA’s first fundraising extravaganza on Saturday night. There will be live music from the Downstairs Mix-Up, fantastic circus performers, plus music from The Pitts and Joel Salom. NORPA will be auctioning off original artwork, accommodation packages and a subscription to NORPA’s 2010 season, as well as offering raffle tickets to win Splendour in the Grass tickets and other outstanding prizes. While there is no cover charge, entry will be by donation and many local eateries will be donating platters of food. The show commences at the kid-friendly time of 6.30pm.

It’s Tiki Time

THE charismatic former Salmonella Dub frontman Tiki Taane went solo in 2007 after 11 years as the captivating frontman of Salmonella Dub. He released his debut album Past Present Future in November 2007. Tiki has built a solid reputation for boosting shows, musical works and recordings for musicians worldwide with his unique gift for taking music into an innovative new realm. Tiki will perform with his Dub Soldiers at The Great Northern tonight from 9pm. Tickets $38.50. Visit for more information.

Comedic Virgins

THEY’RE back – the next crop of Mandy Nolan’s stand-up comedy virgins – bigger, bolder and brasher than ever. For the past six weeks stand-up comedian Mandy Nolan has been teaching the gentle art of stand-up to 13 initiates. This bumper crop of comics ranges from a couple of Mullum High School kids, a builder, a TV presenter, a stay-at-home mum, a psychologist, a grey nomad, a radio announcer, an audio technician, an acupuncturist, a drug and alcohol worker and a Swiss cake baker (who’s also a psychologist). Catch them at the Byron Services Club Pandanus Lounge on Monday at 8pm.Tickets $10/15 at the door.

Nowhere Boy

CLUB Dendy members are invited to a special film preview on Sunday, December 13, from 4pm of Nowhere Boy. The film is a stunning exploration of John Lennon’s childhood as a rebellious teenager, curious and sharp, growing up in Liverpool. Kristin Scott-Thomas plays Mimi, the formidable aunt who raised him, and Anne-Marie Duff is Julia, the spirited mother who gave him up. Yearning for a normal family, John (Aaron Johnson) escapes into music and his fledging genius finds a kindred spirit in the young Paul McCartney. Poignant and powerful, Nowhere Boy is the untold story of the boy who became the driving force behind The Beatles. For more information call 6680 8555.

An Elvis Man

RUSTY Roberts will star in a show dedicated to the life of Elvis Presley this Saturday night at the Ocean Shores Community Centre. The Elvis Story showcases the life of Elvis Presley as told by the great man himself (in this case Rusty Roberts) through his big hits such as Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas. The show will also feature great costumes, music and dance, plus the Mullum Rouge – a group of 11 dancers from Mullumbimby. Tickets are $12/6 and are available on 6680 3895 or at the door. Doors open 6.15pm.

20-50mm of rain possible by the end of this week

20-50mm of rain possible by the end of this week

Some much-needed rain will "likely” fall across the Northern Rivers

Men face court over alleged drug syndicate

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They have been accused of involvement in a prison-linked drug ring

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