Our 5 best things to do this week

Saritah returns

AFTER a hugely successful 2009 which saw Saritah release the critically-acclaimed album, Ancient Forward, the queen of acoustic guitar returns to the Northern Rivers tomorrow night. Saritah has been busy over the past 12 months touring Australia and Asia, which ended with her opening the main stage at the Peats Ridge Festival on New Year’s Eve. Saritah’s vibrant rootsy acoustic earth grooves have seen her supporting the likes of the John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire and Ash Grunwald. She will play alongside fellow song-writer Grace Barbie tomorrow night at Coorabell Hall from 8pm. Tickets are $20 and will be on sale at the door.

Ganga Girl

GLOBAL music troubadour Ganga Giri will take over the Mullumbimby Civic Hall tomorrow night. Blending an array of tribal percussion with congas, djembe, bougarabou, Nigerian talking drum, mbira with authentic indigenous moves and Aboriginal dancers, Ganga Giri’s live shows are a modern/primitive multicultural celebration and reconciliation in action. Tickets are $20 + BF from All Music and Vision (Byron, Ballina and Lismore); Barebones Artspace, Bangalow; Mullum Books, Mullumbimby; and Murwillumbah Music. Doors open at 7pm.

Hoffman Tales

DENDY Byron Bay Cinemas continues their season of New York’s Metropolitan Opera with The Tales of Hoffman. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher directs this new production. Offenbach’s fictionalised take on the life and loves of the German Romantic writer E TA Hoffmann is a fascinating psychological journey. Met music director James Levine conducts star tenor Joseph Calleja in the tour-de-force title role, with Anna Netrebko as the tragic Antonia, Elina Garanèa as the ambiguous Nicklausse, and Alan Held as the demonic four villains. The Tales of Hoffman will screen this Saturday, January 9, at 11.30am and on Sunday, at 1pm. Tickets are $25/23 and $21 for children and Club Dendy members.

Byron Arts Classic

MANDY Nolan will MC the opening night of the Byron Arts Classic at the Byron Community and Cultural Centre tomorrow night. The Byron Arts Classic showcases the amazing talent of the artists who live across the region.

With over 360 entries in four art categories, it will be no easy feat for judges Peter Powditch, Melitta Firth and Jill Eddington to decide the winners. The results will be announced tomorrow night. Everyone is invited to come and join in the celebrations, which will be led by Ms Nolan. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Doors open at 6pm.

Glenn Shorrock

GLENN Shorrock, best known as lead singer of the Little River Band, has announced a series of acoustic tour dates throughout January and will play the Byron Bay Brewery tonight. Shorrock will perform a range of hits from his days as the lead singer of the Little River Band. The ARIA Hall of Fame member will be supported by Ryan Murphy. Dinner and show tickets are $70, show only $35, and are available from the Brewery on 6685 5833. Doors for the performance open at 8pm.

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