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The Kill Devil Hills

FOLLOWING the release of their critically acclaimed third album, Man, You Should Explode, (see Mick Daley’s review) the kings of Australian swamp-rock, Kill Devil Hills, will be unleashing their blood, sweat, and tears on Byron Bay when they play the Great Northern Hotel on Sunday, February 7. Having spent the past few months touring non-stop around the country, The Kill Devil Hills’ live show is at its electrifying best. They will be supported by hill country bush rock locals The Re-Mains and The Blackwater Fever. Tickets are $13.50 and are available on or call 6685 6454. Don’t miss it.

Carmen in Byron Bay

FEBRUARY will be an exciting month for lovers of opera, as Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas screens two more operas from the New York Metropolitan Opera season. Carmen is one of the most well known and loved operas, with its passionate themes of sex, violence and jealousy. Directed by Olivier Award winner Richard Eyre, it stars Angela Gheorghiu in the title role as the fiery gypsy. Carmen screens on Saturday at 11.30am and Sunday at 1pm. Tickets are $25/23 and are on sale now at Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas. Call 6680 8555.

RAW humour

AFTER the huge success of the Byron Bay first heat of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s RAW Comedy Competition, where 10 local comics took to the stage to vie for a spot in the Queensland semi-finals, its time to get ready for the second heat. Judges Ellen Briggs (ex RAW national finalist) Bruce MacKenzie (ABC announcer and ex comic) and Robert Grayson (comedy teacher and performer) concluded the first heat was the strongest they had witnessed, but they are looking forward to seeing what the second heat has to offer. Mandy Nolan will MC the second heat on Monday at the Byron Services Club. Tickets are $10/15 at the door or on 6684 3443.

NORPA Popcorn

THE NORPA Summer Popcorn film series returns for 2010 with a screening on Tuesday of Séraphine at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore at 6pm. The film tells the story of Séraphine Louis, a simple housekeeper who in 1905 at age 41, self-taught and with the instigation of her guardian angel began painting brilliantly colourful canvases. In 1912 Wilhelm Uhde, a German art critic and collector discovered her paintings while she worked for him as a maid in his house. An unexpected relationship develops, leading to Séraphine’s work being grouped with other naïve painters at acclaimed shows in Europe and the USA. Tickets $10 at the door.

The Deckchairs

BRISBANE-BASED quartet The Deckchairs have barely stopped moving around the country since recording their debut EP in mid 2008. The release of Some Stranger’s Ship saw the group become hot favourites of community radio listeners across the country. More than a year later and all that time on the road has paid off for the progressive folk/roots act, helping them to break through and feature alongside some premier touring acts such as Dallas Frasca, Ash Grunwald and The Fumes. They’ll pile into the touring van to play the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay Thursday. Tickets $8 at the door. Doors open 8pm.

'A legacy for the boys': Driving school takes shape

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Asphalt poured for Southern Cross LADS driver education track

New store for horse lovers to open in Lismore

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Saddleworld Northern Rivers celebrates grand opening on Saturday

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