Our 5 best things to do this week
The Black Sorrows
THE Black Sorrows are back. One of Australia’s most-loved bands, the Black Sorrows have sold more than one million albums, releasing classic hits such as Chained To The Wheel, Harley & Rose and Hold On To Me. After a long period of inactivity, the Black Sorrows returned from hiatus and released an album in 2004. They will play the Ballina RSL Club Friday night. The show starts at 8.30pm and tickets are $27.50. Doors open 8pm.
NEW Zealand’s favourite musical brothers Kora return to Australia for an east coast tour that will include a stop at the Great Northern in Byron Bay this Sunday night. Renowned for their mind-blowing live shows – thanks to their powerhouse rhythm section and multiple vocalists – Kora have built a solid local fan base. Tickets $33.50 from the venue, doors open 8pm.
Nation at Byron Bay
BRITAIN’S National Theatre program of filmed plays has seen a very diverse selection so far: a classic Greek tragedy in Phedre, a Shakespeare. Now they are staging a production that will appeal to the whole family: Nation, based on the novel by Terry Pratchett. This witty and challenging adventure story is set in a parallel world in 1860. Nation screens this Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. Tickets for Club Dendy members $22, non members $25 from the venue.
A PIONEER in the world music community, Grammy nominee Jai Uttal has led kirtans (traditional Hindu chants) worldwide for more than 30 years. He is one of the major forces in western kirtan and devotional chanting, and an inspiration to many of today’s kirtan and chanting facilitators. Uttal will perform at the Byron Bay Community Centre Thursday night from 8pm. Tickets $35 from the venue.
CHANTRESS Peruquois and Wind instrumentalist extraordinaire Praful are purveyors of sacred world music and chant. Peruquois, diversely trained in jazz, Native American, Middle Eastern and classical Indian, touches and inspires audiences with her powerful voice. She is an international workshop teacher of sacred chant and voice. Praful – Indian flute and sax player – is a pioneer in the world music community. They will perform at the Byron Bay Community Centre Friday night from 7.30pm. Tickets $25 from the venue.