Tinpan Orange.
Tinpan Orange.

Our 5 best things to do this week

NORPA Popcorn

GET along to the Star Court Theatre in Lismore this Sunday and catch the film Genova as part as NORPA’S Summer Popcorn series.

The film is directed by the internationally renowned director Michael Winterbottom and is an intimate and beautifully nuanced familial drama about love, secrets, forgiveness and rebirth, set against the captivating beauty of the eponymous Italian city.

The film starts at 6pm and is rated M. Tickets $10 at the door – wine, coffee and nibbles are available. For more information visit www.norpa.org.au

The Black Stars

BYRON-based three piece The Black Stars spent 2009 working solidly on their debut album with ARIA award winning producer Magoo (Regurgitator, Powderfinger).

Their debut album is set for release mid year and is the follow-up to two highly acclaimed EPs.

The Black Stars have been playing shows up and down the east coast for the past 12 months, but haven’t played a gig in their hometown since opening the main stage at Splendour in the Grass in 2008.

Catch The Black Stars at the Great Northern, Byron Bay this Saturday, February 20. Entry is free.

Local rockers Birdbrain will open the night from 9pm.

Tinpan Orange

TINPAN Orange and Mama Kin were two of the standout performers at both the Mullum Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival in 2009.

Both acts performed to full houses with Tinpan Orange selling the most CDs of any artist at both festivals.

Mama Kin releases her bittersweet melodies with stomping piano rhythm and swampy beats, all the while seamlessly traversing the riotous, the raw and the intimate.

See them both perform at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall this Saturday, February 20.Tickets $20.50 from Mullum Music on 6684 6195. Doors open at 7pm.

The Necks

THE Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia, not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

With next to no publicity, their 13 albums have sold in the thousands.

The Necks create a chemistry together that defies description, featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most intoxicating fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove.

Catch them live at the Byron Bay Community Centre this Sunday, February 21. Tickets $25/20 from the venue or on 6685 6807.

Busy Beez

THE Beez are a four piece act from Germany playing a fast and furious mix of Eastern European and Western pop hits in an alternative folk style.

Their performance trademark is to rearrange popular songs, such as Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and anything by Madonna. From Pop to Punk, from Polka to Salsa, they all get that Beez facelift and a new lease of life.

Catch The Beez at the Bangalow Hotel tomorrow night (Friday, February 19).



Two people treated by paramedics after fire

Two people treated by paramedics after fire

Emergency services respond to house fire

Freezing, windy weather to hit Northern Rivers

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Temperatures to plummet more than 6C below average

Emergency crews rescue child from Mt Warning

Emergency crews rescue child from Mt Warning

The girl reportedly hit her head on a rock

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