Andre Rieu's concert on a screen in Byron and Ballina.
Andre Rieu's concert on a screen in Byron and Ballina. Supplied

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Mad Max is back
DYSTOPIAN action film Mad Max (1979) was the global hit that kick-started Mel Gibson’s acting career.

In a broken-down society where ruthless gangs rule, Max Rockatansky (Gibson) takes revenge on them for brutally murdering his family.

This Australian classic makes a comeback at Eltham Masonic Hall on Saturday, 7pm. Tickets from Eltham Village Gallery, adults $9/concession $7.

IF YOU haven’t seen energetic Dutch violinist Andre Rieu bounce around live in concert then a cinema is the next best thing.

His massive hometown performance in Maastricht, Netherlands, will get beamed around the world and into cinemas via satellite this Sunday.

Showing at Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas at 11am and Ballina Fair Cinemas at 3pm, Rieu’s world-class Johann Strauss Orchestra will accompany him as well as The Soweto Gospel Choir (who recently performed in Lismore), The Harlem Gospel Choir, and St Petersburg Trio. Tickets $40 for both.

Dance wave
WINNER of The Lennox Hotel’s recent DJ competition, Alto Wave, triumphantly returns to the beachside pub this Friday night.

The bouncy surfer from Byron Bay refined his skills at Studio Audio Engineering Institute at Byron Bay and is licensed to inject audiences with strong doses of disco, house and electro.

Expect an upbeat night with Fellow DJ and SAE graduate, Blake Thompson kicking-off the dance-a-thon at 9.30pm. Free.

Queen of cabaret
WITH a long history in cabaret – and even longer legs – Rhonda Burchmore is an intriguing Australian performer.

She’s travelled the world entertaining high-profile figures including Bill Clinton and Princess Diana and has starred in renowned stage shows such as Hot Shoe Shuffle.

To support the release of her autobiography, Burchmore is currently touring Australia and will play Ballina RSL from 7.30pm this Saturday.

Joining her on stage will be TV personality PJ Lane. Tickets $45.90.

Explosive Blues
AUSTRALIAN guitarist/songwriter Geoff Achison prides himself on being not just another blues musician.

He fuses traditional blues with the sass of funk, resulting in a fast and thrilling display of musicianship.

An isolated childhood in the country forced him to reproduce difficult sound effects on an old guitar he found under the staircase.

Now, Achison plays The Sound Lounge, Currumbin tomorrow night from 7.30pm. Tickets $20 pre-sale/$22 door.

Truck rolls over on Summerland Way

Truck rolls over on Summerland Way

Emergency crews are on scene

Fire jumps road and is impacting properties

Fire jumps road and is impacting properties

The fire had burnt 255 hectares before jumping road

Alstonville child groomer to face sentencing

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The 31-year-old sent sexually explicit material online

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