Arj Barker cracks the mould in Tweed Heads.
Arj Barker cracks the mould in Tweed Heads. Supplied

Our top four things to do this week

Award-winning pandas

IF YOU’VE seen The Panda Band’s long list of WAMI (Western Australian Music Industry) awards, then you’ll be buzzing about their gig at The Northern, Byron Bay, Friday, August 5.

The Perth five-piece had previously taken out Best Indie-Pop Act, Best Drummer, and three Song of the Year awards, proving it is no sedate fur-ball, but rather, a booming indie-rock bomb.

The fast-playing entertainers are back from a long stint in America, now promoting their second album, Charisma Weapon.

Doors open 9pm. Free.

Barking mad

YOU might know wacky American stand-up comedian Arj Barker from his regular appearances on Network Ten’s Good News Week, Rove, and ABC’s Spicks and Specks – he’s the guy with the “Star Trek” haircut who makes spaced-out observations, leaving masses of people laughing madly in his wake.

Born in San Francisco, it seems Barker’s humour knows no bounds, and he’s successfully entertained audiences around the world.

His next stop is Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, Friday, August 5. Tickets $41. Doors open 7.30pm.

Fighting for survival

THE first rule of fight club is, do not talk about fight club.

But if we accidentally break this rule and blurt-out that the classic film’s Australian-born producer, Ross Grayson Bell, is holding a seminar at Lismore Workers Club on Wednesday, August 10, 6pm, then so be it.

It’s no secret the Australian film industry is in trouble.

Bell will be mediating a discussion on how we can bring it back to life and re-live the glory days.

The seminar will be followed by drinks and a networking session.

RSVP on 6687 1984, or via email, info@queer Free.


Cairos on the way up

INDIE popsters The Cairos do not hail from Egypt, but rather, Brisbane.

They were thrust into the city’s rock scene after winning the Brizband School Challenge competition in 2007 and are now well accustomed to the Australian spotlight.

The Cairos have shared the stage with such household names as Powderfinger, The Temper Trap, and You Am I, to name a few.

They play Byron Bay Brewery on Saturday, August 6. As the cycle of music continues, The Cairos will be supported by up-and-coming Brisbanites, The Belligerents, and The Boats. Doors 9pm. Free.

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