Ten things to do this week
1. The Great Lego Building Challenge: Calling all Lego builders, enthusiasts and challengers. The Great Lego Challenge will stretch your imagination and creativity. Create Lego masterpieces of your own design. Outside Big W at Lismore Shopping Square, Cnr Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore. Finals this Saturday at 11.30am (3-7 years) and 12.30pm (8-14 years). Free Event.
2. A Tribute to David Bowie: The Starman is sadly gone but tribute gatherings are being organised across the world to raise a glass for the life, music, fashion, film, social and political influence of David Bowie in contemporary culture. Held in the Queer Garden, this will an opportunity for locals to dress up and bring out their inner Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie or Jareth the Goblin King to pay homage to David Robert Haywood Jones. At the Northern Rivers Hotel, Lismore, cnr Bridge and Terania Sts, this Saturday from 5pm. $5.
3. The Space Cowboy: Inspired by the great thinkers of the past and present in the field of psychological persuasion and mind reading, The Space Cowboy performs some of the most direct and precise thought reading demonstrations that can be found in the world today. The holder of 38 Guinness World Records, he is also leading the frontier of extreme performance. Experience The Space Cowboy's death defying stunts of sword swallowing and much more, as he pushes the boundaries of what is physically possible. Performing at the Byron Bay Theatre this Saturday and Sunday at 5.30pm and again at 8pm. $25.
4. Byron Vibes: Byron Vibes is bringing its party back to the community this Saturday. Get ready for another conscious rocking event complete with Fireshow by Cinders Ashes, two live music stages featuring local artists, the ever-popular Jam Stage and more. Line-up: Hunter & Smoke, Future Elders, Wandering Eyes, Chris Wesely and Christine Olive plus more. At the Byron Bay Brewery this Saturday from 2pm to midnight. Free event.
5. Putuparri and the Rainmakers: Winner of the 2015 Cinefestoz Best Film award, Putuparri and the Rainmakers spans 20 transformative years in the life of Tom "Putuparri" Lawford as he navigates the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his determination to keep his traditional culture alive. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, this Sunday 2.30pm and 5.30pm. $15.
6. The Amazing Drumming Monkeys Show: The Amazing Drumming Monkeys are coming to Byron Bay. This is an interactive show aimed at 1-8 year olds. It combines a unique blend of puppetry, live music, comedy, and heartwarming themes, to deliver a fun filled show for the whole family. At the Byron Theatre this Saturday at 11am. $15.
7. Iris Nielsen Race Day: The annual Iris Nielsen race day will be held at the Ballina Jockey Club on Sunday. The $30,000 feature race will be the highlight with seven other races on the day. Nielsen was one of the top female jockey's in the region before she died in a race fall in 1988.
8. Tomorrow's People: This all-ages and alcohol-free show will feature some of the nation's brightest new talent, including Dylan Joel, E^ST, Kilter and UV boi. In the spirit of youthful democracy, Tomorrow's People will offer a rotating line up. Fans are advised to arrive early to catch their artist of choice. Melbourne's Dylan Joel effortlessly blends the sounds of hip-hop, gospel and soul. Indie pop progeny E^ST demonstrated her impressive range on the release of her second EP The Alley in September. Riding at the forefront of the new wave of electronic producers is Sydney's Kilter, AKA Ned East. UV boi is a 19-year-old Brisbane based producer bringing mellow, genre melding, yet heavy hitting music. At the Byron Theatre this Tuesday, January 19, from 5.30pm. $33.
9. Jebediah Summer Tour: Perth four-piece Jebediah have had a stellar year celebrating their twentieth anniversary with a double album release and national sell-out tour. In January 2016, the band are proudly taking to the road again, this time to reprise their 2013 Beach Tour performing in beautiful beachside locations including Lorne, Ballina and Coffs Harbour. Upstairs at the Ballina RSL Club, 2409 River St, Ballina, on Thursday, January 21 from 8.30pm. $35.
10. Flickerfest 25th Anniversary: Celebrating its 25th year, Flickerfest, Australia's leading Academy Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival, is the country's largest Australian and International short film competition, screening the best of shorts from Australia and around the world for our 2016 Festival. Byron shire is the first stop in their national tour after the films screen in Bondi, Sydney. Flickerfest is screening for its 18th year in the Northern Rivers region in 2016. A glam catered opening night party will be held on Friday, January 22, followed by the Best Of International Shorts. Saturday kicks off with our Byron All Shorts local Film makers finalists screening showcasing the best from our region. Visit: www.iQ.org.au for the full programme, further information and tickets.