Ten things to do this week
1. Artist in Conversation, Deborah Kelly: Join Deborah Kelly for a discussion about her exhibition, No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory). Kelly will speak about the collaborative processes by which she made this series and the poignant ideas it raises. The exhibition comprises 20 life-sized photographic portraits realised through ongoing discussion, exchange and art making between the artist, the subjects and the contributors. The collaboration centres upon nude photographic portraits that were collaged over time as workshop participants added layers of archival and contemporary imagery specific to the subjects' interests, attributes and vision. At the Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth St, Lismore, this Saturday from 11am.
2. Josh Pyke: One of Australia's favourite storytellers is coming to Lismore this weekend. Pyke is an award winning singer/songwriter and is on a national tour in support of his fifth studio album, But For All These Shrinking Hearts. At the Star Court Theatre in Lismore this Saturday from 8pm.
3. Tex Perkins and Murray Paterson: In September last year, Tex Perkins and Murray Paterson warmed up for a tour to The Maldives with an acoustic set at The Bangalow Hotel. It was so popular they are returning. This is a ticketed event in an intimate setting, not to be missed. At the Bangalow Hotel this Thursday, Friday 11, from 7.30pm. Tickets from the bar.
4. World Tutu Day: Alstonville Dance Studio will offer an Integrated Workshop to celebrate World Tutu Day. The event started at the Australian Ballet School as an annual world-wide celebration of ballet education. This year, World Tutu Day is being celebrated in at least 7 countries, with official host schools in Milwaukee, New Zealand, Japan, Russia, Australia, the UK and Canada. This year's event will include guest teacher Pamela Orchiston, and will feature ballet and repertoire classes, the making of newspaper tutus, paint and decorating ballet shoes, a ballet-inspired drawing contest for kids and the annual Tutu Parade. At the Alstonville Dance Studio this Sunday from 1pm. For details call 0428748294.
5. Life Off Grid: This documentary chronicles a two-year journey exploring the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have made the choice to disconnect. Life Off Grid is a film about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy, with inspiring and often challenging results. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, at 2.30pm and 5.30pm.
6. Soul Sisters: Enjoy a Sunday afternoon session in Suffolk Park with the smooth sounds of the Soul Sisters. Kizzy and Darya are the Soul Sisters, and together they sing soul, reggae, funk, roots and blues. Special guest Jamie Pattugalan will join the duo on percussion. It's smooth, it's sassy, it's groovy. At the Park Hotel, Suffolk Park, this Sunday from 5pm.
7. Kate Miller-Heidke: Kate Miller-Heidke is coming to Byron Theatre presented by One Louder & The Harbour Agency. She has spent the last year working in various new creative fields as well as on a new album, and plans to share some material with her fans this tour. There will be old songs, unreleased tunes and some music from her new opera, The Rabbits. At the Byron Theatre this Thursday, February 11, from 7.30pm.
8. NCEIA Music Showcase: The North Coast Entertainment Industry Association (NCEIA) is this year celebrating 25 years of promoting the local music industry through its Dolphin Music Awards. The first event to kick off the official celebrations will be a showcase of local musicians, featuring The Rochelle Lees Band, Carmen Cane, Serinna McGrath and Blakboi. At the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, on Thursday, February 11 from 8.30pm. Free gig.
9. The Vagina Monologues: This play, performed by local actors, is made up of about 13 monologues performed by women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. All profits from the show will go to anti-violence projects for local women services. Tickets from http://www.trybooking.com/174842 or by phoning Heartfelt House on 02 6628 8940. At the Italo Club, 36 Barrow Ln, North Lismore, Thursday to Saturday, February 11 to 13. Dinner at 6.30pm and performance at 8pm.
10. Charity Bingo in Casino: Charity Bingo is back. Take your friends, co-workers or your family to enjoy some games and help Casino Rescue Squad (also known as the Volunteer Rescue Association or VRA). The charity bingo has been running for eight years and it is essential to keeping this vital service. You can join in at Casino RSM Club every Thursday from 7.30pm.