Ten things to do this week
1. Lismore Laughs: As part of the new season at Norpa, two comedy shows will be held at the Lismore City Hall today. At 11am, The Listies Make you LOL offers comedy for children aged four and over, and their parents/carers. At 8pm, Nazeem Hussain bring his Legally Brown show to the venue. At 1 Bounty St. For details visit www.norpa.org.au
2. Shake It Up Parkinson’s Foundation Family Fun Day: Family-friendly activities include cricket and music Lennox Head, as part of a fundraiser for the Parkinson’s Foundation. The event be held on Sunday from 10am at Williams Reserve. The event will start with a cricket match between the Lennox Hotel and The Shawsy from 10am. From 1pm, mini pig races will be held every 45 minutes. Bands Pink Zinc and Project Jurassic will offer covers and original music from 2pm, and Dan Clarke will headline the entertainment from 6pm.
3. Wannabees Relay for Life fundraising day: The Wannabees team’s fundraiser includes several raffles, lots of games and prizes to be won. There will be face-painting and a jumping castle, and you can have a go at bowls and play giant games as well. They will be drawing a monster raffle with 50 prizes, donated by mostly local businesses. Tickets are only $1 each and will be sold on the day. You can have a photo taken in the Wannabooth. There will be a sausage sizzle at $1 each. Help the team raise money for the NSW Cancer Council Relay for Life. At the South Lismore Bowling Club this Sunday from 10am.
4. Blue Moon Cabaret: The School of Arts has been producing this series of hugely popular cabaret for more than 20 years. The cabaret presents a wonderfully diverse array of the performance arts: Comedy, poetry, music, dance ensembles, acrobatics and circus. The first event of the year will be headlined by the Bella Fontes, plus singers Luke Vasella, Jimmy Dowling, Laura Nobel, Freowin Harper and the No Frills Twins. The evening will also include performances by dance ensembles Sassy Salsa and Gypsy Rose Soiree, acrobatics from Li Pawson and Hartje & Mika, comedians Peter Willey and Ellen Briggs, poets Tango & Possum plus host David Hallett, and pianist Harry Freeman and the Drill Hall Theatre’s Mother’s Hat. At the Nimbin School of Arts, 47 Cullen St, this Saturday from 7pm. Call 6689 1577 to check if it has sold out.
5. Laugh-a-Minute in Lennox Head: Families attending the free Lennox Head fundraiser and family day at Williams Reserve on Sunday will be able to participate in the 2016 Laugh-a-Minute for Mankind live crowd event at 1pm, celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness. Last year Ballina’s Paradise FM and Byron’s Bay FM created a world first in the inaugural Laugh-a-Minute for Mankind by observing one minute of laugher over the radio airwaves instead of the 1pm news.
6. Evans Heads Sportsman’s Night: Guests include rugby league legends Tommy Raudonikis, Les Boyd and John Peard. Hosted by bush poet and comedian Dave Proust. The Evans Head Bombers Old Boys are holding this fundraiser to help the continued strength and survival of the Evans Head Bombers rugby league team. An evening of entertainment which includes a meal and drinks package for $100 will see Raudonikis, Boyd and Peard tell some great yarns from an era of rugby league that contained the game’s greatest characters. At the Woodburn Evans Head RSL Club this Saturday from 6pm. Tickets available by calling the RSL club on 6682 4282.
7. Byron Bay Black Dog Ride: The 2016 one-day ride will be held this weekend. The events hopes to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention. Proceeds will go to Lifeline Lismore. These funds help to build the capacity of Lifeline’s suicide prevention programs in the region. All riders and bike types are welcome. Registrations from 8am at the Cavanbah Centre, Byron Bay, with departure at 10am. Breakfast available. The ride will finish at Rocky Creek Dam with lunch provided by Lismore Lions Club. This Sunday from 8am.
8. Byron Arts Classic Gala Awards Opening Night: From this week, the doors will open at the Byron Community Centre on a new show of more than 200 works by local artists. At the launch this Wednesday at 6pm, expect a free glass of champagne on arrival and entertainment with Jeff Duff as David Bowie. All are expected to dress up as their favourite version of David Bowie to be in with a chance of winning a prize for the best costume. Meet the artists, socialise, network and grab a piece of amazing local art. Exhibition open at the centre, 69 Jonson St, until March 30. Opening night entry costs $15.
9. Autumn Arts Extravaganza: This major annual exhibition is curated by the Nimbin Artist Gallery located within the Nimbin School of Arts complex. The gallery is open daily and can be accessed from the main street next to the hall. During the exhibition, which occurs for four weeks, the gallery is joined to the hall, stage and back stage areas for one of Nimbin’s largest art shows. The exhibition includes daily recitals and performance art. At 47 Cullen St, from Friday, March 25.
10. Byron Bay Bluesfest: Australia’s premier blues and roots festival offers six stages and more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists. In addition to the performance stages, there will be licensed bars, undercover food courts, food and market stalls and a sit down area. Among this year’s headliners are Kendrick Lamar, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson, Mick Fleetwood and Melissa Etheridge. At Tyagarah from Thursday, March 24.