Ten Things to Do this Week
1. Crankfest: Crankfest is the Far North Coast of NSW's largest Regional Youth Festival. It has been running continuously for 10 years. Set at Evans Head's Main Beach, this one-day event celebrates Youth Culture and Arts. There are mentoring and education opportunities, information on programs, services and youth-related issues as well as the opportunity for young people to showcase talents in sports, music, dance and other arts, plus a crafts market. Featuring Blakboi, Tympanix, DJ Shemozzle and more. This Saturday, surfing competition from 9am and stages from 10am. For details visit www.crankfest.com.au.
2. Thomas Murray & The Upside Down River: Reg Cribb's new play is about a man ravaged by drought, family secrets and love, invoking the expansive, beauty of rural Australia. The Murray family have been farming the land along the Darling River for five generations. For Thomas Murray, it's all he's ever known. When his childhood friends Lucy and Billy reappear, deep friendships are tested, secrets long buried are finally awakened, and Thomas must make the long journey downstream to reconcile past wrongs and to fight for his wife. At Lismore City Hall, today Saturday 2pm and 7.30pm. $48. For details visit www.norpa.org.au.
3. Rugby League: The Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League season starts this weekend. The Evans Head Bombers play the first game of the season on Saturday against Northern United at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head. Marist Brothers are also at home against Byron Bay on Sunday at Crozier Field, Lismore. Entry is $6 with first grade kick-off at 3pm.
4. Spirit Festival: The Byron Spirit Festival features workshops and performances in yoga, music, dance and healing. Participants attend workshops during the day plus evening concerts featuring world and uplifting music from local, national and international bands. The event does not serve alcohol and is family friendly so is available to everyone. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various locations in Mullumbimby. For details visit www.spiritfestival.com.au.
5. Pet Guinea Pig Show: The shows are held to bring together children and adults who own and love their pet guinea pigs. Together they learn from each other best practice and tips about how to look after their pets. They also get an opportunity to share their personal experiences. At the Clunes Coronation Hall this SUnday from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Free event.
6. Bonsai Art Exhibition: There will be two demonstrations on the day, the first at 11am and the second at 2pm. During the demonstrations, visitors will be able to watch the process of selecting material, deciding on branches to be removed or wired and choosing a pot for the new bonsai. Patrons are free to stay all day or watch one demonstration and come back later in the day for the second. At the Bexill Hall, Bangalow Rd, Bexhill, fro 9am to 4pm. $5.
7. Bloody Mary reunion: 27 years after forming in Lismore, Bloody Mary is back for one show only featuring the original line up of Ben Rosen, Seamus Coye and Mick Sellers. Tickets $20 at the door. Support acts are the Mary's arch rivals Blown 426 and Son Of Jaguar from Red Rock. At the New Tatts Hotel, 108 Keen St, Lismore, this Saturday from 7pm. $20.
8. Nimbin Autumn Arts Extravaganza: This is your last chance to enjoy the annual Autumn Arts Extravaganza, showcasing local and emerging artists of the region. This major annual exhibition is curated by the Nimbin Artists Gallery located within the 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 several weeks, the gallery is joined to the hall, stage and back areas for one of Nimbin's largest art exhibitions. At the Nimbin School of Arts Hall, 47 Cullen St, Nimbin, daily until Wednesday, April 20, from 10am to 4.30pm. Free event.
9. Bowie Unzipped: The Bowie Unzipped band features Australian musicians Jeff Duff on vocals, Glenn Rhodes on keyboards, bass and vocals, Jess Ciampa on drums and vocals and Jak Housden on guitar and vocals. This is a non-stop Bowie musical roller-coaster as a highly energetic two-hour complete with costume changes. At the Byron Theatre on Wednesday, April 20, 7.30pm. $35.
10. Flicks in the Field Drive-In and Outdoor Cinema: Drive to Bangalow for the first ever Flicks in the Field drive-In cinema weekend of double-features. Friday night will be Family night, screening Oddball (2015) followed by The Castle (1997). This night is going straight to the pool room! Gates open at 5.30 on both nights. First features kick off at 6.30pm. First in, best dressed. There will be plenty of hot food from some local favourites, as well as drinks. Drive-In tickets are available online, walk-ins are available at Windhorse Gallery, Bangalow or at the gate on the night. At the Bangalow Showgrounds on Friday, April 22 from 6.30pm. $40 per car. For details visit www.flicksinthefield.com.au.