Ten Things to Do this Week
1. Nimbin MardiGrass: MardiGrass is a weekend held in the colourful village of Nimbin that includes events such as comedy, music, product presentations, forums, politics, movies, art and much more. Key features include Protest Parade, March and Rally, Hemp Olympix, Kombi Konvoy, various music venues, stand up comedy, MardiGrass Mind Candy Forums, pot art and pot poetry, Ganja Faeries, Harvest Ball, Pickers Ball, hemp rope tug of war, and Indigenous events. From Friday to Sunday at Nimbin. For details visit www.nimbinmardigrass.com
2. Eltham Valley Pantry's Harvest Festival: It's harvest time at The Eltham Valley Pantry, the nuts are starting to drop and they are gearing up for a harvest. They are going to celebrate this season with a Festival of the nut. This family day will allow everyone to discover a local pecan farm, celebrate the harvest with live music, demonstrations, pecan tastings, farm tours and lot of activites for the kids. At Eltham Valley Pantry, 712 Boatharbour Rd, Eltham from 9am. Free event.
3. Bellydance in Lismore: Pull up a velvet lounge, pour yourself a glass of wine while The Barefoot Gypsies entice and entertain you with their dance and decadent costumes, then sketch/paint as their pose for your medium of choice or you can even just sit back and enjoy the show. Performances by The Barefoot Gypsies plus Emily Rowlands from Brisbane. At the GypsyFox Studios, Level 3, 16 Carrington St, Lismore, this Saturday from 7pm. $20. For bookings visit www.thebarefootgypsies.com.
4. International Jazz Day in Byron Bay: Every year, UNESCO promotes International Jazz Day at venues around the World. This year's host in Byron Bay will be The Space. Aliaz (aka Visions of a Nomad) and guest Julius Hofstetter on saxophone will offer a diverse repertoire of original music with Latin, Flamenco, African and Mediteraanean influences. Alcohol-free event. At The Space, 4 Acacia St, Byron Bay, this Saturday from 7pm. $10.
5. Our Kids Day Out in Ballina: This family-friendly free event is a fun way for our children, especially those who have been in children's ward and Special Care Nursery throughout the years, to have a great day full of laughter and happiness. Special guests will include clowns, Bob the Builder, Ronald McDonald, Balloon Kings, the Ballina Fire Brigade, Ballina SES and the Westpac Helicopter Flight Simulator. At Missingham Bridge, Ballina, this Sunday from 9am to 2pm.
6. Mavis film in Lismore: Mavis! is the first feature documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the 1960s and hits like I'll Take You There in the 1970s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way. Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, Mavis! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 75, she's making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a new generation of fans. Her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, this Sunday at 2.30pm and 5.30pm. $15.
7. As You Like It by William Shakespeare - National Theatre Live in Byron Bay: Shakespeare's comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love. At the Byron Theatre, Sunday May 1, 3pm. $25.
8. Sugarland: NORPA and SCU present an Australian Theatre For Young People production. Sugarland provides a glimpse into a teenage Australia that feels like a foreign country. Nina is 16 years old, good at school, has a job a the cinema and one of the best singing voices around. But none of that is important. She needs a place to live. Living with her Aunty in an overcrowded house, things aren't going well, and it's getting complicated. Erica is 16 and the new girl in town. Her Dad is in the RAAF and the family has just moved to Katherine. She has lived all over Australia and every time she makes somewhere home, she moves again. She is so used to being an outsider, she has stopped trying to fit in. The only thing Nina and Erica have in common is the music they listen to. Sometimes that's enough. This haunting play will make you pause, make you smile, make you wonder how much can be real. At the Lismore City Hall Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3 at 7.30pm and May 4, at 11am. For details visit www.norpa.org.au.
9. Hypnolicious!: After wowing and amazing crowds, touring internationally and a sell out Fringe World season, comedy hypnotist Matt Hale is dishing up a tasty serve of his modern brand of fun, friendly hypno-laughs in this special show full of new routines. Matt has zero interest in embarrassing anyone, and truly wants the volunteers to have as much fun as the audience whilst amazing themselves with what their imagination is capable of. No two shows are ever the same. At the Byron Theatre on Friday, May 6, from 8pm.
10. Ian Moss, Six Strings Classic Tour: Still respected as one of Australia's iconic musicians,five-time ARIA winner Ian Moss will deliver a special two-hour performance to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Six Strings album. The Six Strings Classic tour is a complete evening with Ian Moss that will be the perfect intimate setting for audiences to experience the powerfully resonating classic hits from that renowned Six Strings album as well as the big hits form his Let's All Get Together and Soul on West 53rd albums. The show will include all the Cold Chisel / Ian Moss classics, performed as only Ian can. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore on Friday, May 6, from 8pm. For details visit www.starcourttheatre.com.au