Top 10 things to do
Flares and flower power
THE Swinging Sixties and Psychedelic Seventies is the latest display at Crawford House Museum, showcasing the fashion styles of the era and fascinating artefacts from this revolutionary period. Crawford House is at 10 Wardell Rd and is open from 10am to 4pm on Fridays and from 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. Info: 6628 1829.
THE Northern Rivers Big Band plays popular music from the 1920s through to the 1970s, including music from Glen Miller, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra. Vocalists include Jim Fairfull, Dean Doyle and Laura Nobel. The concert starts at 2pm, tickets are $12.50 at the door of the Ballina RSL from 1pm. Info: 6686 2544.
MOVE over Aretha Franklin, Byron Bay's own Queen of soul, funk and gospel, Lisa Hunt, will rock the house tomorrow at the Beach Hotel from 4.30pm til 6.30pm. No matter how many times you've seen Lisa it's never enough and the whole room will be up and dancing before you can say Otis Redding.
Music to surf by
TONIGHT at 7pm the Byron Community Centre presents Songs from the Ether, a live music and visual experience by Andrew Kidman and Windy Hills with new surf footage from Andrew and Mick Waters. A short tribute film to Andy Irons will kick off the night. Pre-sale tickets $18 adults $13 children under 12. Tel: 6685 6807. ($22/$17 at the door).
THERE Once was an Island is an award-winning documentary about the island of Takuu, 250km east of Bougainville, where rising sea levels mean the inhabitants may have nowhere to go. It will be screened, along with entertainment by The Blackbirds and Rebecca Ireland, at a fundraising event at The Big Fish, under Dendy cinemas, on Wednesday, October 26, at 6.30pm. Tickets $17. Info: 0458 048 744.
October film night
THE Lives of Others, a film about life in 1984 East Berlin, won the 2007 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It will be screened tonight at 8pm at the Eltham Masonic Hall. Tickets are $9 adults, $7 concession. Light meals and refreshments available from 6.30pm. Info: 6629 1649.
KEEN gardeners should not miss the opportunity to wander through the 4.5 hectares of beautiful tropical gardens at 772 Ballina Rd, corner of Sunrise Cres. Cost $10 includes garden tour, morning or afternoon tea and musical entertainment over two days.
KIDS can make a scarecrow or play trick or treat with the stallholders at today's Kyogle Bazaar from midday until 6pm. There will also be a special section All About Weddings, enrolment for Kyogle's Biggest Pumpkin competition and a celebration of Grandparents Day. Info: 0459 537 601.
Musical North Coast National
SOME of the top-line musical acts appearing Under the Tent this afternoon and tonight at the Lismore Showgrounds include Brisbane's The Gin Club, Screamin Stevie's Australia, Christian Pyle, Shiny Shiny, Texas Tea and the Cackle Taps. Jimmy Willling and the Real Gone Hick-Ups will perform in the main arena at 6.30pm. Info: www.lismoreshow.org.au.
WHY not check out the range of stalls and free entertainment by Ruthie-ma-Toothie and the Barkersvale Brothers at the Twilight Markets on Magellan St on the way to the showgrounds? The markets are open between 2pm and 7pm.
TONIGHT at 7.30pm and tomorrow at 5pm at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall enjoy a 11 short plays written and performed by local artists. You judge who should win cash prizes of between $200 and $1000. Tickets are $15/$12 concession.
Bush Theatre gig
WILD Marmalade has been spreading its unique didgeridoo and drum dance sound to audiences in Japan, Europe, the US and Canada. Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $15 or $25 with CD and food is available from 6pm.
For more events visit www.artsnorthernrivers.com.au.