!IN THE best traditions of country shows the 123rd annual Alstonville event today will feature a grand parade, bull riding, fireworks, dog trials, sideshow alley, Miss Showgirl competition and all the fun of the fair. There will also be Irish dancers, motorcycle stunts and country singer Dennis Dryden. Tomorrow will be camp drafting competitions. Info: 6628 5814 or go to www.alstonvilleshow.net.
Sweet African sounds
!ALTHOUGH Yeshe is a western man his music employs a range of traditional African instruments such as the mbira (thumb piano) and the West African lute. This, combined with his husky voice, produces a haunting and beautiful musical landscape. Yeshe bases himself in Byron Bay where he raised his children. The Byron Bay traveller is Currently on his Roots and Wings Tour he can be seen at the Byron Community Centre tonight at 8.30pm. Tickets are $20 and $18 concession. Info: 6685 6807.
Art prize exhibit
!THE Coraki Art Prize is now in its 17th yearand the calibre of entries just keeps on getting better. The winner was announced last night at the official opening but the art is available for viewing all weekend. See painting, Aboriginal art and photography at the Coraki Conference Centre and drawing, printing and sculpture at the Anglican Hall. From 10am today and tomorrow with a $2 admission fee. Free live entertainment at the Coraki Hotel from 7.30pm tonight. For more info Call 6683 2729.
!WINNERS of the Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award will be announced on Wednesday November 2, at the Grafton Regional Gallery. You can vote for your favourite work and go into a draw for a $100 dinner voucher. On November 2 the South Grafton High Indigenous Dance Troupe will perform and George Maxwell will give emu-egg carving demonstrations. Info: 6642 3177.
!WARNING: If you have a sneaking suspicion you saw this in last week's Top 10, well, you did. But we can confirm that the Lismore West Colourful Garden Show is on this weekend at 772 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah. Entry is $10 with the proceeds going to four different charities including Our House and the PCYC. See the Gardening page or call 6620 2705.
In the Family Business
!FOLK royalty comes to Mullumbimby next week when Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson, better known as Folk Uke, hit the Civic Hall. I'm guessing you can work out that These are the daughters of pioneering musicians Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson., but did you know that US rapper Snoop Dogg is a fan? Even though their dads were mates in the 70s the girls didn't meet until 1990 when they began working at the same restaurant in San Diego. When they realised that had spent their lives following their famous fathers on tour, living out of guitar cases a lifelong friendship was formed. They perform at 8pm this Wednesday, tickets $25/22. Call 6684 6195.
Food glorious good
! THE Mullum Local Food Festival is on today at the Mullum Community Garden. The event is a free celebration of all things local and delicious. There will be free kids activities, a funky fruit parade, eco forums, stalls and music. From Today from 10am to 4pm,. Info: 66843728.
!MR AND Mrs Twit are just downright bad people in Roald Dahl's classic The Twits. His wry and sneaky adult humour is her perfect for young and old when Murwillumbah Theatre Company brings the characters to the stage. Join the cringe-worthy couple try to out-mean each other before nature takes its revenge in this dark comedy where bad doers get their up-and-comings. The show is on tonight at 5.30pm, tomorrow at 2pm and next Friday at 7.30pm at Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium. Tickets are $12/6. Bookings from 66725404.
All sown up
!NEXT Friday night J Reuben Silverbird will be embraced by indigenous drummers, dancers, didgeridoos, belly-dancing and earth-healing. The Nedhi Apache/Cherokee is the NGO Ambassador for Peace to the United Nations and is coming to Nimbin Bush Theatre to spread his positive message and ideas of love and life. Titled Sowing the Seeds of Love, the night runs from 4pm to midnight. Tickets are $20/15 on the door.
Local artist's exhibit
!UNTIL November 27 The Channon Gallery will be featuring the works of local artists Stuart Cussons, Marika Bryant, Shirley Miller, Lindsay Hunt, Robyn Whyte and Karyn Fendley. The pieces are titled A Divergence, Drawn Together and showcase the diversity of arts in the Northern Rivers. From satire to the natural world you can visit the exhibition from Wednesday to Sunday every week from 10am to 5pm.
Peter Allen lives
!SINGER and pianist Robert Bertram presents intimate stories and vibrant scenes from Peter Allen's amazing career in The Lives of Me: Untold Stories of Peter Allen. The show will include some of his most famous songs like I Go to Rio and Tenterfield Saddler with Bertram being hailed the new Hugh Jackman for his portrayal of the Australian turned international superstar. Tonight at 7.30pm is the premiere at the Tyalgum Hall before a national tour. Call For more information 6679 3880.
Lismore Farmers' Market
Kingscliff Town Centre Market
Lennox Head Lakeside Market
Yamba Community Market