Top 15 things to do this week
1. Nimbin Spring Arts Exhibition: The annual Spring Arts Exhibition has been a feature presentation on Nimbin's cultural calendar for over 20 years. The exhibition presents an incredible variety of works by Nimbin's fine artists, craft workers, designers, photographers and installation artists. The 2015 Spring Arts Exhibition is open daily until Monday the 5th of October. The show will feature a series of grand piano and other music recitals. At the Nimbin School of Arts, Cullen St, Nimbin, 10am - 5pm. Entry by donation. For details visit www.nimbinartistsgallery.org.
2. Parkway Drive: The local metal core band has a new album, Ire, with a new sound they will be taking across the globe in their next tour. It all starts here, at home, this weekend. At Byron Bay High School Saturday and Sunday at 6pm. Tickets from Oztix.
3. Normie Rowe & The Playboys 50th Anniversary: 2015 marks 50 years since Normie Rowe's first single It Ain't Necessarily So. To celebrate, he is releasing a special new Normie Rowe collection, Frenzy - The 50th Anniversary Collection. The 30-song compilation focuses on the early years of that career, when he was the subject of an unprecedented and spectacular explosion of personal popularity and media attention. At the Ballina RSL, Saturday from 7.30pm. $35.
4. Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival: The inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest will take northern New South Wales by storm this October with an incredible line-up of some of the best country and roots artists on the Australia. Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers, Archie Roach, Brothers 3 and The mid north are some of the artists in the line up. Three stages and plenty of music. At the Murwillumbah Showgrounds Saturday and Sunday. For details visit www.mcrfest.com/'
5. Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk: Three days showcasing over 20 nationally recognised artists exploring nature through sculpture and celebrating community, art and environment. Opening, tours, talks, workshops, prizes, throughout Brunswick Heads. for details visit www.brunswicknaturesculpturewalk.com/
6. Sydney Hotshots: The Sydney troupe has a new show called the My Love Tour, including dance routines based on 50 Shades of Grey and, of course, Magic Mike. Ditch the old keg and settle for a six-pack for one night. At the Casino RSM this Saturday from 7.30pm. $30.
7. A Splash of Pink, Crackin' Cancer Fundraiser: The Crackin' Cancer Compassionate Fund presents this LGBTI-friendly fundraiser with all proceeds going to those most in need of Lismore's Oncology services. MC will be Maude Boat, with music by DJ BJ, Kazya K and a performance by Saphira Von Wilde. Remember to wear a splash of pink. At the Lismore City Bowling Club, Spinks Park, Molesworth St, Lismore, Saturday from 8.30pm at $10.
8. Dandyman, Prince Idiot: Take a dash of Mr Bean, throw in a pinch of Jim Carey, a handful of Frank Woodley, cross Salvador Dali with Jerry Lewis, throw in some circus skills, a bowtie made of straws and a whole lot of charisma and you've arrived somewhere in the neighbourhood of Dandyman. He's the ultimate fancy pants, a dancer, prancer and stupidity romancer. Daniel Oldaker, The Dandyman, returns to Byron Bay presenting a new ridiculously funny, poignant and interactive show that's very look at me, look at me, in a Facebook kind of parody way. Saturday at the Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron bay, at 11am and 8pm $25 adult, child under 15 $15.
9. Art Magic, Remnant: A Lismore Regional Gallery exhibition and community engagement project with artists Hiromi Tango. Tango uses textiles to weave together tactile and immersive environments by hand. For Art Magic: Remnant, she and Community Engagement Facilitator, Claudie Frock, have worked with local community members to make a Rainbow Forest, responding to the flora, fauna and landscape of the Lismore region. Perfect to take the whole family. At the Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth St, Lismore, Saturday 10am to 2pm. Free entry.
10. Ballina Annual Great Duck Race: Have you got a duck competing in Ballina's Annual Great Duck Race? All proceeds go to the Rotary Club's local charities and community services, so be sure to get your hands on one. This is the 23rd year the exciting novelty event has been held and will start in Fawcett Park as part of the Rotary Family Day. Prizes include: first duck over the line $500 Harvey Normal voucher for the lucky ticket holder, $200 cash for the second prize and $100 cash for the third prize. Prizes will also be awarded to the best dressed and fastest corporate duck on the day. Good duck! Sorry... Good luck! In the Richmond River at Fawcett Park in Ballina's CBD Sunday from noon.
11. The Hollands: The Hollands are a full-time internationally touring family based in the US via Australia and frolic in the Americana Folk revival scene. They engage audiences and rouse sing-a-longs with their intimate merrymaking. At the Tintenbar Hall this Sunday from 3pm. $15 at the door.
12. Elvis and Me: Bangalow author Gillian Wills will launch her latest book, Elvis and Me: How a World Weary Musician And A Broken Racehorse Rescued Each Other. Byron Shire Friends of the Libraries will present Ms Wills in conversation with Jesse Blackadder. At the Bangalow Museum and Tea Room, cnr Easton and Deacon Sts, Bangalow, this Thursday, October 8 from 5.30pm. $5.
13. Byron Bay AFL 9s Invitational: Teams from across the country will compete over two days for the $16,000 prize in men's, mixed and women's tournaments at the Byron Bay AFL 9s Invitational. The event will have a laid back Byron flavour, with fast footy complemented by an alfresco lounge bar for players, family and friends and on site artisan markets featuring local sellers, music and food. The action will take place at the Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex, a state-of-the-art multipurpose facility on Byron's famous Ewingsdale Road on Friday, October 9. For details visit www.byron9s.com.au
14. Eltham Art Awards: The Eltham Art Awards is a community-based event open to local school students and artists, with a prize pool of more than $1000, across a number of categories. This year's artistic theme is Imagine, with students and artists provided with an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work to the public. The awards program runs over two days at the Eltham Public School with an opening night function on Friday night including an art exhibit, live music, canapes and drinks, followed by a public exhibition the next day including a kid's art workshop, food and market stalls. At 1 McKenzie Road, Eltham, on Friday, October 9. For details visit www.eltham-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/p-c/art-awards
15. Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde: Frankie J. Holden and Wilbur are some of Australia's most dynamic entertainers. Beginning their impressive career with legendary rock band Ol'55, both Frankie and Wilbur Classic hits abound when these two take the stage, and with the good-humoured banter between them and the audience, you're guaranteed a great night. Sing and dance along with all your favourite tunes. At the Ballina RSL on Friday, October 9, from 8.30pm. $30.