Top ten things to do this week
1. Bangalow Show: The 116th annual Bangalow Show is set to be a real hair-raiser this year, with pompadour hair-dos, an Edwardian style beard contest and animals of all sizes including guinea pigs. The show theme this year is 1915 - The Home Front, and includes a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest for both children and adults, and a Dying Swan competition in honour of the prima ballerina of the day, Anna Pavlova. The event will close with a bang tonight Saturday with fireworks.
2. Mullum Music Festival: From hot indie pop acts like Montaigne to funky tunes by Dan Hannaford and the urban folk of Kenya's Majiwa. There will be jazz, folk, indie, rock, gypsy, country, flamenco, roots and blues. At a number of venues in Mullumbimby today and tomorrow. Don't miss the street parade tomorrow Sunday from 11am from the Council Chambers, heading right down the main street to the Civic Hall. For details visit mullumusicfestival.com.au.
3. AMCA Nationals - Demo Derby: AMCA Nationals featuring production sedans, wingless sprints, litre sprints, street stocks and national 4's. At the Lismore Speedway, Alexandra Pde, Lismore, today. Gates open 3pm and racing starts at 6pm.
4. Just Dance and Cheer: Richmond Valley's brightest performers take to the stage in a culmination of their 2015 Dance & All Star Cheer experience. Students 4 - 35 years of age dance jazz / funk, cabaret and lyrical with plenty of sequin, sparkles and smiles guaranteed. Stunts, jumps, dance and tumbling. This is the only staged demonstration of All Star Cheer on the Far North Coast. At the Lismore City Hall today 2pm and 6pm. $18.
5. Nimbin goes Spanish: Nimbin is going Spanish today. At 1pm, local guitarist Ruben Garcia will be performing his blend of traditional Spanish and pop/folk/jazz tunes. From 5.30pm, there will be a special menu of authentic Spanish dishes, with the paella being cooked and served from a huge iron cooking pan. From 6.30pm, local flamenco dancer Serena Joy and her ensemble Arte Gitana (Spanish for gypsy art) will perform some of their routines. From 8.30pm, the film Volver (Spanish for 'returning') from director Pedro Almodovar will be showing on the big screen at the Nimbin Bush Theatre. At the Phoenix Rising Cafe and the Nimbin Bush Theatre. Film is $10. Performances are free.
6. The Preatures: Sydney five-piece rock band, The Preatures, fronted by Isabella 'Izzi' Manfredi on vocals and keys, alongside Gideon Bensen on vocals and guitar, signed a worldwide deal with Universal Music Australia in 2012 that has seen them tour both nationally and internationally. This tour will be like a final victory lap of their highly successful album Blue Planet Eyes before they head back into the studio. At Hotel Brunswick this Sunday from 8pm.
7. 20th Biennale of Sydney Preview: The Biennale of Sydney is coming to Lismore. With presentations from the Biennale's Public Program and Education team, the event will introduce the ideas, artists and programs in the 20th edition of the Biennale, opening on March 18, 2016. For educators, the afternoon session will cover content framed through a curriculum lens; insights into education programs and resources are shared as well as information about how these may be integrated into classroom and excursion planning. At the Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth St, on Tuesday, November 24, public talk at 11am, and the educator presentation at 4pm.
8. Last Cab To Darwin: Film screening and Q&A with Michael Caton: Rex is a loner, and when he's told he doesn't have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms; but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you've got to share it. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, on Friday, November 27, 6.30pm, $20.
9. The Drowsy Chaperone: The newly established Bangalow Theatre Company is opening their first production, The Drowsy Chaperone, a hilarious musical staring an all local cast and crew. At the Bangalow A&I Hall from Friday, November 27, from 7.30pm.
10. Music of the Mystics - Sufi music: Once a year, Byron Shire is treated to a Qawwali concert, an uplifting style of music from the Sufi's of India and Pakistan. Performer and teacher Tahir Qawwal has spent many years learning this art from esteemed teachers in their homes in Pakistan. Born in Canada, Tahir is well respected for carrying the tradition of Qawwali music to the West. At the Byron Theatre on Friday, November 27, at 8pm. Film footage from the upcoming documentary Music of the Mystics will also be screened. $25 presale. Tickets at the door or at www.byroncentre.com.au.