Swing dancers Inga Schader of Clunes and Alexander Sexton of LismorePhoto Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Swing dancers Inga Schader of Clunes and Alexander Sexton of LismorePhoto Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Top ten things to do this week

1. Swing Camp Oz: Swing Era dance classes with top international teachers. Join dancers from all over Australia at the nation's premier swing dance workshop. Main Five-Say Camp: check-in this Sunday evening Jan, classes Monday 25, Tuesday 26, Thursday 28 and Friday 29. Lindy Hop, Balboa, Smooth Lindy, Slow Blues and/or Shag. DJ Dance this Saturday from 9pm. At Multitask Hall, 296 Molesworth St, Lismore. For details visit www.swingcampoz.com.

2. Get Creative with Crayola and 3D chalk: The Crayola Creative Centre is coming to Ballina. Come to the Ballina Homemaker Centre to create a masterpiece using 3D chalk and interactive colouring markers. The Get Creative with Crayola event welcomes children of all ages to this free event. Children will use Digi Tools drawing apps to create a masterpiece then watch it come alive with 3D Glasses. Children will also be able to create their own amazing effects with specially designed chalk to make 'popping out' art and scenes. All participants will be given a Colour Alive colouring-in book. Using special Crayola markers and app, children's artwork will come to life. At the Ballina Homemaker Centre, 26 Boeing Ave, Ballina, this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm. Also next weekend.

3. David Burnett: The Presidents, from JFK to Obama: Leading American photojournalist David Burnett is one of the very few photographers to have photographed all US Presidents since John F. Kennedy. In 1963, Burnett's final year of high school, his mother took him to see Kennedy speak in downtown Salt Lake City. A chance moment and a borrowed camera led to a lifelong career.

From iconic statesmen such as JFK, to the downfall of Richard Nixon, and the significance of America's election of Barack Obama, these moments of history have reverberated around the world. Spanning five decades, Burnett's images are markers of time and provide a fascinating, up-close and unique perspective.

David Burnett (b. 1946) began working as a freelancer for Time, and later for Life magazine in the 1960s. He co-founded Contact Press Images in 1976 with Robert Pledge and has worked in over 70 countries. His many awards include the Robert Capa Gold Medal, multiple World Press Photo Awards and World Press Photo of the Year.

At the Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth St, Lismore, 10am - 4pm, until Saturday, January 30.

4. V8 Dirt Modified Masters: Two big nights of speedway on Saturday and Sunday with the V8 Dirt Modified Masters - Northern Rivers Legend Car Classic at the Lismore Showground. Gates open 3pm both days with racing from 6pm. Kids under 12 free.

5. Nimbin Swimming Pool Olympics: Join the Friends of the Nimbin Pool for an Australia Day fundraiser on Tuesday, January 26. This event will feature synchronised swimming competitions, the Great Marathon Float, a poolside fashion parade, fun races and a suprise event. At the Nimbin Pool, 29 Sibley St, Nimbin, fro 10am. $10.

6. The Space Cowboy: Inspired by the great thinkers of the past and present in the field of psychological persuasion and mind reading, The Space Cowboy performs some of the most direct and precise thought reading demonstrations found in the world today. The holder of 38 Guinness World Records, he is also leading the frontier of extreme performance. Experience The Space Cowboy's death-defying stunts of sword swallowing and much more, as he pushes the boundaries of what is physically possible. Performing at the Byron Bay Theatre this Saturday at 5.30pm and again at 8pm. Admission $25.

7. The Main Event: A new experimental choreography by some of Australia's best dance artists will be performed this weekend. The Main Event was developed at The Corner Dance Lab, during a nine-day dance workshop program held annually in Federal. The Corner Dance Lab is led by co-facilitators Philip Channells (Dance Integrated Australia) and Gavin Webber (The Farm Company) who bring together exciting dance practitioners, musicians and visual artists from the local area, interstate and abroad. The limited seating performance will be held at Jasper Corner, Federal, this Saturday from 730pm.

8. The Man Who Fell To Earth: David Bowie's 1976 film, The Man Who Fell To Earth, will be screening in Byron Bay this weekend. In the film, an alien (who adopts the name Thomas Jerome Newton) arrives on Earth and quickly sets about creating enough wealth to allow him to return to his own world. His home world is portrayed as a vast arid land where water is at a premium. With the help of patent lawyer Oliver Farnsworth - who later becomes the CEO of Newton's holding company, World Enterprises - he develops a number of original patents which make him very rich. Along the way he meets a number of interesting characters, including Mary-Lou, who falls in love with him, and Nathan Brice, who works for him. The question is whether Newton will ever get to return home. At Pighouse Flick Cinemas, Byron Bay, this Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 5.45pm.

9. Cavalleria Rusticana: Two complementary works telling dark tales of passionate love that sours to violent jealousy comprise the final opera presentation, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, to be screened before Palace Byron Bay closes its doors for the immediate future. Cavalleria Rustica and Pagliacci, sung in Italian with English subtitles, was captured live at Covent Garden, London, on December 10 and will screen at Palace Byron Bay on Sunday, January 24, at 1 pm.

10. Flickerfest: Celebrating its landmark 25th year, Flickerfest, is making its first stop outside of Sydney at the Byron Shire. Flickerfest is screening for the 18th year in the Northern Rivers region in 2016. The Flickerfest 2016 tour has relocated to the Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall, 55 Dalley St, Mullumbimby, screening some of the world's and Australia's best shorts over one big weekend. On Friday, January 22, an opening night party will be followed by the Best Of International Shorts program. Saturday will kick off with our own Byron All Shorts program for 2016, and afterwards the Best Of Australian Shorts selection. Sunday night will include the global Short Laughs Comedy program, handpicked from across the festival. Visit www.iQ.org.au for the full program, information and tickets. Flickerfest Mullum is a fundraiser for the Island Quarry Arts and Eco Reserve



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