FUNNY MAN: Australian comedian Dave Hughes.
FUNNY MAN: Australian comedian Dave Hughes. Contributed

Your guide to the top 10 things to do this week

1. Dave Hughes Live: One of the most respected stand-up comedians in Australia, Hughes’ career started in 1993 with his first stand-up gig at age 22. Since then he has been part of successful comedy projects on TV including The Glass House (ABC) and The Project (Ten). This year he will present Australia’s Got Talent. His one-off show in Byron Bay will be based on current affairs and recent events in his life. At the Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, tonight from 7pm. $35.

2. Beth Patterson: This Irish folk and Celtic musician from the United States combines traditional ballads with Cajun, world beat and progressive rock influences. At the Nimbin Hotel, 53 Cullen St, on Thursday, February 4, from 6.30pm. Also at the Ballina RSL Club on Friday, February 5, from 7pm. Free shows.

3. Andy Holm: This musician’s performance reflects his travels around the globe. He uses his voice and many instruments including keys, violin, flutes, tabla, didgeridoo and percussion, to present an array of musical styles, from world music to pop/rock and covers. In 2015, Holm released his 16th album, The Byron Bay Collection Volume 4. He won an NCEIA Music Award for Best World Music, was a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent and has performed at Splendour In The Grass. See him perform tomorrow from 1pm at the Phoenix Rising Cafe, 2 Blue Knob Rd, Nimbin. Entry by donation.

4. Circus Arts open day: The school year is back and Circus Arts is kicking it off today with its traditional open day. Circus Arts will open its doors for four-and-a-half hours of non-stop fun for everyone. The venue will be buzzing with free and affordable activities to get you geared up for a year of health, happiness and creativity. Try a 30-minute circus, gym or aerial class, or spend 20 minutes tackling the climbing wall for only $5. There will be $10 private trampoline sessions and flying trapeze swings will run all day. Free fun activities include Play Space with a jumping castle, climb and slide, face-painting, tattoos, balloons, circus entertainment and a high flying trapeze show. At 17 Centennial Court, Arts and Industry Park, Byron Bay, from 9.30am to 2pm. For further details visit www.circusarts

5. Swing Camp: Swing era dance classes with top international teachers. Join dancers from all over Australia at the nation’s premier swing dance camp. There’s Lindy hop, balboa, smooth lindy, slow blues and/or shag. Dance show on tonight from 9pm. At Multitask Hall, 296 Molesworth St, Lismore. For details visit

6. Get Creative with Crayola: The Crayola Creative Centre is coming to Ballina for a second week. Come to the Ballina Homemaker Centre to create a masterpiece using 3D chalk and interactive colouring markers. Children will create their own amazing effects with specially-designed chalk to make “popping out” art and scenes. The Homemaker centre is at 26 Boeing Ave and sessions are being held today and tomorrow, from 10am to 1pm. Free event.

7. World Midget Championship: See the world’s best drivers in action at the Lismore Showground tonight. Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway is hosting the third and fourth rounds of the championship. Gates open at 3pm and racing starts at 6pm. Free entry for kids aged 12 years and under.

8. Open Mic at the Brewery: This event attracts about 400 people to Byron Bay every week to check out some great new talent. The new host for Open Mic is Tropical Zombie band member Alain De Carne. The event will offer a new format: The winner (best performance) at each Open Mic night will get a 30-minute paid gig slot the following Wednesday. At the Byron Bay Brewery every Wednesday from 7pm.

9. Melissa Wright and Lesley Ryan’s exhibition: Wright has been a print-maker, painter and sculptor since 1972, and in this exhibition she has used the female figure as a central theme, concentrating on form and movement in her incised oil paintings and etchings. She also includes birds, ribbons, vines and flowers to join the figures and weave a rich tapestry. Ryan has created a series of drawings and paintings focussed on birds and fabrics placed in situ as well as unusual surroundings. Antique children’s books are often used as background surfaces for the worlds she has created. At the Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay. Open daily from 10am to 4pm until February 10.

10. The Trombone Kellie Gang: The band is headed by Trombone Kellie, an entertaining performer and talented singer and musician, while on guitar is Scrubby Pete, whose old-time blues music is authentic to the traditional roots of the style. On double bass duties is Justin Pfieffer, whose driving, intuitive performances add to the mix. At Club Lennox tomorrow from 4pm.



  • Alstonville Farmers’ Market, Alstonville Showground
  • Lismore Farmers’ Market, Lismore Showground
  • Uki Farmers’ Market, every Saturday morning
  • Kyogle Farmers’ Market, Stratheden St
  • Blue Knob Farmers’ Market, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock
  • Bangalow Farmers’ Market, 1 Byron St
  • Byron Bay Artisan Market, Railway Park, Jonson St
  • Drake Hall Markets, Community Hall, Bruxner Hwy


  • Lennox Head Market, Williams Reserve, Park Lane
  • Nimbin Market, Cullen St
  • Missingham Bridge Markets, Missingham Bridge, Kingsford Dr, Ballina
  • Woodburn Market, Riverside Park

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