A screening of Jasper Jones followed by a Q&A with the producer will be held on Thursday, March 23.
A screening of Jasper Jones followed by a Q&A with the producer will be held on Thursday, March 23. Contributed

Top 10 things to do around Northern NSW

THERE is so much to see and do around the Northern NSW region. Here are our picks of the best events coming up:

THURS, MARCH 23

1. A SCREENING of Jasper Jones followed by a Q&A with the producer. A rare opportunity to hear award-winning film and TV producer Vincent Sheehan talk about the making of one of Australia's auspicious novels into a stunning film. Adapted from Craig Silvey's bestselling Australian novel and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath. Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia. Screened from 7pm at Byron Bay Community Centre. Tickets $23.30 general, $18.30 members and concession.

SAT, MARCH 25

2. AN ARIA Hall of Fame winner, Brian Cadd released his 24th album Bulletproof in November 2016, coinciding with hitting the road again. Heralding the return of The Bootleg Family Band, the album and show comprises original members. There are so many funny stories told in this show the audience gets as many jokes as hit songs. Those hits include Little Ray of Sunshine, Ginger Man, Let Go and Don't You Know it's Magic. Brian Cadd performs at the Lismore Workers Club, 225-231 Keen Street, from 8pm. Tickets $48. Details: 0266217401.

SAT, MARCH 25

3. RELAY for Life is an overnight, community event where teams of 10 to 15 people participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for the Cancer Council. In New South Wales around 40,000 people each year take part in Relay For Life. Some people do the relay in memory of a loved one who has passed away from cancer, some do it to show how proud they are at having survived cancer and some just love to be involved in their community. Details: fundraising.cancer.org.au.

SAT, MARCH 25

4. ASK anyone who grew up through the 70s and they will be able to tell you exactly where they were when they first heard Tubular Bells. Composed by Mike Oldfield in 1973, the album was the first release on Richard Branson's fledgling record label, Virgin Records. The album went on to sell more than 30 million copies, kick-starting the Virgin empire. Now, more than 40 years on, two young Australian multi-instrumentalists, Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, are presenting this modern masterpiece in a spectacular live event. The duo are literally rushed off their feet as they rush around a sea of instruments. From 7.30pm at Lismore City Hall theatre. Box office: 1300066772.

THURS, MARCH 30

5. A.C. GRAYLING is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy, and the author of more than 30 books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas and essays.

His new book, The Age of Genius, explains how, fuelled by original and unorthodox thinking, war and technological innovation, the 17th century became the crucible of modernity. Join Prof Grayling for an evening of ideas and discussion when he presents this compelling lecture on progress in troubled times at Byron Theatre starting at 6pm. Tickets $30/$35 from byronwritersfestival. com or call 66855115.

TO APRIL 1

6. LOVERS of murder mysteries are in for a shock when Murwillumbah Theatre Company presents the brilliant Tom Stoppard farce The Real Inspector Hound. When feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot come to review a new Agatha Christie-like whodunit, they become implicated in the lethal atrocities of a suspected escaped madman.

The murder mystery - the play-within-a-play - is set at Muldoon Manor, a typical stage for the detective genre. Murwillumbah Civic Centre on March 24, 25, 26, 31 and April 1. Night-time shows start at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Seating will be cabaret style and patrons are invited to bring their own food and drinks.

This is an 80-minute production with no interval but drinks and snacks will be available from 7pm. Details: murwillumbahtheatre company.com or call Lesley on 0266726753.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4

7. 2017 MARKS 25 years of The Waifs. To celebrate and commemorate, the band will be hitting the road for a mammoth national tour, and are releasing their 14-track studio album, Ironbark, along with 11 bonus tracks making a rousing collection of 25 songs, to celebrate 25 years. Recorded in true Waifs style in a makeshift studio in the unfinished kitchen of Josh Cunningham's rural retreat on the NSW South Coast across two weeks. Ironbark is a double album made for their incredibly loyal and loving fan base, for those who have been there from the start, and for those who have become fans of the band along the way. Performing at Bangalow Hall, Station St, from 7pm. Cost $61.20. Details: Jackie Lymn at vicoffice@secret-service. com.au.

FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

8. BYRON Community Markets are a fanfare of colour and music amidst a myriad exotic flavours and other products. Local art and craftwork fill the market site - beautiful things made by people using unusual and natural materials sit side-by-side with colourful imports from Africa and Asia. With the diversity of more than 300 stalls, there is something for everyone. Details: byroncentre.com.au.

SUNDAY APRIL 8

9. REVERED, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter Damien Leith is returning with a new show.

Showcasing the greatest hits of one of the world's most loved singer/songwriters Roy Orbison including Crying, Pretty Woman, Blue Bayou, You Got It, Only the Lonely and more, Damien and his band will delight audiences, in an intimate, nostalgic tribute to this great of modern music. At Park Lane Theatre, Lennox Community Centre, 1 Mackney Lane. Details: communityspaces@ballina.nsw.gov.au or call 66876291.

TO MAY 21

10. A NEW exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery delves deeper into a celebration of town halls in the Northern Rivers and the stories they inspire. The exhibition, Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever, is on display at the gallery and is derived from a multi-arts project entitled, If These Halls Could Talk.


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