February 20, 2013
The Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre aims to raise $15,000 to fund repairs to its historic building in downtown Lismore.
The main fundraising event is a 12-hour Music Marathon, to be held on Saturday 23 March from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.
December 12, 2012
For the first time in Australian history, 150 of the greatest covers spanning over four decades of Rolling Stone Australia are touring the country. Rolling Stone: The Covers 1972 – 2000 is on display at Tweed River Art Gallery until early April 2013.
This show is an artisan travelling exhibition. artisan produces Australia’s largest touring program of craft and design exhibitions and is proud to partner with Rolling Stone Australia to present this first ever exhibition of Rolling Stone covers.
Rolling Stone magazine was launched in 1967 by the young and entrepreneurial Jann Wenner, in the San Francisco heartland of the counter-culture movement.
With an original masthead designed by the late psychedelic artist Rick Griffin, stunning photography and illustration by luminaries including Annie Leibovitz and Ralph Steadman, and the work of stellar art directors, Rolling Stone’s covers have become as iconic as the stars that feature on them.
Many of these covers have come to define an era. This is not in terms of the cover stars but through the brilliant design, photography, illustration and typography.
The Australian edition of Rolling Stone was launched in 1972 by Phillip Frazer, the founder and editor of the Australian popular-culture magazine Go-set.
Since then Australian Rolling Stone has had a string of great editors and art directors. Currently under the stewardship of Matt Coyte, Editor-in-chief, and Joe Ferrara, Art Director, the tradition of stunning cover design continues, as does the tradition of supporting talented local photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and writers.
The Australian Rolling Stone is the longest surviving overseas edition. As the premier music and entertainment magazine in Australia, Rolling Stone has come to reflect global and Australian popular culture with passion, honesty and attitude.
This exhibition features some of the best Australian covers from 1972 to 2010. Together, they chronicle the culture and design of the last four decades.
“I am sure visitors will be fascinated by this exhibition, ” the Director of Tweed River Art Gallery, Susi Muddiman, said.
“Many of the images from the cover of Rolling Stone are now iconic, possibly the most recognisable being the very moving Leibovitz photograph of John and Yoko Lennon in a nude embrace, and the most amusing the irresistibly cheeky Bon Scott doing what he does best. These images take us immediately to their time, as do the changing graphic design styles. This is a great show for lovers of music, design and photography.”
All are invited to attend the official exhibition opening by Phillip Frazer, who founded Rolling Stone Australia in 1972, at 6 (DST) on Friday 18 January 2013.
October 3, 2012
Tweed Theatre Company (TTC) stalwart Raelene Richards makes her final appearance in the mystery/comedy thriller, Find the Lady, starting 19th October at the Tweed Civic Centre.
With over 19 years experience and 17 shows with the TTC, Raelene is sad to say it’s her last role but has many fond memories of great casts and shows.
She plays Mrs Pratt in the English comedy set in the 1960s and the challenging dialogue is similar to Fawlty Towers style banter.
It is a whodunit and all eight characters are amateur detectives, as mystery murders and intrigue are weaved throughout by the playwright Michael Pertwee.
Pertwee is famous for his episodes of the classic show The Saint and A Funny Thing happened on the way to the Forum, starring Frankie Howard.
Raelene’s most demanding role was Friends and Relations where she had eight costume changes.
Raelene has been active behind the scenes as well. She has been TTC vice-president for eight years and all-rounder at all TTC shows in costume, production and a myriad of jobs that go into producing every show. She has also directed five TTC shows and wants to continue.
“I want to concentrate on directing as I want to give back to the theatre by coaching the kids in the pantomimes in particular,” she said.
PICTURE: Chris Hawkins, Gai Byrne, Raelene Richards, Anita Murcia, Clayton Wetherall and Sue-Ellen McCubben prepare for the play.
September 23, 2012
The Byron Farmers Market is a feature of this year’s Crave Sydney International Food Festival, with well-known chef Gavin Hughes from The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa leading free weekly tours of the market throughout October.
This year the festival has expanded to include regional NSW.
May 27, 2012
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa has announced that top chef Martin Boetz (pictured) of Longrain Sydney and Melbourne will headline the Delicious Weekend Away, being held over the long weekend in June.
Boetz promises to bring energy and colour to Byron for the three day food and wine celebration.
Born in Germany, his passion for cooking was nurtured by some of the world’s greatest Chefs, including David Thompson (who now owns London’s Michelin starred Nahm) at Darley Street Thai and Sailors Thai.
Martin joins Bangalow-based pastry Chef extraordinaire Katrina Kanetani from hatted restaurant Town (formerly of The Pier and MG Garage Sydney, Asiate New York and Quo Vadis London), Valli Little and The Byron at Byron’s Gavin Hughes (formerly of Aqua Luna, The Bathers Pavilion and Aqua Dining Sydney, Inverlochy Castle Hotel and 1 Devonshire Gardens Scotland).
“There are lots of passionate producers growing fabulous Thai ingredients in the Byron region,” said Martin Boetz, “including turmeric, galangal and betel leaves that we use at Longrain and will celebrate over the course of the weekend.”
The weekend includes a cooking class with Valli Little, lunch at award-winning Newrybar restaurant Harvest, a visit to local farmers markets and a producers farm and a gala four-course dinner at The Byron at Byron Restaurant.
Guests will stay in the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa where they can unwind with yoga or spend time by the infinity pool.
May 27, 2012
As a 12-year-old boy, surf industry pioneer Bob McTavish observed the life his father led.
A career “slave” to the Commonwealth Bank, his dad was overlooked for promotion after 21 years, so he packed up the family and took off for Darwin. “I went, right! There’s something wrong with the way this system functions,” Bob said.
“To me, the whole thing of school, career, wife, kids, mortgage, finally pay off your mortgage when you’re 65 and then have a brief retirement then drop dead, is a very suspicious way of living.”
Instead, seeing how “the system” absorbed the energies of his hardworking father, once Bob became a young man, he chose to “take retirement first, and pay the price later”.
He decided to be more selective about how to live his life, so focussed first on surfing, then on establishing a sometimes bumpy career to become a master craftsman of surfboards, with the company he founded producing surfboards non-stop since 1962.
May 27, 2012
Fame the Musical, directed by Annie Loctoki, may be a well-known movie and TV series about the gritty side of the theatre but it is actually full of romantic stories including a real-life romance which blossomed on the stage.
The show, being presented by the Tweed Theatre Company (TTC), has six main characters who all begin as freshman at the Performing Arts School in New York. The story weaves three love stories around these characters while in real life the TTC cast has its own love story.
Ensemble cast members, Lara Wilkinson, 16, and Guy Williams, 18, (both pictured), met two years ago. Guy is originally a hip hop dancer while Lara is an actor and singer with four major shows under her belt.
They met at an Arts Week concert where Guy was working as part of the sound crew backstage and Lara was performing. He was struck by her amazing voice and introduced himself. The rest is history.
“I got talked into the show by Lara but I’ve been a big supporter of hers for years. It is my first big production so it is great for Lara to be helping me,” said Guy.
May 27, 2012
Saturday July 14th has been set as the first day of the Kyogle Bazaar on the main street of Kyogle.
“Summerland Way is home to some very interesting shops which need to be explored by more people, so the Chamber of commerce and the Kyogle Bazaar have teamed up to provide an exciting streetscape for visitors and locals,”the organisers said.
“New stallholders are invited and they can register their interest by going to Scarborough’s Shoes and Joanne will take the enquiry, or by emailing email@example.com. A stall-holders information pack will be emailed to you.
May 23, 2012
Chris Radburn has accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker at the 2012 Kids in Community Northern Rivers Awards.
A former lawyer, Radburn is an Aussie comedian who has earned a reputation for clever and cheeky observations that are relatable, original and hilarious.
May 19, 2012
Arts Northern Rivers, in partnership with Grafton Regional Gallery, is excited to announce the opening of an exhibition of new works by 12 leading male Bundjalung artists.
Return to Country has been inspired by the acquisition of three traditional Bundjalung clubs dating back to the mid 1800s, as an addition to Grafton Regional Gallery’s collection.
The exhibition brings together artists from across the Bundjalung nation who have found inspiration in these significant Aboriginal artefacts.
Their works explore the stories, mark-making and interpretation of ancient designs, and examine what it means to be a Bundjalung man and the connection to country.
Arts Northern Rivers CEO Peter wood said: “I am delighted that Arts Northern Rivers has been able to work in partnership with Grafton Regional Gallery to help realise this important exhibition.
“The return to country of these artefacts has created a great sense of anticipation and excitement throughout the Bundjalung nation, leading to the development of an application for project funding that will, if successful, see the re-invigoration of traditional Bundjalung mark-making techniques and future exhibitions.”
Arts Northern Rivers Indigenous Arts Development Officer Rob Appo agreed, saying: “This exhibition showcases some of our finest Bundjalung artists all of whom have used the return of these clubs as the inspiration for their work. There is great potential to see this grow into an important project for Indigenous artists in the Northern Rivers region.”
Return to Country opens at Grafton Regional Gallery on Friday, May 25, on the eve of national Sorry Day.
Members of the public are invited to attend a floortalk at 5.30pm presented by Arts Northern Rivers Indigenous Arts Development Officer Robert Appo, curator of the exhibition.