Educating Rita, February 12 - 28. Rochdale Theatre, Ballina Rd, Goonellabah
This weekend is your last chance to see The Lismore Theatre Company's production of Educating Rita, a witty yet poignant look at a working class woman's attempts to change her social circumstances through pursuit of an Open University qualification. Tickets at www.lismoretheatrecompany.org.au
Byron Bay Surf Festival, various venues, February 26-28
The opening night of this year's festival will include the Australian big screen film premiere of the The Bruce Brown Story with an introduction by surf filmmaker and photographer Dick Hoole, and a screening of Girls Cant Surfincluding a Q&A with Pauline Menczer and Jodie Cooper. Other highlights include a beach clean up, surf competitions and freestyle sessions and live music. Tickets and full program at byronbaysurffestival.com.au
Manus, Lennox Head Cultural Centre, February 26, 6pm
Award-winning artist, filmmaker, Northern Rivers Review columnist and Lennox Head resident Angus McDonald (who won this year's People's Choice award in the Archibald for his portrait of Behrouz Boochani, pictured) will present and discuss his short film 'Manus' in conversation with journalist Jenny Burgess. Manus is a 13-minute film that shines a light on the plight of hundreds of asylum seekers held captive by the Australian Government on Manus Island in PNG for over 6 years. Presented by Lennox Arts Board Inc with support from Pandanus Productions and Ballina Shire Council. All ticket profits go to Human Rights Watch. Tickets here
Sarah McLeod, Ballina RSL, March 5
Fans of Sarah McLeod will see a softer side of the former Superjesus frontwoman on this tour. After teaching herself to play piano during lockdown, she's rewritten The Superjesus songs as piano pieces, to give them a different edge - 'or lack of edge,' she says. The a feisty, powerful rock guitarist and performer hasn't disappeared however, and you'll see both sides of Sarah McLeod on this tour.
Bob Carr in conversation with Kerry O'Brien, Byron Theatre, March 5, 6pm
Byron Writers Festival presents this evening of conversation between celebrated journalist Kerry O'Brien and former NSW Premier, Foreign Minister and writer Bob Carr. Topics will range from bushwalking to books, Australia-China relations, post-Trump America, political lessons from the pandemic and understanding the tale of two Labor Parties-the one that dominates the states and territories and the one that struggles federally. The event will be Auslan interpreted.
Lismore Women's Festival, Lismore City Hall, March 5-8
Presented by YWCA, next weekend's Lismore Women's Festival features a diverse program designed to inspire and connect. It includes a comedy night, panel discussions, dance, yoga and meditation and guest speaker Karley Banks, Open International and Youth World Champion touch football coach. Bookings are required for all events, even if free.