15 things to do this week

LOOKING for something exciting to do this week? Here's our pick:


1. Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge: The Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge is an annual event which raises money for Our Kids. This year the event will include a kid's category with a separate course run by Trinity College. At Hepburn Park, Oliver Rd, Goonellabah, from 8am to 3pm. Entry by gold coin donation.

2. Archibald Prize 2014 Tour: Normally open Tuesday to Saturday, the Lismore Regional Gallery will also be open on Sundays from 10am to 2pm until the exhibition closes on Sunday, April 12. Part of the exhibition is also at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay.

3. World Naked Bike Ride: It's on again - or should we say off? Bare as you dare. Bring your bike and your sense of humour plus a smattering of moral outrage (it is a protest ride, after all). Today from 10am, meet at the Bush Theatre Cafe in Nimbin. Tomorrow, also from 10am, and meet at the old railway station in Jonson St, Byron Bay.

4. Not Strictly Ballroom, The Story of Cloudland: Cloudland was a Brisbane icon for more than 40 years and was the social hub of the city from the 1950s to 1970s. Listen to the music, watch the professional dancers or jump on the dance floor yourself. At the Lismore Workers Club, 231 Keen St, tonight from 8pm. $30.

5. Family Friendly Shorts: A selection of shorts for the whole family, part of the Byron Bay International Film Festival. Today from 10.30am at the Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St. $8.

6. Adults-only shorts: Sometimes raunchy, sometimes pushing the limits, this selection of shorts will be very entertaining. Part of the Byron Bay film festival. Today from noon at the Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St. $8. 18+ audience.

7. Casino and District Kennel Club Dog Show: The 2015 championship show will be held at the Casino Showground, Summerland Way, today. The canteen will be run by the Men's Shed, Casino. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. All-day event.

8. V8 Dirt Modified Topless 30 - Wingless 50 Lapper: Litre Sprints, modlites and classics, junior sedans, production sedans and other vehicles will be racing tonight from 6pm at the Lismore Speedway, Lismore Showground, Alexandra Pde. Gates open at 3pm.

9. Blue Knob Farmers' Market Fermentation Festival: Attend an informative day of learning about fermented food. Learn about sourdough, wild cultures, fabric dyes, nut cheeses and Japanese pickled greens. There will also be information on how to make tempeh, biological fertilisers, processing and fermenting olives. Head north from Nimbin and look for Blue Knob Hall on the left after about 10 minutes of driving. Today from 9.30am at Blue Knob Hall, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock. Free event.

10. Frackman: Frackman tells the story of accidental activist Dayne Pratzky and his struggle against international gas companies. Dayne embarks on a journey that transforms him from conservative pig-shooter to sophisticated global activist as the Frackman. Tomorrow at Events Cinemas, corner of Keen and Zadoc streets, Lismore.

11. Rob Johnson and Friends: Direct from New York, recording artist Rob Johnson will be showcasing his original songs with a local band of young musicians, plus a handful of his fave tunes from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, Earth, Wind and Fire and Musiq Soulchild. At the Lismore Workers Club, Platinum Lounge, this Tuesday, March 10, from 7.30pm. Free event. 231 Keen St, Lismore.

12. Kumu Hina (A Place in the Middle): This ACON fundraiser (part of the Byron Bay film festival) will include a film about Kumu Hina, a transgender woman from Hawaii who is also a cultural teacher and community worker. Shorts to be screened also at this session will be Metube (August sings Carmen Habanera), Clan, Some Rainbows never Grey, Walks like a.... and Teagan. On Thursday, March 12, from 7.30pm. $15. Book at http://www.bbff.com.au

13. Macy Gray's The Way: Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Macy Gray will be making her much anticipated return to Australian shores on her The Way national tour. Her career includes multiple Grammy award nominations, including a win for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Brit and MTV Awards, over 30 million units sold, and a thriving acting career. At Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, on Friday, March 13, from 8pm. $85.

14. There's Something in the Pilliga: Jingra is considered by Aborigines to be a devil-man. In the tradition of films such as the Blair Witch Project, Rec and Paranormal Activity, comes the first one-camera real video account of a group's encounter with the Pilliga Yowie in north-west New South Wales. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, on Friday, March 13, from 7.30pm. $15.

15. Fun for Kids in The Friends Gallery: Kids are welcome to create individual bookplates, enjoy a book in the reading corner, listen to a story or join an activity during the Ex-Libris: Corrigan for Kids exhibition. All ages. At the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, 2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah, tomorrow from 10am to 5pm. Free event.




Alstonville Farmers' Market, Bugden Ln car park

Lismore Farmers' Market, Lismore Showground

Uki Farmers' Market

Kyogle Farmers' Markets, 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 (October to Easter)

Brunswick Heads Market, Memorial Park

Lismore Handmade Market, Keen and Magellan streets


Blue Knob Farmers' Market, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock

Lennox Head Market, Pacific Pde, Lake Ainsworth

The Channon Craft Market, Coronation Park

Missingham Bridge Market, Missingham Bridge, Kingsford Dr, Ballina

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