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Local Gig Guide
Using the V Word
Mandy Nolan heads the cast of the Vagina Monologues, which will be performed once-only in Lismore on International Women's Day.

To raise money for the Lismore and District Women's Health Centre and raise awareness about the V-Day campaign, a one-off performance of the acclaimed play The Vagina Monologues is being held in Lismore.

The confronting and moving play, written by Eve Ensler, will be performed by a cast of well-known Northern Rivers locals. This includes Byron Bay-based comedian Mandy Nolan, ABC Radio presenter Nikki Fuda and Council's crime prevention officer Punita Boardman. Other cast members are Marika Cominos and Riteria Nikora.

The Obie award-winning play is based on interviews Ms Ensler did with a diverse group of hundreds of women, from a Bosnian refugee to a Long Island antique dealer.

The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores questions often pondered but seldom asked: Do women like their vaginas? What do women call their vaginas? and What can you tell about a woman by the way she moans when she is aroused?

The once-only performance will be held on March 8, International Women's Day, as part of the V-Day Lismore campaign. V-Day is a worldwide movement to stop violence against females, with the local effort being known as V-Day Lismore.

'We hope that V-Day Lismore will raise the level of awareness of the issue in our city, raise money in support of our organisation and raise the spirits of all who chose to part of this initiative,' Lismore and District Women's Health Centre coordinator, Vivien Clear, said.

'We are thrilled to be one of over 150 cities around the world participating in the V-Day campaign are proud to be part of the V-Day global movement to stop violence against women and girls.'

The Vagina Monologues will be performed on Friday, March 8 at the Star Court Theatre from 8pm. Tickets are $20/10 from Caddies Bean Shop or at the door. Tickets are selling fast, so book now to secure a place.



Tribal Tunes Return to Byron
Mandawuy Yunupingu, the lead of singer of Yothu Yindi, who will perform at the Great Northern in Byron Bay this Friday and Saturday night.

Australia's most well-known Indigenous band, Yothu Yindi, will perform this Friday and Saturday, February 22-23 at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay.

While they have been together since 1986, the band was thrown into the national spotlight when they released their second album, Tribal Voice, in 1991, which featured the chart topper Treaty. The song won Yothu Yindi an APRA Song of the Year award as well as a swag of ARIAs, both for the song and the filmclip.

In 1993 Yothu Yindi's lead singer, Mandawuy Yunupingu, won the Australian of the Year award and the band released their third album, Freedom, in November of that year.

Since then the band has released three more albums, the most recent being Garma, which was produced by INXS's Andrew Farriss. Since then the band has performed at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sydney and have been touring around the globe.

The band consists of both Yolngu (Aboriginal) and Balanda (non-Aboriginal) musicians and embodies a sharing of cultures with music that fuses together western rock with traditional Indigenous songs and stories. The band uses some traditional Aboriginal instruments including the bilma (ironwood clapsticks) and yidaki (didgeridoo), which they juxtapose with western pop to create a unique musical meeting of two diverse cultures.

The group's name means 'child and mother' and is essentially a term referring to the strong connection that the Aboriginal clans of north-east Arnhem Land have between themselves.

Yothu Yindi concentrate as much on their performance as the music itself, and their shows always have lots of great visuals including traditional Aboriginal dress and dance.

Yothu Yindi will be supported by local band, Enrgy. Tickets are $21 (book on 6685 6454). Starts at 9pm.



Fine Folk
Sydney trio Jigzag deliver acoustic alchemy with delicious three-way vocal harmonies, violin like liquid fire, powerful and percussive guitar; all anchored by a solid, funky double bass.

These three singer/ composer/instrumentalists deliver original pop songs interspersed with passionate renditions of Celtic and Eastern European folk tunes.

You can catch them over a pint of Guinness at Mary Gilhooleys this Saturday night.



Musicians Rally for Bush Factory
As well as celebrating the Chinese Year of the Horse, the Nimbin Bush factory is holding a special fundraising concert this Saturday, with proceeds going towards much needed maintenance to keep this much-loved and well-used historic 1930s building open.

On two stages, you'll get to see 10 bands, including Red Eyed Frogs, Durga Babies, Pagan Love Cult and more than 10 solo and duo acts, including Gabbi, George and The Elastic Band. The festivities kick off around 3pm with activities for kids on the grassy knoll. Bring the kids and picnic on the grass by the river, fine food,and enjoy puppet shows, treasure hunts, and egg and spoon races. It only costs $10 for 10 hours of fun and there are special rates for families.



Cogs Laps Byron
After blowing away thousands of partygoers in Sydney recently, including the crowd at the Essential Stage at the Big Day Out, three piece Cog have released their long-awaited EP 'Just Visiting Part 1', and head for Byron next Thursday for a gig at the Great Northern.

Cog were nominated for Best Emerging Live Band at last years Australian Live Music awards, and had the critics raving with comments like 'Cog are singly the tightest three piece you could imagine, beyond any hard music/heavy rock allegiance, now they transcend any music categorisation. To look at and listen to they owe as much to the Police as they do to Tool, as much to Leftfield as they do to RATM'.

They're playing with The Butterfly Effect at the Great northern on February 28.

Doors open 8.30pm.



O Wotta Climax
Southern Cross University returned to life this week as new students come flooding in. And the climax of O week happens in the plaza this Friday, February 22, with 12 hours of free music and fun from 12 noon.

Seven acts will strut their stuff, including Counterstroke, Them other Funksters, Proem, DJ's Sam & Big Mike, Razwak and El Gonzo Green.



Music of Life
The excellent 2002 Musica Viva season is now open to subscribers, who can save up to $35 on the six concerts in Lismore and Ballina over the next eight months.

First up in only a couple of weeks is a unique four-piece ensemble, Guitar Trek, which features differently-sized guitars playing classical music by the likes of Pachelbel, Albeniz, Boccherini and even Gershwin.

The group, based at the Australian National University in Canberra, has released two best-selling CDs on ABC Classics, and Guitar Trek will be playing music from their lastest effort, A Sky for Dreaming.

The concert is on Saturday, March 16, at Southern Cross University in Lismore.

Tickets are now on sale from the Northern Rivers Ticket Centre in Molesworth Street, Lismore. Phone 6621 5600.

Also on this year's program are the acclaimed Australian Youth Orchestra, with Slava Grigoryan on guitar performing Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez, The Goldner Quartet, Australia's preeminent chamber music ensemble, the Southern Cross Soloists, opera and songs from OPERATIF!, and jazz from the Janet Seidel Quintet.

The concerts are in Ballina and Lismore throughout the year. For more details, pick up a Musica Viva brochure at your Public Library, The Echo office, the Northern Rivers Ticketek office or phone 6629 5031 or email: judithlib@a1accommodation.com.au and a brochure will be posted out to you.



Paddy's Day Prelude
If you can't wait for an excuse to jump on the Emerald Isle bandwagon (or fall off the post-Christmas wagon) then come and celebrate St Patricks Day a couple of weeks early with Guinness, fine music and green food dye, at the next Celtic Jam Night on Thursday, February 28, at the Rous Hotel, Lismore.

It's a great night of traditional Celtic music which kicks off at 6pm, with a session devoted to honing the skills and boosting the repertoire of players new to this style of music. At 7.30pm, be ready for some more rollicking uptempo stuff.

Entry and fun are free.



Read My Shorts
Entries are now being accepted for the 22nd annual Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, which was created to recognise and encourage the efforts of aspiring writers.

Stories in all genres of fiction are welcome. The maximum length is 3,000 words and writers retain all rights to their work.

Writers will compete for a $1,000 first prize and $500 prize for both second and third.

Deadline for entries is May 15, 2002, with winners to be announced at the end of July.

For more information visit www.shortstorycompetition.com



Wednesday Jazz is Back
Jim Kelly and his band the Thrillseekers will perform at Maggie Moores next Wednesday in the first gig of the 2002 Concerts at Maggies series.

The ever-popular Concerts at Maggies jazz series will begin for 2002 next Wednesday, February 27, with a performance by Jim Kelly's Thrillseekers.

Concerts at Maggies is presented by Jules Kelly of the Jazz in Countryside Agency, with support from Maggie Moores and Southern Cross University (SCU). The gigs feature a variety of performances by different individuals and groups, with many styles of jazz explored.

Most of the musicians are either lecturers or students from the SCU's contemporary music department, and the standard of music is always very high.

To mark the beginning of the 2002 series, Jim Kelly's Thrillseekers will perform a repertoire of contemporary jazz compositions, with a heavy emphasis on groove.

Jim Kelly's Thrillseekers feature Jim Kelly on electric guitar, Steve Russell on keyboard, Greg Lyon on electric bass, Scott Hills on drums and James Cox on percussion.

The gig starts at 8.30pm (be early for a good seat!). Entry is $5.



Local Gig Guide
Friday 22nd February

GERALDINE LOONG,
Mary Gilhooleys Cocktail Bar

JABBA, Canberra, 9pm

CACTUS JACK,
Maggie Moores

BEAT MARKET, Tatts, Lismore

SAM, Winsome, 8pm

SCU O WEEK BASH feat EL GONZO GREEN, SCU Union

RAGWEED,
Nimbin Hotel, 8pm

PIXIE JENKINS, Casino RSM

CRUSH, Pioneer Tavern

DEON, Federal, Alstonville

WALL STREET +
ANN MITCHELL + DA CELT,
Ballina RSL

VERY, Rous, Ballina

YOTHU YINDI + ENRGY, Great Northern, 9pm, $21

FATTER THAN NUSRAT,
The Rails, 7pm

THE HENCHMEN,
Beach Hotel, 9pm

JIM KELLY,
Kokopelli Cafe,
Bangalow, 7pm

DURGA BABIES,
Bangalow Hotel, 8pm

REFUGEE BENEFIT, Byron Surf Club, 7pm

BLUES VEIN,
Chincogan Tavern

HARRY HEALY,
Hotel Brunswick, 6.30pm

LOVE DOGS, Lennox Hotel

FLYING TIME,
Ballina Golf Club

Saturday 23rd February

JIGZAG, Mary Gilhooleys

JASON HALL,
Mary Gilhooleys Cocktail Bar

JUXTAPOSE, Tatts, Lismore

CRANK + JOSH BOOTS, Canberra

BREATHLESS, Maggie Moores

FRUIT LOOPS DOOF feat DJ PENDULOM + DJ DROOID + DJ POP, Winsome, 9pm, $6

STEVE MCLEOD,
Nimbin Hotel

BUSH FACTORY BENEFIT feat RED EYED FROGS + DURGA BABIES + PAGAN LOVE CULT, Bush Factory,
Nimbin, 3pm, $10

JUKE BOX, Pioneer Tavern

BLUES VEIN, Rous, Ballina

PIXIE JENKINS + DAVID REEVE, Ballina RSL

YOTHU YINDI + ENRGY, Great Northern, 9pm, $21

ZION, Beach Hotel, 9pm

JABBA, The Rails, 6.30pm

TEMPLE DANCE,
Kokopelli Café,
Bangalow, 7pm

ROSS WARD,
Bangalow Hotel, 8pm

FESTER & THINGY,
Hotel Brunswick, 6.30pm

ANDREW COX, Cecil, Casino

Sunday 24th February

KARAOKE,
Northern Rivers Hotel, 5pm

SUNDAY SESSION,
Winsome, 6pm

CATH SIMES,
Beach Hotel, 4pm

MARGARITA LOUNGE,
Beach Hotel, 8pm

JALAPENO, The Rails, 6pm

DUTA, Bangalow Hotel, 2pm

SUNNY & FRIENDS,
Kokopelli Café, 11.30am

THIERRY FOSMALE TRIO, Belongil Beach Café, 6pm

SCU MUSIC STUDENTS, Sounds Delicious Bakery, Newrybar

MISS RADIO, Hotel Brunswick, 7pm

Monday 25th February

MATT SEABERG,
The Rails, 7pm

LEIGH CARRIAGE, Kokopelli Café, Bangalow, 7pm

DA CELT, Great Northern

Tuesday 26th February

BRIAN WATT, The Rails, 7pm

ROSS WARD, Kokopelli Café, Bangalow, 7pm

BRACKETS,
Bangalow Hotel, 8pm

Wednesday 27th February

JIM KELLY'S THRILLSEEKERS, Maggie Moores, 8.30pm, $5

JAM NIGHT WITH TOKE, Rous, Ballina

FINKLER, Great Northern

Thursday 28th February

SILENCER + ANIMISM,
Tatts, Lismore

ONE TOO MANY BAND, Maggie Moores

LOVE DOGS + LUKE VASSELLA, Canberra, 9pm

SONGWRITER SPECTACULAR feat JIMMY WILLING + MICK DALEY, Winsome, 9pm, $4

CHRIS ARONSTEN,
Nimbin Hotel

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT + COG + OCHRE,
Great Northern

CELTIC JAM NIGHT, Rous

THE CLIMBERS, Rous, Ballina

Galleries

LISMORE REGIONAL GALLERY, Whichaway? + Australia in the 50s

NIMBIN GALLERY, The Brightness of Being, by Josephine Window, til Feb 28

CADDIES, Michelle Fitness Artworks, til Feb 28

Coming

Mar 1 - RAAF AIR COMMAND BAND,
Lismore City Hall

Mar 1 - FULL FATHOM FIVE + PROP, Great Northern

Mar 2 - LEE CONWAY + MIKE WINKWORTH, Ballina RSL

Mar 3 - DIANA AHNAID + PRE-SHRUNK, Great Northern

Mar 8 - VAGINA MONOLOGUES,
Star Court Theatre

Mar 12 - DAYLIGHT SAVING, Star Court Theatre

Mar 28-31 - BLUES FESTIVAL, Byron Bay

Mar 29 - VANS WARPED TOUR, Gold Coast Parklands

Mar 30 - VANS WARPED TOUR, Coffs Harbour Showground

Apr 2 - JEBEDIAH, Byron Bay

Markets

LISMORE ORGANIC MARKET, Tues

EVANS HEAD RIVERSIDE, Sat

BANGALOW, Sun

Film

LISMORE

Ali, Rat Race, Black Hawk Down, Shallow Hal, Lord of the Rings, Monsters Inc.

Entries for the Gig Guide are free. Please fax them on 6622 1791, mail them to PO Box 37 Lismore or email them to editor@a1accommodation.com.au with the subject as 'Gig Guide'. Deadline for entries is 5pm Mondays for the following Thursday's edition



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