Sydney band The Shake Up play on the Northern Rivers.
Sydney band The Shake Up play on the Northern Rivers. Contributed

Five great things to do this week

CAC yourself laughing
NICK Penn is first-up for the comedians at Mandy Nolan's latest comedy room at the Casino RSM on Saturday. Penn, unlike his emceeing comedy buddy Nolan, is as clean as they come.

Comedy newbie Paul McMahon joins the laughs.

McMahon was the Queensland finalist in the Melbourne Comedy Festival's Raw Comedy Competition and took out the Big Joke's Village Idiot award last year.

CAC kicks off on Saturday at 8pm and it's free.

In other Nolan-related news, the comedian launches her book What I Would Do If I Were You, today at the Byron Beach Cafe in a comedy breakfast from 9am.

She's also launching her book at the Big Gig at the Ballina RSL alongside Dave Callan  Thursday October 20 from 8pm.

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Power of music
THE Channon's Mish will tomorrow launch her latest CD Pure Piano - Reflections.

The album was inspired by a friend of a friend, who suffering from a serious illness, found solace in Mish's passionate performances.

The album, of healing piano tunes, captures improvised moments and melodic themes.

Enjoy some wine, champagne and snacks at the launch at The Channon Gallery tomorrow from 6pm.

Shake 'n' bake
THESE guys are here to shake things up.

Sydney rockers The Shake Up head to The Lennox Hotel Friday October 14 and the Gollan Hotel, Lismore, Thursday October 20.

The trio have spent this year writing and recording their sophomore album, but head out on the road to test the tracks live.

The band's debut If You Have No Shame, was produced by Jim Diamond (White Stripes) and mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr) and was described as "one of the best-sounding slabs of garage you'll ever hear".

Climbing the Ladder
HE'S gone back to his balladeer roots, dropped the guitar-act and taken to the road.

Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders play The Northern, Byron Bay, in a free gig off the back of Ladder's third album, Hurtsville on Sunday October 16.

Ladder has said he wasn't always comfortable on the live stage and not feeling he was the best guitar player has decided to focus on singing.

Some have compared Ladder to Nick Cave, Lou Reed or Leonard Cohen, but you may want to make the decision for yourself.

Shakespeare great
POINTING out the relevance of Julius Caesar wasn't too difficult for director Peter Evans, who replaced the conniving Cassius with an actress, Kate Mulvany.

The Bell Shakespeare production recreates Roman history and sends it to the corridors of backroom politics.

Caesar may have had the support of the people, but Cassius finds a way to persuade Brutus to join a conspiracy to bring down the leader.

Julius Caesar is on at the Lismore City Hall Thursday October 13 at 7.30pm and Friday October 14 at 10.30am.

Tickets $47/38/21  or on 1300066772.