Ten things to do this week
1. Tabulam Races: The Tabulam Races are held every year the first Saturday after the Melbourne Cup. AN estimated 2000 punters are expected for the five-race schedule, with local and interstate bookmakers a full TAB facilities, a licensed bar and food outlets. The feature races are the Tenterfield Motor Inn Errol and Mary O'Driscoll Memorial Handicap and the Yulgilbar Station Sam Hordern Memorial Tabulam Cup. Fashions on the Field will be a highlight with prizes for best dressed lady, gentlemen, couple and kids. At Tabulam Racing Club, Racecourse Rd, Tabulam, with the club open to punters by 9am and the first race being held at 1pm. $15.
2. Cinema Under the Stars: Newcastle Permanent Cinema Under the Stars is back with a hit animated film as free family entertainment this weekend: Home, rated PG. In Lismore, at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, this Saturday from 5.30pm. Free events.
3. Northern Rivers Conservatorium Open Day: Come along to the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Open Day and find out about the full range of music education on offer at your local Conservatorium ranging from Early Childhood Music through to a Diploma of Music. Try on a range of musical instruments with expert tutors, tour of the building, record your own CD in the studio and see open rehearsals, Little ones early childhood music class, information on Certificate III and Diploma in Music and pathway to study at Southern Cross University. Free concert staged on the Conservatorium lawn, delicious local food and coffee. Running in conjunction with Big Yarn Day: come along and tell your stories of connection to the building, the Library and C-Space. The Lismore Handmade and Lismore Vintage Markets are on and an art exhibition in Spinning Jenny Studio, Library Activities and more. At 152 Keen St, Lismore, today from 9am. Free event.
4. Clunes Community Fundraiser: The money raised for the event will be donated to the local school. Mick Buckley & The Hepcats with the Hepcat Horn Section will be entertaining audiences with some jump swing, rock'n'roll, rockabilly and jazz. A pop up vintage photo booth will be available, so make sure dress for the occasion, as vintage / retro is the theme. Prizes for the best dressed Guys and Dolls. At Clunes Coronation Hall today from 7pm. $15.
5. The Nutcracker: Professional dancer Michael Braun will be performing the role of the Nutcracker Prince in the Byron Ballet's November season of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky's brilliant musical score perfectly tells this magical story. Young audiences will be mesmerised as Clara's Christmas party is transformed by the battle scene where King Rat is overthrown by the Nutcracker Prince. Victorious, Clara and the prince journey to Candy Land where the sugar plum fairy and other people from exotic lands greet them in celebration. Byron Ballet Company will be performing The Nutcracker this weekend: today Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and tomorrow Sunday at 6pm at the Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay.
6. Bling's the Thing: Compeered by the outrageously funny Mandy Nolan and the ever-entertaining Michael Gates, Bling's the Thing is a variety show packed full of superb local performers such as X-Factor's Taholo Renagi, Lucinda Gray, Julia and Deana Batten, Jessica Daley and Danielle Sansom, Ashleigh Saunders and Alex Sexton, among others. Also Roxie Rose Burlesque, Hearts of Venus and The Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra. All proceeds will go to Cancer Council NSW and the 2016 Lismore & Villages Relay for Life. At the Star Court Theatre today from 6.30pm. Show begins at 7,30pm. $38.
7. Lismore Symphony Orchestra show: In this concert series, the orchestra is featuring Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, a musical tale told by the instruments of the orchestra, helped by a narrator: Woodlawn student Fraser Bell. Also in the program will be works by a range of composers, from Beethoven to John Williams. At the Lismore City Hall today at 7.30pm and tomorrow Sunday at 2pm. $20.75.
8. Day of the Dead Ceremony: The Natural Death Care Centre will be holding its annual Day of the Dead event at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens tomorrow. There will be time to write a message, create a memento, or add to the community shrine for loved family members or friends. This is a time to be with others and find a place for your blanket on the lawn. You are invited and encouraged to bring photographs or a special something for the shrine. At 5pm, an inclusive Ceremony of Remembrance will be held by Zenith Virago and the Mullumbimby Choir. At the end of the ceremony, those who are able to, will have an additional opportunity to walk the rainforest path in a silent procession to the Forest of Family & Friends to leave any crafted mementos, so they can slowly return to the earth. At the Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens from 3.30pm tomorrow. Free event.
9. Kerry O'Brien on Paul Keating: Paul Keating, reformer, rabble rouser, polymath and our most intriguing prime minister, bares his soul to a sharp political interviewer, Kerry O'Brien. Building on the transcripts of the must-watch television event of 2013 - ABC TV's Keating: The Interviews - O'Brien has gathered an enormous bank of new material, gleaned during many hours of further conversation with Keating, to create a book that is more forensic and all-encompassing than the very successful TV series. Kerry O'Brien captures the hallmarks of the man - the nimble mind, the wit, the sweep of vision, the ruthlessness and the stubborn drive for power. At the Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, on Wednesday, November 11, 6pm. $15
10. Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The latest production produced by the Ballina Players is Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A fantastic musical that the whole family can come along too and enjoy. Evening performances and matinees on Sunday. From Friday, November 13, at the Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift Street, Ballina.