Top Ten things to do this week
1. Love Lennox Festival: The Love Lennox Festival was originally scheduled to be held in June, but it was postponed when an east coast low hit the region. This will be the fourth annual event, organised by the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce. It will feature all that is great about Lennox: food, surf and lifestyle. The food will come together in the Flavours of Lennox competition, surfing will be represented by a surfboard swap meet and lifestyle will be celebrated with music in the streets, the Lennox Got Talent competition, market stalls and the Dogs of Lennox event. The festival kicks off this Saturday at 9am in the CBD, with Ballina St closed to traffic. For more information visit lovelennox.com.au.
2. Black Tie Ball: Black Tie in July is a black-tie event happening in Bangalow this weekend. Tickets are $75 and include a drink and canapes on arrival plus live music by Rhydian Lewis and DJ Sally Sound. At the Bangalow Bowling Club, 21 Byron Bay Rd, Bangalow, this Saturday from 6.30pm.
3. Bubble Show: Everybody loves bubbles! Dr Hubble (Shep Huntly) will take you on a magical journey behind the bubble, as he shows you bubbles in all shapes and sizes, including the famous "exploda-bubble". During the performance, one lucky child will even be put inside a bubble. At the Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads, this Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, 35-minute show, $10.
4. Auslan Gallery Tours at Tweed Gallery: Meet at 11am at Tweed Regional Museum for a tour introducing local history and collection highlights. Meet at 12.30pm at Tweed Regional Gallery to tour the current exhibitions and Margaret Olley Art Centre. Free event. Book now for this Saturday or Sept 3. At Tweed Regional Gallery, 2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah, this Saturday from 12.30pm. Free event.
5. Andy Holme's Farewell: NCEIA Dolphin Award winner Andy Holm (Australia's Got Talent) is relocating to the Island of Koh Phangan, Thailand, next month. As a way to thank the community, Andy will offer a free last concert at the Brunswick Sound Shell, Brunswick Heads, this Sunday from 11am to 1pm.
6. NRCG exhibitions: Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents four new exhibitions during July that dig deep through highly evocative personal and physical landscapes. Terrain by Susan Jacobsen presents a body of works deeply inspired by the Australian landscape, and particularly Northern NSW. Soul and Sediment features works by Rosie Lloyd-Giblett that delve into the environmental impacts of mining on rural Queensland. Yeilding by Jacqueline King, explores the highly personal act of letting go and the acceptance of 'what is'. Pandanus Dreaming is a collection of photographic works by Ben Wyeth focussing on the familiar Ballina Coastline through the eyes of an outsider. The group of exhibitions open Wednesday, July 20, and continue until Sunday, August 28. The official launch event is on Thursday, July 21, from 5.30pm. At the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, 44 Cherry St, Ballina.
7. Romeo and Juliet by Melbourne City Ballet: Join Melbourne City Ballet as they bring the classical ballet version of William Shakespeare's arguably most popular work, Romeo & Juliet, to life. Choreographed by Artistic Director Michael Pappalardo. At the Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, on Thursday, July 21, from 7.30pm. $38.
8. Charmaine Wilson, medium: A medium cannot predict the future, nor guess lotto numbers, but they can contact those who have passed away. Brisbane-based medium Charmaine Wilson will make an appearance in Ballina this month. Most of Wilson's appearances consist of connecting as many people in the audience to their loved ones that have passed away as possible. At Ballina RSL Club, 240 River St, Ballina, on Friday, July 22 from 8pm. $40.
9. Rumour Has It at NORPA: Australia's newest cabaret star and Ricky Martin's leading lady from The Voice Australia 2015, Naomi Price, makes her NORPA debut with her award-winning original cabaret Rumour Has It, based in the music and life of UK superstar Adele. At Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore, on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23. $50.
10. Splendour in the Grass 2016: The Cure, Flume, The Strokes, The Avalanches and many more artists will meet for Splendour 2016 from Thursday, July 21. Expect art, music, comedy, forum, craft, fashion and plenty of antics. For details visit splendourinthegrass.com.au