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God’s Favorite Idiot films in Alstonville’s streets

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God’s Favorite Idiot films in Alstonville’s streets
God’s Favorite Idiot films in Alstonville’s streets

God’s Favorite Idiot films in Alstonville’s streets

You may have days in the pandemic when you feel like you’re living through an apocalypse, but the Netflix series being made in the Northern Rivers – God’s Favorite Idiot – does include one, plus a lake of fire.

The production last week was shooting in the streets of Alstonville. Left-hand-drive cars with Californian number plates were trucked into the quiet town.

God’s Favorite Idiot films in Alstonville’s streetsThe series has also filmed at various Lismore locations including the museum, art gallery quad and the base hospital. A $10 million grant from the Federal Government’s $540 million Location Incentive program helped lure the production to the region.

The 16-episode series follows mid-level tech support employee Clark Thompson (American actor Ben Falcone) who finds love with co-worker Amily Luck (Melissa McCarthy) at the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God.

Ms McCarthy, aged 50, also recently starred in Nine Perfect Strangers, shot in the Byron hinterland. The comedian rose to fame in the Hangover and Bridesmaid movies.

Falcone and McCarthy, a husband-and-wife team, said in a statement: “To have the opportunity to safely film our show in a beautiful country like Australia is a dream come true. We love this country, and the talented people who live and work here. A special thank you to Chris, Luke, and Liam Hemsworth for volunteering to carry us to and from work with their wonderful powerful arms.”

More than 300 local cast and crew are reported to be employed on the production, and more than $74 million injected into the economy. Netflix has also promised to engage around 1,000 local businesses.

However, some Alstonville locals have reported an increase in traffic and noise in streets close to the showground, where the production is based.

Ballina Mayor David Wright supports the Netflix’s production, but has pointed out that local councils had limited power to prevent filming in their shires.

“Some people think there should have been a DA [Development Application] for this, but it’s exempt development from state government – because state government encourages filming so we can’t stop it,” Mr Wright said.

 

 

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MCA presents national exhibition tour of Australian Chinese Artist Lindy Lee at Lismore Regional Gallery.

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MCA presents national exhibition tour of Australian Chinese Artist Lindy Lee at Lismore Regional Gallery.

Following a successful season at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney, the Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop exhibition, is touring nationally to five venues across Australia: Western Plains Cultural Centre (NSW), Lismore Regional Gallery (NSW), Artspace Mackay (QLD), Devonport Regional Gallery (TAS) and John Curtin Gallery (WA), supported by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Curated by MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop is the largest survey exhibition of Lindy Lee’s works to date. The result of a close collaboration between the artist and curator, the exhibition features key artworks from the 1980s to the present, including several new works created specifically for the exhibition tour.

Lindy Lee works across painting, sculpture, installation and public art. She draws on her Australian and Chinese heritage to develop works that engage with the history of art, cultural authenticity, personal identity and the cosmos. Key influences are the philosophies of Daoism and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism. Lindy Lee works from her studio based on Arakwal Country in Northern NSW.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor said: ‘We are thrilled to tour Lindy Lee’s work across Australia and introduce new audiences to one of Australia’s most important and influential artists. Lindy has had a long association with the MCA, with the first works entering the collection in 1995, through to a major presence in the opening exhibition of the expanded MCA, in 2012. A survey bringing together all aspects of her work is timely. She is an artist who weaves together her personal experience of living between two cultures to create highly evocative works which are especially relevant in today’s Australia.’

Lindy Lee added: ‘It has been a great honour to have such a comprehensive survey of my work at the MCA. I am also excited to take the exhibition to some of Australia’s finest regional galleries and to share my work with new audiences.’

The artist has created a number of new artworks for the exhibition tour including Water + Water (2020), a large paper work created using natural elements of fire and water; and Untitled (2020), an installation comprising of small sculptures individually created by the artist by hand-pouring molten bronze.

Other highlights include Equanimity (No More Struggles in the Ocean of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’) (2017), a polished stainless-steel sculpture pierced with hundreds of tiny holes, illuminated from the centre the perforations are transformed into stars to create its own constellation. The key photographic work The Seamless Tomb (Wearing An Iron Yoke That Has No Hole) (2017), which reflects on Lee’s family’s journey from China to Australia and Ten Worlds, Ten Directions (2002) brings together abstraction and figurative elements and continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of Buddhist philosophy. As well as a series of early photocopy works drawn from Western art history that address identity and authenticity.

A range of resources and behind-the-scenes content will accompany the touring exhibition including models of public art projects, learning resources and an artist documentary filmed at Lee’s studio on Arakwal Country (Northern Rivers, NSW) and at the UAP (Urban Artist Projects) workshop and foundry on Turrbal Country (Brisbane).

Audiences will be able to access a specially created audio guide on their smartphones, via the MCA Australia’s online museum guide, touring.mca.art. Visitors will be able to walk through the exhibition listening to the artist talk about key works and themes. Available in both English and Auslan-interpreted videos.

A beautifully designed publication also accompanies the exhibition. The catalogue contains an overview of Lee’s practice with contributing essays from Dr Zara Stanhope and Dr Shen Qilan, plus an in-depth interview between Elizabeth Ann Macgregor and the artist. The publication is available to purchase from Lismore Regional Gallery.

About the Artist
Lindy Lee is one of the most respected contemporary artists working in Australia today. With a practice spanning over four decades, Lee has exhibited widely in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and USA, and is represented in numerous major public and private collections. In recent years, Lee’s practice has expanded into the public realm. She has created a series of significant public artworks in Australia and internationally, including Secret World of a Starlight Ember, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; The Life of Stars, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; The Garden of Cloud and Stone, Chinatown Public Domain, Sydney; and The Life of Stars – The Tenderness of Rain, Province Midtown Cultural Centre, Zhengzhou, China. In 2018 the artist was awarded a prestigious international commission to create an iconic gateway work for New York’s Chinatown district.

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 53

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 53 (Our Anniversary Edition) is now out and available from all Newsagents, General Stores, Woolworths Supermarkets and Service Stations across the northern rivers from Tweed Heads to Grafton South and every single town in the region.

This is a great 72 page edition that is full of local news, entertainment, 4 page TV guide with SKY, Puzzles, Community news and events, local Sports and much, much more

Perfect reading with a cuppa or two out in the sun today..

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Eat the Street serves up delicious fun for all ages

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Eat the Street serves up delicious fun for all ages

Eat the Street serves up delicious fun for all ages

If you love your food and music, then Lismore is the place to be on Saturday, 21 August as the iconic Eat the Street food, art and music festival returns for its 7th year with a new naming sponsor – the Lismore Workers Club.

Lismore City Council’s Manager of Liveable and Active Communities Tony Duffy said Council was excited that the Lismore Workers Club has come on board as the naming sponsor of the event.

“The Workers Club is a great local Lismore business and has a long history of supporting the local community. It is very fitting that they are now an integral part of the Northern Rivers premier food event,” he said.

Lismore Workers President Ian Harmon, speaking on behalf of the board of directors, said: “Lismore Workers has always been a part of Eat The Street and we’re excited to see the event become bigger and better every year.”

“It’s great to see the diversity of our food culture in Lismore on display, and it always gets a great turnout. We hope our involvement helps continue to make this event a continuing success for our local area.”

This year, the festival will take place along Magellan and Carrington Streets and in the newly refurbished Lismore Laneways where you will discover outstanding local food and beverages, art, roving entertainers, and much more.

Mr Duffy said in the past, the festival had attracted more than 25,000 people. However, this year there will be some changes due to COVID.

“As everyone in the community knows, everything is fluid due to COVID with changing restrictions,” he said.

“This year, the festival will still be a free event, but it will be ticketed and visitors must register to gain entry via Magellan Street between Keen and Molesworth. This is to make sure our community remains COVID-safe.”

There will also be two sessions: noon to 3pm and 4pm to 7pm.

Sit out on the street, under the trees, and try food from all over the Northern Rivers region, or purchase a ticket to the VIP Garden party for $110 (over 18 years only).

Eat the Street coincides with the SHINE light art festival, which runs after dark from Thursday, 19 August to Tuesday, 21 August on Molesworth Street. Both events are managed carefully in accordance to COVID-19 health guidelines to ensure community safety.

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