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Energetic blues/roots act 19-Twenty will return to town this week to perform a mix of new and old tunes. The trio has a new album in the works and have put together a crazy, vibrant three-hour show that will transport you to musical heaven. Friday, July 16. 7pm. $30-$35. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. Tickets at www.bmec.com.au/19-twenty-blues-and-roots.
The hospital auxiliary will hold its annual general meeting, preceded by lunch. Friday July 16. 12.30pm. Oberon Multi Purpose Service, North Street.
Nominations for the local government elections close August 4 and the Oberon Business and Tourism Association (OBTA) will host a "Meet the Candidate" forum to get to know prospective councillors wanting to represent the community for the next three years. This not a forum to critique the current council, but to hear the vision of prospective future councillors. August 9. Venue and time tba.
Council economic development and tourism manager Mat Webb will be special guest at the next Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway's bi-monthly meeting. Mat will discuss Oberon's tourism strategy and how OTHR's railway adventure fits with that. August 4. 7.30pm. Oberon Oberon RSL.
Sydney Film Festival
Save the date
A regional tour of the Sydney Film Festival will hit Orange for the first time in July. The Travelling Film Festival will bring a curated line-up of titles to the city, including acclaimed feature flicks and documentaries from this year's major film festivals; most notably the Oscars, Cannes and Sundance. July 23 to 25. Odeon 5 Cinemas.
Dance Makers Collective have discovered a secret underworld of Dad dancing. They have created a new show based around their own fathers. We won't see them busting a move on stage, but will hear them in interviews and their musical preferences form the soundtrack to the show. Tuesday, July 27. 7.30pm. $18 to $42. Tickets from www.bmec.com.au/dads.html.
Orange Readers and Writers Festival
The Orange Readers and Writers and Writers Festival returns after a COVID-induced break in 2020. The program will feature inspiring fiction and non-fiction authors, including former minister Robert Tickner, crime author Petronella McGovern; ABC journalist Michael Brissenden; Photography curator Helen Ennis and high-profile tree-changer Todd Alexander. July 30 and 31. Hotel Canobolas. $95 per person. Tickets available through Eventbrite or Orange City Library on 6393 8132.
Tap into the magic that was Johnny Cash and June Carter, who enthralled audiences around the world with their songs for over 40 years. Leaving Jackson - The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show is a two-hour concert that will have you singing, laughing and crying for more. Friday, August 6. 7.30pm. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. $22-$59. Tickets at www.bmec.com.au/leaving-jackson.
Catch the legendary songwriter and 'voice of the Stolen Generations' on his final national tour. Archie Roach's brilliant "Tell Me Why" celebrates his eponymous memoir and latest album. The five-piece band includes pianist Paul Grabowsky and guest vocalist Emma Donovan. Tuesday, August 17. 7.30pm. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. $65. Tickets at www.bmec.com.au/archie-roach-2021.
For the diary
Mark Lizotte, aka Diesel, has had a stellar 30-year solo career, following his arrival on the Australian music scene in 1986 with Johnny Diesel and the Injectors. Dozens of singles, 16 albums, ARIAs and millions in recoord sales make him a stalwart. Diesel will be playing in Bathurst in next month on his Greatest Hits & Alone With The Blues tour, showcasing his unique blending of rock, soul, R&B and blues. Friday, September 17. 8pm. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. $70. Tickets at www.bmec.com.au/diesel-greatest-hits.
The Oberon Men's Shed meets every week at the Oberon Showground. It is open to all local blokes who would like to enjoy some company, a chat and a cuppa. Tuesdays. 9.30am to 2.30pm. Phone David McMurray on 6336 5331 for information.
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
The Adult Survivors of Child Abuse - Cowra Support Group meets the first Friday of each month at 12.30pm (COVID restrictions apply - names and contact details recorded privately by the facilitator for contact tracing if required). Please confirm attendance by Thursday evening before; phone Pascale on 0458 698 460. recover.itmatters.com.au.