Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 04/10/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
Stuff your crotch and brace yourself.
10) Society, Robots and Us
What: Experience a conversation about important robotics topics and socio-technical issues in which domain experts and interesting thinkers will discuss topics relating to robotics innovation, commercialisation and inclusivity. This session will unpack the notion open source robotics and the implications for greater society.
Why: You’re going to be rendered functionally redundant by a machine, so learn to pontificate about the implications of it. That way at least you’ll have some way to while away your pointless decades. Your stoner friend’s philosophy degree doesn’t seem so useless now, does it?
9) Atlas Obscura: Dino 101
What: Attention dinosaur nerds and science stans! Join Dustin Growick, host of the YouTube channel The Dinosaur Show, and leader of Atlas Obscura’s Dinos and Dunes in the Colorado Desert trip, and Kristina Gustovich, middle school teacher, geologist, improviser, and museum megastan, for an interactive, adults-only dinosaur party. Each live night session of Dino 101 will have a different adult-focused, dinosaur-inspired theme, replete with a bingo board drinking game.
Why: The third-most interesting and second-most arousing ‘adults-only dinosaur party’ you’ll participate in this week.
8) The Call Within: Dismantling Racism from the Inside Out
What: Though race is a social construct, American racism is the very real and toxic context in which a lot of global interactions occur. Those who want a more just and loving world must acquire the tools to be anti-racist leaders whether we are parents, teachers, students, social workers, artists, activists, or part of the corporate world. This is a workshop for ANYONE who wants to contribute to healing the world in large and small ways.
Why: Yes, this is strictly more for Americans, however, admit it, you know more details about the US political system than you’ll ever know about the Australian one.
7) Crazy Funny Asians
What: Inspired by the blockbuster movie, see some of the Bay Area’s top comedians at San Francisco’s Crazy Funny Asians comedy showcase! Celebrate the Bay’s Asian-American culture and heritage with laughs.
Why: They’ve decided to cite that movie in order to entice you. So…that probably should give you an indication as to the overall quality of the lineup.
6) Black Laughs Matter: Virtual Comedy Show
What: The live comedy scene has been devastated by the closure of all of the comedy clubs, so if you’d like to support black comics, join in on a special ‘Black Laughs Matter’ online comedy show live from San Francisco. Berkeley native and host for the comedy show, Chris Riggins, has opened for legend Dave Chappelle, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Mos Def and Talib Kweli and perfromed at Cobbs, SF Sketchfest and Oracle Arena.
Why: Experience laughter that isn’t the hollow result of bitter, perverted sorrow.
5) Virtual TRiPTease
What: To keep your week spicy, check out Virtual TRiPTease! A virtual online variety party every Wednesday hosted by the Original Dame/Producer Lola Boutée alongside TRiP’s one and only sassy pinup bartender, Shira Roman. Grab a cocktail or mocktail and tune in each week on Zoom for a hilarious late-night “happy hour” event every Wednesday featuring different cabaret segments each week and special guests!
Why: Because even though bars are open, we’re still a few months away from collectively being able to go full Minnelli all over the chairs.
4) Black History Month: From a Global Perspective
What: Join this Global Webinar, which raises awareness and understanding of why, where and how Black History Month is celebrated around the world. Learn how you can advocate change, challenge discrimination, and promote equality and inclusion.
Why: Be aware beyond the facile. Or at least have this on in the background whilst you watch Django for the fiftieth time and feel far too good about yourself.
3) Rick Riordan with Roshani Chokshi
What: Nothing can stop Rick Riordan from writing amazing books, and nothing can stop us from celebrating them! Enjoy an exclusive Little Shop of Stories virtual event with bestselling author Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series and the Kane Chronicles, featuring a special guest Roshani Chokshi, author of the Pandava series.
Why: The closest your child will ever get to actually reading a book.
2) Southern Deadly Yarns: Tyson Yunkaporta
What: Neporendi Aboriginal Forum Inc. and Onkaparinga Libraries presents Southern Deadly Yarns, a series of virtual author events highlighting the incredible work of First Nations authors. This event will feature Tyson Yunkaporta, an academic, an arts critic, and a researcher who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. His book Sand Talk covers everything from narcissistic emus to how Dreaming can guide the world in sustainability.
Why: Turn your head away from the braying yankees for one second and focus inland.
1) Lenny Kravitz in Conversation with Jimmy Fallon
What: Experience Lenny Kravitz in conversation with Jimmy Fallon discussing his memoir, “Let Love Rule”. Let Love Rule covers a vast canvas stretching from Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, Los Angeles’s Baldwin Hills, Beverly Hills, and finally to France, England and Germany. It’s the story of a wildly creative kid who, despite tough struggles at school and extreme tension at home, finds salvation in music.
Why: Whomever claimed the written word was dead obviously didn’t account for the rampant narcissism in combination with mortal fear of every single living celebrity and politician.