Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 11/10/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)

Cynicism won’t save you, but optimism might kill you.


10) Carbon Sequestration & Biodiversity: Valuing & Managing Carbon-Rich Systems 

13th October

What: International and national climate mitigation policies have seen a growing interest in approaches to carbon accounting and investments in carbon-rich systems. Increasingly this interest includes a focus on the importance of carbon stored in biodiverse systems, as well as the value of integrating biodiversity and other values into new carbon investments. Our speakers will discuss the concept of ‘green’ and ‘blue’ carbon accounting in biodiverse systems and explore new approaches to integrating biodiversity, social and cultural values with carbon accounting. They will also examine the impacts of the 2019-20 fire season on Australia’s carbon budget, how carbon stocks are impacted by a changing climate, and strategies for ensuring biodiverse carbon sinks are sustainable and resilient to future shocks.

Why: This may be the driest thing we’ve ever pitched. That’s it. That’s the joke.


9) The Politicization of the Bureaucracy: A Troubling Precedent

15th October

What: Experience a focused dissection of the tumultuous political climate currently raging in the US. This roundtable will feature Gov. Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security which was formed after 9/11, Janet Napolitano, who served as Secretary of Homeland Security during President Obama’s first term and Jim Newton, a veteran journalist, author and teacher.

Why: Because it’s been four years and just sighing “f*** the US” is no longer enough to assert intellectual dominance in a conversation. You need to cite sources.


8) Nightlife on Mars

18th October

What: Since 2010, Nightlife on Mars has been producing live stand-up shows in San Francisco. Now that we’re all stuck at home, they’re taking the show named Best Underground Comedy Show by San Francisco Magazine and taking it online.

Why: They’re talented enough to make San Fransiscans laugh! So we assume the comedy is mostly swearing without context and the hilarious differences between people who travel on the cable cars and those homeless motherf*****s who can’t seem to get their dirty, low-income arses off the docks.


7) Virtual TRiPTease

15th October

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.


6) Virtual Chocolate Sundaes Stand Up Comedy Show

12th October

What: Chocolate Sundaes Comedy is known for bringing the hottest, most diverse talent to the stage. And now – you can join them from anywhere – online! Everything you love about Chocolate Sundaes – the hilarious comedians, the inclusive vibe, the amazing music, the trendy ambiance – is now available in your living room!

Why: To be clear; they’re all American comics. Adjust your expectations of quality accordingly.


5) V.E. Schwab in Conversation with Alice Sola Kim and Marlon James 

13th October

What: Experience a virtual event with V.E. Schwab for her new young adult fantasy book The Invisible Life Of Addie Larue. She will be in conversation with authors Alice Sola Kim and Marlon James.

Why: We think playing this in the background whilst your kid watches hours of YouTube non-sequiturs qualifies you as a good parent these days.


4) Unplugged & Live: Kenya Templeton & Shannon Grier

16th October

What: Dear Soul Music Co. presents the Unplugged+Live: Virtual Concert Series! This virtual concert experience features solo-acoustic and duo-acoustic singer-songwriters. This concert will feature Kenya Templeton & Shannon Grier.

Why: Take this strange time in the world to experience music you’d’ve likely never gotten to experience. Then afterwards remember why you’ve chosen to never experience new music.


3) Food Bowl presents: Cook-A-Thon

18th October

What: Experience an online Cook-a-thon fundraiser, benefitting World Central Kitchen! World-renowned chef and World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés will present a special cooking demonstration, chef Greg Dulan will share his tips and tricks for cooking fried chicken and Australian seafood master Josh Niland will show viewers how to clean a whole fish. Eric Wareheim will showcase his culinary knife skills; Jack Black will talk about his favourite “yum yums”; Danny Trejo will discuss his passion for spices and his “Machete” kitchen knife; and Jamie Lee Curtis will tell viewers about her favourite restaurant in Los Angeles to eat takeout from during the pandemic. So pull up a chair, grab your favourite utensils, and get ready to dig into a mouth-watering food and fundraising special featuring 30 chefs and special guests.

What: We’re not entirely sure why society is so obsessed with random actors’ favourite types of noodles or whatever, but we must admit we are mildly interested in what exactly is the best kind of greasy LA takeout to douse in cartons of bowel-rattling yoghurt.


2) The Resounding Concert 

18th October

What: Experience a free online benefit concert for with the stars of Koerner Hall. This celebration of music in support of Koerner Hall and The Royal Conservatory will feature live performances from some of the greatest talents to grace the Hall, including Lang Lang, Meryl Streep, Rhiannon Giddens, Chilly Gonzales, Skratch Bastid and Afiara Quartet, Daniel Hope, Barbara Hannigan, k.d. lang, Alex Cuba, and more.

Why: Fingers crossed Meryl Streep isn’t going to sing. Same goes for k.d. lang.


1) David Byrne and Maira Kalman: American Utopia

18th October

What: From former Talking Heads frontman and multimedia visionary David Byrne and revered bestselling author, illustrator, and artist Maira Kalman, American Utopia is an inspiring celebration in words and art of the connections between us all. A joyful collaboration between old friends David Byrne and Maira Kalman, American Utopia offers readers an antidote to cynicism, bursting with pathos, humanism, and hope–featuring his words and lyrics brought to life with more than 150 of her colourful paintings. They will be discussing their collaboration in a virtual event with Live Talks Los Angeles.

Why: A joyful, inspiring antidote to cynicism from one of the richest, most narcissistic a***holes in the music industry.

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