Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 13/09/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
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10) Jane Fonda: What Can I Do?
What: Join Jane Fonda for a live discussion of her most recent book. In What Can I Do?, Fonda weaves her deeply personal journey as an activist alongside conversations with and speeches by leading climate scientists and inspiring community organisers, and dives deep into the issues, such as water, migration, and human rights, to emphasise what is at stake. Most significantly, Fonda equips us all with the tools we need to join her in protest, so that everyone can work to combat the climate crisis.
Why: The world-famous multi-multi-millionaire white actress and leg-warmer molester wants you to listen to her opinion for once.
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) Metropolitan Museum of Art: American Art Tour
What: Travel with to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for a virtual/online tour of their amazing American Art collection hosted by an independent art expert, featuring the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederic Church, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Jacob Lawrence, Emanuel Leutze (Washington Cross The Delaware) and many more. Your host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organisation Washington, DC History & Culture.
Why: It’s virtual. So at least you won’t have to use your imagination to alleviate yourself of boredom whilst the independent art expert is rambling on about O’Keeffe. You can just have the rape fantasy porn playing in another window.
7) Women Behind Glass: A Quarantine Comedy Showcase
What: Bria Beddoe And Elani Cooper are bringing you women from across the globe! Access to hilarious ladies in comedy from Tokyo to Toronto. Still looking to see a comedy show, but don’t want to go sit outside in a socially distanced mosquito field? Well fear not, you can enjoy the comfort of comedy from your own home. Tune in early to play F*ck, Marry, Kill!
Why: They haven’t specified the lineup for ‘F*ck, Marry, Kill’, but if it’s the female comedians themselves, that seems almost counterintuitive.
6) Virtual Writing Hour with the National Portrait Gallery
What: Join the NPG for a virtual, creative writing hour at the National Portrait Gallery! They’ve set up a virtual space where writers can create, connect, and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery’s online exhibitions on Google Arts and Culture. Bring your own happy hour beverage of choice and write with with artists from around the globe. The NPG will provide writing prompts, and you are also welcome to bring your own writing project-in-progress. You will write for about 30 minutes and each session will end with a brief reading.
Why: Keep your friends; annoy people you don’t know with your terrible screenplay.
What: Founded in 2013 by singer-songwriter Arsena Schroeder, The Unplugged+ Live Series is a touring concert series in support of independent singer-songwriters. Initially a house concert series and now a melange of indie rock and experimental jazz, Unplugged+Live is a listening-room experience that allows concert goers the opportunity to engage with singer-songwriters and their original content. This incarnation will feature Curt Keyz and Nathan Storey.
Why: It’s no longer just house music. Baby steps.
4) Black Laughs Matter: Virtual Comedy Show 3
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. This edition will feature Marshall Brandon.
Why: Experience laughter than isn’t the hollow result of bitter, perverted sorrow.
3) A Disorder for Everyone
What: AD4E is going online to bring you 14 continuous hours of inspiring content that challenges the culture of diagnosis and disorder. Experience 14 hours of talks, poetry, interviews, presentations, videos, panels and live music all challenging the pathologising of emotional distress. Dip in and out at your leisure.
Why: Interesting. We thought mental disorders were something Netflix came up with to sell more s*****y coming-of-age series’.
2) Cartography of Poets: Maps, Archives and Locating the Poetic
What: The USC Libraries are home to archives of California poets who have influenced literary art around the globe. Some have taken inspiration from California’s geology and geography, some from its diversity of communities, and others from the regional interplay of formal poetic structures and experimental techniques. All embody aspects of California-ness that are present in the archives. Join California poets Dana Gioia, Garrett Hongo, Robin Coste Lewis, Luis J. Rodriguez, David St. John, and Gail Wronsky for an evening of intrepid explorations of historical and contemporary California poets and poetry, followed by a conversation about how history and place—literal and figurative—shape the poetic experience.
Why: California has poetry outside of “Bow wow wow yippy-yo yippy-yay, bow wow wow yippy-yo, Doggy Dogg, Doggy Dogg, Doggy Dogg”? Who knew?
1) Sydney Underground Film Festival
What: Sydney’s leading festival for cult and underground film, the Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF), is back for its 14th year. In 2020 the Festival will take place entirely online, offering a new opportunity for audiences all over the country to experience the glory of some of the world’s most experimental, subversive and unhinged cinema, right from their own living rooms. For ten days, film fans will be able to stream a fully curated program of pertinent and eye-opening shorts, widely diverse and experimental films, and – most importantly – films that will make you cry with laughter, even in this challenging time. Offering the cinematic trip you can take without leaving the country, the 2020 line-up features over 100 short films from 20 different countries.
Why: It’s a hardcore underground film festival you can enjoy from home. To state the obvious, you won’t have to buy the biggest thing of s****y movie popcorn to disguise the hand down your pants.