Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 22/11/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
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10) 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.
9) George F. Will: Where Do We Go From Here?
What: The Wall Street Journal called George Will “perhaps the most powerful journalist in America”. From 1964-2016 George Will was a registered Republican, switching to Independent with the election of Donald Trump. Hear how Mr. Will views the US Republican party and whether he thinks it has a viable future.
Why: It was naive of us to think that the US would stop parading around invading everyone’s minds just because 2020’s nearly up.
8) Barnes Foundation Philadelphia: Highlights Tour
What: Travel with to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA for a virtual/online tour of their amazing art collection. Highlights include: Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, May Wilson Preston, the world’s largest collection of paintings from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and much more.
Why: Have this tab open whilst you get on with other tasks. The running commentary concerning the artistic greats really adds an element of avant-garde class over the muted porn you’re actually watching.
7) Celtic Thunder: Live
What: Celtic Thunder is an Irish singing group and stage show known for its eclectic, theatrical style show. The group is backed by the Celtic Thunder Band on their concert tours, and their live shows are known for the use of dramatic set pieces, visual effects, and highly choreographed staging. The guys want ALL of you to join them on this adventure while they share their memories along with footage and personal photos not seen before. The guys will interact with YOU, the fans, and answer some of your questions.
Why: So, we’re not going to say you shouldn’t express pride in your Celtic heritage, if you possess one, we’re just saying that now may not be the best time to whip out the kilt and talk about how the Irish were also persecuted.
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) Indigenous Knowledges and What They Can Teach Us
What: Writers Tyson Yunkaporta (Sand Talk: How Indigenous thinking can help save the world) and Thomas Mayor (Finding the Heart of the Nation: The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth) will discuss Indigenous knowledges and thinking and what they can teach us, with moderator Shelley Ware.
Why: Because while the US puts on a hell of a show, every country has its own oppressed populous.
4) The Phil Lind Initiative: Ibram X. Kendi and Jesmyn Ward In Conversation
What: Join Ibram X. Kendi, National Book award-winning historian and author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Jesmyn Ward, MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner, in conversation as part of the “Thinking While Black” series. This virtual event is hosted by the Phil Lind Initiative at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.
Why: You’ve not cured yourself of ignorance just because for a while there you were hashtagging BLM with every Instagram brunch picture.
3) Yuval Noah Harari in Conversation with Judd Apatow
What: In 2020 Yuval Harari joined forces with renowned comics artists David Vandermeulen and Daniel Casanave, to create Sapiens: A Graphic History: a radical adaptation of the original Sapiens into a graphic novel series that is bursting with wit, humour and colour. This illustrated book casts Yuval Noah Harari in the role of guide, who takes the reader through the entire history of the human species, accompanied by a range of fictional characters and traveling through time, space and popular culture references. Join Yuval Noah Harari in conversation with Judd Apatow discussing his book, “Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind (Vol. 1)”.
Why: The presence of a famous multi-millionaire behind The 40 Year-Old Virgin is still necessary to amplify an actually important voice.
2) RAREfest20 Virtual
What: An award -winning festival that is as unique as the patients it champions. Featuring the brightest minds in rare disease research, the innovators of life-changing tech, the pioneers in rare disease medicine, and the patients whose powerful voices must be heard. For the experts. For the curious. For everyone. For free. Visit interactive exhibition stands, get involved with live demos, join talks and panel discussions, view rare art and films, take the scavenger hunt challenge and more.
Why: Make a sudden, necessary focus on disease research fun again.
1) Literary Conversations: Escape
What: With everything that has been thrown at us this year, people are looking for ways to forget about the state of reality now more than ever. Literature provides the perfect opportunity to escape into new worlds in an attempt to cope with and understand all that happens in our own. Don’t miss this riveting Literary Conversation featuring Margaret Atwood, Rion Amilcar Scott, Nisi Shawl, and moderator Morgan Jerkins!
Why: Escapism as brought to you by the woman behind The Handmaid’s Tale.