Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 25/10/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)

The truth is stranger than fiction. Largely because Björk is still alive.


10) Study and Struggle: Deconstructing Settler Colonialism and Borders

28th October

What: The Study and Struggle program is the first phase of an ongoing project to organise against incarceration and criminalisation in Mississippi through four months of political education and community building. This, the third webinar’s theme is Deconstructing Settler Colonialism and Borders and will be a conversation about how settler colonialism and border imperialism are foundational pillars of the US prison industrial complex.

Why: Sure, it’s a US context. But that’s what makes it just insightful enough that we care about it, but don’t feel directly guilty about the impacts imperialism has had on the Australian prison system and its attitude towards indigenous people. You’re well-informed but in no way complicit. It’s perfect!


9) Museum of Modern Art Highlights Tour

26th October

What: Travel with to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City for a virtual/online tour of their amazing art collection. Highlights include: Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Jacob Lawrence, Andy Warhol and many more!

Why: Have this on in the background whilst you’re scrolling through PornHub for anything you haven’t already watched. A perfect afternoon of recalibrating your moral compass.


8) An Ideal Husband 

26th October

What: A marriage, a romance, a fortune and government policy all rest on one man’s honour. This play examines blackmail and political corruption with wit and timeless sophistication that only Oscar Wilde can provide. Set in London, this scintillating drawing-room comedy will take you on a whirlwind of scandal, charm, ideals, and sparkling repartee.

Why: Sure, we’re all exhausted by the subjects of blackmail, scandal and political corruption. But…this one involves coherent repartee. Thus it couldn’t be further from the s***show we’re all currently watching.


7) Black History: Ghost Stories

26th October

What: Join Hess Love, a conjure woman and rootworker based in the Chesapeake area traditions of Conjure & Hoodoo, for this deep dive on the history and traditions of Black Ghost Stories and Justice for Black Ghosts!

Why: It’s worth it just to assuage your curiosity concerning ‘conjure’ women.


6) Greensky Bluegrass: Live

30th October

What: A live force of nature renowned for bringing rock ‘n’ roll showmanship to high-energy bluegrass, this group has sold out hallowed venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the legendary Ryman Auditorium in addition to igniting stages everywhere from Bonnaroo and New Orleans Jazz Festival to Austin City Limits and Outside Lands. Experience their palpable energy in a livestreamed concert.

Why: There’s nothing like the wild, chaotic energy of a live rock ‘n’ roll show as broadcast through a quarantine-approved thirteen inch screen.


5) Blackberry Smoke: Pandemic Jam

31st October

What: Back by popular demand, rock band Blackberry Smoke’s Pandemic Jam continues! This incarnation has Blackberry Smoke returning to the iconic Westend Sound, where they’ll put on a full Rock n’ Roll show, debut new music and feature special guests.

Why: The sentient manifestation of your worst friend’s vape pen.


4) Black Culture Matters: Black Literature and Social Justice 

31st October

What: Black Culture Matters is a series hosted by the African American Studies Institute (AASI) at Prince George’s Community College, revolving around this year’s theme: Resisting De-humanization through the Humanities. The goal of this series is not to declare the value of Black lives to those who do not wish to acknowledge it. The goal is, instead, to examine the ways in which people of African descent have expressed their own humanity, to affirm the meaning-making with which they have resisted being “thingified.”

Why: In other words; fetishise feet, statues, sock puppets, gags, whips, enemas, consensual pain, pregnancy, ghosts, tentacles, piss or electricity, not race.


3) An Evening with Matthew McConaughey

27th October

What: Magic City Books is thrilled to welcome the Academy Award–winning actor, Matthew McConaughey for a virtual author event in celebration of his new memoir, Greenlights. Greenlights is an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction. Matthew will be in conversation with his friend and frequent co-star, Woody Harrelson.

Why: If you’re able to discern their faces from behind the haze of weed smoke, hats off to you.


2) 43rd Annual Huck Finn Jubilee Livestream

26th October

What: World-famous bluegrass festival is going live this year! Enjoy livestreams of some of the world’s best artists, along with classic sets from past festivals, interviews with artists, prizes (including an Eastman guitar and mandolin!), and much more!

Why: Bluegrass: the genre so objectively uncool, if you’re under 25 and pretend to enjoy it, you suddenly become the coolest person in the room.


1) Susan Orlean in Conversation

30th October

What: Susan Orlean is a consummate storyteller. From The Orchid Thief, her spellbinding examination of the esoteric world of flower selling in Florida, to Rin Tin Tin, a powerful account of the iconic Hollywood canine, Orlean has a knack for finding the most unusual characters. Her latest project has a beloved institution as its protagonist: the Los Angeles Public Library. The Library Book is a riveting investigation of the mysterious 1986 fire that nearly consumed the building and an impassioned reflection on the future of libraries in America. Madeleine Brand, host of KCRW’s Press Play, joins her for a conversation.

Why: A brilliant writer; a brilliant subject. You’ll really impress the Russian monitoring your internet activity with this in your history.

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