Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 26/07/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)

Life is like a box of chocolates. Worth far more to greater society when it belongs to Tom Hanks.


10) Virtual Tour: Machu Picchu

28th July

What: Join Outdoor Adventures for a 30 minute virtual program of one of the most incredible locations in the world all from the comfort of your own couch. Drop in to join whenever you want, and stay for as long as you’d like. No hiking shoes required!

Why: Kill 30 minutes.


9) Black Lives Matter: Can a Leaderless Movement be a Force for Change?

29th July

What: Black Lives Matter: Can a leaderless movement be a force for change? Misinformation, distraction and fear tactics. Panellists including Althea Brown and Dr Tunde Okewale of Doughty Street Chambers, and David Lammy MP, discuss tried and tested methods grassroots organisations can use to build lasting, positive change, and the hurdles they should expect along the way. The session is open to all, and will include guests from grassroot organisations – including Bridging the Bar, Graveney Stories of Racism and Urban Synergy – to discuss this topic, and offer insights on how recommendations are formed, and the process required to secure implementation.

Why: Be morally proactive without actually having to get up and walk around.


8) Living Poetics

29th July

What: Living Poetics is a Live Stream that includes avant-garde international artists ranging from dancers to music producers hosted by divinebrick, a local LA interdisciplinary artist working with the body. Streams include work by divinebrick that range from butoh dance to sound compositions.

Why: See a guy named divinebrick contort himself into extraordinary positions without constantly being upsold on the hot Live Cam experience.


7) Mars 2020 Perseverance Launch

30th July

What: NASA’s next mission to Mars, the Mars 2020 Perseverance mission, will send the most sophisticated rover ever to the Red Planet. After landing in February 2021, this robotic astrobiologist will address key questions about the potential for life on Mars, what the environment was like billions of years ago, and seek signs of ancient microbial life that might be preserved in the unique rocks of Jezero Crater. It will also demonstrate new technologies that pave the way for human exploration beyond the Moon. As NASA prepares for this exciting mission, they’re bringing the excitement of the launch to you.

Why: If you’re affiliated with someone who thinks money should not be wasted on space exploration, just remind them that the Wi-Fi upon which they depend for their conspiracy theories concerning British royal lizard people and lexical variants such as ‘sheeple’ would not have been possible without it. Then start licking your eyeballs and sunning your scaly back on the nearest flat rock. In times like these, self-care is paramount.


6) DeAnne Smith: Live

31st July

What: DeAnne Smith, a Canadian Comedy Award winner, has performed at Just for Laughs, JFL42, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Iceland Comedy Festival to name a few. She’s also been on TV all over the darn world. Melbourne’s The Music calls her latest show, Post Joke Era, “a virtuoso display of smart, slick, silly brilliance — a metaphorical (and literal) mic-drop of a show”. Experience her talents live in an intimate Zoom performance.

Why: Find a Canadian charming with near-absolute assurance they don’t have a secret history of blackface


5) Royal Albert Home: Ksenija Sidorova 

30th July

What: Classical accordion star Ksenija Sidorova will deliver an exclusive set from her home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. The Latvian musician is one of the world’s leading ambassadors for the classical accordion. Her repertoire spans from Bach to Piazzolla, from Efrem Podgaits and Václav Trojan to Erkki-Sven Tüür and George Bizet, and a multitude of chamber projects. At this home session expect works by the likes of J. S. Bach, Kurt Weill and Pietro Roffi.

Why: What Alfred Matthew Yankovic could have been if Dr. Demento hadn’t gotten to him.


4) Black Laughs Matter

2nd August

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, tune in to a special ‘Black Laughs Matter’ online comedy show live from San Francisco. This show will be hosted by Chris Riggins, who has opened for legend Dave Chappelle, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Mos Def and Talib Kweli and performed at Cobbs, SF Sketchfest and Oracle Arena. The comedians performing live will be Kazeem Rahman (Comedian. Writer. Nigerian. Texan.) and Mateen Stewart (Jimmy Kimmel Live, HBO’s Last Week Tonight).

Why: Experience laughter that isn’t just bitter, perverted sorrow.


3) Judith Lucy & Denise Scott: Disappointments

2nd August

What: In 2017/18 Judith Lucy and Denise Scott toured their smash hit show ‘Disappointments’ to every capital city and regional centre in Australia selling more than 70,000 tickets. The premise of the show was that their lives were perfect but the reality was that this was bullshit and both had taken to their beds because of personal and professional setbacks. Scotty and Jude sensed that talking about their mediocre lives and shattered dreams might strike a chord with the public and they were right! People loved embracing not just the comedians’ regrets but their own! Failure had never been this much fun! Now thanks to the unravelling of the arts sector and, indeed, the planet due to COVID- 19 they feel the time is right for ‘Disappointments’, the zoom-cast. Join Scotty and Jude as they talk about NEW disappointments.

Why: Well it’s the grandma from Studio 10 and Charlie Pickering’s foil, so at least the title of the show is accurate.


2) Royal Albert Home: Becca Stevens

31st July

What: Singer-songwriter Becca Stevens will deliver an exclusive set from her home in Brooklyn as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. Since making her debut with the 2008 album Tea Bye Sea, the multi-instrumentalist has won plaudits for her distinctive blend of genres including jazz, Irish folk and indie-rock. Her latest album, 2020’s Wonderbloom, is a groove-heavy, dance-ready sound infused with elements of pop, funk and R&B.

Why: Her debut album is called ‘Tea Bye Sea’. Of course she plays the guitalele.


1) Royal Albert Home: SK Shlomo

1st August

What: SK Shlomo will deliver an exclusive set from his home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. The genre-defying, award-winning, record-breaking beatboxer, producer and live-looper burst into the mainstream as ‘Shlomo’, collaborating with Björk and performing with famous fans including Damon Albarn, Lily Allen and Imogen Heap. As the first ever World Looping Champion, he taught his friend Ed Sheeran some tricks. He has played the main stage at Glastonbury, won rave reviews for his autobiographical one-man shows, and even had a feature film about him. His debut album, Surrender, was released in 2019.

Why: Well there’s no way we could make him more interesting. This one’s worth it just to assuage your curiosity.

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