Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 27/09/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
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10) A Conversation with Ms Wendy Williams
What: Ms Williams will discuss how we can apply the lessons learned following her conversation event with The Attorney General’s Office to our approaches to policy making and how we can all be ‘policy critical’ friends. The event will be a chance to hear about how we can influence senior leaders in areas where there is a lack of BAME representation.
Why: It’s not the Wendy Williams with the talk show. We can’t think of a better endorsement than that.
9) Free Shakespeare at Home: King Lear
What: Did you know Shakespeare composed King Lear during the London plague of 1606? This production is a unique response to the current pandemic that may keep us from gathering in parks, but not from sharing art in the virtual realm. What happens when the nation’s ageing leader divides the land among their children and renounces political responsibility without also renouncing personal power? Find out in King Lear.
Why: Teach your child the benefits of being a manipulative a***hole. Tragedy and death aside, the good and honest Cordelia was the only one who didn’t make bank.
8) 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.
7) Digital Science Global Showcase: Global Challenges
What: While the current pandemic has connected the world in ways we could never have imagined possible, there remain many other global challenges for those in science to solve. This session will deliver an insight into how our tools and analyses are contributing to research successes in the face of various global challenges.
Why: Memorise a few sentence fragments and intellectually intimidate everyone during your next drunken, disjointed rant.
6) Black Laughs Matter
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) Crazy Funny Asians
What: Inspired by the blockbuster movie, see some of the Bay Area’s top comedians at San Francisco’s Crazy Funny Asians comedy showcase! Celebrate the Bay’s Asian-American culture and heritage with laughs.
Why: They’ve decided to cite that movie in order to entice you. So…that probably should give you an indication as to the overall quality of the lineup.
4) Misinformation, Pseudoscience and the Unhealthy Commodity Industries
What: Experience a livestreamed lecture by Professor Mark Pettigrew of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine wherein he will address two questions: What strategies are some industries using to misinform us? How can these be combatted?
Why: We’re not entirely sure whether this will be a studied deconstruction of the commodification of the healthcare industry or some guy in a bathrobe screaming about the government attempting to microchip babies via vaccines, but either way, you’ll kill an hour.
3) Virtual TRiPTease
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 tentatively open, we’re still a few months away from collectively being able to go full Minnelli all over the chairs.
2) An Evening With Billy Collins
What: Enjoy an evening of wit and wisdom with Billy Collins, the former two-term U.S. Poet Laureate whose work has made him an international literary giant — and whose bestselling books and live presentations have cemented his place as the world’s most-beloved contemporary poet. Billy will discuss and read selections from Whale Day (Random House), an eagerly anticipated new collection. He’ll also take live email questions.
Why: Apparently, poet laureates are still a thing. And also poetry is still a thing. Who knew?
1) Patti Smith: Year of the Monkey
What: Following a run of concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland as a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger’s words, “Anything is possible: after all, it’s the year of the monkey.” For Smith, inveterately curious, always exploring, the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life’s gyre: with loss, ageing, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith’s signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times. She will be discussing her new book live in conversation with Live Talks Los Angeles.
Why: She’s realised she’s going to die. But she’s famous so we all have to hear about it.