Top 10 Brisbane Culture On this week 17/01/2021
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5) Kamala Harris: How Will America’s New Vice President Wield Her Power?
What: Harris is poised to become the first woman, the first Black and the first person of Asian descent to be inaugurated vice president of the US. As she steps into the White House, millions of voters responsible for her win are asking challenging questions: will she emerge as a brave and powerful voice for the nation’s most vulnerable? Or will her embrace of the political centre limit her impact? Looking ahead to the next four years, the panel – including Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson and Guardian West Coast political reporter Maanvi Singh – will discuss the opportunities Harris will have to drive policy change and inspire a new generation of leadership, and the hopes, obstacles and anxieties that accompany her rise to vice president.
Why: If we’re all going to be forced to be invested in US politics, we might as well do so with a degree of depth.
4) Ambush Comedy
What: Ambush Comedy is on ZOOM! Join Lucas Connolly, David Piccolomini, and Brittany Cardwell for stacked lineups of top comics from NYC and beyond. This week’s lineup features: Josh Johnson (Comedy Central’s The Daily Show), Kate Willett (Netflix), Courtney Maginnis (Comedy Central), Mic Nguyen (Asian Not Asian podcast), Joe Larson (America’s Got Talent, FOX) and Isabel Hagen (Fallon).
Why: A Fallon alum and a Got Talent contestant on a Zoom comedy show; because sometimes you need reminding that your life isn’t as pathetic as it could be.
3) Uncertainty: An Existential Perspective
What: Among the various contemporary psychotherapeutic models, the existential approach emphasises the inevitability of uncertainty. The openness of existence alerts us to the awareness that, at any moment, all prior knowledge, values, assumptions and beliefs regarding self, others and the world in general may be “opened” to challenge, reconsideration or dissolution. Paradoxically, existential therapy argues that uncertainty remains a constant given of human experience rather than reveal itself to be just an occasional and temporary consequence arising out of unusual circumstances. If existential thought is correct in this view, what might it have to tell us about the practical aspects of working with uncertainty? In these uncertain times, join Professor Ernesto Spinelli for a workshop concerning the particulars of existential thought.
Why: It’s time you updated your soapbox rhetoric, or else people will think you’re losing your lack of charm.
2) Virtual Stargazing: Tour of the Moon
What: Take a closer look at various surface features of the Moon in this interactive session! The view will include the craters, maria, mountains and highlands, and much more!
Why: Staring at anything other than the earth right now seems preferable.
1) Shinto, Nature, and Impermanence: The Puzzle of the Ise Shrines
What: Japan’s most famous sacred site is a pair of shrines in Ise that have been ritually rebuilt every twenty years for over twelve centuries. The shrines at Ise are often seen to embody the essential features of Shinto, Japan’s native creed, including a love of nature and acceptance of impermanence. Yet these are in fact modern ideas, unsupported by the historical record of Ise. Shrine priests and others have meticulously documented Ise for a millennium. These documents reveal a complex and eventful history, marked by war, natural disaster, and theft, as well as miracles and massive crowds of pilgrims. This presentation will introduce the history of Ise Shinto, explore the metaphors that have developed around the ritual rebuilding, and unpack some of the puzzles in the forgotten history of Ise.
Why: Fetishise Japanese art that’s over-age.
5) Brisbane’s True Crime Tour
What: The glamour of current day Brisbane tries to hide its brutal and bloody past, but there is only so much the lights of Bris-Vegas can hide. Retrace the steps of Brisbane’s dark past. Be seduced by the stories of crime in the Sunshine State. Relive a time that proves truth is far stranger than fiction. Book your ticket now for a unique investigation into a dark and crime ridden history.
Why: And here we thought the housing market was the worst thing about Brisbane. Turns out there are true crime tours too.
4) Graze Lunch
What: Cloudland’s Graze is the only way to ‘lunch’ on a Saturday afternoon and it’s back for a big summer event! Step out and settle in with a grazing-style lunch menu, featuring bottomless beverages. Nestle into Cloudland’s urban oasis and indulge yourself this weekend.
Why: It says something about the non-pandemic-related consequences of living in the 21st Century that at first we thought the last sentence in the above description contained a nonsensical trademark violation of a mass slavery outfit.
3) Patrick Lester: 55 – 13 – 38
What: 55 – 13 – 38 is Patrick Lester’s ongoing photographic survey into the publicly displayed bronze statues across Brisbane. These statues and how they reflect or do not reflect the current attitudes of the city are the basis of the project. Lester particularly focuses on the imbalance between bronze statues that are dedicated to men, women and animals, which is reflected in the numbers 55, 13 and 38 respectively. This disparity is also evident in the scarcity of LGBTIQ+, Indigenous Australians and other non-white cisgender male, groups. Condensed down Lester’s work surveys how Brisbane, as a ‘New World City’, fails to reflect its diverse population in the publicly displayed bronze statues.
Why: History is sculpted by the winners. Then it’s photographed by art majors all out of original ideas.
2) Gin Therapy
What: Forget retail therapy. Gin Therapy is better for you…and more fun! Select 4 gins from the special Gin Therapy menu and receive ice & Fever Tree tonic to make your own mini G&Ts! To help you navigate your selection, tasting notes will be provided so you’ll be an expert in no time! On top of that, indulge in a cheese board featuring your choice of two of pave d’affinois double cream, Quickes cloth cheddar and Berrys Creek Tarwin blue plus lavosh, quince, dried fruit & grapes.
Why: Double cream cheese and four different kinds of gin. It’s an interesting reversal. Therapy before the life-threatening medical condition.
1) Gin Degustation
What: Explore the world of gin & food pairings with an evening of delightful treats as Dutch Courage hosts a Gin Degustation Dinner. Featuring five elegant dishes by Head Chef Shaun Langdon paired with matching gin drinks created by Bar Manager Reanna Gray-Smith, this event is an opportunity for a little midweek indulgence with a special companion.
Why: Annihilate your liver fancy-style.