Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 03/01/2021
If you drink enough, the future will appear blurry rather than horrifying.
5) Avatar: The Last Airbender Cast Reunion
What: Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony, then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Join the cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender as they discuss the Emmy award winning show and how it still holds a special place in animation history even 15 years later. Special Guests: Dante Basco, Jack de Sena, Grey Griffin, Olivia Hack, Cricket Leigh, Jennie Kwan, Michaela Murphy, and more TBA.
Why: Because after the year we’ve all had, we deserve a world with a plot line.
4) Virtual Guided Tour of Louvre Museum
What: Experience the Louvre live! Discover the history of the building, the monarchs involved with its development, the controversies, and, of course, the creation of the current collection. After learning of the history of the building, explore the Louvre and experience the paintings and sculptures within its walls. Learn the history and interpretations of multiple works of art (some famous, some not as well known). The tour will conclude with a discussion of the Mona Lisa including its own history, analysis, and value to the world.
Why: The most tedious aspect of any trip to Paris brought to you via the consequences of 2020.
3) One World Ideas x Action Book Club
What: Revolutions don’t only happen in grand, public moments, but in the space where a critical mass of people come together to inhabit a new way of being. Join Valarie Kaur, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, founder of The Revolutionary Love Project, and author of See No Stranger in conversation with One World editor-in-chief Chris Jackson. Together they will explore how we can begin the labour of reckoning, reimagining, and healing our society. We each have a role to play and we will only succeed if we choose to show up with love.
Why: We’ve always known a mass orgy would solve most of society’s ills.
2) Van Gogh Museum: Livestream Art Tour
What: Experience an online/virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Van Gogh Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and drawings, plus works by many other artists including Monet, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and more. There’ll be a live discussion concerning how the museum’s paintings and drawings compare and contrast with well-known items at other museums and the context of these works in Vincent’s life and legacy.
Why: Observe the manic spatter of the mentally ill without having to visit your family.
1) Judgment at Nuremberg: Livestream Film History Program
What: Experience a special screening, analysis and audience discussion of Judgment at Nuremberg. Before the 90-minute film screening this program will feature an analysis and discussion, including some optional audience participation activities that you can chose to participate in, or not. There will also be a brief discussion of two other Nuremberg films: Judgment at Nuremberg (the 1961 Hollywood version) and Nuremberg (2000 miniseries).
Why: Turns out there are worse things than running out of toilet paper and WW84.
5) Taste of Australian Cheese and Wine
What: Experience the Taste of Australia, featuring Australian award winning cheese and wine. In this interactive tasting session you will taste 7 Australian cheeses from Woombye Cheese Company, Pyengana, L’Artisan, Milawa and Yarra Valley Dairy, served alongside locally made pickles, pastes and crackers, matched with wines from the Yarra Valley in Victoria.
Why: Distract yourself from your existential dread with the very real dread that you may never s*** again.
4) Dirty Secrets Comedy
What: Are you looking for an awesome night full of laughs? Has it been too long since you have had a giggle? If so, this is perfect for you. Come to Dirty Secrets Comedy! They have hand picked some of the finest upcoming comedians in Melbourne and it’s never been a better time to have a laugh.
Why: It’s been so long since you’ve felt the pressure of having to laugh to prevent annihilating someone’s self worth.
3) A Midsummer Night’s Dream
What: An Australian Shakespeare Company classic and the jewel in the Shakespeare comedy crown, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is returning to Melbourne to dazzle and delight audiences of all ages. Starring Richard Piper as Nick Bottom and Alison Whyte as Titania, theatregoers will be transported far from the realities of Melbourne in 2020 to the enchanting world full of laughter and comedy that is The Australian Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Royal Botanic Gardens, lit up and sparkling at night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes you on a riotous ride through a world of lovers, fairies and fools.
Why: It’s Shakespeare’s most accessible play, but it’s still Shakespeare. You get credit for not riding out the rest of the restrictions eating Twisties cereal and watching Freeview’s five hundredth Everybody Loves Raymond marathon.
What: Are you ready to step into the future? Imaginaria at The District Docklands brings you a celebration of imagination, technology and play. Fully interactive bespoke sounds, scents and lights activate in response to your movement as you walk, slide and glide through the dreamlike landscapes. Walk into a giant inflatable bubble, navigate a futuristic light maze or jump into a cosmic abyss. Check your shoes in at the departure lounge and prepare to venture into another dimension.
Why: If you can imagine something more olfactorily powerful than athlete’s foot it will help.
1) The Smokin’ Phoenix Steampunk Circus
What: Introducing The Smokin’ Phoenix Steampunk Circus. Featuring an award-winning cast backed by live house band The Ruffled Feathers, this inclusive dinner and a show will deliver some of the country’s best in circus and cabaret performance. Be taken to new heights with Airmistress Octavia and be plunged into sexual desire by Vera Von Vixen. Be mystified and amazed with the juggling skills of NICA superstar Mistatrix and set your world on fire with brazen burlesque beauty Lura La Rouge. And let’s not forget the woman who pulls all the strings, the heavenly devilish Madam Phoenix, with the voice of gold…all from the Covid-safe comfort of your seat.
Why: Feel less ashamed about your addiction to increasingly violent porn by realising sexual titillation once heavily featured jugglers.