Well, things seem to be coming back to the new normal here in Lisbon. And so — as you emerge from decades of confinement, feeling like a rent-a-scooter abandoned forever in a murky river but then randomly washed up on a beautiful sunny shore, full of life but with the ever-present dread of another two-week lockdown lingering in your bones — you’ll find that there’s actually some cultural stuff happening around town again. Most of it you can see in our full calendar of events, but here’s some of what’s on for this weekend and onward, both online and off.
GLOBAL VIRTUAL TRAVEL:
The New York Times’ Around the World from Home is a weekly series that allows you to pretend that you’re, say, in New Orleans for the night. It’s happening all year, if all goes well, but requires a subscription to the magazine.
LOCAL ONLINE THEATER:
Venturing out for supplies and social interaction in recent months may have made you feel like a bit of a bushranger. After you google that, you can check out a modern play dedicated to the life of the most infamous bushranger in the world (and his influence on world cinema). Ned Kelly by Teatro São Luiz is happening this Friday and Saturday (Apr. 9, 10) at 19h, and Sunday (Apr.11) at 17h30, online, for 3€.
Never-ending two-week lockdowns may have made you feel like you’d been traveling through the seven circles of hell in recent months. Coincidentally, Italian poet and seven-circles-of-hell-expert Dante died some seven centuries ago. Today, Lisbon’s National Museum of Coaches presents the 3D (and 4D) multimedia exhibit Dante Plus 700. It presents work by a multitude of local artists, all inspired by the poet’s work, and it’s happening outside the museum’s new building (and, therefore, free of charge) all year, god willing.
GROUP ART EXHIBIT:
To break the monotony of and shed some light on 2021, local artist-run space mono presents 0007 -light show, a multimedia, multi-artist exhibit where “every artwork produces its own light, putting upfront the autonomy of the artwork and showing its independence from external forces.” You can check it out in person, for free, until Apt. 22.
One of the many museums crawling out from under the rocks of COVID is the José Saramago Foundation. It’s open to the public free of charge all through April, and one of the exhibits on display is Pedras da Liberdade — a look at the role Lisbon’s infamous cobblestones (and other rocks) played in the April 25th Revolution. The exhibit is up until Apr. 30.
SIMULTANEOUS SOLO EXHIBITS:
Local street and typography artists Add Fuel and Halfstudio come to Underdogs Gallery to simultaneously present their solo shows, CHRONOS REDUX and WE STILL HAVE A DREAM, respectively. The openings happen Friday, Apr. 9, with both artists in attendance, while the shows are up until May 22, free of charge (inevitable lockdowns pending).
Finally, also emerging from the murky depths of 2021 local one-man-orchestra Noiserv has a live concert on Friday, Apr. 30, in theory; the 5€ tickets are likely to sell out fast.
We once again recommend that you double-check with the orgnaizers, the day of any given event, before venturing out. Have a good weekend, and remain sane, friend.
Things are definitely bound to get weirder…
“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”