Momentous Eventus: Groundhog Day In and Day Out Edition

The Bill Murray classic of 27 years ago, Groundhog Day (aka “The Spell* of Time” here in Portugal) is, for obvious reasons, making a comeback. Moreover, Bill´s non-fictional costar in the kafkaesque comedy about hope dying last, Punxsutawney Phil — or whoever his current replacement is, the average lifespan of a groundhog in captivity being 14 years and all — predicted six more weeks of winter for the home of the brave earlier this week. In turn, we here at Atlas predict at least six more weeks of lockdown for Lisbon. But, then again, hope does die last…

If you need a break from grappling with your own personal fetish of time, check out our full calendar of now-mostly-online events (near and far). And here´s some local 2D stuff you can do this weekend and the next few weeks.


The Cultural Center of Belem has two online concerts at five bucks a pop this weekend: Jogo de Damas, a culturally diverse singing quartet (with musical accompaniment) on Sat, Feb 6, at 21h30, and the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra: Drumming with Steve Reich on Sun, Feb 7, at 17h.

The Gulbenkian is also hosting a series of concerts (streaming from Hamburg) all day Sunday in their Rising Stars series, free of charge.


The Gulbenkian also invites you to check out René Lalique and the Age of Glass, a virtual exhibit that displays over 100 pieces collected by the museum in the last 30 years, showcasing the French glass connoisseur’s legacy. Like most of Gulbenkian’s stuff online, this one’s free, and will likely be up for a while.


If you’re tired of dancing with yourself, Lisbon’s National Dance Company (Companhia Nacional de Bailado) presents a series of free online initiatives for you to explore its history, its artists and collaborators, and broaden your overall knowledge of the art of Portuguese dance.


And, last but not least, Rare Effect by the international collective Art Progression Now is a digital and crypto art exhibition; it invites you to “rethink provenance, ownership, and distribution of art.” It runs online Feb 10 — 20, and it is free of charge, crypto or other.

Be safe out there, and keep your head up, because winter is still coming.

*Editor’s Note: This article originally incorrectly translated the Portuguese title of Groundhog Day as “The Fetish of Time.” We regret the error and thank our ever-vigilant readership for pointing it out!


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