As pointed out here at Atlas numerous times throughout the decades, by Henry Thoreau roughly two centuries ago, and countless others throughout the millennia, time is, in fact, not real. For example, did you know that today is Christmas? Yep. So Merry Christmas to those celebrating! Meanwhile, as the government here in Portugal prepares for both good and bad times ahead, here’s some stuff happening around town here, now, and later, more or less:
Jan 7, 9
CLASSICAL RUSSIAN BALLET:
The Russian Classical Ballet Company returns to Lisbon this Russian Christmas weekend to present Swan Lake, which, in our humble opinion, is kinda self-explanatory. Tickets start at 22€.
MODERN OPERA PERFORMANCE:
This Saturday afternoon is your last chance to catch Catarina Molder’s Castafiore at the Gulbenkian. Inspired in part by The Adventures of TinTin (the comics), in part by Faust (the opera), and in part by Catarina’s life, this 15-minute solo performance (of which there are three total) seeks to, in short, “evoke and deconstruct the figure of the Diva…” Tickets are free, with pick-up starting today.
JAZZ TRIO CONCERT:
Then, this Saturday night, Lisbon-bred and Netherlands-based-for-her-Master’s singer and composer Joana Rodrigues’ Trio invites you to AveNew for a concert where “timeless songs” from the jazz and Brazilian popular music scenes “will be approached in an intimate and unique way.” Entry is 12€.
Jan 8 (to Feb 19)
MULTIMEDIA ART EXHIBIT (OPENING):
While we’re between lockdowns, Porto-based artist Isaque Pinheiro comes to Lisbon with Da Caverna, a solo multimedia exhibit that invites you to leave your cave and, among other things, experience “a peaceful (con)fusion between tons of finely carved marble, kilometers of electric cables, and barriers of shutters to sometimes peek at the reality outside.” Entry is free.
CLASSICAL AUSTRIAN BALLET:
This coming Monday night, The Strauss Festival Orchestra and The Strauss Festival Ballet join forces to bring you O Grande Concerto de Ano Novo, a centuries-old New Year’s tradition from Vienna keeping alive the timeless and world-renowned work of — you guessed it — one Johann Baptist Strauss II, aka “the Father of the waltz.” Tickets start at 28€.
Now to Jan 16
PORTUGUESE ARTIST SUBMISSIONS FOR SOME CORPORATE CASH MONEY:
And, finally, if you live in Portugal, you’ve likely heard of EDP. The 45-year-old electrical utility juggernaut has, to say the least, some clout. In fact, EDP has so much clout that every two years it gives an up-and-coming Portuguese artist 20,000€ to do their thing. And, if you are a Portuguese national, and an artist, then 2022 can be your year to — well, shine! The deadline for submissions is Jan. 16.
See our full calendar of events for what else is on around town at any given here and now in 2022.
And be safe, y’all.
*Cover graffiti by Kone.