Momentous Eventus: Looking Up Edition

“The future is there... looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become.” William Gibson.

As always, summer came and went too quickly. And for the second year in a row, it’s been kind of a weird one. But this summer also fully vaccinated 80% of Portugal’s population, enabling it, unlike last summer, to almost fully reopen its bars, restaurants, clubs, shops, museums, art galleries, and so on and so forth. So, for the time being, Lisbon’s future’s looking somewhat bright again. Even our full calendar of events can finally call itself “full” without an ounce of shame (we suggest you give it your full attention for what’s on around town, now and later, when time is had). And, in the meantime, here are just a few culturally diverse ways you can fill up your near future.

Sept 17-18
Self-described as “a collective of international artists… where audience and artists are part of the same party” and who, among other things,operate in accordance with the theory of art and abuse,” !…!.ART.ATTACK.!…! hits Village Underground Lisboa for the next two days. You can be part of the art, the party, and the abuse, for just 10€, although you will need three friends.

The next two days are also your last chance to check out Patchwork — a multimedia exhibit celebrating the life and work of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak, the Polish architect who, among other things, once designed a version of Manhattan in socialist Poland. Entry is free.

Sept 17-19
This weekend the streets of Lisbon also welcome Chapéus na Rua 2021. Dozens of circus performers, buskers, and others will be performing in various locations around town, celebrating the ancient tradition of street theater. And you don’t have to put anything in the hat if you think they suck.

Sept 18
Considered one of Portugal’s top guitar maestros, Pedro Jóia comes to Culturgest this Saturday for two solo performances that were postponed in June due to the uncertain future back then. The tickets are 20€ (and if you got one back in June, those are valid too).

Most evidence of the late-1930s Portuguese Marxist publication SOL NASCENTE has been, for reasons unknown, removed from the interwebs. But the sun still rises, hope dies last, and this Saturday, semi-socialist cultural hub Casa da Achada, aka Centro Mário Dionísio, celebrates the launch of the website SOL NASCENTE. They’ll also be discussing the influence of Marxism on Portuguese culture, and entry is obviously free and open to anyone, but Portuguese-speaking Marxist-sympathizers likely stand to benefit most.

Sept 19
For something more monarchial, this Sunday you can head up to Castelo São Jorge foran immersive sound experience celebrating the Lisboa Soa festivals of the pre- and mid-pandemic years. In this “non-edition of the festival,”guest artists will be remixing, reinterpreting, and adding other meanings to the sounds recorded at previous festivals — i.e., “working with memory, but with our ears focused on the future.” Entry is free.

Now through Sept 26
Meanwhile, local multimedia artist Postmortem’s new solo show A miscellaneous exhibit of a depressed artist sounds pretty self-explanatory. He describes it as illustrations “from dreams, trips, or simply graphic venting.” It’s free too.

Now through Dec 31
Finally, if you feel like journeying through Lisbon from over a hundred thousand years ago all the way to 1750, seeing a miniature-scale model of what the city looked like before the earthquake of 1755, and generally getting to know the town a little better, check out the new long-term exhibition at the Lisbon Museum at Palácio Pimento. This branch of the museum underwent some renovations this summer, and they can’t wait to show you what’s new. Entry is 3€.

Coming soon…
Also, the North Music Festival 2021 in Porto, the series of concerts Dali’s Art & Contemporary Music, and Festival Iminente 2021 are all set to go ahead in the not-too-distant future too. Tickets for these are on sale now, and likely to go fast.

And now, ladies, gentlemen, and others, a word from Edgar Allen Poe: “It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.” Have a good future, and dream well, y’all.

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