Momentous Eventus: Out of this World Edition

A lot of folks are probably feeling that they would rather be anywhere else but here right about now. Then again, United-Statesian poet Robert Frost once said: “The best way out is always through.” Here are some ways you can get through the indefinite detention that is Lisbon’s here and now in the next few days, weeks, months, whatever…


If you happen to be reading this any time before 18h30 (Lisbon time) on Friday, Mar. 5, 2021, then two folks from the International Space Station happen to be walking in outer space right about now, and you can walk along in semi-real time.


And Google and NASA offer you the opportunity to indulge your curiosity and explore the Red Planet with their free virtual tour of its surface, courtesy of smart folks and the Curiosity Rover, for the foreseeable future, free of charge.


The Gulbenkian Foundation, on the other hand, is giving one million euros to smart folks who are interested in saving this planet, with its annual Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, and they’re accepting your nominations until Mar. 8.


The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage organizes the digital conference Museums and Social Responsibility – Participation, Networks, and Partnerships on Mar. 23 and 24. You can attend free of charge, with prior registration until Mar. 12. The conference is bilingual (Portuguese/English).


For more local entertainment, the CCB continues recycling last summer’s Best of Possible Worlds concert series, with the opera Così fan Tutte streaming all day Sat, Mar. 6, for 5€.

The Gulbenkian also charitably presents world-renowned cellist Amelie Stalheim (and the Gulbenkian Orchestra) doing Haydn’s Cello Concerto, streaming live this Friday night (Mar.5) at 19h — and available online after that — for free.

And the same Gulbenkian Orchestra, along with its Principal Oboist Pedro Ribeiro and under the direction of Mihhail Gerts, also performs the half-century-old Oboe Concerto by Martinů next Friday, Mar. 12, at 19h, for your viewing and listening pleasure, also for free.

Finally, continue to check our full calendar of events for some more virtual ways out of this. Stay socially responsible but continue to stay curious too, and try to stay at home when not losing it. One day, we might even get through this. Because, like British poet Oscar Wilde once said: “All of us are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”


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