I.C.Y.M.I.: Post Malone to Host Nirvana Tribute Concert, 'We're Here' Debuts on HBO, Michael Jordan's Untold Story & More
Greetings, fellow pop culture aficionados, and welcome to week 11 of our I.C.Y.M.I. (In Case You Missed It) blog series. Our museum may be temporarily closed to visitors based on guidance from public health officials to slow the spread of coronavirus, but we're still here to recap a handful of trending tidbits from the past week in popular culture, in case you missed them.
Last Friday, we shared spicy images of the new Dune film, called attention to a worldwide concert at home, and highlighted new music from singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. This week, we begin by plugging another prominent online concert that will pay tribute to some local music legends.
Post Malone Poised For Nirvana Tribute Livestream
At 3 p.m. PT this Friday, April 24, musician Post Malone will host a livestream on his YouTube channel paying tribute to Seattle grunge band Nirvana. A press release says the set will feature Post Malone performing "Nirvana hits and fan favorites" while also raising money for the United Nations Foundation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. Google will match all donations up to $5 million, with all proceeds going to the UN Foundation.
An avid Nirvana fan, Post Malone has previously covered the band's "All Apologies" live. He also has Nirvana-themed pieces of body art, including "Stay Away" tattooed on his forehead, a reference to the Nirvana song of the same name. On Instagram, Courtney Love even gave Post Malone her blessing, saying, "I approve the usage. Good luck mr malone."
- Update: Post Malone and the band he assembled killed it (check out the full stream in the video embedded above), receiving praise from Love and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, and also raising nearly $3 million.
'We're Here' Debuts on HBO
A new real series premiered this week, with We're Here debuting Thursday night on HBO. The six-part unscripted set follows former RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara, and Shangela Laquifa Wadley as they recruit small-town residents and help them step outside their comfort zones, molding them to participate in a one-night only drag performance. NPR's review of the series calls it "an effective stand-in for watching a live show," which should attract fans of the art form until we're all allowed back out in public!
'The Last Dance' Wows on ESPN
The first two episodes of 'The Last Dance' aired this past weekend, chronicling the untold story of NBA superstar Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty with never-before-seen footage from the team's 1997-98 championship season. With professional sports suspended in most places around the globe, fans went wild for the unseen content. The first two episodes averaged 6.1 million viewers, according to ESPN. The 10-part docuseries celebrating the greatest basketball player ever (yeah, I said it!) continues Sunday, April 26 with episodes three and four beginning at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.
What Else To Watch/Do/Catch Up On This Weekend
- Travis Scott's Astronomical concert impressed on Fortnite (check out the set in the video above, it's pretty spectacular).
- The Disney Bedtime Hotline is back. Now through the end of April, call 1-877-7-MICKEY to receive one of five special messages from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, or Goofy before bedtime.
- There's a new Parks and Rec reunion episode for charity coming out next week.
- A new film from The Hunger Games is in the works.
- Here at MoPOP, it's not too late to get involved with our newly-launched Book Club celebrating Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man.
- And of course, our weekly horror film series It's Coming From Inside the House! continues at 7 p.m. PT this evening with a watchalong and discussion of The Blair Witch Project. This week's program is particularly exciting because the film's co-director Eduardo Sanchez and producers Gregg Hale and Michael Monello will join us. Register here!
What'd We Miss?
Now that we've filled you in on a few things, what do you feel we failed to mention? Let us know in the comments, or hit us up with a suggestion on Twitter @MoPOPSeattle. We'll look to include your ideas in our next edition of I.C.Y.M.I.
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