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I.C.Y.M.I.: Seattle Storm Win 2020 WNBA Championship, Campaigning For John Oliver's Rat Erotica + More!
Greetings, fellow pop culture aficionados, and welcome to week 35 of our I.C.Y.M.I. (In Case You Missed It) blog series, where we recap a handful of trending tidbits from the past week(s) in popular culture, in case you missed them.
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Last week, we called attention to some quality #FridayFeeling material of music icon Dave Grohl's rock battle with up-and-coming young artist Nandi Bushell. This week, we begin by congratulating our friends the Seattle Storm on their recent WNBA championship. Read on!
Seattle Storm Win 2020 WNBA Championship
For the fourth time in franchise history, the Seattle Storm are WNBA champions. With a 92-59 win over the Las Vegas Aces this past Tuesday, our longtime Seattle Center neighbors secured their second title in three seasons (2018, 2020), having also won in 2004 and 2010.
"This is not one person, it's not even two or three people," says veteran guard Sue Bird, who's been with the club for all four titles since entering the league with Seattle in 2002. "Our entire team, that's why we're able to succeed."
Check out the video embedded above for some green-and-yellow confetti-fueled highlights from the Storm's championship night.
We Want John Oliver's Rat Erotica
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver closed out his most recent show with a call to action to museums nationwide.
To help the museum industry combat the financial impact of COVID-19, Oliver is offering to loan fine works of art from his personal collection to five museums for two weeks at a time. Each loan comes with a $10,000 donation to the museum, plus a donation in the same amount to a food bank in each museum's local area.
“We’ve dabbled a bit in the art market this year and have acquired a small but high-quality collection of modern masterpieces,” Oliver says on his show. “Tonight, I’m proud to announce that this collection is available to go on tour. That is right, we’re inviting any U.S. museum—as long as they can safely show them—to apply to host these masterpieces.”
Of course, being the Museum of Pop Culture, we have to apply. We know Oliver's collection of rat erotica, velvet portraits, and more will fit right in at MoPOP. So, needless to say, our submission is in the works. But, we could use your help to spread the word!
Share some of our initial campaign posts on social media, or you can send a friendly e-mail to email@example.com (yes, it's a real thing!) to suggest MoPOP as a landing place for Oliver's fine art.
Remembering Eddie Van Halen
The music world is mourning the loss of Eddie Van Halen, who passed this week to cancer at age 65. Van Halen's son, Wolfgang, announced the news in a social media post.
"He was the best father I could ever ask for," Wolfgang says. "Every moment I've shared with him on and off stage was a gift."
One of rock's greatest guitarists, Eddie's innovation launched his band Van Halen into one of the genre's biggest groups. At MoPOP, a 1984 Kramer custom guitar played by Eddie (photo above) is part of the MoPOP Permanent Collection, and when it was on display in our Guitar Gallery, it was accompanied by the following description.
Eddie's brilliant playing single-handedly resurrected lead guitar at a time when disco ruled and punk devalued virtuosity. His innovations paved the way for the 1980s onslaught of hard rock and heavy metal. He became one of the most important guitarists of any era by synthesizing existing techniques into a revolutionary new sound. He didn't invent double-handed tapping, false harmonics, or extreme vibrato bar fireworks, but he elevated them miles beyond anything heard before.
What Else To Catch Up On This Weekend
- Our Grow Up! online watchalong and virtual discussion series continues this Saturday, October 10 with a 6 p.m. PT celebration of the extraterrestrial vs. teens showdown, Attack the Block. The event will be hosted by MoPOP Production Associate Kasi Garenstroom and MoPOP Manager of Public Engagement Robert Rutherford, plus special guest 'Real Queen of Horror' Zena Dixon! Registration is free on our Movies at MoPOP page.
- Also this Saturday, we've partnered with Civic University to help put on a special virtual Civic Saturday event, featuring a performance from local Sound Off! artist Mirabai Kukathas. Saturday's session gets going at 11 a.m. PT and you can watch live on Citizen University's YouTube channel.
- Round 2 of voting for our pop culture presidents bracket is in full swing! Be sure to cast a ballot for your favorite fictional leaders from film and television, and don't forget to make a plan to vote in this year's election.
- Our Earth Abides MoPOP Book Club, presented by First Tech wrapped up this past week, but before the final discussion MoPOP Public Engagement Producer Kwapi Vengesayi took a deeper look at Jimi Hendrix's love of science fiction, spotlighting a few artifacts from the MoPOP Permanent Collection.
- And our ongoing milestone series celebrating 20 years of MoPOP took a horrifying look back at the 2011 launch of Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film (now Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film), MoPOP's first foray outside of music and science fiction.
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 social media. We'll look to include your ideas in our next edition of I.C.Y.M.I.
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