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Climate Speakers Series: Kim Cobb
In 2016, Kim Cobb, known to some as “the Indiana Jones of climate science,” had been studying coral in the South Pacific for almost a decade. But when she went diving on a research trip that year, she found that most of the reef had been decimated. Why? Warming oceans cause thermal stress to the ecosystem that can lead to coral bleaching and infectious disease. The more the earth heats up, the more danger underwater environments are put in. She later called that trip a “bellwether event” that inspired her to focus her energy not just on documenting and researching the effects of climate change, but on mitigating its effects on the planet’s ecosystems. On Aug. 8, the Georgia Tech climate scientist will host a webinar about the fate of the planet, presented by the D.C. chapter of the environmental advocacy group Citizens’ Climate Lobby. The event begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8. Registration is available at eventbrite.com. Free. —Kaila Philo
We Fought The Big One with Katie Alice Greer
We Fought the Big One is D.C.’s “longest running monthly underground music listening party,” and they’re not about to let a pandemic break a streak that’s been going since 2004. WFTBO showcases post-punk and DIY music at Marx Cafe on the first Friday of the month—or at least they used to. In quarantine times, they do it via livestream. This Friday, they’ll bookend a performance from Katie Alice Greer with DJ sets from Rick Taylor, inspired by iconic British disc jockey John Peel. Greer formerly played with Priests, a D.C.-based group that started out as a pretty good punk band and evolved into a savage original. With albums like Nothing Feels Natural and The Seduction of Kansas, Priests evaded every label ever used to describe them, lapsing fluidly into spoken word poetry and weird, minimalist disco, all while remaining compulsively listenable. On the WFTBO stream, Greer will play a mix of covers and songs she’s considering for her new solo album. Supposedly, Greer’s new music will be a departure from her work with Priests, but judging by songs recently posted on her Bandcamp page, it will be equally unpredictable. The event begins at 10 p.m. on Aug. 7 on twitch.tv. Free. —Will Lennon