The To-Do List: w/c 10th December

 

Life can get busy, and it's all too easy to watch the weeks slip by without having done much apart from watch Friends re-runs and, inexplicably, Season 2 of Love Island (this is not in reference to myself at all nope definitely not). With that in mind, The Tung team want to make it as easy as possible for you to stay on top of what's going on in the world of arts and culture without totally overloading you with information. Whether you're staying in this week, or hankering for an evening out, we reckon there'll be something for you here. 

IF YOU’RE STAYING IN…

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WATCH: CAM (Netflix) 

If you find yourself in need of a break from the December deluge of Christmas cheer, Cam is the chilling Netflix thriller for you. Written by Isa Mazzei, Cam tells the story of Alice Ackerman, a cam girl who makes an excellent living performing for her clients online until her account — and her face — is hacked. It’s a film that exists in a similar tonal universe as It Follows, but it perhaps has more in common narratively with cyber horror Unfriended, in which which six friends are haunted by an unknown online presence. Regardless, there’s more than enough in Cam to make it feel fresh, not only within the context of its genre, but also with respect to its positive portrayal of sex work. Alice needs her account back so that she can work, and this film has its audience rooting for her all the way. 

Watch the trailer here

READ:  ‘40 years since ‘Rock Against Racism’ and Buzzcocks brought 40,000 to Manchester’ (via aboutmanchester.co.uk)

The article was published a few months ago, but since the death of The Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley last week, I’ve noticed it doing the rounds on Twitter. It’s a great piece on The Northern Carnival Against the Nazis whcih took place on Saturday 15th July 1978, the movement having begun its gestation as Rock Against Racism in 1977 as a reaction to Eric Clapton’s racist rant at a gig in Birmingham. 40,000 people turned up to watch bands like The Buzzcocks, The Frantic Elevators, Exodus, The Fall and Steel Pulse play in protest of rock’s ingrained racial prejudice. The show is believed to have has long-lasting influences on attitudes towards race in Manchester and beyond. 

Read the piece here

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LISTEN: Lana Del Rey’s new country song is v good

I know we should all be trying to keep our phones locked away in our bags when we’re at gigs and LiVinG iN ThE mOmEnt, but praise be to the people who keep ‘em out to capture moments like this. We’ve still got a while to wait before Lana drops the new album, but at least we have snippets of songs like these to keep us going until she does. Move over Taylor, Lana Del Rey is the country star I never knew I needed. 

Watch the video clip here

IF YOU’RE GOING OUT… 

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What: Girl World Immersive Takeover

Where: Off The Cuff bar, Herne Hill 

When: Tuesday 11th December

I love Girl World!! About a year ago, I saw the show for the first time in its first iteration and was totally floored by it (see this review). Now, Frisky Theatre are bringing their playful and provocative coming-of-age comedy to Off The Cuff bar for one night only! Expect non-stop laughter, love songs, brutal wrestling, pop-star posturing, Beckett-tinged woe-begotten-ness on a journey of genuine friendship between two girls who are growing up. 

Grab your tickets here.

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What: Nobody Panic Christmas Party 

Where: Altitude @ Millbank Tower

When: Wednesday 12th December 

If you don’t already listen to Nobody Panic podcast, I suggest you remedy that immediately. In fact, why not remedy it by diving headfirst into a live recording slash Christmas party at Altitude?! Call it a festive baptism of fire. If it helps, I actually interviewed Stevie off of NP for my own podcast and I can confirm that she’s excellent. If you do already listen, well then, obviously you should come too. 

Sponsored by The Economist, and with goodie bags provided by OHNE tampons (for the festive period), Stevie and Tessa be doing a live recording and then having drinks in a truly spectacular bar. Nibbles too. Also you have to wear something festive, even if that's just holding a bauble. 

Grab your tickets here

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What: The KOC Initiative IX: We’re dreaming of a KOC Christmas!

Where: The Glory

When: Wednesday 12th December 

The KOC Initiative was set up by rising star Zayn Phallic to address the lack of diversity on the drag king scene. Its aim is to celebrate drag kings of colour by not only showcasing their talent in their own exclusive night, but by providing mentoring and support to new kings keen to take to the stage. For over a year, the KOC Initiative have been bringing some much needed colour to the drag king scene. Loads of great drag kings are performing including Christian Adore who I also interviewed for the podcast a few months back.

Listen to that podcast episode here and grab your tickets here !

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What: Rhythm Section Christmas Do w/ Honey Dijon, Andrew Ashong, AOTN + 

Where: Corsica Studios

When: Friday 10th December 

It's another all star line-up for the Rhythm Section special Xmas do under the mistletoe and across three rooms. They’re stepping things up for the festive season, welcoming NYC via Chicago legend Honey Dijon in Room 1 with an extended set alongside BZ. Room 2 sees On The Wire's Steve Barker go head to head with local girl & NTS fave ZAKIA, whilst Scottish ultra diggers Athens of the North are joined by RS regular Andrew Ashong, who undoubtedly has the deepest crates in south London. It's the ultimate xmas afterparty for your xmas party.

Grab your tickets here