The To Do List: w/c 10th September
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…
LISTEN: Ibeyi, ‘Rise Up, Wise Up, Eyes Up’
Helloooo beep beep honk honk we have a dream collaboration on our hands! Tung faves Ibeyi have teamed up with Hamilton genius Lin-Manuel Miranda and Trooko to create a new piece of musical content for the Hamildrop series. It’s a soulful, beat-laden masterpiece, and one we’ll be blasting at Tung HQ for many moons to come.
Listen to 'Rise Up, Wise Up, Eyes Up' here.
LISTEN: How To Fail with Elizabeth Day: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Writer Elizabeth Day’s recent foray into podcasting has been a pretty roaring success. Each episode, she interviews a person in the public eye about their failures both professional and otherwise, and the results are always compelling and cheering. Of all eight, my fave episode has to be Day’s conversation with babe-of-babes Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She’s as open and candid and darkly funny as I expected her to be from her work (think Fleabag, Crashing, and Killing Eve), and she makes failure seem not only an inevitable part of the process of being alive, but actually a deeply important one.
Listen to the episode here.
READ: Paul Hollywood’s handshake is a horrifying display of masculine insecurity
I love this article. For one thing, Anoosh Chakelian hates Paul Hollywood as much as I do (and who, I ask you, doesn’t hate Paul Hollywood post that Ruby Tandoh Twitter mess), and for another it leans into petty minutiae in a way that perfectly mirrors GBBO itself. In her article, Chakelian takes issue with the ‘whole sorry ritual’ of Paul Hollywood’s handshake and her reasons are sound: it’s become a statement of dominance over the contestants (and, weirdly, his female counterparts - first Mary Berry, now Prue Leith). Ugh I dislike him so strongly - why couldn’t he have gone and Mary stayed? WHY?
Read the piece here.
IF YOU’RE GOING OUT…
Where: The Old Vic Theatre
When: 3rd-22nd September
The Old Vic has a 200-year history of nurturing creativity and supporting new adventures and, in celebration of this major anniversary, they’re giving this new musical its first lease of life in collaboration with Sadler’s Wells, Kate Prince: The ZooNation Company and their co-commissioning partners, 14-18 NOW.
With her trademark combination of dance, hip-hop, soul and funk, Kate Prince sheds new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the Suffragette movement. Co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, SYLVIA celebrates the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.
Grab your tickets here.
What: Art Matters: Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell & Lauren Laverne
Where: EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney)
When: 12th September
Join Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell at a one-off special event to celebrate the publication of ART MATTERS, as they talk with broadcaster and presenter Lauren Laverne about inspiration, creativity and the power of words and images.
ART MATTERS is a creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman, combining his words with striking illustrations by Chris Riddell. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, it explores how reading, imagining and creating can change the world. Just like the book, this event will inspire people to seize the day in the name of art and will include live drawing by Chris.
Grab your tickets here.
What: Festival of Ideas
Where: Royal Academy
When: 7th-16th September
A couple of days ago the Royal Academy launched its Festival of Ideas — a meeting of great minds in art, architecture, literature, design, film, and music — and it’ll continue until the end of this week! With speakers including musician and artist Goldie, artistic director of English National Ballet Tamara Rojo, artist and designer Es Devlin, Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, Royal Academician Gilbert and George RA, Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson and The Sunday Times art critic and award-winning broadcaster Waldemar Januszczak amongst others, events will range from interviews and panel discussions to family workshops – all taking place in the spectacular setting of our new Benjamin West Lecture Theatre and Clore Learning Centre.
Grab your tickets here.
What are you up to this week? Let us know in the comments below!