The To Do List: w/c 12th November
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…
WATCH: Ariana Grande performs ‘thank u, next’ on Ellen
Last week I included the stream of Ari’s ‘thank u, next’ (an umatched break-up bop for the self-care generation) and this week I’m keeping that party going with her performance of the song on Ellen. Rarely have I seen a performance that’s both so highly choreographed and so raw at the same time. First of all, I’m totally in love with the absolute cheddar-fest that is the late-90s Destiny’s Child-inspired routine. I can’t decide whether it’s totally awful and fully fab — there’s probably no need to choose. To add to that, that little almost-tumble, that self-deprecating laugh, and the fact that she fights back tears during the line about her parents’ divorce and then STILL sings like an angel… well, I’m not gonna lie, I sobbed.
Watch Ariana Grande perform ‘thank u, next’ on Ellen here.
WATCH: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
I wasn’t expecting to like this, but I pressed play on the first episode anyway and was hooked from the very beginning. It’s highly hammy and totally ridiculous but, considering the producers also take care of Riverdale, I can’t say I’m surprised (or mad — who doesn’t love ham?). CAoS is not without its flaws; for one, the depiction of the magical community as unwaveringly patriarchal (Satan is their all-powerful ruler) is disappointing, particularly as real-life Wicca is often matrifocal and polytheistic. That being said, I was into Sabrina’s characterisation as a committed feminist who refuses to give into Satan’s demands, and who takes a stand against her creepy headmaster and the queerphobic jocks that run wild at her school. While there’s a lot to unpick, I can’t deny I was entertained from beginning to end.
Watch the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina trailer here.
READ: ‘What Would The Spice Girls Do?: How The Girl Power Generation Grew Up’ by Lauren Bravo
Anyone who’s ever met me knows that subject of The Spice Girls is one that I take very seriously. So, I was glad to find out, does journalist and author Lauren Bravo. In her first book, What Would The Spice Girls Do?, Lauren takes a forensic look at the feminist house that Spice built, focusing on the lasting effect The Spice Girls have had on children of the 90s. They might not have been perfect feminists but they taught us valuable about friendship, about celebrating what makes us different as well as what binds us and, albeit kinda subliminally, the importance of safe sex (see: ‘2 Become 1). Keep your eyes peeled for Lauren’s forthcoming episode of The You Do You Show — it’s a cracker.
Buy the book here.
IF YOU’RE GOING OUT…
What: For Only An Hour
Where: Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell
When: Friday 16th - Saturday 17th November
'For Only An Hour’ is a pseudo-glamorous, one man romp through childhood dreams, pop culture and queer art, danced to a hilarious soundtrack of Angela Lansbury and Delia Smith. Revealing itself as a 'coming out' story this is a journey into what it means to live out loud.
For Only An Hour is a manifesto about what we want to be when we grow up. It addresses the limitations placed on us in youth in terms of gender, conformity and specialism. We are encouraged to specialise and succeed at one thing but here we look at what it means to want to succeed at multiple things and what it means to be allowed to dream.
Grab your tickets here.
What: The Jarman Award Weekend 2018
Where: Whitechapel Gallery
When: Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th November
Bringing together the artists shortlisted for the 2018 Film London Jarman Award – Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Jasmina Cibic, Lawrence Lek, Daria Martin, Hardeep Pandhal and Margaret Salmon – this weekend of events explores their different practices through screenings, talks, and performances.
Grab your tickets for The Jarman Award Weekend here.
What: This Is Spoke
Where: Copeland Park & Bussey Building
When: Saturday 17th November
From cancel culture to problematic faves, micro-aggressions to mental health and everything in between. This Is Spoke is an uncensored podcast that explores today's most important issues with some of the UK’s hottest musicians and writers.
Get your £5 ticket This Is Spoke Live for a live podcast recording with Raleigh Ritchie, Emma Dabiri and our hosts, The Slumflower and Suli Breaks, as well as performances from Ghetts, Lava La Rue, Martelo and Antonia Odunlami.
With a £10 workshop ticket, you'll also be able to take part in interactive workshops to create your own fanzine or merch, inspired by This Is Spoke. Workshop tickets also include entry to the evening events.
Grab £5 and £10 tickets here.