The To Do List: w/c 13th August
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: Bellatrix, Bad Dancing EP
If you liked Let’s Eat Grandma’s recent album I’m All Ears, this is the new EP for you. Bellatrix creates pop music for those disenchanted with pop music — each track refuses categorisation, but nonetheless the hooks are still very much front and centre.
Listen to the EP here.
READ: What A Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue
If you don’t know the name Chidera Eggerue (and, if that’s the case, why NOT?!), you might better recognise her by her social media moniker @theslumflower. She’s a writer and activist, having run a successful blog, written for the likes of The Guardian and Dazed, and coined the hashtag #saggyboobsmatter, a campaign for body positivity. As if all that isn’t enough, she’s just published her first book What A Time To Be Alone that encourages self-acceptance and self-love. It's already a bestseller! This is a must read.
Buy What A Time To Be Alone here.
LISTEN: School For Dumb Women ‘Is my dog in space?’
School For Dumb Women is a recent addition to my weekly podcast schedule and it is GLORIOUS. Hosted by Alexandra Haddow, Hannah Varrall and Caroline O’Donoghue, each episode takes a deep dive into a subject we’re too proud to admit we know nothing about. The last episode covered Laika the Russian space dog, continuity announcers, and the complicated lives of the ABBA band members (with the help of writer Daisy Buchanan). Fair warning: you will snort-laugh on the tube.
Listen to School For Dumb Women here.
IF YOU'RE GOING OUT...
GIG: Submotion Orchestra (Grosvenor Square, 17th August)
This week, Live In The Square takes over Grosvenor Square in the heart of Mayfair for a series of music, theatre, and live events. I’ve got my eye on Submotion Orchestra tickets for the Friday night — their last album Kites, released earlier this year, is a heady mix of club sounds and jazz, and will make for perfect listening on a (hopefully) balmy night spent outside in London.
Buy Submotion Orchestra tickets here.
EVENT: London Feminist Film Festival (16th-19th August)
London Feminist Film Festival is back! This year filmmakers expose the threats faced by human rights defenders in Latin America, and salute the efforts of a grassroots campaign to end period poverty in the UK. They are fat activists who hike without shame in Canada, and researchers exploring romance between incarcerated women in Spain. See the full programme here and book book book!
WhatTHEATRE: Things Of Dry Hours at The Young Vic (15th-25th August)
Naomi Wallace’s celebration of a black Communist agitator in the Depression-era South is coming to The Young Vic. Weaving the spiritual into the political, Things of Dry Hours interrogates the idea that humans cannot change; are we really all that black and white?
Buy tickets for Things Of Dry Hours here.
What are you doing with your week? Let us know in the comments below!