The To-Do List: w/c 26th 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: The Sinner (season 2)
I’m a month or two late on this one, but I devoured the entirety of season two of The Sinner over a couple of chilly evenings last week and it was *not* time wasted. Fans of season one will remember Jessica Biel’s disturbed turn as murderer Cora Tannetti, a young mother who stabs a man on the beach in front of her entire family for apparently no reason at all. There’s no Cora this season, but Detective Harry Ambrose (the actually v dilfy Bill Pullman) is back to work out why a little boy has murdered his apparently loving parents. It’s a super addictive why-dun-it whose creep-factor is juuuust low enough to mean you can watch it on your own without checking under your bed before you go to sleep.
Watch the trailer here.
READ: ‘Yeah, I’m Not for Everyone.’ Lena Dunham comes to terms with herself (by Allison P. Davis on The Cut)
Wow okay, I didn’t really mean to read the entirety of this but after a couple of hundred words I was in for the long haul. Lena Dunham’s had a lot going on over the last few years including a public breakup, chronic illness resulting in a full hysterectomy and subsequent perimenopause, and the dissolution of her production company and newsletter, and that’s before we get into the many, many controversies that have followed her in her wake. This profile by the excellent Allison P. Davis makes few judgements, and rather just lays out the facts of Dunham’s mistakes, while simultaneously allowing her the space to speak about her very real pain. In our current cancel culture, this is the kind of nuance we need: little pandering, a lot of humanity.
Read the piece here.
WATCH: Christine and the Queens ‘Kiss It Better’
Christine and the Queens is hands down one of the most interesting performers in recent years. Her performance in the Live Lounge last week was emblematic of so much of her musical brand: a genre-bending, synth-laden, charged with so much electricity. I’m not even a huge fan of this particular arrangement (though I love the injection of Kate Bush in the chorus), and I’ve still watched it about 15 times…
Watch the video here.
IF YOU’RE GOING OUT…
What: Sofie Hagen Tells Stories That Might Be Funny
Where: The Taproom
When: Wednesday 28th (with dates through Dec too!)
Sofie Hagen is an absolute legend. I first heard her cracking jokes on The Guilty Feminist back when she was a co-host, and have loved listening to the new podcast she hosts alongside Jodie Mitchell, Secret Dinosaur Cult. Now I’m off to see the winner of the Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award 2015 trying out some stories at The Taproom that she’s hoping she’ll be able to turn into a brand new show. From experience, Sofie will switch that ‘might be’ to an ‘absolutely will be’, no doubt about it
Grab tickets here.
What: London Migration Film Festival
Where: venues across London
When: Thursday 29th November - 5th December
London Migration Film Festival has been created to portray the diversity, nuance and subjective experience within migration - including and beyond the refugee experience - in order to restore the dignity and humanity inherent within it. Now in its third year, LMFF 2018 will include a diverse range of activities, such as films, plays, workshops, long-tables, as well as networking opportunities, and will be hosted in eight venues across London: SOAS, Genesis Cinema, Migration Museum Project, Upstairs at the Ritzy, Deptford Cinema, The Lexi Cinema, Peckham Springs, and Somerset House.
Grab tickets here.
What: Hidden Orchestra, Floex & Tom Hodge
Where: Southbank Centre
When: Friday 30th November
This Friday, Hidden Orchestra — the solo project of composer and producer Joe Acheson — is taking to Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre for a mesmerising performance with live AV. Head over early to catch the support — Floex & Tom Hodge will perform music from 2018 Tung-favourite A Portrait of John Doe, with help from a virtual orchestra.
Grab tickets here.
What are you doing this week? Let us know in the comments below.