The To Do List: w/c 27th 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.
READ: The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
After going through a bit of a reading drought recently, Sophie Mackintosh’s Man Booker-longlisted debut novel The Water Cure was just the remedy I needed. Three children live on a remote island, alone with their parents Mother and King. One day, they wake to find King gone, presumed dead. It’s a strange and beguiling read — one which Mackintosh says didn’t start as an explicitly feminist novel, but which definitely ended up as one.
Buy the book here.
WATCH: Amazing Interiors (via Netflix)
Amazing Interiors is very much the kind of thing I find myself watching a lot more of since I stopped going to an office everyday, and you know what, I’m not sad about it. It’s the kind of reality TV I can get behind: seemingly ordinary people let us into their seemingly ordinary lives, and in taking a closer look we find the extraordinary in both. Just don’t get me started on that Saddam Hussein shower…
Watch the trailer here.
LISTEN: Blood Orange, Negro Swan
After the release of Dev Hynes’ 2016 Freetown Sound I wasn’t sure if there could ever be a dreamier record but here we have it. Negro Swan is a swirling, energising meditation on what it means to contain multitudes in a time which seems laser-focused on labels. There’s so much to unpack in this album, and so much that resists unpacking — it definitely rewards multiple listens.
Listen to the album here.
GIG: Maggie Rogers at KOKO (29th August)
Even if you don’t know Maggie Rogers’ catalogue (and you should!), you may already know her face along with one track from this Pharrell Williams masterclass. Since that fateful day in 2016, Maggie’s released a string of pitch-perfect singles and an EP, along with some of my favourite music videos in the game (try this one for ‘On + Off’). I’m v excited to see her translate her very particular, infectious energy to the stage.
Buy tickets here.
THEATRE: Dance Nation, The Almeida (27th August - 6th October)
Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award, Clare Barron’s explosive new play Dance Nation makes its UK debut this summer, directed by Bijan Sheibani (The Brothers Size, Young Vic; Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre). An army of competitive dancers is ready to take over the world, one routine at a time. With a pre-teen battle for power and perfection raging on and off stage, Dance Nation is a ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery.
Buy tickets here.
EVENT: RA LIVE with Peggy Gou and Peach
RA’s second event at the Hackney Wick spot, happening on Monday, August 27th, will feature two of 2018's most exciting DJs. The GIANT STEPS Soundsystem will be open from 4 PM through 11 PM, with Peach starting at 6 PM and Peggy Gou starting at 7:30 PM. Attendance is free, and those who can't make it, you can watch it live via RA!
Find out more here.
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