The To Do List: w/c 29th October

 

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

to do list what's on london culture calendar the haunting of hill house

WATCH: The Haunting of Hill House

Now I’m not easily freaked out, but last night, after watching episode 6 (of 10) of new Netflix Original The Haunting of Hill House, I slept with one eye open. The Haunting of Hill House—or Triple H as we refer to it in my household—is (so far) up there with the very best of the ghost stories. While the premise doesn’t scream originality—a family moves into a haunted house where, after a series of mini-scares, they eventually experience a seismic event which shapes who they are for ever more— the intertwined simultaneous narratives and some truly chill-inducing camera-work ensures The Haunting of Hill House has become a stalwart of my spooky season. 

Watch the extremely creepy trailer here.

to do list what's on london culture calendar my favorite murder

LISTEN: My Favorite Murder podcast

I didn’t think I was one for Halloween content but a pattern seems to be emerging here. I was recommended true crime comedy podcast My Favourite Murder by Kezia Bayard-White of Break The Habit Press while we were recording an episode of The You Do You Show (coming at you tomorrow) and at first I was sceptical. Do we really need to spend an hour a week taking a deep dive into some of the darkest moments in recent human history? By listening, am I complicit in the exploitation of (often female) murder victims for my own entertainment? I think those questions are still absolutely valid, but hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark do an excellent job of framing the show as an exercise in working through their personal fears, staring horror right in its face, saying its name, and emerging stronger and more aware. 

Listen to the podcast here.

to do list what's on london culture calendar robyn honey

READ: She Would Have Loved This (an essay in Vogue) 

This emotional gut-punch of an essay is my kind of quasi album review. In ‘She Would Have Loved This’, Bridget Read describes the act of listening to Robyn’s recently released album Honey as a way of beginning to orient herself in relation to the loss of her dear friend Claire. Claire was a huge Robyn fan, and many of Bridget’s memories of their shared relationship relate to Robyn’s music. Now, for the first time, Robyn has released an album that Claire won’t be able to hear, but which still seems to commune with the nuances of the friendship and of the loss.

Read the article here.

IF YOU’RE GOING OUT…

to do list what's on london culture calendar dream wife

What: Dream Wife

Where: KOKO 

When: Wednesday 31st October 

Get yourself down to KOKO this Wednesday to see a band at the top of their live game. Raw, real and LOUD, Dream Wife is one of my favourite bands of the moment. Although their self-titled debut was slickly produced, their live show is anything but and all the better for it. Anarchic and feminist, always transforming the venue into a safe space for self-expression, Dream Wife is one of the most fun live bands to see right now. 

Grab your tickets here

to do list what's on london culture calendar chris kraus

What: Art as a social practice: Chris Kraus in conversation with Ellen Mara De Wachter

Where: Waterstones Gower Street

When: Thursday 31st October 

Chris Kraus is coming to Waterstones to discuss Social Practices, her new collection on and around art and art practices, with writer, curator and author of Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration, Ellen Mara De Wachter. Mixing biography, autobiography, fiction, criticism, and conversations among friends, with Social Practices Kraus – author of I Love Dick – continues the anthropological exploration of artistic lives and the art world begun in 2004 with Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness. All art, she implies, is a social practice.

Grab your tickets here

to do list what's on london culture calendar period. book launch

What: Period. book launch with Natalie Byrne

Where: Waterstones Tottenham Court Road

When: Thursday 1st November

Back to Waterstones for a second night this week (albeit a different branch) for the launch of Period., an illustrated book by Natalie Byrne. Published by Break The Habit Press, Period. is a book for everyone – children and adults, mums and dads, womb-owners and ex-womb-owners. Overflowing with practical tips and advice, from what a period actually is to who does and who doesn’t have them, this inclusive book is a myth-busting must-read. 

As well as a Q&A with Natalie, the evening will include comedy from Karen Hobbs, and a panel discussion with Candice BrathwaiteAnita Mitra (aka 'The Gynae Geek'), Kenny Jones, and Bloody Good Period's Gabby Edlin, chaired by Holly Bantleman

Grab your tickets here (each ticket includes a copy of the book!).

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