The To-Do List: w/c 3rd December
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 Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Coen Brothers latest film — an anthology of 6 shorts, each a story from a book entitled ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ — has just come to Netflix. Each vignette, featuring the likes of James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits and Brendan Gleeson, tips its blood-stained cowboy hat to the western. Life is tough in the west, and making it out alive is rarely an option.
Watch the trailer here.
WATCH: Ariana Grande ‘thank u, next’
How much ‘thank u, next’ content is too much ‘thank u, next’ content? Sure, this is the third iteration of a performance of the song I’ve included in The To-Do List, but such is my commitment to making sure each and every one of us is absolutely abreast of Ari news. I have no regrets.
The video (which was teased throughout last week — very into the concept of the music video trailer) is an homage to millennial teen rom-coms (see: Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, 13 Going On 30) and features an inSPIRED cameo from Kris Jenner as Ariana-Regina’s ‘cool mom’. I am, as the kids say, obsessed.
Watch the video here.
READ: Mel B: ‘I Got used to lying. I didn’t want anyone to find out’
I haven’t yet read Melanie Brown aka Mel B aka Scary Spice’s recently released memoir, Brutally Honest, but after reading this interview, I plan to. In this interview, Brown tells Simon Hattenstone how her ex-husband, the Hollywood film producer Stephan Belafonte, “made to feel so small, stupid and inadequate that she doubted her own sanity.” She tells him that she was imprisoned in a relationship that was so abusive and coercive that she had been forced to spin a web of lies to protect herself and her daughters. Not anymore, though. With the release of her memoir, Brown flips the narrative: after so many years of staying silent, now she’s raising the volume as loud as it’ll go.
Read the article here.
IF YOU’RE GOING OUT…
What: Solidarity Not Silence
Where: Oslo, Hackney
When: Wednesday 4th December
Solidarity Not Silence is a group of women who are fighting a claim of defamation made against them by a well-known musician for statements they made against his treatment of women. They refuse to be silenced and they need our solidarity to fight this case.
This Wednesday, they’re holding a benefit featuring awesome feminist punk from Dream Nails and The Tuts, and DJ sets from Girli, and Alice Go & Bella Pod. It's going to be a beautiful supportive and fun atmosphere!
Grab your ticket here, and if you can’t make it, you can buy someone else who can’t afford one here. Just send £12 to the Solidary Not Silence paypal address with a note and we'll put all the donated tickets into a giveaway.
What: Beyond Retro x Birdsong x Thinx Period Party Fundraiser for Bloody Good Period
Where: 92-100 Stoke Newington
When: Thursday 6th December
Join Bloody Good Period for a season of festive cheer. Come in your best menstrual themed dress, learn more about your cycle, sip on a a bloody good cocktail and raise money for period poverty affecting refugees. With talks and stalls from experts at patented period pant brand THINX, Bloody Good Period, author/illustrator of Period Natalie Byrne, freeperiods activist Amika George and more!
Grab your tickets here.
What: DIY Art Market
Where: Rich Mix London
When: Sunday 8th December
Need to get on with your Christmas shopping? Head over to the DIY Art Market at Rich Mix this Sunday and get the ball rolling. Buy unique affordable artworks direct from a diverse community of artists from a wide range of artistic backgrounds, that includes established illustrators, designers, independent publishers, ceramists, all exhibiting alongside their up- and-coming contemporaries.
Find out more here.