The To Do List: w/c 5th 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…

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LISTEN: Ariana Grande ‘thank u, next’ 

Honestly I did not see this coming, though after that pap shot of Ari on a post-breakup shopping spree surfaced a week or two ago, I feel like I should have. Ariana Grande, newly-crowned queen of documenting her life moment by moment in musical form, has released the breakup song to end all break up songs. Just as she Tweeted over the weekend, ‘thank u, next’ contains “no drags… no shade… jus love, gratitude, acceptance, honesty, forgiveness … and growth”. It’s a soft song about self-love even in the face of pain. Who couldn’t get behind that?

Listen to ‘thank u, next’ here.

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WATCH: A$AP Rocky ‘Fukk Sleep ft. FKA Twigs’ 

Honestly I’ve been waiting for new FKA Twigs visuals for so long I’m absolutely happy to accept any crumbs she throws at me, including this A$AP Rocky feature. To be fair though, any material audio, visual or otherwise Twigs pops up on is fated to become as much hers as it is the principle artist’s, such is the immensity of her star power. The Fukk Sleep video is a sensory feast, and only reinforces the strength of her vision and physicality. When’s the album dropping, Twigs?! I need it.

Watch the ‘Fukk Sleep’ video here.

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READ: ‘Back in bloom: how queer male pop reclaimed its star status’ by Brian O’Flynn for The Guardian

If all articles could be like this, please? Brian Flynn examines 40 whole years of the queer male in pop, from the cutting of Little Richard’s lyrics about anal sex from Tutti Frutti, to the closeted stars of the 80s, to post-AIDS stigmatisation, all the way through to the 2018 queer pop landscape that embraces the likes of Perfume Genius, Sufjan Stevens, and Troye Sivan. It’s a hopeful piece—the change is a change for the better, for sure—but such is the thoughtful nature of Flynn’s writing that he takes the time to remind us that the music industry is very much a capitalist machine intent on curating a saleable image. If real change is to be affected, then the industry must focus on the whole artist not just the ‘pretty parts’.

Read the article here.

IF YOU’RE GOING OUT 

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What: Raye

Where: KOKO

When:  Tuesday 6th

Londoner Raye’s been firmly on our radar for the last couple of years thanks to the constant stream of RnB bangers she’s been pinging steadily into the world. Rumour has it she’s got some new material up her sleeve, and she’s chomping at the bit to share it. Take it from us: she’s an electrifying performer, and if precedent is anything to go by, these new tunes will be well worth the Tuesday trip out into the newly chilly night.

Grab your tickets here

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What: Lands

Where: Bush Theatre

When: Tuesday 6th November - 1st December

Leah and Sophie have been together, here, for a long time. They are happy here. But there’s a problem. There’s a fucking massive problem and soon they’re going to have to talk about it.

The award-winning Antler return with a playful, intimate dissection of a relationship teetering on the edge of collapse. An absurd tragicomedy, Lands explores the impossibility of relationships, our inability to understand one another and the hills we’re willing to die on. This moving play arrives at the Bush following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

Grab your tickets here

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What: The Vavengers & The Circle present Volume III 

Where: 48 Wharf Road, NW1 7UX

When: Saturday 10th November 

The Vavengers have teamed up with Annie Lennox's NGO The Circle to bring you an evening of live music and spoken word to encourage open dialogue about gender-based violence. There’ll be music from Before Breakfast and Quiet Man, and poetry from Cecillia Knapp. All proceeds from the event are going to La Fraternite, a London-based charity working to end F.G.M by promoting healthcare and education within the Guinean community. 

Grab your tickets here

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