The To Do List: w/c 8th 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…
LISTEN: Cat Power ‘You Get’
Chan Marshall has always sounded like she’s seen a lot, but her recently released album Wanderer sound more steeped in experience than ever before. On ‘You Get’ she sings ‘You never take time / No, you’ll never take mine,’ there’s a world weariness that hangs heavy in her voice, and a languor in the instrumentation to match. If you listened to ‘You Get’ without paying much attention you might find it calming, relaxing even, but there’s so much more to be found here — you just have to listen closely.
Listen to the track here.
READ: Taylor Swift, Apolitical No More, Endorses Democratic Candidates in Tennessee
Well, FINALLY. I have not got much to say here except that I’m glad that Taylor’s finally taken the plunge and has spoken out in support of a Democratic candidate after years of keeping her fans in the dark regarding her political leanings. Sure, there may once have been a time in which we didn’t need to know that sort of thing, but times have changed, and celebrity endorsement is hugely important. Indeed, there has been a big spike in voter registration in the 24 hours since Taylor’s Instagram statement. It’s a bit late, certainly, but the Democrats needs all the help they can get come the midterms, and this is one step in the right direction.
Read the article here.
WATCH: A Star Is Born (1976), via Netflix
Well HELLO people if you haven’t gone to see Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga’s 2018 version of A Star Is Born I suggest you rectify that catastrophic mistake immediately. And then, when you’ve recovered, head over to Netflix and watch the Barbara Streisand / Kris Kristofferson version. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is very much its own beast, but there’s so much to be found in comparing the two, particularly in terms of Lady Gaga’s own IRL stardom alongside Streisand’s. Not gonna lie to you though, Kris Kristofferson is NO Bradley.
Watch the trailer here.
IF YOU’RE GOING OUT…
What: Ivo Graham: Motion Sickness
Where: Soho Theatre
When: 8th - 13th October
Okay so first listen to the latest episode of The You Do You Show, in which comedian Ivo Graham looks back at his teen obsessions, relationship woes, and key pop culture moments, and then grab a ticket to his Soho Theatre show Motion Sickness, in which he faces the future. If the hour I spent with him last week to record this podcast is anything to go by (and I do believe it is), Motion Sickness is bound to be very, very funny.
Grab tickets here.
Where: Camden People’s Theatre
When: 9th - 11th October
Meet Sade and Freya. Two high femme weirdos, and best of friends, who share a bedroom.Taking place somewhere between the dream world of their minds & the real-life space of their very own bedroom, Kingdom is a joyous celebration of queer friendship and feminine intimacy.
Kingdom is a new show by Celine Lowenthal and Temi Wilkey, whose work as directors of Pecs Drag Kings have seen them sell out at Soho Theatre, The Yard, Tate Britain and Brighton Pride.
Grab tickets here.
What: Dance Umbrella 2018: Out of the System
Where: Shoreditch Town Hall
When: 10th - 12th October
As part of this year’s Dance Umbrella festival, choreographer, performer and educator, Freddie Opoku-Addaie has curated festival-within-a-festival, Out of System. Freddie Opoku-Addaie invites South African born award-winning dancer and choreographer Gregory Maqoma and the artists of Via Katlehong to bring the whistling, tapping, clapping rebellion of the quick-stepping Pantsula movement to the stage. The second show is from South-London choreographer and artist Ivan Blackstock (who we interviewed last year), who brings CRXSS PLATFXRM, an arts organisation devoted to supporting and showcasing the unseen wave of artists pushing forward UK Street Culture in the UK.
Grab tickets here.