Stop scrolling: new Ari Lennox, a book about urban food and a provocative exhibition exploring bodies

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12 Sep 2022
Stop scrolling: new Ari Lennox, a book about urban food and a provocative exhibition exploring bodies

Woo's cultural tonic for the endless cycle of doomscrolling

image Jonas McIlwain

words Eve Walker

Doomscrolling can take you into a grim place, being linked to both physical and mental health - a recent study said that of those with “severely problematic” news consumption, 74% reported experiencing mental health problems and 61% reported physical problems.

Our antidote for this sorrow, the endless blast of short-form nonversation and headlines about the end of the world, is to help you escape the news cycle and embrace what the great big world has to offer you. We know you're busy and there’s a lot to digest, so each week we’ll bring you a roundup of carefully curated reads, exhibitions, big-screen events and album drops to check out.

Go to the exhibition everyone’s talking about

Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics at the Barbican showcases the interdisciplinary work of American artist and feminist icon Carolee Schneemann (1939-2019). Exploring themes from sexual expression and the male gaze to human suffering, this exhibition boasts 300 objects, some rarely seen. From paintings, sculptures, photographs, and films to mesmerising large-scale installations, don’t miss out on seeing six decades of work by one of the most provocative artists of the 20th century.

You can visit Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, 8 September 2022 – 8 January 2023

Hide from the rain with a book about urban food culture

Open City

London Feeds Itself - edited by Jonathon Nunn

London Feeds Itself - edited by Jonathon Nunn

Open City

London is packed with elegant restaurants, buzzing food halls serving big plates, armchair-ed and silent haunts delivering tiny haute cuisine and cute little cafés with mouth-watering pastries. Yet this book explores the other side to food in London, the food that comes from those cooking in marginal spaces. Exploring the food culture in allotments, warehouses, rivers and libraries, London Feeds Itself looks at how urban communities and food intertwine. There are 25 essays about 25 hospitality buildings and structures written by writers, journalists and politicians. Alongside this sits 125 guides to the best vernacular eateries in London. Unlike any food guide you’ve ever read before, this book makes you look at urban food in a unique way. Move over, Tripadvisor…

Bop to new Ari Lennox

The age/sex/location album is the much anticipated album from Ari Lennox – her first in three years since her since her debut album Shea Butter Baby. The 12-track set features star-studded appearances from Lucky Daye, Summer Walker, Chlöe, with production from the likes of J. Cole, Elite, Bryan-Michael Cox, J. White Did It, Cardiak, and Organized Noize and Jermaine Dupri. The most notable song is “Leak It” a saucy track featuring Chlöe, with the two ladies singing about what goes on underneath the sheets.

“This album is the transitional space before my current eat pray love journey,” Ari told fans in an instagram post.

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Book your tickets to the BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival tickets are going on general sale on 13 September, with events taking place across the UK and online. With a programme of over 300 movies and series from different countries around the world, the festival is one of the cinematic highlights of the year. The 2022 programme is bustling with outstanding works of fiction, documentary, animation, artists’ moving image, short film, as well as newly restored classics, as well as international works. There really is something for everyone.

Must-watches this year are; She Said, the true story of the two journalists who helped give voice to Harvey Weinstein's victims and accusers; Till, the heartbreaking story of lynching victim Emmet Till’s mother, Mamie Till, and her fight for justice; My Policeman, a forbidden love story with Harry Styles playing a closeted gay man at a time homosexuality was illegal in Britain; *The Swimmers, a awe-inspiring drama based on the true story of two sisters from war-torn Syria and their journey to the 2016 Rio Olympics; Aftersun, the sad but poignant drama starring Paul Mescal depicting the relationship between a young father and his daughter at a holiday resort; God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines, a fascinating and nostalgic documentary that shows the roots of techno music and how Detroit was the cultural epicentre; and Shabu, the Dutch documentary following a charismatic and vivacious young rapper called Shabu during a Rotterdam summer.

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