Stop Scrolling: A child prodigy on the rise and Willow’s nod to noughties nostalgia
Woo's cultural tonic for the endless cycle of doomscrolling
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words Lucy O'Brien
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.
Listen to Willow's new album Coping Mechanism
The singer’s latest sonic venture and fifth studio album invites us to join her as she navigates tumultuous human emotions. Produced by guitarist Chris Greatti, the predominantly rock-based soundtrack combined with Willow’s trademark emo-pop influences makes for an explosive and entrancing listen; even if the whole album only clocks in at just under 30 minutes. Her new sound echoes the era of noughties pop-punk, and you couldn’t be blamed if listening to the album conjured up memories of icons like Avril Levine, P!NK and Paramore. Needless to say, this could be the autumn soundtrack we didn’t know we needed.
Willow’s album Coping Mechanism is out now.
Discover Lewis Capaldi's True Calling as an instant pizza chef
Scotland’s own Lewis Capaldi is a jack of all trades, it seems. Not only has he broken records with his chart-topping singles, but his latest business venture is set to take the culinary world by storm - and no, it’s not with a deep-fried food brand. In fact, the singer has partnered up with Tesco and Iceland to release his self-curated range of frozen pizzas. Named Capaldi’s Big Sexy Pizza line, the collab will offer family favourites priced at just £5. He really is a man of the people. Announcing it on Instagram, he said: “I think lockdown spurred on a lot of ideas for a lot of people, and I turned to sourdough. Sourdough is my solace.” Hey, whatever keeps you happy, Lewis!
Witness the birth of a child genius
Andres Valencia is the art-world’s latest prodigy. At just 10 years old, the young surrealist painter is being dubbed as a modern, “little Picasso”. He has already racked up thousands of dollars by selling his paintings - one of which sold for $230,000 at a charity gala in Italy. You can now find his canvases in the homes of A-list art collectors, as well as celebrities like Channing Tatum and Sophia Vergara. Of the money he has made so far, Andres and his family have donated some to Aids charity amfAR and the children’s charity, Box of Hope. In June, he even had a solo show at the prestigious Chase Contemporary gallery in SoHo, New York.
Watch Viola Davis's long-awaited turn in The Woman King
This meticulously-produced epic action movie is set to become a cult classic in cinema history. The cast, made up of almost entirely Black women is a necessary cultural cleanse from traditional blockbuster movies. Loosely based on true events, the movie follows the west African kingdom of Dahomey, defended and feared for its women-formed army, the Agojie. Led by its mighty general Nanisca (played by Academy Award-winning Viola Davis), director Gina Prince-Bythewood takes us on a journey of endurance, survival and sisterhood as a community of women are transformed into the next generation of legendary warriors.
The Woman King is in UK cinemas now.
Read Kamila Shamise's meditation on the power of friendship
The latest novel by former Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Kamila Shamise is an epic dive into both the power and bounds of childhood friendship. Two young Pakistani women, Maryam and Zahra, were once inseparable. Fast forward many years later, however, and the pair are leading different adult lives in London. But the past always finds a way of resurfacing, as their paths become inextricably intertwined once more. Best of Friends explores ideas of escape, shared histories, endurance and identity in this modern reimagining of a coming of age narrative.
Visit artist Juliana Huxtable’s mythical sensual wonderland
Showing at Bethnal Green’s Project Native Informant, New York-hailing Juliana Huxtable’s latest exhibition Akimbo Spittle celebrates women’s bodies in all their ethereal and mythic wonder. Bare-breasted, neon-coated winged creatures decorate the east London space, culminating in a technicolour celebration of all things gender, sexuality and bodies.
Akimbo Spittle is currently showing at Project Native Informant in London until 22 October