Top image: Still, ‘Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution’ (2020) dir. James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham
The Weekend Combo is in self-isolation, shuttered at home finding new forms of entertainment that involve staying firmly put. While the usual array of exhibitions, gigs and bars are all off-limits, have no fear, we’ve subbed in the Lockdown Combo and edited together plenty to get your teeth stuck into from the comfort of your own sofa – and you needn’t even get dressed: plus!
Here’s our Lockdown Combo, bringing you the best things to do at home this weekend.
LONDON, FRIDAY 27th March – SUNDAY 29th March 2020
Changing the world
Produced by the Obamas, a new documentary lands on Netflix this week tracing the origins of America’s disability rights movement to Camp Jened, an early 70s summer camp for kids with disabilities.
Named after the nickname given to the Camp, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution digs deep into the roots of a civil rights movement that led to systemic change across the country. Shining a light on a powerful revolution in US history, it’s a must-watch that celebrates a group of kids marginalised, abused and ignored, until they forged their own path that would lead the way for many after them.
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution is streaming now on Netflix.
The good folks over at Mubi – a carefully-curated streaming site that edits together cultural classics from across the world – have made their services available for three months for a mere £1, providing some quality film content for all.
Current seasons on offer include Park Chan-wook’s vengeance films and Jean-Pierre Melville’s stylish crime flicks. Other films currently available include 2002 erotic comedy Secretary starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as the sore-buttocked worker, and modern western The Proposition, written by musician Nick Cave.
And if you just can’t get enough of isolation life, check out Natsuka Kusano’s experimental new film Domains. Conceived before the outbreak, the film echoes today’s times, with empty streets, characters keeping their distance and family lockdowns. Centred around a murder interrogation, it’s a gripping watch that takes on extra poignancy post-Corona.
Discover more here.
If you’ve ever found yourself binge-watching true documentaries – and let’s be real, who hasn’t? – then you’ll love this sharp, sardonic podcast: My Favourite Murder.
Delve deep into the archives and you’ll find fascinating details and conspiracy theories surrounding some of the world’s most famous unsolved murders, like child beauty queen Jon Benet Ramsey and The Black Dahlia. These are littered amongst hilarious comedy lists (weirdest ways to die in a horror film, anyone?) and in-depth, well-researched accounts of historical tragedies, like the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.
Listen to My Favorite Murder here.
Life on Mars?
Podcast recommendation number two: In 2018, on a remote mountain in Hawaii, six volunteers secluded themselves in a sealed dome the size of two tennis courts created to imitate the Mars terrain. Living together for a year, these six experts worked as imitation astronauts in order to help NASA understand what life on Mars might really entail, in preparation for the day when a crew travels there for real.
Intrigued? Listen to a full account of what happened through documentary podcast The Habitat, created by Gimlet Media. As our planet becomes ever weirder, perhaps moving to Mars is becoming more tempting than ever before. Think of it like Big Brother, only set in (fake) space, and actually good.
Listen to The Habitat here.
Tune in, bop out
One of the few plus points of all bars and venues being closed, is that many musicians are hopping online and live-streaming gigs to an audience that needn’t have to travel halfway around the world in order to attend.
Smooth songwriter Calvin Love has been a consistant sonic relief during these times, live-streaming home performances via Instagram. Transmitting his sultry tones directly to your house, Love will be live on Friday and Sunday at 21:00 UK time, playing hits from his brilliant new record, Night Songs.
Craving more crooner tones? London’s midnight cowboy Alan Power has also been sporadically streaming from his attic, playing his own tracks alongside covers by the likes of Roy Orbison and Bruce Springsteen.
Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess is making the most of these isolated times by bringing Britpop vibes back to Britain, and beyond. Throughout the week the musician has been hosting listening parties with contributions from the brains behind the albums.
Held on Twitter at 20:00 GMT each day, so far we’ve heard Franz Ferdinand’s debut record with tweets from the band, and Blur’s Parklife with contributions from drummer Dave Rowntree. Today, Burgess is mad fer it, going large with Oasis’ seminal record Definitely Maybe, featuring live commentary by Bonehead and main man Liam Gallagher. As always with Liam, expect a laugh.
Album listening parties.
Mon: Some Friendly – tweets by me
Tues: Franz Ferdinand – tweets by @Franz_Ferdinand
Weds: Parklife – with @DaveRowntree
Thursday: Going Blank Again – @Andybebop & @doctorloz
Fri: Definitely Maybe – with @BoneheadsPage & Liam. pic.twitter.com/GqNqedFeqv
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) March 22, 2020
How to See Film
Across the pond, MoMA has taken this opportunity to ask curators and experts from their film departments to share some of their wisdom. Currently online at their site, curators introduce their favorite film subjects with ten-minute videos, from Westerns and silents and B-Movies to Kung Fu and Frankenstein.
Fans of the YouTube series Every Frame A Painting will appreciate this superb breakdown of technique, context and narrative which will not give you intelligent ideas to pass off as your own in casual conversation but sort out your lockdown ‘to-see’ movie list.
Visit MoMA’s film lists here.
Frida deep dive
Art buffs can spend this weekend diving into the colourful legacy of Mexican trailblazer Frida Kahlo this weekend, thanks to Google Arts & Culture’s digital Faces of Frida project. Log on and zoom in to the details of her most famous works, including a series of iconic self-portraits and her painstakingly detailed still-life portraits, and then stay to read in-depth, written features on one of art history’s most fascinating pioneers.
Log onto Faces of Frida here.
Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940)
Poetry not in motion
Since Europe began going into isolation, Lou Doillon – musician, artist and daughter of Jane & Serge – has been live-streaming to her fans via Instagram Live. Something different every day, Doillon has been keeping something akin to a log, speaking to fans, answering questions, telling (bilingual) stories, reading poetry, playing music and providing self-care tips fit for the situation. We could happily listen to her speak all day, and you’ll be hooked in one go.
Self-isolation can take a real mental toll. That’s why Ruby Tandoh and Leah Pritchard have decided to reissue Do What You Want – a colourful mental health zine, which raised £24,000 for charities nationwide – online, completely free of charge.
Tandoh’s Eat Up! was all about reframing ‘healthy’ relationships with food, so it makes sense that the zine features comforting, easy-to-follow recipes alongside comic strips, personal essays and handy tips on how to take care of your mental health. You’ll discover a few vital NGOs along the way, too.
Do What You Want can be read in full via issu.