Some years ago, I saw Teresa Cristina and her band Grupo Semente perform in a bar in Rio – one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen. Their music is so heart-warming and so is her voice – very uplifting lockdown listening.
I recently watched the great Nina Simone documentary on Netflix, What Happened, Miss Simone?, and I’ve been listening to her songs on repeat ever since. Just so good.
Literary Friction, hosted by Carrie Plitt and Octavia Bright, is one of the best podcasts out there and has been such a great companion during lockdown. Their minisode on intimacy is particularly brilliant.
One of the things I’ve been missing the most during lockdown is not being able to go to the theatre and watch plays. Instead, I’ve been watching some online, including the National Theatre production of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, which features an incredible performance from Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois.
Night Tracks on Radio 3 hosted by Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Hannah Peel is such a well curated and beautiful show. A great late-night lockdown companion.
I’ve really enjoyed watching some old films, including Mankiewicz’s All about Eve (such a masterpiece), Preminger’s Laura and various Hitchcock ones. Most of them are on YouTube for free, which is amazing!
Music and spoken word recommendation
I saw HUH live at the Roundhouse last year and loved it – it’s now available to watch on YouTube – produced by Jasmin Kent Rodgman and featuring some amazing artists including Salena Godden, Errollyn Wallen and Ayanna Witter-Johnson. You can access the full livestream here.
Check out Héloïse Werner’s ‘coronasolfege’ series here, updated regularly throughout lockdown.