Winter is coming - but you don't have to stay inside. And if you do, make sure you've got some quality TV instead of those Friends reruns. We've rounded up 10 of best new movies, TV series, concerts and books for December and January. Enjoy - we know we will.
1. Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” Tour
Holiday! Celebrate! The Material Girl is currently ripping up the road bringing her tricked-out live show to 20 cities in North America and 16 cities in Europe and the U.K. through the end of 2015, with additional dates already confirmed for 2016. Expect to gag on her couture costumes (adorned with 2,500,000 Swarovski crystals!) and rock out to new numbers as well as tried-and-true classics.
2. Sisters Starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
We’re already planning what we’re going to wear to the December 18 opening of this crucial comedy starring the two funniest humans alive. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play siblings who decide to throw one last major rager in their childhood home. And with a guest list that includes Maya Rudolph, Heather Matarazzo, and Ike Barinholtz, it’s sure to be the party of the year.
3. Teachers on TV Land
Starring all-female improv group the Katydids, this farcical new series coming to TV Land in January follows six dysfunctional, highly inappropriate elementary school teachers who refuse to read fairytales because “sometimes Prince Charming wants to date other people,” hit on the resident “hot dad,” and snap up Groupons for anal bleaching.
4. Neko Case’s Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule Box Set
Folk-rock phenomenon and former BUST cover gal Neko Case is pulling out all the stops with this massive, career-spanning vinyl set. The box features all eight of her albums re-mastered from original tapes, along with a photo book designed by Case. Grab one at anti.com.
5. Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton
Canadian cartoonist Kate Beaton is back with another collection of comics from Drawn and Quarterly that heckle history, skewer sexism, and poke fun at fiction. Straddling the line between silly and super smart, Beaton’s work is in a class all its own.
6. An En Vogue Christmas on DVD
Hitting shelves just in time for holiday season, this Lifetime drama stars ’90s R&B goddesses Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, and Rhona Bennett as themselves, staging an En Vogue reunion to save the theater that launched their careers. Sounds like Breakin’, but with Funky Divas!
7. Inflection Point Podcast
This weekly San Francisco-based public radio show and podcast hosted by Lauren Schiller features “interviews with women changing the status quo.” Don’t miss her chat with comedy legend Lily Tomlin, who astutely observes, “Boy, it would be a big help if everybody was more ‘feministly’ inclined.” Catch it online at inflectionpointradio.org.
8. Lady Leshurr’s “Queen’s Speech” Videos
Rising U.K. hip-hop sensation Lady Leshurr (aka Melesha O’Garro) is tearing up YouTube with her “Queen’s Speech” series of rapid-fire grime videos. Razor sharp, audacious, and majorly clever, she’s one of those artists you’ll want to say you knew about before she took over the world.
9. Redheads Anonymous Web Series
In this sarcastic series created, produced, written by, and starring Elisabeth Ness, four pals try to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a redhead?” in order to win a scholarship for gingers. Catch all of Season One at redheadsanonymous.com.
10. Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset By Caitlin Kuhwald
Get ready for Hillary with illustrator Caitlin Kuhwald’s playful paper-doll book! The set includes three colorful backdrops (Oval Office, White House Lawn, and Situation Room) where you can dress up Madam President in stylish pantsuits so she can hang out with her friends, including Bill, Oprah, and the Notorious RBG.
List by Emily Rems
Photos: Kevin Mazur for WireImage/Getty (Madonna); K. C. Bailey (Sisters); Courtesy of TV Land (Teachers); Frank King (Inflection Point); Tabz Wilson (Lady Leshurr)
This originally appeared in the December/January print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!