From Amy Schumer's The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, to the return of Jessica Williams' podcast 2 Dope Queens, to an afro-feminist adult coloring book (!!!!), here are BUST's 10 best pop culture bets for August and September 2016.
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer
We can’t wait for comedy genius Amy Schumer to drop her new book of personal essays on August 16. In it, she’ll reflect on everything from her childhood antics to her rise to stardom in stories that will have readers “wincing with recognition, nodding in solidarity, and laughing out loud.”
2 Dope Queens Season 2 Podcast on iTunes
Hosted by Daily Show superstar Jessica Williams and her BFF Phoebe Robinson, 2 Dope Queens from WNYC Studios has quickly become required listening among indie comedy fans. Recorded live in Brooklyn, every ep features standup sets from both big names like Janeane Garofalo and hilarious up-and-comers like Aparna Nancherla, all punctuated with riveting real talk from the two whip-smart hosts.
Transparent Season 3 on Amazon
The Pfefferman clan is returning to Amazon this September for another round of family fracas surrounding the gender transition of patriarch Mort into Maura. Helmed by boundary-breaking writer/director/creator Jill Soloway, Transparent has already scooped up buckets of Golden Globes and Emmys, and season three promises to be the most poignant one yet.
The Best of the Carol Burnett Show on iTunes
For the first time ever, the legendary sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show is being released digitally, providing a whole new generation with access to one of the funniest TV programs evs. Spanning 1972 to 1978, the four-volume collection captures Burnett cutting up alongside killer guests including Lily Tomlin, Betty White, and more.
Avie’s Dreams: An Afro-Feminist Coloring Book by Makeda Lewis
Adult coloring books are super hot right now, but it’s rare to find one that also appeals to women’s literary interests. Out September 13, Avie’s Dreams follows “a young dreamer who wanders through a personal mythology of women warriors, tropical flowers, and sea creatures after finding herself institutionalized.” Find it on Amazon.
One Mississippi on Amazon
A new dark comedy series starring standup renegade Tig Notaro and based on her real life, One Mississippi follows Notaro “as she navigates a complex return to her childhood hometown after the unexpected death of her mother.” Co-starring John Rothman and Casey Wilson, the show is already getting serious buzz. Catch it on Amazon in September.
Miss Sharon Jones!
Directed by Barbara Kopple, the new music documentary Miss Sharon Jones! follows the old-school R&B sensation “during the most intense and courageous year of her life, as she battles a life-threatening illness to get back to where she belongs—center stage.” Opens July 29.
Lion Babe on Tour
Neo soul duo Lion Babe is riding the wave of their rising popularity with their very first headlining tour of North America. Traversing the U.S.A. from July 1 through August 19, bandmates Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman will be kicking out the jams with supporting act Kamau, and their grooves are guaranteed to be extra fresh. Find out when they’ll be in your city here
“No Man’s Land”
Taking over the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. for the rest of the year starting September 30, “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection” is a show brimming with work by 37 contemporary artists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines, including Mickalene Thomas, Yayoi Kusama, Elizabeth Peyton, and more. Get all the info here
"Karate" Video by Babymeta
Ever since their latest album, Metal Resistance, came out earlier this year, the three teen girls in Japanese heavy-metal/J-pop band Babymetal have been blowing up stateside. Search for the video for their single “Karate” on YouTube and get lost in their adorable death imagery, martial arts moves, and gothic Lolita couture.
This article originally appeared in the August/September 2016 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!
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