BUST’s 10 Best Bets For April And May 2017: The Handmaid’s Tale, Twin Peaks, Amelie And More

by BUST Magazine


1: The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu
This Hulu original series based on the classic feminist dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred, a woman forced into sexual slavery by a totalitarian government intent on repopulating their dying world. A potent reminder of what can happen when women’s rights are stripped away, Handmaid’s Tale promises to be a hit with the pussy hat crowd when it premieres April 26.


2: Joanie4Jackie.com
A feminist video series launched by artist, writer, and filmmaker Miranda July in 1995, Joanie 4 Jackie was a riot grrrl chain letter that connected and inspired female creatives well into the next decade. Now recognized as a valuable time capsule of the era, the whole collection has been donated to the Getty Research Institute in L.A. and archived online for the first time at Joanie4Jackie.com.

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3: Twin Peaks on Showtime
Warm up the cherry pie and brew a fresh pot of coffee, because the revival of the iconic David Lynch series Twin Peaks is coming to Showtime May 21. The 18 new episodes are a continuation of the original early ’90s series, set in the present day, 25 years after the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer.


4: Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on TBS
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is traditionally attended by the president and features speakers gently roasting the current administration. But this year, Trump isn’t going and Samantha Bee is taking the “gentle” out of the equation by hosting her own alternative event on the same night, April 29, where nobody plans to go easy on the Cheeto-in-Chief. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the show will be broadcast on TBS soon after.


5: Making Oprah Podcast
Hosted by Jenn White and produced by WBEZ in Chicago, Making Oprah is an incredibly in-depth audio documentary series that tracks the rise of a broadcasting legend. The show features interviews with Oprah’s former boss, her producers, her competition, her hairdresser, and best of all, with Queen O herself. Catch all the episodes and bonus content, too, on iTunes.

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6: “From The Desk of ?Simone de Beauvoir”
Now through June 2, The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., will be hosting “From The Desk of Simone de Beauvoir,” an installation that “invites visitors to reflect on Beauvoir’s impact, not only in her time and not only as a feminist, but in our own time and in the areas of literature, philosophy, and popular culture.” Find out more at NMWA.org.

7: Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story By Peter Bagge
Fresh off his comic-book tribute to Margaret Sanger, artist Peter Bagge is back with another graphic novel dedicated to a fierce feminist. Fire!! traces the life of novelist, folklorist, and all-around genius Zora Neale Hurston in full color panels that bring her triumphs and tragedies to life.


8: Amélie on Broadway
Starring Phillipa Soo—best known for originating the role of Eliza in HamiltonAmélie is a new musical based on the beloved 2001 film about a plucky Parisian girl who finds love while committing random acts of kindness. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, this big-budget Broadway bonanza is by, for, and about the ?ladies. Get tix and find out more at AmelieBroadway.com.

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9: Comedian ?Nicole Byer
Best known for her MTV shows Girl Code and Loosely Exactly Nicole, Nicole Byer is also a superstar standup with a razor-sharp wit, no shame in her game, and confidence to burn. Check out her tour schedule at nicolebyer.tumblr.com and say you saw her before she took over the world.

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10: “Riot” Video ?by Bibi Bourelly
“Fist up till I stop breathin,’” proclaims singer/songwriter Bibi Bourelly in her rousing video for “Riot.” The perfect antidote for activism fatigue, this gorgeous black and white montage of protesters taking it to the streets accompanies what could be the new anthem of the #resistance. Check it out on YouTube.


By Emily Rems

Photos: Michael Lavine (Miranda July); Patrick Wymore/Showtime (Twin Peaks); Eric Ray Davidson/TBS (Samantha Bee); ABC/Randy Holmes (Oprah); Emily Haight, NMWA (“From The Desk of Simone de Beauvoir”); Joan Marcus (Amélie); MTV (Nicole Byer)

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