Week Of Women: October 27-November 2, 2017

by Erika W. Smith


Stranger Things returns this Halloween week, but the rest of our pop culture picks are a little less spooky. With new documentaries about Joan Didion and Grace Jones, a new novel by Isabel Allende, and rock goddess Kembra Pfahler joining BUST editors on our podcast Poptarts, it’s an exciting Week Of Women for sure. 

As always, we haven’t watched or read these all ourselves (publicists, get at me: [email protected]). When we have, we’ll include a note and a link to our review. Enjoy!


Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Literary icon Joan Didion, now 82, is the subject of this intimate documentary, directed by her nephew Griffin Dunne. Stay tuned for a review on BUST.com. Out Friday, October 27 on Netflix.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami

Musical icon Grace Jones, now 69, is the subject of this celebratory documentary, directed by Sophie Fiennes. Out Friday, October 27.


Writer/director Maggie Betts shows how Vatican II affected the lives of Catholic women in the 1960s, following a group of young nuns-in-training under the control of a strict Reverend Mother (Melissa Leo). Out Friday, October 27. See BUST’s October/November 2017 issue for review (also coming to BUST.com).


Stranger Things

The spooky, ‘80s-tastic Netflix series returns with its second season, and we can’t wait to spend some time with Eleven, Winona Ryder, and some monsters. Released Friday, October 27 on Netflix.


Allison Janney and Anna Faris return with the fifth season of this award-winning sitcom created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, and Gemma Baker. Premieres Thursday, November 2 on CBS.


“STFU” by Jarina De Marco

Brazilian-Dominican artist Jarina De Marco is a cult goddess with attitude in this lilac-tinged music video. Out now. Read more on BUST.com.

“Moon In The Sky” Remix by Madame Gandhi

Perera Elsewhere teamed up with Madame Gandhi for this hypnotic remix. Out now. See BUST.com for an interview with Madame Gandhi.

Kembra Pfahler on BUST’s Poptarts podcast

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Rock goddess Kembra Pfahler guest stars on BUST’s podcast, Poptarts. Subscribe to hear her talk with BUST editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts about her upcoming film presentation/live performance at NYC venue The Kitchen, plus art, activism, and staying true to herself. Out now.


In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

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Chilean-American writer Isabel Allende has been writing beloved novels for 35 years. In her latest, a minor traffic accident becomes the catalyst for a love story between two people “in the winters of their lives.” Out Tuesday, October 31.

Ask: Building Consent Culture, edited by Kitty Stryker

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This essay collection, edited by writer, activist, and queer sex educator Kitty Stryker, explores the meaning of consent inside and outside the bedroom. Out now. Read our review on BUST.com.

Top photo: Stranger Things/Netflix

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