THIS MONTH: AUGUST 2021

From design exhibitions to flights that take you to the edge of space, here's what we're most looking forward to in August:

LITERATURE

AUGUST 3:
Savage Tongues by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
Book release

After winning the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her tragicomic epic, Call Me Zebra, Van der Vliet Oloomi—who interviewed artist Orkideh Torabi for Platform last month—is back with what is being hailed as one of the year's most anticipated novels.

DESIGN

AUGUST 5:
Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow
Design exhibit
London, UK

With this year's pandemic-delayed Olympic games officially underway, the time is ripe for looking back on the history of the international athletic contest. Japan House London's newest exhibit on the Tokyo 1964 games examines the strong design of that event's advertising posters, tickets stubs and design guide – all within the context of Japan's post-WWII cultural and economic rebirth.

MUSIC

AUGUST 7:
Warm Up 2021 @ MoMA PS1
Outdoor music series
Long Island City, NY


Warm Up
has returned to the MoMA PS1 courtyard. Last year, the popular summer music series—which typically takes place across several weeks—was condensed into a one day-long virtual set, but it's back for three events this summer, in-person & online. The first features Philadelphia's Amorphous, Atlanta's Yung Baby Tate, and New York's Patia's Fantasy World—all of whom will perform from Rashid Johnson's interactive installation Stage.

FILM

AUGUST 13:
Outfest Los Angeles
Film festival
Los Angeles, CA

Film festivals are finally back! Outfest – a film festival dedicated to LGBTQ storytelling – will launch its LA event with a slate of films to be presented in theaters, drive-ins and online.

MUSIC

AUGUST 20:
Fever Dreams by Villagers
Album release

The searing heat of late summer usually calls for music that straddles the line between dream-like and upbeat, something delivered by Irish indie band Villager's latest album.

TECHNOLOGY

AUGUST 21:
ZERO-G
Zero-gravity flight experience
New York, New York

There have been countless news items written about those who rocketed to outer space recently. Now, you can join them. Zero Gravity Corporation is the only FAA-approved flight in the US that allows passengers to travel to the edge of space and experience a weightless environment. The company is operating a total of five flights out of New York for a few short weeks.

LITERATURE

AUGUST 24:
The Love Songs of W.E.B Dubois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Book release

This new novel marks the prose debut of National Book Award–nominated poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Its multi-generational story centers on a family beginning during the colonial slave trade through the Civil War and into the present day. Ailey Pearl Garfield, the book's protagonist, grapples with the concept of legacy and the lingering phantom of past traumas.

ART

AUGUST 27:
Here You Come Again, Frances Waite
Exhibition
New York, New York

Frances Waite's third solo exhibition at Elijah Wheat sees the artist reinventing her graphite drawings. Using her signature photorealistic style, Waite depicts intimate settings with subjects who can be at once confrontational, gentle and even brash.