Spice Up Your Life With a Trip to London's Spice Girls Exhibition 

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Leon Neal, AFP/Getty Images

Sparkly platform boots, leopard-print jumpsuits, and skintight dresses emblazoned with the Union Jack: These items could be found in none other than a Spice Girl's wardrobe. Around 300 outfits worn by the most iconic girl group of the '90s are currently on public display in London, in addition to thousands of other key pieces of Spice Girl memorabilia, The Independent reports.

Spice Girls shoes and clothes
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The "Spice Up London" exhibition was spearheaded by Alan Smith-Allison, a Spice Girls super-fan who started building up his collection of memorabilia in 2006. The exhibition houses 7000 items in total, including toys, CDs, videos, magazines, merchandise, mopeds, and the double-decker bus featured in the movie Spice World.

Also on display is a bedroom model replete with Spice Girls bedsheets and posters, which probably looked a lot like many kids' rooms in the '90s. And of course, there are the clothes. On display is the faux snakeskin trench coat that Mel B (Scary Spice) donned when the Spice Girls met Nelson Mandela (yes, that really happened, and the South African leader even remarked that the Spice Girls were his "heroes").

Spice Girls costumes
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There's also the aforementioned Union Jack dress worn by Ginger Spice, which isn't so much a single garment as it is a tea towel attached to a little black dress.

While most of the items hark back to the '90s, the exhibit follows Baby, Scary, Sporty, Ginger, and Posh Spice through their entire career trajectory, culminating in their 2012 reunion and performance at the London Olympics. As to whether another Spice reunion is in the works, Mel B said recently that the girl squad is gearing up for more performances.

"Spice Up London" will be on display at the Business Design Centre in London until August 20. From there, it will head to the Manchester Central Convention Complex and remain on view from August 24 to September 4.

[h/t The Independent]

Aretha Franklin Concert Documentary Being Released, Nearly 50 Years After It Was Filmed

Al’s Records and Tapes
Al’s Records and Tapes

In January 1972, soul queen Aretha Franklin went to the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the Watts  of neighborhood Los Angeles to record what would become the highest selling live gospel album of all time, her Grammy-winning Amazing Grace. With her was director Sydney Pollack, who was there to turn her two days of performances into a concert documentary to accompany the album. Unfortunately, technical and legal issues have kept footage locked away ever since. Now, as Konbini alerts us, it's finally getting its big-screen debut, 46 years after it was filmed.

Amazing Grace will premiere during DOC NYC, a documentary film festival in New York. Filmed when Franklin was just shy of her 30th birthday, the 87-minute movie—which DOC NYC artistic director Thom Powers calls "a lost treasure of documentary filmmaking"—captures the singer at her peak, performing for a packed house with the help of a live gospel choir.

Before Pollack died in 2008, the award-winning director behind 1985 movie Out of Africa and 1982 film Tootsie expressed his wish that his long-dormant film finally be revised and released. Producer Alan Elliott bought the rights in 2007. Though Franklin herself died in August 2018, Elliott worked with Franklin's estate—led by her niece, Sabrina Owens—to ready the film for its premiere.

It debuts on November 12, 2018. You can see some highlights in the trailer below.

Amazing Grace Trailer 072718 from alan elliott on Vimeo.

[h/t Konbini]

Does Hearing Christmas Music in Early November Enrage You? You're Not Alone


While some people still haven't gotten around to taking down their Halloween decorations, stores around the country are already blaring Christmas music. If the opening notes of "Jingle Bells" fill you with dread, you're not alone: a significant portion of shoppers find the seasonal soundtrack grating, and hearing it too early may be taking a toll on your mental health.

According to clinical psychologist Linda Blair, people who already find the holidays stressful may be triggered when holiday music creeps into early November. "It's a reminder that we have to buy presents, cater for people, organize celebrations," she told Sky News. "Some people will react to that by making impulse purchases, which the retailer likes. Others might just walk out of the shop. It's a risk."

This may sound like a no-brainer to anyone who's in touch with their inner Grinch, and past research backs up the claims. In a 2011 Consumer Reports survey of more than 1000 people, 23 percent of respondents cited seasonal music as the thing they dread most about the holidays, placing it above holiday parties and disappointing gifts. A Research Intelligence Group poll from 2014 [PDF] found that holiday music can be so bothersome that 36 percent of people have admitted to leaving a store because of it.

For many, holiday music straddles a thin line between comforting and annoying. If seasonal songs have you humming along rather than plugging your ears, it may have something to do with the "mere exposure effect"—a psychological phenomenon where people tend to enjoy things they're familiar with. But at a certain point this effect wears off, with some songs becoming so familiar that they're no longer pleasant to listen to.

Of course that's not the case for everyone. The holidays are a happy time of year for many people, and seasonal music and decorations are a reminder of that. If that applies to you, feel free to start blasting your favorite Christmas tunes before Thanksgiving. (You may just want to keep it at a low enough volume that you don't annoy your neighbors.)