When “Fat Ham,” James Ijames’s adaptation of “Hamlet” set in the American South, debuted last year as an exclusive broadcast production from Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, my colleague Jesse Green hailed it as “the rare takeoff that really takes off.” This week, “Fat Ham” won the Pulitzer Prize for theater and began performing in person at New York’s Public Theater.
Until I can see it, I’m listening to the companion playlist that Ijames and the play’s director, Saheem Ali, have curated on Spotify; includes selections from Emily King, Radiohead and Joan Armatrading. Why not make it the soundtrack of your week?
Another contender: Kevin Morby’s “This Is a Photograph.” Grayson Haver Currin considers it “a confident 45-minute sashay through vulnerable devotionals and existential musings, tuneful folk and clapping soul.” Or turn it into Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti” and keep it on repeat all summer long.
You could also stick with a Pulitzer tune and listen to Kendrick Lamar’s new album, his first in five years. (He won the Pulitzer for music in 2018.) Then listen to poet Ada Limón share a work by this year’s poetry winner, Diane Seuss, and view Limón’s new collection, “The Hurting Kind.”
This weekend I’m ready for the spring weather to stop flirting and get engaged. Wherever you are, whatever the season, I hope you can get out there and check out what’s going on. In Detroit, there’s a new production of Anthony Davis’ first opera, “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.” In Las Vegas, Lauryn Hill, Usher and TLC headline the Lovers & Friends festival. There’s a grilled cheese festival in Sacramento. A three-week art festival in Brussels. In New York, there is a piano bar renaissance underway. (The song that drives the whole room crazy? “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton.)
You could think about planning a trip for the next few months. Perhaps a historic resort in Mexico? A tour of the nightlife of Ibiza? Check out what’s new in Rome. And in outer space. Or stay where you are, make breakfast for dinner with one of our 24 egg recipes (Melissa Clark picked one of her favorites below), and enjoy a dreamy portrayal of Ireland in Sally Rooney’s “Conversations with Friends,” which debuts Sunday on Hulu.
What do you have planned for the weekend? Tell me about it.
THE WEEK IN CULTURE
Gyeran bap (rice with egg)
A few days of sustained glorious New York weather gave me a bad case of spring fever, making me want to spend all my time outside and not, as is often the case, in the kitchen. This is when eggs come to the rescue. Not only are they a symbol of spring, they’re also quick, easy to cook, and highly versatile, as evidenced by the latest New York Times Cooking special pack, a celebration of eggs. Take, for example, Eric Kim’s smart gyeran bap (egg rice). At the center of this Korean pantry meal are two eggs fried in brown butter, drenched in sesame oil and soy sauce that are condensed and caramelized. He suggests dropping the eggs with the puffy edges onto hot rice and topping them with gim (roasted, seasoned seaweed). But I also like to slide them on buttered toast, then eat them outside on the porch while I still can.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns, NBA playoffs: The Suns had the best record in the NBA this season. It looked like their veteran point guard, Chris Paul, might finally get a championship. Then they ran into Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old Mavericks superstar is so good that sometimes it seems like she’s facing the other team alone. The Suns haven’t found a way to stop Doncic; They have one more chance. Game 7 is at 8 pm ET on Sunday on TNT.