When “Fat Ham,” James Ijames’ adaptation of “Hamlet” in the southern United States, debuted last year as a streaming-only production from the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, my colleague Jesse Green l hailed as “the rare take-off that really takes off”. This week, “Fat Ham” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and began in-person performances at the Public Theater in New York City.
Until I can see it, I’m listening to the complementary playlist that Ijames and the play’s director, Saheem Ali, have curated on Spotify; it includes selections from Emily King, Radiohead and Joan Armatrading. Why not make it the soundtrack of your week?
Another competitor: “This Is a Photograph” by Kevin Morby. Grayson Haver Currin considers it “a confident 45-minute sashay through vulnerable devotions and existential musings, melodious folk and handclapping soul”. Or make it “Un Verano Sin Ti” from Bad Bunny and repeat it all summer long.
Or, stick to a Pulitzer theme and prep for Kendrick Lamar’s new album, his first in five years. (He won the Pulitzer for Music in 2018.) Then, hear poet Ada Limón share a work by this year’s poetry winner, Diane Seuss, and check out Limón’s new collection, “The Hurting Kind.”
This weekend, I’m ready for the spring weather to stop its flirtation and engage. Wherever you are, whatever the season, I hope you can get out, to see 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 are the headliners of the Lovers & Friends festival. There’s a grilled cheese festival in Sacramento. A three-week arts festival in Brussels. In New York, the revival of the piano bar is underway. (The song that drives the whole room crazy? “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton.)
You might be thinking about planning a trip for the coming months. Maybe a legendary resort in Mexico? A night tour of Ibiza? Discover what’s new in Rome. And in outer space. Or stay where you are, cook breakfast for dinner with one of our 24 egg recipes (Melissa Clark picked a favorite below) and take in a dreamy depiction of Ireland in “Conversations with Friends” by Sally Rooney, which premieres Sunday on Hulu.
What have you planned for the weekend? Tell me about that.
THE WEEK IN CULTURE
Gyeran bap (egg rice)
A few days of sustained good weather in New York gave me a bad spring fever, making me want to spend all my time outside, and not, as is usually the case, in the kitchen. That’s when the eggs come to the rescue. Not only are they a symbol of spring, but they’re also quick, easy to cook and so versatile, as evidenced by the New York Times Cooking’s latest special wrap, 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 fried eggs browned in butter, drizzled with sesame oil and soy sauce that condense and caramelize. He suggests laying the puffy-edged eggs over 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 front 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 win a championship. Then they came across Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old Mavericks superstar is so good it sometimes feels like he’s taking on the other team on his own. The Suns couldn’t find a way to stop Doncic; they have one more chance. Game 7 is at 8 p.m. EST Sunday on TNT.
NOW IT’S TIME TO PLAY