When “Fat Ham,” James Ijames’ adaptation of “Hamlet” set in the southern United States, debuted last year as a streaming-only production at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, my colleague Jesse Green praised it as “the rare takeoff that really takes off”. This week, “Fat Ham” won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and began performing in person at the New York Public Theater.
Until I can see it, I’m listening to the companion playlist that Ijames and the play’s director, Saheem Ali, curated on Spotify; includes selections by Emily King, Radiohead and Joan Armatrading. Why not make it the soundtrack of your week?
Another contestant: “This Is a Photograph” by Kevin Morby. Grayson Haver Currin calls it “a confident 45-minute sashay through vulnerable devotionals and existential musings, melodious folk and soul clapping.” Or do “Un Verano Sin Ti” by Bad Bunny and repeat all summer.
You can also stick with a Pulitzer theme and suggest Kendrick Lamar’s new album, his first in five years. (He won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music.) 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 willing the spring weather to stop flirting and compromise. Wherever you are, whatever the season, I hope you can get out and see what’s going on. In Detroit, there is a new production of Anthony Davis’ first opera, “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X”. In Las Vegas, Lauryn Hill, Usher and TLC lead the Lovers & Friends festival. There’s a grilled cheese festival in Sacramento. A three-week arts festival in Brussels. In New York, there is a piano bar renaissance underway. (The song that makes the whole room go crazy? A Thousand Miles, by Vanessa Carlton.)
You can think about planning a trip for the next few months. Maybe a famous resort in Mexico? A night tour of Ibiza? Take a look at 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 a favorite below) and see a dreamy representation of Ireland in Sally Rooney’s “Conversations with Friends,” which opens on Sunday. on Hulu.
What do you have planned for the weekend? Tell me about it.
THE WEEK IN CULTURE
Gyeran bap (egg rice)
A few days of glorious weather sustained in New York gave me a bad case of spring fever, making me want to spend all my time outside and not, as is more often the case, in the kitchen. That’s when eggs come to the rescue. Not only are they a symbol of spring, they’re also quick, easy to cook and very versatile, as the New York Times Cooking’s latest special package, a celebration of eggs, proves. Take, for example, Eric Kim’s smart gyeran bap (egg rice). At the heart of this Korean pantry meal are two eggs fried in brown butter, drizzled with sesame oil and soy sauce that condense and caramelize. He suggests placing eggs with puffy edges on hot rice and covering with gin (roasted and seasoned seaweed). But I also like to put them on buttered toast and then eat them 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 his veteran point guard Chris Paul might finally win a championship. Then they found Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old Mavericks superstar is so good it sometimes feels like he’s taking on the other team alone. The Suns haven’t figured out a way to stop Doncic; they have one more chance. Game 7 is at 8pm Eastern on Sunday on TNT.