What to Cook, Watch, Listen To and More This Weekend
• “Alien: Covenant,” upholding its long-lived brand, parcels out carefully measured portions of awe, wonder and terror. Read the Times review (and find all movie reviews here).
What to Listen To
• Listen to the songs that caught our music critics’ attention this week.
• Catch up with our latest Popcast podcast, hosted by Jon Caramanica, pop music critic for The Times. This week: Comparing Harry Styles and John Mayer.
• Speaking of Harry, he has made an album designed to avoid comparisons to his past, his peers and the rest of pop.
• Niia’s voice seeps into all the crevices and pockets of her debut album’s lush productions on songs of romantic angst and festering loneliness.
• Listen to this playlist of 10 songs from the lead singer of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, who died on Wednesday.
What to Read
• Here are eight new books we recommend this week, including two titles on conservatism, a dynamic story collection full of discord and delusion, and books that break down big issues for little readers.
• These excellent books are new in paperback.
• The best new crime fiction takes us on a Glasgow bender and into the mind of a Norwegian serial killer.
• If the news has you wondering about the F.B.I., here are three books that offer insider knowledge.
• In this week’s Match Book, a grandmother seeks out everyday picture books for little boys of color.
What to Cook
• Weekend project: tater tots! Did you know you can make your own?
• Did your child go on a strawberry picking field trip this week? We have some 5-star ideas for using them. This new recipe for strawberry galette with pistachio crust from Melissa Clark looks absolutely heavenly.
• Memorial Day is next weekend. Let’s start our shopping lists. We have our eyes on this beer-can chicken and this slow-smoked brisket. Or, if you don’t have a grill, Momofuku’s bo ssam never disappoints. And whatever the main, we’re definitely making this recipe we got from Superiority Burger for spicy cucumber salad with lime, honey and croutons. One reader called it “the best salad I have tried in quite a while.”
• Ramadan begins next Friday. Here are some ideas for suhoor and iftar. Even if you don’t observe, this roast chicken with couscous, dates and butter almonds is worth adding to your weekly menu rotation.
• For the week ahead, try Amanda Hesser’s penne with roasted cherry tomatoes. It’s crazy easy, and she got the recipe from Paola di Mauro, an Italian grandmother and winemaker who helped make the cuisine what it is today — one of the most loved in the world. Mark Bittman’s more-vegetables-than-pasta zucchini pasta is a really good option, too.
Gear Up for Summer: Bike Edition
• Make this the summer you finally take up biking! Start out with this guide to getting the best hybrid bike.
• Don’t forget all the tools you’ll need: a pump, a repair kit and, of course, a lock.
• If you’re taking your bike on trips, here are the best bike racks and carriers for cars and trucks.
• Finally, storage: Here are the best bike racks for small homes and apartments.
If You’re in New York City
• Take your pick of these 10 cultural highlights, including the American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera and the xx and Sampha at Forest Hills Stadium.
• Looking for theater suggestions? Here’s what’s new and what’s closing. (Find all of our reviews of open shows here.)
• MoMA’s big summer show, on Robert Rauschenberg, opens on Sunday. Here’s our review.
• If you can’t wait until Sunday, the delightful art of Florine Stettheimer is on display at the Jewish Museum.
• The “Caan” film festival: MOMI is going all-in on James Caan movies.
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