What to Do This Weekend
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Welcome. Why not make dinner without cooking anything tonight? Ali Slagle has an easy formula for assembling a divine summer meal, no oven or stove or grill required. With a little prep, you could make it a cooking-free weekend: Check out the latest installment of our new vegetarian cooking newsletter, The Veggie, for a raw zucchini salad recipe, then let Iva Dixit convince you that raw onions are the best food.
I can’t believe how long I’ve slept on “The Other Two,” a joke-dense comedy about how millennial siblings deal when their 13-year-old brother becomes an internet-propelled pop star. (His breakout single is “Marry U at Recess.”) Season 2 premiered this week on HBO Max, so read an interview with the show’s stars, Drew Tarver and Heléne Yorke (the “other two” of the title), then join me in catching up on the first season. And let me know what you think.
One more TV rec: “The Chair” on Netflix. It stars Sandra Oh as the chair of a university English department riven by campus culture wars. There are six 30-minute episodes that you’ll finish in a sitting or two.
I like to use my weekend mornings (iced coffee + iPad) to get current on pop cultural goings-on that I might not have paid close attention to during the week. Like the “Jeopardy!” saga: Mike Richards won’t be replacing Alex Trebek as host, but he’ll stay on as executive producer (for now). Mayim Bialik, who was recently named as the host of the show’s prime-time specials, will serve as the regular weeknight host temporarily. Where does “Jeopardy!” go from here? Fans have some ideas. And so does Claire McNear, the journalist who wrote a book on the show and whose reporting contributed to Richards losing the hosting gig.
Your list of lists.
I just started using “Too Good to Go,” which bills itself as an “anti-food waste app.” It connects you with restaurants in your area that have surplus food that they’re selling at reduced prices. The catch (or the fun part, depending on your disposition): Exactly which menu items you get are a surprise.
True crime fans should check out the podcast “Tom Brown’s Body,” hosted by the Texas Monthly journalist Skip Hollandsworth. It’s about a teenage boy who disappeared in a small town in the Texas panhandle and the town’s efforts to find out what happened to him.
Here’s your weekend theme song: “No digo que no (vaca y pollo)” by the Catalan musician Rita Payés.
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