Thu. Aug 5th, 2021

Welcome. Set the tone for the weekend with “In the Heights,” Jon M. Chu’s long-awaited film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Tony-winning Broadway musical. A.O. Scott didn’t want it to finish: “After far more than a yr of desultory streaming, anemic amusement and panicky doomscrolling,” he writes, “it’s a dream come legitimate.” It is in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.

If you can get your hands on some summertime strawberries, we have 14 recipes that’ll set them to very good use, like Jerrelle Guy’s strawberry spoon cake, a favourite amid my friends. Melissa Clark took inspiration from Instagram to generate a straightforward lemon curd recipe making use of the microwave check out it out and see what you consider. And do not skip Nicole Taylor on heirloom watermelons, “a sacrament of an American summer, and, for many Black Us citizens, a need to for Juneteenth”: “All season extended, you are going to discover watermelon feeding on in its purest variety — palms clenching the rinds above gingham tablecloths all satisfaction and no tropes — at relatives reunions, at get-togethers on terraces and all around patio fire pits.”

Or you could commit your weekend to tales of suspense and intrigue. Discover our particular report on the 50th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers — including an oral historical past of the “secret lodge rooms, stolen categorised paperwork and the bombshell scoop that exposed the lies powering the Vietnam War and led to a landmark Supreme Court docket selection.” Check out Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s new thriller, “The President’s Daughter,” which Sarah Lyall suggests “offers tantalizing clues into the unconscious of Clinton, now 74.” Sarah Weinman took a seem at new crime novels and has some to endorse (and 1 to skip).

Dr. Santosh Ninan in Ithaca, N.Y., is reveling in a return to the cinema.

The most exciting detail for me about returning to ordinary was going to see a film in the theater for the to start with time. Heading to movies through the working day on my day off is a single of my favorite matters to do, and I seriously missed it in the course of the pandemic.

My teenage daughter and I went to see “A Quiet Put Part II.” It was a excellent sensation to get that huge tub of popcorn and settle down in the darkened theater, which seated each other row, with a two-seat hole in between patrons. Movies in theaters: what is serving to me return to normalcy.

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