What to Cook, Watch, Listen To and More This Weekend

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This Saturday is Earth Day. You could celebrate it with the world’s oldest known living tree, if you can find it. Officials keep its exact location secret for fear it could meet its death via a reckless researcher or a bark-craving horde of Instagrammers.

You could also read about why some scientists are attending the March for Science, and why others are sitting out. Or look at these photos of Earth. More Earth Day ideas, and others, are below. Have a great weekend!

What do you want to see in these weekend roundups? Email us to let us know!

What to Listen To


Members of Paramore from left: Zac Farro, Hayley Williams and Taylor York. Credit Eric Ryan Anderson for The New York Times

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.

Paramore, which hasn’t put out an album since 2013, is back with old faces and a new sound.

• Here are five live Prince clips worth watching (while you still can).

• On the latest episode of our podcast “Still Processing,” Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris talk about Kendrick Lamar’s legacy and have a conversation with Valerie Jarrett.

What to Read


Naeem Hayat and Tom Lawrence as Hamlet and Laertes at the Odeon Amphitheatre in Amman, Jordan. Credit Sarah Lee

• Looking for something to read this weekend? Here are 10 new books our editors recommend.

These excellent books are new in paperback.

• Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday Sunday with two new books about the bard’s work: “Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 190,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play,” by Dominic Dromgoole, and “Falstaff: Give Me Life,” by Harold Bloom.

• In this week’s Match Book column: Recommendations for a family book club.

What to Cook


Chocolate ginger bark with green tea powder. Credit Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

• Celebrate Earth Day with these 22 green recipes.

• And while we’re on the subject: Here are tips to reduce your food waste.

• This asparagus frittata makes a great brunch.

• If you’re looking for a project, this Celebration Cake developed by Yotam Ottolenghi will keep you busy.

• For a comforting dinner, turkey meatballs in tomato sauce will do the trick.

Going meatless? Try this linguine with asparagus pesto.

• Name a better way to spend an afternoon than baking cupcakes. We’ll wait.

What to Watch


King penguins in “The Penguin Counters,” a documentary directed and produced by Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon. Credit Harriet Gordon

• Here’s what our Watching team thinks you should stream this weekend, whether you have an hour or 5 or 12. (Looking for something else? Just tell Watching what you’re in the mood for and what streaming services you have, and our database will serve up recommendations for you.)

• Some nature documentaries out now: “Tomorrow,” “The Penguin Counters” and “Born in China.” (Find all of our movie reviews here.)

• The new season of “Twin Peaks” debuts on Showtime on May 21. Until then, here’s where you can stream the first two seasons (and read our recap of Season 1, Episode 1 — more recaps coming next week).

If You’re in New York City


Doug Wheeler’s room installation at the Guggenheim, “PSAD Synthetic Desert III.” Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

• Visit the quietest place you’ll (probably) ever experience, a dead-silent room at the top of the Guggenheim Museum.

• Take your pick of these 10 cultural highlights, including Michael Che at Carolines on Broadway and Dale Chihuly’s latest garden exhibition at New York Botanical Garden.

• Catch the genre-blurring performer Okwui Okpokwasili’s latest work, “Poor People’s TV Room,” at New York Live Arts.

• Eat Chilean specialties like pastel de choclo, paila marina and chilenitos con manjar at La Roja de Todos in Corona, Queens.

• Check out our guides to what to see in art galleries, pop, rock and jazz, classical, comedy, dance, film series, theater, and events for kids in NYC this week.

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