Welcome. It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, and some will be reuniting with their families in person for the first time in over a year. It’s exciting! And possibly overwhelming. Emotions can be unexpected: Jorge Ramos had a first date-type nervousness before reuniting with his mother. If you’re feeling socially awkward after so much social distancing, we’ve got a few exercises to help you relax. And if you’re vaccinated but your kids aren’t, take advice from public health experts on what’s safe and what isn’t.
You might have brunch. Or watch a healing episode of the animated series “The Midnight Gospel”. Maybe you’ll turn the party by ear and watch a movie called “Mother” or some variation of it in which “The title women are mostly killers, threats, sex obsessives and sometimes. the three.” (I loved Octavia Spencer in the “Ma” thriller.)
There is plenty to do this weekend whether you have big plans for Mother’s Day or not. The last season of the wonderful series “Shrill ”drops on Hulu today. Here is a profile of Lolly Adefope, the British actress who plays Fran on the series. Elon Musk hosts “Saturday Night Live,” and the response to the news has been mixed, from both audiences and the show’s performers. The 2011 Metropolitan Opera staging of Philip Glass’s opera “Satyagraha,” about Gandhi’s early days of activism in South Africa, is finally available on DVD, and critic Seth Colter Walls says it’s “One of the best Met productions of the 21st century”.
And Sofia Coppola directed a 24-minute film for the New York City Ballet Virtual Spring Gala with the company’s resident choreographer and artistic advisor, Justin Peck. This is on Youtube until May 20.
Stacey Abrams has a new novel, “While Justice Sleeps”, a Supreme Court thriller. (And she reads “The Coldest Winter” by David Halberstam.) “Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993” by Sarah Schulman is based on 17 years of interviews with nearly 200 members of the direct action group that worked to end AIDS. Parul Sehgal read all 700 pages in one day. Michael Lewis has a new book on the pandemic. And Alison Bechdel’s first book in nearly a decade, on her obsession with fitness fashions, looks hugely promising.
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Jasmine Ramos of Chicago finds joy in K-pop.
There’s always something going on in the world of K-pop, from new albums to music shows and game shows. It’s almost impossible to get bored – there is always something to watch or listen to. If you fancy indulging in a K-pop performance, I recommend you Ateez cover of “Rhythm Ta”, originally by the iKON group.
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