Welcome to Weekend Warrior, your comprehensive weekend agenda.
Because you’ve had a rough week and the last thing you want to do is think. That’s what Monday is for. The weekend is for other stuff, like hitting the nearest trail and planning a trip to Alaska and drinking like Papa Hemingway (choice of cocktail, not volume).
What we suggest: a vintage burlesque showcase, Stanley Kubrick’s straight-from-the-set bits and pieces, and the best surf movies of 2016. Plus perusing some photos from the year’s biggest bikini fashion show, which happened in Miami earlier this week.
Follow our lead. We’ve got you covered.
Friday 5:00 P.M.
Punch out. Download the new episode of NPR’s Code Switch, “Black and Blue.” It’s about — you guessed it — the relationship between law enforcement and black civilians in America. And it’s important. So listen to it.
Mix yourself a drink. You’ve earned it. If you can’t be at the annual Hemingway Days in Key West, be there in spirit (literally), by mixing up an Old Cuban made with rum endorsed by Papa’s estate.
Host friends. Repeat 5:30 a couple more times, including them. If your friends ask whose recipe it is, tell them you made it!.
Tired of bikini beauties of the 2010s? Let’s go back in time, to the vintage burlesque films of the ’50s — and “a view into the buttoned-up sexuality of the mid-century man.” Hey, buddy, if it’s good enough for Don Draper, it’s good enough for you.
Instead of seeing that cheesy new horror flick Lights Out, watch the legitimately scary short film that inspired it. You just saved yourself $15 and 90 minutes!
Can’t sleep? Don’t worry about it. The hilarious and underrated BoJack Horseman returns to Netflix today and you’ve got a full season of binge material ahead of you.
Saturday 7:00 A.M.
Watch a deeply and unexpectedly inspirational video about a skateboarder who fell 2,000 times trying to land the same trick. Rise from bed with a renewed lease on life.
Listen to French electro duo Justice’s new disco-glazed tune for further inspiration.
Go to the gym. If there’s one weekend this summer to work out indoors, it’s this one, because the weather map looks like the seventh circle of hell right now. While you’re there, definitely don’t hit on a woman. Well, unless you do it exactly like this.
Call your favorite lady. Plan a road trip. If it’s mild weather you seek, some guy just designed a yearlong tour of North America along which the average temperature will always be 70 degrees. Oh, and if you want a fun vehicle to do it in, try this badass Siberian sidecar.
Realize planning is hard. Enter to win a free trip to Alaska instead, ladyfriend included.
It’s time to go see the Stanley Kubrick show. Expect creative detritus from all periods of the creative icon's career.
Realizing your ladyfriend might need a new bathing suit for said trip, review some photos Miami Swim Week (for science!).
Go pick up some fix’ns for the totally bitchin’ cookout you’re going to throw tomorrow. Read this primer on cooking for large groups first, as told by four of NYC’s premier toques.
Get ready for date with said ladyfriend. Or the girl you met at the gym this morning. Regardless, don’t commit any of these dealbreakers that will have her running for the hills.
Turn on TV. Try to find relevant sporting event. Realize this may very well be the worst weekend for televised sporting events of the entire year.
In the mood for something serious tonight? Maybe not? The Frozen Film Festival’s got you covered both ways, and despite the titular misdirection does not involve a snow queen. Show up at 7:05 for the best surf and skate movies of the year — or come by at 8:30 for District Zero, a documentary on a Syrian refugee who opens a cell phone shop in his camp.
Sunday 8:00 A.M.
Go for a bike ride. If possible, make it a trail ride. Soon, you might be allowed to bike in our National Parks — but is that a good thing? (Also, if you need a new bike helmet, we recommend this one, because it’s smarter than a fifth grader.)
Throw that cookout we talked about. A punch bowl of those Old Cubans is probably in order.
Rent the new-on-Blu-ray Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s directorial debut that follows Miles Davis through a dark, drug-addled period in the ‘70s. Remind yourself what “tortured genius” means. (Then cheer yourself up with that “lost” album he did with his former wife Betty.)
Brain off, geek out with Kevin Smith on his new talk show ... called Geeking Out.
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