It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week we’ll pull together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.
MAKE: Bean Salad
While bean stews and soups are perfect for the cooler months, don’t write off the humble bean just because the weather is getting warmer. Simple bean salads are delightful — they can pack a ton of protein while also being bright, crunchy, and perfect as either a lunch (maybe with some toast?) or a simple side dish with dinner. This particular recipe, from Serious Eats, is a great baseline bean salad, as it includes what I consider the “bean salad fundamentals:” beans, acid (vinegar), pickled red onion, herbs, and olive oil. But feel free to riff on this, too — maybe throw in a cut up avocado, or swap out the parsley for dill or cilantro, or add in extra herbs. There are a zillion ways to bean, and none of them are wrong. Photo by Tijana Drndarski on Unsplash.
READ: Huckberry on the Salomon shoe craze
I suppose nothing in the fashion world should surprise us anymore. In an era when Dickies and Carhartt are all the rage and when white t-shirts can go for hundreds of dollars with the right cosign, it seems like anything can become haute couture if enough Instagram influencers are wearing it. But the idea of a shoe originally designed for uphill skiing suddenly becoming the hot new sneaker? Definitely didn’t see that coming. In this wonderful article, Huckberry takes readers through the evolution of Salomon’s sneakers, from its rugged origins to its newfound place on the feet of everyone from Rihanna to Dev Hynes. And yes, they’re selling some too, but if anyone is gonna know about this sorta thing it’s the people at Huckberry. Thanks to Joe for the suggestion. (Editor’s Note: Guys, I’m floored that these are “hip” right now. Totally bewildered. “Gorpcore.” Who knew.)
BINGE: Schitt’s Creek
I’m late to the party on this one. Way back in 2018, several of my friends were OBSESSED with Schitt’s Creek. I watched the pilot and a few more episodes, but for whatever reason, it just didn’t click. Three years and a bundle of Emmys later, and I’m finally giving it a second chance — and LOVING it. In Schitt’s Creek, the multimillionaire Roses lose it all thanks to their corrupt business manager and are forced to live in a Motel in the backwoods town of — you guessed it — Schitt’s Creek, which patriarch Johnny Rose originally bought for his son David as a joke. Warm, oddball, quirky and fun, this is a show full of perfectly written, brilliantly acted characters, one that puts a smile on my face every time I watch it. Streams on Netflix.
ATTEND, VIRTUALLY: The USC Comedy Festival
These days, we all need more laughs in our lives. This weekend’s USC Comedy Festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday, features panels with everyone from Bill Hader and Aidy Bryant to Lisa Kudro and Ramy Youssef, talking about the art of comedy — while also, I am sure, being pretty damn funny too. Make sure to register in advance for panels to get sent a Zoom link. All panels stream for free. Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.
LISTEN: G_d’s Pee at State’s End by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Okay. This is… a really damn silly title for a band whose music generally skews towards the deeply, intensely serious. But forget about the title, and just listen. Godspeed You! Black Emperor has been producing one-of-a-kind, symphonic post-rock for almost twenty-five years now, including a number of absolute classics — this new record might be their best since they got back together in 2010.
About the author: Michael Robin is an LA-based television writer and tutoring company co-Founder. When he’s not working away on his latest pilot script, you can find him scuba diving, hosting Shabbat dinners, or goofing off with his goldendoodle, Biggie Lebowski.