What to Do This Weekend

Watch “Passing,” plan for Thanksgiving.,


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Welcome. The first week after daylight saving time ends is always a bit disorienting, isn’t it? Days feel abbreviated, it’s always dinnertime again.

This weekend, the shorter days will start to feel more comfortable. Settle in. Try one of the new black-and-white films that our critics recommend: “Passing,” “an anguished story of identity and belonging” adapted by Rebecca Hall from Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel, or Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” a “cinematic memoir” of growing up in Northern Ireland. (“Passing” is on Netflix; “Belfast” is only in theaters.)

“Yellowjackets,” about a girls’ soccer team whose plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness en route to a tournament, premieres on Showtime on Sunday. I’ll definitely be tuning in for “a shivery synthesis of folk horror, survival story and then-and-now mystery.”

If you’re firming up holiday travel, I sincerely hope you don’t spend 275 minutes — or, really, any minutes — on hold with airline customer service this weekend. Better you consider Padma Lakshmi’s slow-roasted turkey recipe, or gather ingredients for some of our vegetarian side dishes. Eric Asimov will help you select wines for the feast.

Your list of lists.

5 Things to Do This Weekend >> In N.Y.C. and virtually.

Thanksgiving Recipes From ‘The Essential New York Times Cookbook’ That Feel Timeless >> Craig Claiborne’s Florentine dip, from 1959, still has it.

11 New Books We Recommend This Week >> Amor Towles and Adam Schiff.

The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week >> Messy cakes.

19 Recipes That Your Kids Will Actually (Maybe?) Eat >> Who can resist a potato chip omelet?

Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers’s ‘Red’ Duet, and 14 More New Songs >> Including Mitski’s latest.


Set the tone for a chill weekend. Here’s Vagabon performing “Water Me Down” live on KEXP in 2019.

I’ve long been curious about Dr. John Sarno’s book “Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection.” This article provides an interesting look at Sarno’s theory that “nearly all chronic pain is caused by repressed emotions.”

And here’s a good long story from The New Yorker, about “The Most Ambitious Diary in History.”

Tell us.

Are you looking forward to the holidays? Dreading them? Watching them approach with indifference? Tell us: athome@nytimes.com. Be sure to include your full name and location and we might feature your response in a future newsletter. We’re At Home and Away. We’ll read every letter sent. As always, you’ll find more ideas for passing the time below. Enjoy the weekend.

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