What to Do This Weekend

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Welcome. Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend in the United States; clocks move ahead one hour on Sunday. For some of us, “springing forward” is an obvious metaphor: Later sunsets mean more light, more hope. We have some ideas for how to inhabit these brighter evenings: Consider plogging, the Swedish practice of jogging and picking up trash. Cook dinner outside. Watch the sunset. Be a tourist in your own town.

Then set your sights farther afield: Take a virtual trip to Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories and home to Indigenous peoples of many cultures and languages. It’s a popular tourist destination for viewing the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.

Looking ahead to the summer, fall or beyond, you might start planning an actual trip to a national park — though Covid safety measures are still making things a little tricky. See how tourist destinations around the world have adapted this year. Or explore Slow TV Map, a mesmerizing site where you can pick a location from a world map and then select a means of traversing it (by bike, boat, plane, train, car or foot).

Top 5

Jason Farago is a critic at large for The Times. These are his top 5 metro stations in Paris.

I miss the Métro; I miss the steady hum of the driverless 1 train, and the gray tickets I use as bookmarks; I miss these five stations in particular.

1. Arts et Métiers. In the northern reaches of the Marais, serving Paris’s applied arts museum, this station offers a fantasy of Parisian industry — platforms enrobed with arcing copper panels, kitted out with portholes, topped with giant gears. Steampunk of a more chic variety; imagine a submarine converted for a Chanel runway show.

2. Gare de Lyon. Upstairs at this station are the TGV bullet trains and the Art Nouveau brasserie that La Femme Nikita shot up. Downstairs, on the platforms of the zippy Line 14, are hundreds of palm fronds, banana leaves, and other towering tropical plants. Always a welcome burst of green amid Paris’s perpetual gray skies — and not bad for the air quality, either.

3. Saint-Georges. The sidewalks of this plaza in the gentrifying 9th arrondissement aren’t wide enough for a freestanding entrance, so this station is accessed through a cunning curved passageway, slicing into the garden of a swank 19th-century hôtel particulier. The only thing better than its wrought-iron entrance is the steak tartare around the corner, at my beloved bistro Le Bon Georges. (The beef’s from Lorraine, and dry-aged. No egg.)

4. Bir-Hakeim. This station is one of the closest to the Eiffel Tower; I don’t miss the crowds. (Take your pictures, nothing wrong with that, but don’t spend the whole day! You’re right near the Musée du Quai Branly!) But it’s always a treat to speed past the tower as you enter this aboveground, Seine-side train shed, decorated with glistering abstract stained-glass works by the American artist Judy Ledgerwood.

5. Bastille. Your train carriage is crammed, you want to smack that busking accordionist — but a moment of relief comes as you round the corner here, pulling out from the tunnel into the light of day. You catch a glimpse of the monumental column commemorating the 1830 revolution; then, like a mirage, you see the boat basin called the Port de l’Arsenal, dredged after the Bastille prison fell. For the half-million daily riders on Line 1, this is the view to remind you: Paris has still got it.

If you want to make a quick trip to Paris underground, have a listen to “Paris Mon Amour,” by the rapper Swift Guad — dozens of filthy, untranslatable Métro puns, but the flow is universal.

P.S.

Spend some time with 75 artists — including the novelist Tayari Jones, the playwright and actor Tracy Letts and the artist Farah al Qasimi — and see how their work has been going over the past year.

The Oscar nominations are coming next week. Here’s what to expect.

Plus, The Grammys are on Sunday. “My So-Called Life” is now streaming on Hulu. And the writer Jo Ann Beard has revealed what books are on her nightstand (She has a new book of essays coming next week; if you’ve never read her 1998 collection “The Boys of My Youth,” now’s the perfect time.) It’s going to be a busy weekend.

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If you’re getting an extra hour of daylight, how will you use it? What warmer-weather, longer-day activities are you eager to take part in? Write to us: [email protected] Include your name, age and location. We’re At Home. We’ll read every letter sent. More ideas for passing the time appear below. See you next week.

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