Things To Do At Home This Week

Here is a sampling of the week’s events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication.

Consider the outsize impact of Richard Wagner during a digital evening presented by Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn and the Wagner Society of New York. In his new book, “Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music,” Alex Ross, the music critic for The New Yorker, looks at how the 19th-century German composer’s oeuvre influenced Paul Cézanne, Luis Buñuel, feminists, gay-rights pioneers and, notoriously, Hitler. Mr. Ross chats with A.O. Scott, a critic at large for The New York Times.

When 7 p.m.

Hold a virtual magnifying glass over three large-scale abstract canvases by Mark Bradford, a Los Angeles-based artist. He created his vibrant but haunting “Quarantine Paintings” — mounted by Hauser & Wirth — while abiding by Los Angeles’s stay-at-home order. “I’m adjusting to life on Mars,” Mr. Bradford told The Times in a recent interview.

When Anytime

To say the United States is in the middle of a complicated moment is an understatement: The global pandemic rages on, the nation struggles with racial justice, and a consequential presidential election looms. The New York Times book critic Parul Sehgal hosts a conversation titled “The Politics of Fiction” to grapple with this moment and the place fiction has within it. Can it help us make sense of events and better understand what lies ahead? Do fiction writers have any responsibilities toward current events? Joining Ms. Sehgal is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar, and the novelists Marlon James and Rachel Kushner.

When 4:30 p.m.

Learn all about eggplants with the sisters Danielle Cook, a cooking instructor and nutritionist, and Adrienne Cook, a food writer. A little-known fact about the plant: Its dark purple skin contains high amounts of nasunin, a powerful antioxidant. In this recorded segment produced by the United States Botanic Garden, the sisters provide cooking and gardening tips for the produce as well as ways to keep it growing in your garden even as the temperature starts to drop.

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