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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special. + Chow down on some Japanese-Peruvian fusion.

📺 ON THE TUBE TONIGHT-

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Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special The Closer has been at the center of major controversy: Chappelle has a way of poking fun at the awkwardness and inconveniences we all face in our day-to-day lives — and the sixth in a series of Netflix specials by the comedian is in keeping with his hilarious style. The trailer for The Closer features him saying, “Comedians have a responsibility to speak recklessly. Sometimes the funniest thing to say is mean. Remember, I’m not saying it to be mean: I’m saying it because it’s funny.” The comedian, who is known for speaking out about racism, might have taken his statement too far: The special’s launch was quickly marred by criticism that the comedian made misogynistic, anti-trans and socially irresponsible jokes. Civil rights groups petitioned for it to be pulled from Netflix, reports BGR, while The Independent is out with an op-ed about the danger in Chappelle’s new style of humor.

Matches to look out for in today’s European World Cup qualifiers: Portugal is playing against Luxembourg and England is competing against Hungary, both at 8:45pm.

🍣 EAT THIS TONIGHT-

A Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant lands in New Cairo: If you’re a fan of creative sushi rolls, Ginger at RiverWalk is the place for you. Blending traditional Japanese sushi with Peruvian influences through sauces and spices, their menu is diverse and fish-forward to say the least. Particularly eye-catching is the restaurant’s gorgeous plating of dishes, from beef tataki on a gray inscripted marble cube to their fuego seafood shell dish, which is served with flames dancing on top. We’re fans of their seafood tacos, whether it’s shrimp topped with citrus acevichado sauce or salmon in a crispy nori shell. Make sure to check out their appetizers and soups, and leave room for their crinkle Biscoff tots.

🎤 OUT AND ABOUT-

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Omar Khairat is performing at the Cairo Opera House two consecutive concerts tonight and tomorrow at 8pm. You can buy tickets from here.

💡 UNDER THE LAMPLIGHT-

A murder that takes place in an escape room — and serves as an allegory of society: In Reprieve by James Han Mattson, four financially-wrought people are offered a chance to compete for a cashprize by getting out of an escape room. The book pulls at the threads of the characters’ multilayered histories to make sense of their actions during the game. But when the game ultimately leads to a murder, the mood shifts and the contestants pull themselves together to get out alive. Reprieve is a “provocative exploration of capitalism, hate politics, racial fetishism, and our obsession with fear as entertainment,” all within a closed and tension-filled setting. Together, all the elements of the book entangle to form an allegory for the dividing lines that are present in American society and the systematic factors at play that led the characters to such desperation. NPR is out with a review.

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