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Heat of the Week: Magic, MAFIA and mochaccinos

Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.
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Stay out of the cold, and up to date on the latest heat for this week.

Something to watch:

“Malcolm & Marie”: While “starring Zendaya and John David Washington” ought to be enough to get you rushing to catch the latest gem to hit Netflix, if you have yet to watch it, “Malcom & Marie” delivers on all levels. “Malcolm & Marie” takes us into the world of a young couple and their ongoing dialogue over the course of a single evening. Diving into the complexities of their relationship as well as the beauty and challenges of intimacy, the film feels both extremely vulnerable and honest. While contained in only one evening with two characters, the film holds your attention entirely with the gorgeous cinematography, masterful writing and the film’s greatest strength: the chemistry between the two leads.

“Derek DelGaudio’s In and Of Itself”: Combining a variety of art forms, “In and Of Itself” is somehow a documentary film, magic act and dramatic one-man show all at once. Recently released on Hulu, this hour and thirty-minute event is one of a kind, as soft-spoken performer Derek DelGaudio shares stories from his life and stuns the audience with tricks of all forms. The show tackles issues of self-perception and identity, and may just leave you wondering how a magic show had you crying by the end.

Something to tap your foot to:

“EP2!” By JPEGMAFIA: A follow-up to his November project, “EP!”, JPEGMAFIA is back with another short but sweet collection of songs. JPEG continues to bring his unique style of production, genre-bending samples and noise-rap aesthetics, this time with a more meditative and reserved tone than we’ve seen on previous projects. The Brooklyn-born MC looks inward as “EP2!” discusses relationships, social issues and daily mental health struggles. While only 17 minutes in length, we will take what we can get as JPEGMAFIA continues to be one of the most cutting-edge artists working today.

“TYRON” by slowthai: The sophomore release from British rapper slowthai, “TYRON” is both fun and intriguing as it delivers on a variety of moods. Side one consists of largely hard-hitting tracks with grittier production and attitude-driven bars, while side two takes things down a notch with laid back beats and contemplative lyrics. The project features an array of strong features from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Skepta and Denzel Curry, all of whom help elevate each track. While it may be a while before anyone is going out again, there are several songs off “TYRON” worthy of a save to your party playlist.

Something to try:

Bordertown Coffee: Keep warm this week with a cup of coffee from Dinkytown’s own Bordertown Coffee. Serving ethically-sourced coffee and baked goods, this non-profit cafe has whatever boost you need to get through the week. When it’s especially cold out, like negative 20, their mochaccinos and matcha lattes are your friend. Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, they are open for takeout and socially distanced in-person seating.

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