This weekend has got it all, from great movies and live shows to a beloved brewpub and an abundance of tasty heirloom tomatoes (and we know just what to do with them). So let’s get to it, shall we?
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1 WATCH: Summer’s surprising new hit comedy
If you thought “Strays” was going to be late-summer’s go-to comedy, you were barking up the wrong tree (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Instead, try “Bottoms,” the outrageous new film from Emma Seligman, which tops our roundup of new movies and shows you should know about. And if you’re a film fan who loves a good bargain, did you know that Sunday is National Cinema Day (with $4 tickets)?
Anaita Wali Zada and Jeremy Allen White star in “Fremont.” (Music Box Films)
2 WATCH: Fremont is ready for its closeup
Starbucks’ 20th year of Pumpkin Spice Lattes starts today — with new drinks
Meet the chef behind Danville’s hot new seafood restaurant
SJ Chamber seeks CEO amid “doom loop” for downtown San Jose
Taco Bell Cantina brings beer, burritos, comfy patio to San Jose mall
University Taqueria brings pollo verde tacos, churros to Berkeley
The East Bay city stars in an engrossing new indie film about an Afghan immigrant looking to make a new life. Here’s our review and where to see it.
3 MAKE & EAT: A salad for those awesome tomatoes
It’s the time of year when those grand, gorgeous heirloom tomatoes are hanging out in produce sections, screaming for your attention. Here’s a Mexican twist on the traditional caprese salad that will put those beauties to good use.
4 SUP & CELEBRATE: A beloved brewpub is back
Beer lovers were saddened when Buffalo Bill’s, the popular and historic Hayward brewpub, shut down last year. But guess what? It’s back.
5 MAKE & DEVOUR: Sumptuous summer rolls
Those delectable rice paper treats stuffed with fresh veggies and meat, fish or tofu are way easier to make than you probably thought. Here’s how it’s done.
Quentin Earl Darrington stars as “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius in “Hippest Trip — The Soul Train Musical.” (Bekah Lynn/Angela Faris Belt/American Conservatory Theater)
6: SEE, HEAR & PLAY: Great shows and fests are all over
From a brand new “Soul Train” musical to a gaggle of cool festivals and an orchestra of animal sounds, there are a lot of cool things to see and do this weekend.
7 PLAY: Hot new video games
The latest version of “Madden NFL” and the awesome “Vampire Survivors” are among the games that can keep you busy all weekend.