May 30, 2024
Got your weekend plans? We have some nifty ideas, from creepy-cool movies to a 'Soul Train' musical and fun Delta day trip.

Yes, Labor Day is past and summer is technically over, but we’re not going to let that get us down, are we? And it doesn’t hurt that this weekend has a ton of fun stuff going on, from creepy movies to a hip new musical to a fun Delta day trip.

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1 SEE & HEAR: ‘Soul Train’ is here

“Hippest Trip — The Soul Train Musical,” a brand new musical about the game-changing TV show that’s destined for Broadway, is getting its world premiere workout in San Francisco. Here’s how to see it.

Visitors cross Main Street in the charming Delta town of Isleton. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 

2 PLAY: Isleton day trip beckons

The Delta is one of our favorite hangouts, and the sleepy town of Isleton is undergoing a renaissance of sorts — new coffee houses, new galleries, new eateries! — so it’s a great time to visit. Here’s what you need to know.

3 SEE & HEAR: Great shows and festivals are all over

From a brand new take on “Romeo and Juliet” to the return of a beloved seafood festival, there is a lot to see and do this weekend.

4 DINE: Tri-Valley glam vegan restaurant

The newly opened Blossom & Root in Danville is billed as the Tri-Valley’s first upscale vegan restaurant, and interest has been off the charts. We stopped by for a look and taste recently, and here are our first impressions.

“El Conde” reimagines dictator Augusto Pinochet (played by Jaime Vadell) as a vampire. (Netflix) 

5 WATCH: A good weekend to get creeped out

Scaring the bejesus out of ourselves is a great American weekend tradition. And if you are game, there are a lot of great new horror movies and streamers available to watch this weekend.

6 PLAY: ‘Starfield’ is here

One of the most hotly anticipated video games of 2023 came out this week, and, yeah, it lives up to the hype.

7 EAT: All about Alfredo

Alfredo sauce offers a perfect pinch of decadence for any weekend, and you can use it on pasta, chicken, pizza … the works. The good news is you can find a LOT of premade Alfredo sauce brands in stores. The bad news is not all of them are very good. But we know which ones are.

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