December 9, 2023
Got your weekend plans? We have some nifty ideas for everything from amazing concerts to fabulous foodie shows and spooky cocktails.

It’s shaping up as a another deliciously wonderful weekend, full of great concerts and plays, yummy cooking shows and spooky cocktails. So let’s get to it, shall we?

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1 SEE & HEAR: Great shows are breaking out all over

From an otherworldly symphony to the return of sizzling soul singer SZA, there are a lot of great Bay Area shows to catch this week and beyond.

2 MAKE & SIP: Spooky cocktails

Here’s a scary thought: If you are hosting a Halloween bash — are you serving the right cocktails? Here are five ghostly concoctions to add to your repertoire.

Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey star in “Fellow Travelers.” (Showtime) 

3 WATCH: Heartbreaking ‘Travelers’

Ron Nyswaner, the screenwriter who gave us the Tom Hanks/Denzel Washington tear-jerker “Philadelphia,” is back with another sad tale in the new series “Fellow Travelers.” It tops our list of new shows and movies you should know about.

4 SCARF: More delicious doughnut options

We recently published a roundup of 12 awesome doughnut shops and bakeries in the Bay Area. And our cruller-craving readers were only too happy to chime in with all the places we missed.

5 WATCH: How to cook in the wild

Chef and YouTube star Taku Kondo has gained a massive following with his series of videos devoted to foraging and cooking in nature. Here’s what he has to say about his craft and wrestling with a dogtooth tuna.

Brie Larson stars in “Lessons in Chemistry” (Apple TV+) 

6 WATCH: Binge-worthy food shows

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7 SEE & HEAR: 2 intriguing plays

Disney princesses have had it with acting prim and proper in the fun musical satire “Disenchanted,” now playing in San Jose. And Mendocino (and a mysterious language) figure in Berkeley native Eisa Davis’ mystical work “Bulrusher,” which is playing at Berkeley Rep.