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
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
A Michelin Bib Gourmand Mexican restaurant is set to open in Emeryville
Meet the Bay Area sushi chef who’s become a YouTube star
Panera lemonade blamed for killing college student who avoided caffeine
Jerusalem Coffee House opens in Oakland with Palestinian-inspired drinks
Barbayani Taverna, a new Greek restaurant, debuts on the Peninsula
Is it just us, or does it seem like TV shows about cooking and dining are all over the place these days? Here are seven of our favorites that you can watch now.
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.