7 incredible Bay Area things to do this weekend, Jan. 14-16

A new weekend beckons, and despite the ongoing COVID surge, there is much to see and do, from magical Monarch butterflies to a silly new superhero movie to two big Broadway shows in S.F.

If you’re headed to a live performance or exhibit, please check the venue or production’s website for the latest COVID updates and safety precautions before you go.

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1 SEE: Two big Broadway shows are in town

A charming, Tony-award-winning musical about natural adversaries becoming friends? Yes, please. It’s called “The Band’s Visit,” and here’s what you need to know about its S.F. run. Meanwhile, the stunning “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which shut down during the pandemic, is back on stage, although with a few changes.

Monarch butterflies a fond of Pacific Grove this time of year. (Monterey Herald archives) 
2 PLAY: A bounty of butterflies

Now is the time to catch the eye-popping splendor of the Monarch butterfly migration. Pacific Grove is a great place to see them, and we’ve got all the deets. And if you’re looking for a place to spend the night nearby, we have an idea on that, too.

3 WATCH: A silly superhero movie

We’ll get to watch a new brooding Batman movie soon enough (March 4, to be exact), so this weekend, catch “The Peacemaker,” which is raunchy, hilarious and full of John Cena. It tops our list of new movies and shows you should know about.

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4 EAT: A swanky new sushi joint

Contra Costa sushi fans, take note: Walnut Creek’s stylish new restaurant, Sakimoto, is a feast for the senses. Here’s our early take on the eatery.

Elvis Costello is releasing his 32nd full-length album this weekend, (Matt Licari/Associated Press archives) 
5 HEAR: Some cool new tunes

Singer-songwriting legend Elvis Costello is among the musical artists greeting 2022 with a new album. It’s one of three promising new releases you should know about.

6 PLAY: Have fun with ‘Humankind’

The new video game “Humankind” is getting compared a lot to the classic “Civilization” franchise. Should you get it? We have some thoughts.

7 EAT: Meat the Bay Area’s best butchers

Sorry, that pun was awful, even by our standards. But we’ll make up for it with this roundup of 9 great butcher shops in the Bay Area.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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