7 incredible Bay Area things to do this weekend, Oct. 16-18

To quote the tragically underappreciated Canadian rock band Loverboy — everybody is working for the weekend. Well, we have a lot of cool ideas for NOT working this weekend, from a huge virtual beer fest to an edible Baby Yoda to Aaron Sorkin’s new movie, which is sure to rile up some people.

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1 SEE: Aaron Sorkin’s new hot-button movie

The civil unrest that has rattled the 2020 landscape may remind you of the Vietnam War protests. Filmmaker Aaron Sorkin revisits that era with his latest release, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which tops our list of the best new streaming options. Meanwhile, movie theaters around the Bay Area are gradually reopening — or getting ready to — and some are coming up with fun and clever ways to get us to visit them. Here’s a look.

2 EAT: Spooky treats

Forget the tricks. All we want are the eats — DIY candy corn, chocolate cupcakes with meringue ghosts and homemade chocolate lollies. Here’s how to make all that yumminess. And if you want to watch some awesome Halloween movies while munching those delicious treats, here are a bunch you can watch at home, and even more you can see at a drive-in.

G-Eazy is among the rock/pop/hip-hop stars performing Oct. 16-18 as part of a campaign to aid struggling music venues. (Roger Kisby/Getty Images archives) 

3 WATCH: G-Eazy and other megastars perform to save music clubs

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If you think you’re missing live music, think how the folks who own or work at performance venues feel. The Save Our Stages campaign is hoping to rescue these financially-endangered clubs, and this weekend some 30 pop, rock and hip-hop stars — including Oakland’s own G-Eazy, not to mention Miley Cyrus and the Foo Fighters — are performing to benefit the cause. Here’s what you need to know to access the shows or contribute to the effort.

A clever doughy “Star Wars” homage has gone viral at Benicia’s One House Bakery, where Baby Dough-da, a Pandroid and the Pain-dough-lorian await visitors. (One House Bakery) 4 BOO: Baby Yoda in dough form

A scarecrow festival with Mandalorian overtunes? Say yes, you will, to Benicia’s annual downtown scarecrow display, which includes One House Bakery’s “Star Wars” homage in dough form. Find the deets here.

5 PLAY: Spend the day with Stephen Curry or Janis Joplin

Well, sort of. One of San Francisco’s fave tourist attractions, Madame Tussauds, is back open for visitors, with all of its awesome wax celebrity likenesses and pandemic safety precautions in place. Here’s what you need to know.

6 SIP: The Great American Beer Zoom

The annual Great American Beer Festival, which normally draws 60,000 beer lovers to Denver each year, has gone virtual — and it’s this weekend, with a lineup that includes nine 30-minute online sessions on beer lore, brewery profiles and food pairings. Here’s the lowdown.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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