February 24, 2024
7 incredible Bay Area things to do this weekend, Jan. 19-21


From the new “Wiz” to some killer noodle houses and boffo breweries and an explosion of comedy shows, it’s looking like a banner weekend around these parts, So let’s get to it, shall we?

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1 SEE & HEAR: Welcome back, ‘Wiz’

The popular and groundbreaking 1974 take on the Wizard of Oz story just got a major update and is set to open in S.F. before heading to its big Broadway revival — here’s what has changed, and what hasn’t.

2 EAT: Incredible noodle noshing

Noodle soups and dishes have come a long way in recent years. These 10 amazing Bay Area spots will show you just how far (cowboy pho, anyone?)

Famed S.F. comedian, clown and actor Bill Irwin is back to perform in Sketchfest SF. (Charles Sykes/Associated Press archives)

3 SEE & HEAR: A great weekend for laughing

SketchfestSF and its scores and scores of comedy shows have returned to San Francisco. And the lineup is so packed you might need help picking the best shows to catch.

4 PLAY & SIP: Bay Area’s best breweries

For three years, our beer columnist Jay R. Brooks has been visiting breweries all over the Bay Area. Now (drumroll, please) here are his picks for the 10 best among the 100+ he’s explored.

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor and Jon Bernthal star in “Origin.” (Neon)

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5 WATCH: A brilliant, if unusual, movie

Trying to explain Ava DuVernay’s new film, “Origin,” is almost impossible — it’s easier just to say go see it. It tops our roundup of new movies and series you should totally see this weekend.

6 EAT: An old favorite has new digs

It was with major relief that we learned that the beloved 70-year-old Kirk’s Steakburgers in Campbell was not going away. In fact, it recently opened in its new home. We paid a visit, and here are our impressions.

7 SEE & HEAR: Great shows are all over

From a play by (and about) August Wilson to a bunch of comedy shows and San Francisco Arts Week, there are a bunch of cool things to see and do in the Bay Area this weekend.