San Francisco’s glamorous food and libations fest, Eat Drink SF, comes to the waterfront this weekend. (Marc Fiorito, Gamma Nine Photography)
Chefs and their gourmet bites will star at Eat Drink SF this weekend at Fort Mason. (Andrew Herrold/Gamma Nine Photography for Eat Drink SF)
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The Crucible is hosting a Fire & Water homage timed to the start of this year’s Burning Man. The arts collective is known for its flashy special events, such as last year’s Hot Couture event with artists Chris Neimer, left, and founder Michael Sturtz.
John Cho is a desperate father looking for electronic clues to his daughter’s disappearance in the new thriller “Searching.”
Debra Messing, left, and John Cho, second from right, star in “Searching,” a thriller set in San Jose, where director Aneesh Chaganty grew up.
BLEECKER STREET Rami Malek, left, and Charlie Hunnam star in the remake of Papillon, about two inmates in a brutal French penal colony.
This image released by STX Entertainment shows Melissa McCarthy in a scene from “The Happytime Murders.” (Hopper Stone/STX Entertainment via AP)
Helena Howard gives a stunning performance as a troubled young actress in “Madeline’s Madeline.”
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A young man (Alex Neustaedter) befriends a robotic dog created by the government in “A.X.L.”
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Glenn Close gives an Oscar-worthy performance as the wife of a Nobel Prize winner in “The Wife.”
Inspired by a Singaporean dish, this spicy Black Pepper Shrimp comes together in a flash. (A Little Yumminess)
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These easy, grilled Singapore Chicken Satays make a great summer supper for a busy weeknight and a terrific entree for any warm-weather barbecue. (Photo: A Little Yumminess)
Pork shiu mai and other dumplings are favorites at hawker fares and street food markets across Asia. (Getty Images)
The colorful houses of Joo Chiat Road in Singapore appear in “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Getty Images)
These sensational chicken satays are served with a spicy peanut sauce so delicious, you’ll be tempted to eat it by the spoonful. (Chris Andre/Parties That Cook)
Chef Chu waiter Robert Lam, (second from left) poses with Constance Wu and Henry Golding, stars of the film “Crazy Rich Asians,” and the film’s director Jon M. Chu (right) at Chef Chu’s, in Los Altos, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. The studio held a pre-release publicity event at the restaurant which is run by the director’s family. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
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This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Michelle Yeoh, from left, Henry Golding and Constance Wu in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
(L-R) KEN JEONG as Wye Mun, CONSTANCE WU as Rachel and AWKWAFINA as Peik Lin in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and SK Global Entertainment’s and Starlight Culture’s contemporary romantic comedy “CRAZY RICH ASIANS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Sanja Bucko)
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From left, Michael Evans Lopez, Marlene Martinez, Amy Resnick and Jackson Davis star in “Native Gardens” for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
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From left, Aysan Celik, Danny Scheie and Aldo Billingslea star in “The War of the Roses” at Cal Shakes.
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Grape stomping is one of the popular attractions at the Italian Family Festa, which returns to San Jose this weekend.
Goodguys Rod and Custom Association
This 1933 Ford â} Renaissance Roadster, crowned 2017’s the Beautiful Street Rod at last year’s Goodguys West Coast Nationals, will be on display when event returns to the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.
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The end of August brings one last gasp of summertime fun. Let’s make it count, eh? Here are seven fab ways to eat, drink, play and generally frolic around the San Francisco Bay Area, from a Botticelli costume bash to a totally buzzed-about thriller set in San Jose to Eat Drink SF and a bunch of festivals where you can stomp grapes or oggle sexy sports cars.
1 SEE: One of the best big-screen thrillers of the year (so far)
So says our reviewer of Aneesh Chaganty’s debut feature film “Searching,” opening this weekend, starring John Cho (of the Harold and Kumar movies) as a desperate dad plunging into a social media odyssey in an effort to find his missing daughter. One of the coolest things about the “Searching” — besides being set in San Jose, where Chaganty grew up — is how every image comes at you from a phone, iPad or computer screen, as if to mirror the father’s harrowing journey. Also in theaters this weekend — and you have a ton of compelling choices — is a remake of the prison/escape classic “Papillon,” the animated, futuristic boy-and-his-dog story “A.X.L.,” and Melissa McCarthy’s controversial puppet comedy “The Happytime Murders.” A full look at your options is here.
2 EAT & DRINK: Gourmet bites, Top Cheftestants
San Francisco’s big food and libations festival, Eat Drink SF, takes over Fort Mason this weekend with culinary stars, grand tastings, a “Top Chef” reunion and oh-so-many sips and bites from Bay Area bistros and bars. Shmooze with chefs — hello, Dominique Crenn, Roland Passot, Mourad Lahlou and pizza king Tony Gemignani — and revel in the Bay Area’s gastronomy scene with fellow foodies. Find more deets here.
3 WATCH: Warring families and squabbling neighbors on stage
Two new Bay Area plays opening this weekend take very different views at the nature of conflict. At Cal Shakes in Orinda, artistic director Eric Ting helms “The War of the Roses,” adapting portions of two famous history plays to deliver a new look at the bloody feud that shaped England’s history (so, no, it has nothing to do with the Kathleen Turner/Michael Douglas movie). Meanwhile, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley opens “Native Gardens” in Mountain View. The culture-clashing comedy looks at next-door neighbors whose squabble over landscaping turns into something much deeper.
4 PLAY: 19th Century Costume Day
Oh you Botticelli Venus, you! Grab your 19th-century gown, gossamer nymph toga or artist’s smock and head for San Francisco’s Legion of Honor this Saturday. The museum is hosting a “Victorian Visions: Nineteenth-Century Costume Day” as part of its big Pre-Raphaelites exhibition. Admission is $5 off for costumed participants, as well as ravishing redheads, real or faux. (Psst, channel your inner Titian muse as you pose for a portrait.)
5 EAT: Post-movie satays
It wasn’t just the romantic sizzle, the behind-the-scene conniving and the jawdropping Singapore sights that made us swoon over “Crazy Rich Asians.” It was the street food market brimming with satays, noodles, dumplings and — we have never left a movie theater so hungry. You too? Here’s what to cook and eat after the movie.
6 GET OUT THERE: And take in an amazing festival
You can stomp grapes, devour heavenly chocolate, create cool Italian chalk art and be dazzled by a sparkling collection of custom hot rods and street cars this weekend without leaving the Bay Area. That’s thanks to our usual assortment of awesome street fairs and festivals. A quick roundup is here. And if you want to plan ahead, see our roundup of fairs and festivals running into the fall months.
7 PLAY: Oakland’s Burning Man-esque bash
Want to experience a bit of Burning Man minus the dust, heat and camping? There are ways to get a morsel of the mad, mad, Mad Max mania right here at home — including one particularly cool option this Saturday. The Crucible, Oakland’s industrial and fine arts center, is doing a Burning Man-inspired Fire & Water homage this weekend with live glass blowing, welding and flameworking demos and more. Here’s what’s in store.
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