7 awesome Bay Area things to do this weekend, April 5-7

This is shaping up to be a blockbuster weekend in the Bay Area, folks, and we’ve got some exciting ideas to make it even better. So let’s go, shall we?

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1 SEE AND HEAR: Great shows are everywhere

From Alonzo King LINES Ballet to a Polish opera star to Bruce Hornsby warbling on the water, there’s plenty to see and hear this weekend in the Bay Area. Oh, and SF Ballet’s historic season continues, too.

Potatoes with parmesan, parsley and garlic olive oil are offered at Saltbreaker in Alameda. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

2 EAT: Fabulous fries

It was a brutal mission that we may never fully recover from, but somehow we managed to put together a list of the best fries in the Bay Area. You are welcome.

3 PLAY: Sacramento Sizzling

OK, maybe no one really describes our beautiful state capital as “sizzling” except in the middle of summer when it’s 150 degrees in the shade. But Sac-town is becoming a destination because of its vibrant food scene and fun activities. Honestly, we’re not making this up!

4 SEE AND HEAR: An opera for tennis lovers

There is an opera about Billie Jean King and the famous “Battle of the Sexes”? You bet your drop shot exists. And it’s playing out this weekend in the Bay Area.

At chef David Chang's new Fuku stand in Oracle Park, the signature sandwich is the OG Chicken, featuring habanero-brined and deep-fried chicken breast.  (Photo courtesy of SF Giants/Oracle Park)
David Chang’s OG chicken sandwiches will be a staple at the Hos Fuku booth at Oracle Park this summer. (San Francisco Giants)

5 PLAY AND EAT: What’s cooking at Oracle Park?

We don’t know how the San Francisco Giants will fare this season, but really, it doesn’t matter when the food offerings are so incredible (Dungeness crab noodles and David Chang’s OG chicken sandwiches, anyone?).

6 WATCH: Ripley Returns

Believe it or not, there’s a new adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” coming to Netflix this week. And yes, it’s awesome, fun and captivating.

7 WATCH AND LAUGH: Kathy Griffin Does Napa

Her hip, devastating celebrity humor isn’t for everyone, but Kathy Griffin has a unique talent and she’ll be performing in Napa this weekend. Here’s what she has to say about it all.

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