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7 Great Bay Area Things to Do This New Year’s Weekend, Dec. 29 – Jan. 1

Whether you want to celebrate 2024 at home or out on the town, we have some great ideas to add to your weekend plans. So let’s go, shall we?

As always, be sure to check event and venue websites for any last-minute changes in health guidelines. In the meantime, if you’d like to receive this Weekender programming delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning for free, simply sign up at www.mercurynews.com/newsletters or www.eastbaytimes.com/newsletters.

1 SEE AND HEAR: Great shows are everywhere

Whether you’re looking to let loose or laugh your heart out (both solid goals, in our book), this weekend offers plenty of options. And if you’re still formalizing your New Year’s Eve plans, here’s a handy look at who’s playing, where will be ringing in 2024.

2 COOKING AND EATING: Get a head start…

It’s a resolution many of us make every year: we’ll cook more at home and eat healthier. Well, Amanda Haas, author of The Orinda Cookbook and former culinary director of Williams Sonoma, wants to help you get there this time.

Cheese-and-bacon-stuffed mushrooms look tempting on a platter, with gooey, bacon-studded stuffing, says cookbook author Natasha Kravchuk. (Charity Burggraaf/courtesy of Natasha Kravchuk)

3 COOK: Amazing starters

If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve with a homemade dinner, make these two appetizers, and your friends and family members will be talking about your culinary skills throughout 2024.

4 COOK AND EAT: Eggs for dinner? Yes please!

Shakshouka, a North African stew, is a tangy, hearty dish with delicious runny eggs and, best of all, it’s easy to make at home.

Emma Stone in POOR THINGS.  Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.  © 2023 Searchlight Pictures All rights reserved.
Emma Stone stars in “Poor Things,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ wild take on the Frankenstein story. (Projector photos)

5 WATCH: The best films of 2023

Despite the continued fallout from Covid shutdowns, Hollywood has produced plenty of great films in 2023 – here’s our pick of the 10 best, most of which you can watch now.

6 READ: They said WHAT?

Celebrities have been producing some real memoir doozies in 2023. Here are some of the biggest bombshells they’ve dropped.

7PLAY AND SIP: Stunning Alameda

It’s a good weekend for a day trip to a brewery in Alameda, where there’s a Sea Haggis named after you.

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