7 amazing Bay Area things to do this weekend, June 17-19

Got your weekend plans? We have some great ideas, from the new Buzz Lightyear movie to amazing recitals and concerts to great tunes in beachy Half Moon Bay.

And if you’re going out to a show or a meal, be sure to check the venue or restaurant website for the latest COVID safety updates before you go.

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1 WATCH: Buzz Lightyear gets his own movie

Remember those awesome Pixar “Toy Story” movies? Well, the Emeryville studio just released a new flick about the space ranger who inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy. Read all about it here.

2 PLAY: A jazz joint with an ocean breeze

You don’t really a need a reason to head to beautiful Half Moon Bay, but we have one anyway. It’s one of the best jazz clubs in the Bay Area. Here’s the backstory, plus tips for grabbing a bite nearby. Oh, and here’s a look at the legendary sax man playing there this weekend.

Pianist and singer Eliane Elias plays the Stanford Jazz Festival June 18. (Kristy Sparow/Getty Images archives). 

3 SEE & HEAR: Speaking of jazz …

One of the best jazz festivals in the country, founded by people who are absolutely nuts about the music, kicks off this weekend in Palo Alto.

4 READ & COOK: A chat with Rick Martinez

The popular food writer recently talked about the life-changing trip he made to Mexico, before writing the hit new cookbook, “Mi Cocina.” See the interview (and find some recipes) right here.

5 WATCH: A delightful sex romp

We make a point of using the phrase “sex romp” as frequently as we can, so we are stoked for the new movie “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” starring the ever-wonderful Emma Thompson. It tops our roundup of new films you should know about.

6: SIP: All about absinthe

The exotic licorice-tasting liquor, which was illegal in the U.S. until 2007, gets a bad rap in some circles. Here is one East Bay absinthe maker to set the record straight.

The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company performs June 16-19 at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco. (Margaret Jenkins Dance Company) 

7 SEE & HEAR: There are great shows and events out there

It’s an extremely busy weekend out there, campers, with everything from the Frameline LGBTQ film fest to Junetheenth events and amazing dance recitals and music concerts to pick from.

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