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7 awesome Bay Area things to do this weekend, July 23-25

Whether or not you’re resolved to watch the very strange Olympic Games this weekend, you’ll need some fun diversions to get you through. That’s where we come in. Here are some great ways to spend the time, from the world’s kindest comedies to an outdoor opera festival to yummy eats and tasty adult beverages served up in cool places.

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1 WATCH: ‘Ted Lasso’ is back

The surprise hit 2020 comedy that reminded us that nice, decent people can be just as funny as Larry David is back for a second season beginning this weekend. Here’s why it connected with so many of us. And if you’re a fan, here are five other big-hearted shows delivering major laughs.

2 PLAY & SIP: Visit these craft breweries

What’s better than a day trip to quaff the tasty offerings at a taproom? How about two day trips? So here’s a brewery in Richmond you should know about. And here’s one in Los Gatos.

Two inept men try to cash in on a huge mutant fly in “Mandibles.” (Magnet Releasing) 

3 SEE: We have sooo many movies to tell you about

Hollywood’s serving up a wide mix of new movies this week, including a touching tale about a dad and his gay son, and a wacky comedy about two dumb guys trying to train a large mutant fly. And the always-rewarding SF Jewish Film opens this week with a full slate of compelling, timely films that you can watch in a theater or at home.

4 EAT: Food halls are everywhere

Three new market halls — foodie-fueled shopping and noshing destinations — have opened in the Bay Area, and we are stoked to try them all. Here’s what you need to know.

5 SEE & HEAR: An outdoor opera festival

West Edge Opera is known for presenting edgy productions at an ever-changing roster of cool venues. This weekend they open a summer festival at Cal Shakes’ Orinda stage. Here’s a rundown.

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck appears in a scene from his new documentary (Disney/Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group) 

6 WATCH: The story of Wolfgang Puck

The iconic chef stars in a new documentary that’s streaming on Disney+, and has a lot to say about his storied life and career.

7 SEE: A new play about a one-hit wonder

San Francisco native Lauren Yee always seems to be staging an intriguing show in the Bay Area, even when there aren’t many shows going on. The playwright has one now at SF Playhouse about a suddenly-famous pop star who just can’t deal with it all, and you can watch it live or stream it at home.

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