7 crazy-cool Bay Area things to do this weekend, March 4-6

When it seems like the world can’t get any more crazy, it’s nice to remember that there are many delightful things to savor in the Bay Area this weekend, like one of the best dance companies going, intriguing outdoor adventures and, yes, another batman movie.

If you’re headed out to a show, be sure to check the venue website for the latest COVID updates and safety precautions before you go.

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And if you’d like to get the weekend off to a good start, here’s how you can assist the people of war-torn Ukraine; there are also agencies aiding pet owners there.

1 WATCH: Wait…did you say there’s another batman movie?

Yes, we didn’t make that up. But, hey, it’s good. In fact, it’s one of the best Batman movies ever. It tops our list of new films and shows you should totally see.

2 PLAY: Take a hike and see cool fossils

We swear, we’re not trying to make you learn stuff. These fossil-friendly hikes are gorgeous, and just happen to lead to fascinating scenes, including the remnants of a prehistoric hippo-like monstrosity that couldn’t chew very well. Speaking of day trips and such, we’ve launched The Bay Area Bucket List to compile a list of cool stuff to do locally, and we’d love to see your ideas. Here’s how to take part.

The Joffrey Ballet performs at Berkeley March 4-6. (Cheryl Mann/Joffrey Ballet)

3 SEE & HEAR: The Joffrey Ballet and more great shows

The renowned Chicago dance troupe with a long Bay Area connection is back this weekend β€” and that’s just one of many great recitals, concerts and plays that are going on around here.

4 PLAY & EAT: It’s picnic time

That’s one of the cool things about the Bay Area β€” picnic season is pretty much already here. But you’re not going to get caught using last year’s recipes, are you? (We didn’t think so.) This book will help you greet the 2022 picnic season in style.

5 WATCH: An electrifying Elizabeth Holmes show

If you’re like us, you can’t get enough of the Holmes/Theranos scandal. Now there is an excellent new series, β€œThe Dropout,” starring Amanda Seyfried, who absolutely nails it as the disgraced Silicon Valley CEO. Here’s what you need to know.

6 BAKE & EAT: A seriously scintillating citrus cake

It’s kumquat season! That is awesome news when you take a gander at this heavenly kumquat and cornmeal upside-down cake that you can totally make at home.

Ambrose Akinmusire plays SFJAZZ Center March 3-6. (Courtesy of Ambrose Akinmusire)

7 SEE & HEAR: An East Bay music star in the making

Oakland-born trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire isn’t even 40 yet, but he has taken the jazz world by storm. And you have lots of chances to see him this weekend.

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