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7 awesome Bay Area things to do this weekend, Aug. 25-27

7 awesome Bay Area things to do this weekend, Aug. 25-27

This weekend has got it all, from great movies and live shows to a beloved brewpub and an abundance of tasty heirloom tomatoes (and we know just what to do with them). So let’s get to it, shall we?

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1 WATCH: Summer’s surprising new hit comedy

If you thought “Strays” was going to be late-summer’s go-to comedy, you were barking up the wrong tree (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Instead, try “Bottoms,” the outrageous new film from Emma Seligman, which tops our roundup of new movies and shows you should know about. And if you’re a film fan who loves a good bargain, did you know that Sunday is National Cinema Day (with $4 tickets)?

Anaita Wali Zada and Jeremy Allen White star in “Fremont.” (Music Box Films) 

2 WATCH: Fremont is ready for its closeup

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3 MAKE & EAT: A salad for those awesome tomatoes

It’s the time of year when those grand, gorgeous heirloom tomatoes are hanging out in produce sections, screaming for your attention. Here’s a Mexican twist on the traditional caprese salad that will put those beauties to good use.

4 SUP & CELEBRATE: A beloved brewpub is back

Beer lovers were saddened when Buffalo Bill’s, the popular and historic Hayward brewpub, shut down last year. But guess what? It’s back.

5 MAKE & DEVOUR: Sumptuous summer rolls

Those delectable rice paper treats stuffed with fresh veggies and meat, fish or tofu are way easier to make than you probably thought. Here’s how it’s done.

Quentin Earl Darrington stars as “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius in “Hippest Trip — The Soul Train Musical.” (Bekah Lynn/Angela Faris Belt/American Conservatory Theater) 

6: SEE, HEAR & PLAY: Great shows and fests are all over

From a brand new “Soul Train” musical to a gaggle of cool festivals and an orchestra of animal sounds, there are a lot of cool things to see and do this weekend.

7 PLAY: Hot new video games

The latest version of “Madden NFL” and the awesome “Vampire Survivors” are among the games that can keep you busy all weekend.