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7 awesome Bay Area things to do this weekend, Sept. 22-24

7 awesome Bay Area things to do this weekend, Sept. 22-24

From a world famous jazz festival to a John Wick prequel to killer Korean barbecue, there’s a lot to see and do this weekend in the Bay Area — so let’s get to it, shall we?

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1 SEE & HEAR A legendary festival returns

The Monterey Jazz Festival, which returns Friday through Sunday, is one of the best music events in Northern California — the tunes are great and the vibe is even better. So say hello to the guy who runs it, and read some of his recommendations for this year’s star-studded lineup.

2 DINE: Killer Korean BBQ

There’s a reason why tables and reservations at the beyond-hip Korean barbecue joint Baekjeong in Santa Clara are hard to get. We finally got in and here are our impressions.

“Man in Black,” a Johnny Cash-themed dance, is on Smuin Ballet’s new program coming to Mountain View and San Francisco. (Chris Hardy/Smuin Contemporary Ballet) 

3 SEE & HEAR: Great shows are all over

From a famed photographer’s new show about guns to an opera about Steve Jobs and the always-wonderful Smuin Ballet, there are a lot of great shows to catch in the Bay Area.

4 MAKE & DEVOUR: Wonderful wedge salad

What’s that? You never tried a creamy, crispy, savory wedge salad? You’ve simply got to change that.

5 WATCH: Before there was John Wick …

Yes, it stars Mel Gibson, but the new three-part series “The Continental: From the World of John Wick” is getting some glowing reviews. It tops our roundup of what you should be watching this weekend.

Nicolette Tomcik, assistant general manager at Wildseed, sips a mocktails at her restaurant. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

6 SIP: Mouthwatering mocktails

Fancy non-alcoholic drinks have been a thing for more than a decade. But now they are playing a more pronounced role in the Bay Area dining scene. Here’s what you need to know.

7 WATCH: Talking Heads magnificence

If you never got to witness the wonderful wackiness that was a Talking Heads concert, the concert film “Stop Making Sense” comes pretty close to capturing the surreal magic. And the film is back in theaters.