7 amazing Bay Area things to do this stormy weekend, Jan. 6-8

On a cold, damp weekend, you should totally pamper yourself. And we have some wonderful ideas, from great movies and concerts, to killer video games and cozy taverns (with fireplaces!)

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1 SEE & HEAR: Bop along with Botti

Trumpeter Chris Botti’s annual winter stint at the SFJAZZ Center is always a popular draw in the Bay Area. Now he’s back, and here’s how you can snag tickets.

2 HEAR: Take a musical trip down Memory Lane

Fifty years ago, an unbelievable mix of albums by some very different artists wound up No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Let’s remember those crazy days, eh?  and of course, you can listen along.

Folk/feminist icon Cris Williamson comes to Berkeley for two shows Jan. 6-7. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images archives) 

3 SEE & HEAR: Great shows to catch this weekend

From a stage show about literary love to the return of feminist folk legend Cris Williamson, there are some great shows and concerts to see this weekend.

4 WATCH: There’s a new killer doll in town

Step aside Chucky, there’s a new children’s toy out there with a taste for mayhem, and she’s wicked smart. Her name is M3GAN, and you’ll find her atop our list of new films and shows you should know about. Meanwhile, Sarah Polley’s powerful new film “Women Talking,” which hits Bay Area theaters this weekend, is drawing Oscar buzz. Here’s what she has to say about it.

5 PLAY: Games that dominated 2022

It’s supposed to rain A LOT this weekend, which means you should totally blow off your New Year’s resolution to exercise or clean out the garage and hunker down with the best video games of the year.

Warm yourself in front of a real indoor fire at one of these bars with fireplaces. (Getty Images) 

6 SIP & PLAY: Taverns with the ultimate ambiance

There’s nothing like enjoying a tasty aperitif in front of a roaring fire. And here are 6 pubs and bars where you can do just that.

7 COOK & EAT: Best. Broccoli. Soup. Ever.

Nothing warms up a cold, damp weekend like a bowl of homemade soup. And this one will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

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