7 awesome Bay Area things to do this weekend, March 10-12

From the Oscars to a new culinary attraction in San Jose’s Little Italy to a stirring play about a civil rights legend, there’s just a ton of great stuff to do this weekend in the Bay Area. So let’s get to it, shall we?

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1 WATCH: It’s the Oscars!

Hollywood’s biggest awards ceremony is back this weekend, and the questions are many. Will “Everything Everywhere All at Once” sweep the major awards? Will anyone get slapped? Are they even going to try and keep the show under 4 hours? We can’t answer all these questions, but we do have some predictions about who the big winners will be. And it you want to get acquainted with some of the nominated films and performances, there’s still time. Here’s where to find them.

2 PLAY & NOSH: Say cheese!

Curd lovers know that cheese is a big part of the Bay Area’s culinary attractions. There are even classes on cheese-making, appreciation and more. Here’s a rundown.

Bay Area opera star Frederica von Stade performs at Kohl Mansion on March 12. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group archives) 

3 SEE & HEAR: Great live shows are all over

From a free, traveling “La Boheme” to Bay Area opera great Frederica Von Stade to Bill Maher’s no-holds-barred comedy, there is a lot to see and hear in the Bay Area this weekend. Here’s a partial rundown.

4 SIP & EAT: A really little Italy

San Jose’s Little Italy has a new, five-part culinary attraction at the former Enoteca La Storia. We paid a recent visit — here’s what grabbed our tastebuds.

5 PLAY: Crushing it in Concord

Concord and its lively Todos Santos Plaza are seemingly more fun and vibrant than ever these days. We smell a day trip! If you want to go, here’s an itinerary.

John Luther (played by Idris Elba) winds up in the slammer during the new movie “Luther: The Fallen Sun.” (Netflix) 

6 WATCH: John Luther, Perry Mason are back

Idris Elba’s beloved rogue detective John Luther has his own movie. And Perry Mason’s HBO reboot is launching a new season. They top our look at new shows and movies debuting this week.

7 SEE & HEAR: Celebrating Fannie Lou Hamer

The indefatigable activist makes for one of the most stirring stories in civil rights history. A solo show that just opened at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley shines a light on her life and activism.

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