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We know, a long weekend during times like this can seem too long if it just drifts by. So here are seven ways to get the most of your extra time, from day trips to great barbecue to reveling in the creative bizarreness that is Burning Man (at home, of course)

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1 PLAY: Feel the Burning, Man

Whether you’re a Burning Man junkie or one who would rather appreciate it from afar, you can still enjoy the gonzo arts and cultural event this year — from home. Yes, the real event is canceled but you knew they would resurrect it online, didn’t you? They did, and here is what you need to know.

Smoked Dinosaur Beef Rib is offered at Sauced BBQ and Spirits in San Jose(Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)  2. EAT: Brisket, baby

Labor Day lies just ahead — and we know exactly what you’re craving. Barbecue, of course. Here’s a sampling of Bay Area restaurants offering barbecue to-go (or to enjoy on the patio) this weekend.

3. WATCH: One of the Bay Area’s best storytellers

Bay Area comedian and monologist Brian Copeland is reviving one of his top shows, “The Waiting Period,” at a time when it seems more relevant than ever. Here’s what you need to know about that show and other online theater options this weekend.

4. PLAY: Day trip, anyone?

We may still be sheltering near home, but on the upside, we live in one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations — and right now, we’ve got it all to ourselves. If you’re ready to do a little day tripping, we’ve got suggestions for fun things to do in three Bay Area towns close to home.

The heartwarming film “Out Loud” follows the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles from its initial tryouts to its debut performance. (SF DocFest)  5: SEE: The docs of the Bay

The annual San Francisco Documentary Festival (better known as DocFest) never fails to amaze with its collection of films telling bizarre, inspiring and mind-blowing stories. The event returns this week — online, of course — and many of the works have strong Bay Area ties. Here’s what you need to know.

6: PLAY: What’s SUP, pussycat?

Sunshine and water play are a perfect mix. And if you mix them in Sausalito, you can add stand-up paddleboarding and seafood to that perfect combo. Here’s how.

7 SEE: Amazing art (sans redwoods)

For more than half a century, one of the staples of the Bay Area’s Labor Day weekend has been the Kings Mountain Art Fair, a blend of dazzling creativity and swoon-worthy surroundings. The coronavirus pandemic has put the kibosh on the outdoors aspect, but the fair has reinvented itself as a virtual event with lots of cool stuff to see. And it’s still a fundraiser for vital Kings Mountain services. Here’s what you need to know.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1898, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “As soon as Col. Theodore Roosevelt arrives at Montauk Point with his regiment of Rough Riders he will be waited upon by a committee from the Independent Republican organization, of Manhattan, headed by Col. Lovell Jerome, and asked for consent to allow his name to be used as a candidate for the gubernatorial nomination. It is thought that the Manhattan organization will be joined by a delegation representing Republicans of this county who desire to see the colonel of the Rough Riders head the state ticket. If he consents to be a candidate, a campaign will be inaugurated that will eclipse anything ever projected in this state. Close friends of Mr. Roosevelt say that he will consent to be a candidate if he becomes satisfied that there is a demand for his nomination.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — Elizabeth T. Bentley said today that Anatol Gromov, first secretary of the Soviet Embassy, gave her $2,000 and told her she had been awarded Order of the Red Star for her services as a spy on the American government. Miss Bentley told the House Un-American Activities Committee that the payoff took place on the New York waterfront on Oct. 17, 1945, while she was under surveillance by FBI agents. At that time, she said, she knew Gromov only as ‘Al.’ Miss Bentley has been the No. 1 witness in a congressional investigation of alleged Red undergrounds and Soviet spy rings in the capital. She said she made periodic trips from New York to pick up wartime military secrets gathered by various government employees for Russia. At the time of the Russian payoff, which has been confirmed by the FBI, she had renounced the Communists and told the FBI her story. But she was pretending still to be working for the Reds.”

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