A visit to Tourmaline Surf Park Beach in La Jolla. Bound for the beach this weekend? You won’t be alone. Photo by Chris Stone

It’s May and if you’re thinking about summer, man, so are we. Fortunately, local officials eased restrictions on access to many San Diego beaches and bayfronts this week.

This is the first weekend, so indulge (and be thankful, because an irked Gov. Newsom almost took it away). But you know the drill, do it responsibly – running, walking, swimming, wading, but no gatherings. Where can you enjoy the sea air? City beaches, San Diego Bay, Coronado, Encinitas, Imperial Beach and Oceanside. 

Missing the First Friday fun, when many local arts enclaves host walkabouts? Thanks to the Arts District at Liberty Station, you don’t have to. Do the do virtually Friday evening as nearly 20 local museums, galleries, theaters and studios offer online activities to entertain all ages. Some of what’s on tap: San Diego Dance Theater offers a live performance at 5:30 p.m., San Diego Filipino Cinema spins a 6 p.m. DJ set and Songbirds Music presents Musical Story Time at 6 p.m.

If watching Jersey Boys wasn’t enough for you, how about a dance tutorial to lock down the Four Seasons’ “Oh, What a Night?” steps? The La Jolla Playhouse plays host to a master class by Tony-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo on Facebook and YouTube at 5 p.m. Friday. A live Q&A follows. 

The San Diego Humane Society invites supporters to join them Saturday on a virtual Walk for Animals, by strolling around the block, the yard or even on a treadmill. Their outdoor annual fundraiser had to be canceled this year, but teams are still forming online to show their love for our four-legged friends.

“Jersey Boys,” at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2004. Photo credit: La Jolla Playhouse

San Diego’s version of The Bard’s favorite theater is debuting a new online program on Friday. “Word Up!” joins The Old Globe’s online roster on 6 p.m. More of a gathering than a show or a class, “Word Up!” is a digital opportunity for community members to connect with each other. It’s Mad Libs–style communal storytelling featuring a new performing artist every week, as well as special community guests from around San Diego.

On the lemons-to-lemonade front, normally, if you didn’t have a ticket to Austin for SXSW, you missed most of the featured music, films and panels. This year, though the festival partnered with Amazon Prime to showcase many of the works that couldn’t be screened once organizers canceled the event. Watch through May 6.

Finally, as it is May 1, it’s time to figure out what to watch for the month. Or at least until we are again loosed upon the world, free of unending streams. New to Amazon, along with the SXSW stash – Rocketman, the 2019 Elton John biopic. Hulu has the return of “Ramy,” the Golden Globe-winning comedy.

Netflix, though? Loaded this month. The Lovebirds, the Issa Rae/Kumail Nanjiani comedy that was supposed to be in theaters, will debut here instead, as will Uncut Gems, the Adam Sandler crime yarn. In addition, there’s a new comedy, “Space Force,” from Steve Carell, and a documentary on Michelle Obama.

– Staff reports

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