The opening of the Del Mar race season in 2015. Photo by Chris Stone

Two mainstays of San Diego in July come back this weekend, though in altered form. If you want to play the ponies, you can watch online, while a San Diego Pride prelude goes virtual too.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club begins its season at 10 a.m. Friday. The races had been set to start July 18, but will run on a Friday-to-Sunday schedule over a slightly longer period, through Sept. 7. At least initially, catch the fun online, as fans will not be able to attend at the track.

San Diego Pride takes place online this year, and though the main event is next weekend, She Fest 2020 begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, via the event web site, Facebook, YouTube and Zoom, for special workshops. She Fest includes music, artists, political activists and more. Pride also issued an open call for videos so the community can share personal stories about what the movement means to them.

The U.S. has become home to more than 160,000 refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma. They include  the Karen, an indigenous people whose homeland of Kawthoolei is in the country’s eastern highlands. The short film, Far From Kawthoolei, tells the story of those forced from their villages, some of whom settled locally, and established the Karen Organization of San Diego in Colina del Sol. They spoke to filmmaker Brian Myers, whose film streams on the UC Santa Cruz web site.

“Far From Kawthoolei,” a film that depicts San Diego’s Karen refugee community, streams online. Photo credit: Screenshot,

Need a theater fix? A music fix? A fest fix? We got ya.

  • Turn to the National Theatre for a taping of the 2016 revival The Deep Blue Sea, available through July 16 via YouTube. The drama stars Helen McCrory as a woman recovering from a suicide attempt who is caught between her husband and her lover.
  • “The Shows Must Go On’’ YouTube channel streams the popular musical Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat beginning at 11 a.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday. It stars former teen heartthrob Donny Osmond from a 1999 production. And he’s no slouch – Osmond performed the role more than 2,000 times, according to
  • Pack a picnic and try for summer pops in your backyard as Broadway star Bernadette Peters, who has appeared at the Embarcadero in past summer seasons, streams a show at 5 p.m. Friday. It’s from her 2009 special at the Minskoff Theatre in New York.
  • Summer is music festival season. The action shifts online, as the Winnipeg Folk Fest at Home offers up past headliners, such as Arlo Guthrie, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and new live performances too, at 5 p.m. Saturday on YouTube. Lollapalooza, also on YouTube, offers up a different slate of past performances weekly.

– Staff reports

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