Snow at Mount Laguna this week. Photo by Chris Stone

Snow! Yep, there’s a reason to get out of the house after Friday’s big storm. Snow Summit, Bear Mountain, Snow Valley and Mountain High report they are open for business, so go for the winter sports or just frolic – make snowmen, snow angels, all the snow things – this weekend.

The pandemic of course has taken away many opportunities for fun, but here’s one that it’s created – buzzy film festivals brought to you at home.

Sundance is a granddaddy of the film festival circuit and if you’ve never made it to Park City, Utah, well, let Park City come to you. The festival, which continues Friday, offers online tickets this year, for $15 a screening. Sign up for an account for the easiest way to see what films are still available to stream – here’s some tips to explore for the best experience.

Bits to sample: actors Robin Wright and Rebecca Hall make their directing debuts, with Land and Passing, respectively, and Bring Your Own Brigade explores a topic San Diegans sadly have grown used to – wildfires and their aftermath. Because of later Oscar eligibility this year, Judas and the Black Messiah is at Sundance and generating Oscar buzz as well.

The San Diego Symphony begins opens its 2021 performances at 7 p.m. Friday with “Wagner Meets Mozart,” conducted by Music Director Rafael Payare. The program includes Wagner’s Die Meistersinger and “Siegfried’s Funeral March” from Götterdämmerung, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29. Tickets cost $20.

The King more your speed? The Encinitas-based Ovation Theatre virtually presents All Shook Up: Inspired By and Featuring the Songs of Elvis Presley, with dancing and singing filmed outdoors and in masks for safety. The production streams at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday, and then again Feb. 5-6. Tickets cost $25 for individual streaming or $40 for groups. 

Common Ground Theatre continues its 2020-2021 season with free Zoom readings of Pruning Ivy by A.D. Brown and This is a Low, by Cris Eli Blak. The former tells the story of Ivy, who on the cusp of graduating from Harvard faces a reckoning; the latter explores a Black teenager’s interactions with a social worker, who tries to teach him that it’s OK to not always be OK. Watch at 4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. Email cgtheatre1@gmail.com for viewing instructions.

The Coronado Playhouse opens its season at 7 p.m. Saturday via Zoom. Cul-de-sac looks at three couples who live on the same street, but are they all happy? Of course not, but they want everyone else to think so, and therein lies the comedy. The play also streams at 2 p.m. Sundays. Viewings cost $15 per household. The show continues through Feb. 14.

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