Some good news on the pandemic front this week – and Super Bowl or no, it’s best to stay vigilant to keep it coming. So streaming is still the way to go, but with a few San Diego venues opening up again, you’ve got options.
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, hosted by the Museum of Photographic Arts, continues its virtual run with Talking About Trees at 11:25 a.m. Friday and I Am Samuel and A Reckoning in Boston at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively, on Saturday. See live Q&As with filmmakers and human rights advocates to shed light on social issues, including freedom of speech, LGBTQ rights and racial equity. Films will be available online through Monday, at $9 per screening.
Speaking of museums, San Diego Museum Month goes virtual this month. The February promotion usually offers discounts to participating venues, but this year the San Diego Museum Council has helped coordinate a full slate of online activities. Some include craft freebies. For instance, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum offers kits through the San Diego Public Library, while signing up with Mingei International Museum nets you a kit to be mailed to your home. This weekend, look out for the Fleet Science Center’s “Young Scientists” program, at 11 a.m. Sunday, for preschool and kindergarten-aged youngsters.
The Old Globe Theatre hosts “Word Up!” with host Laura Z at 6 p.m. Friday. The program, described as a digital opportunity for community members to collaborate using a new performing-arts medium each week, is livestreamed via the Globe’s website, YouTube channel. or Facebook page. Guests this week include Kimberly Phillips-Pea, Harley King and Yvette Brooks discussing murals.
It’s Black History Month, and if you favor the fine arts, one of the country’s top institutions, New York’s Metropolitan Opera is opening up its vault to celebrate Black opera stars in classic productions. This weekend’s free streams: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Puccini’s Tosca. Stars include Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle and, for good measure, Luciano Pavarotti. Streams begin at 4:30 p.m. PST. Each will be available for 24 hours after they go live. New daily streams continue through Feb. 14.
The Golden Globe Award nominations came out this week, and if you’re looking to binge some, check out:
- Netflix – Films, Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Prom; Over the Moon, The Life Ahead; Series, The Crown, Ozark, Ratched, Emily in Paris, Queen’s Gambit, Unorthodox.
- Amazon Prime – Films, Borat Subsequent Movie Film, One Night in Miami; Series, Small Axe.
- HBO Max – Lovecraft Country, Perry Mason, The Flight Attendant, The Undoing, I Know This Much is True.
- Hulu – Film, Palm Springs; Series, The Great, Normal People.
- Disney + – Film, Hamilton; Series, The Mandalorian.
- Apple TV – Ted Lasso.