Pelicans were among the sea birds flying out over the ocean during the whale watch.
A whale watch is one opportunity in San Diego for great nature photography, here of a pelican. Photo by Chris Stone

Trending pandemic hobbies. Bread baking. Check. Mask making. Check. But have you tried nature photography or craft cocktails yet? No? Then let two San Diego groups give you a hand this weekend.

The San Diego Bird Festival, by the San Diego Audubon Society, continues through Sunday with a virtual exhibit hall, online silent auction and very limited access to field trips. You can register for the entire fest for $30 or enjoy free streams, beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday. That’s Photography Day, when you can learn more about taking photos out of doors and underwater.

Sick of red wine? Then attend the virtual Speakeasy Soiree by the Gaslamp Foundation at 7 p.m. Friday. Take in a little history about the prohibition era in San Diego – you know, when you couldn’t drink legally in these here United States. Come to learn about local architecture in the Roaring ‘20s, but stay for the Gin Rickeys (yes, there will be recipes for and speakeasy specialties.) Cost for the session: $30.

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Origami cranes, a community project San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden launched in 2020, that is on display in Barrio Logan. Photo credit: @JFGSanDiego, via Facebook

The San Diego Museum of Art and Art of Elan debut their collaboration, a video, “Abstraction & Allegory,” at 7 p.m. Friday on the museum’s YouTube channel. The piece interprets photos in the museum’s Masters of Photography collection. Joshua Rubin will perform Unsuk Chin’s “Advice from a Caterpillar” from Alice in Wonderland on bass clarinet, along with Andrea Isabel Gonzalez’ world premiere composition, “Jabberwocky.”

It’s closing weekend for a pop-up museum in Barrio Logan at the Beardsley Event Center, 1786 National Ave. The Japanese Friendship Garden’s Building Resilience pop-up came about because of the Community 1,000 Cranes project, which called for the creation of origami cranes as symbols of recovery and resilience in the opening days of the pandemic. It includes an exhibit of the origami cranes, garden demonstrations and displays and an outdoor community canvas for anyone to express their story. The weekend’s events include Zoom talks and giveaway craft kits.

The San Diego Community College District will continue its virtual celebration of Black History Month at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with “Ask Your Mama: The Langston Hughes Project.” The project is a multimedia concert performance of Hughes’ jazz poem suite “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” Ron McCurdy, a professor of music at the USC Thornton School of Music, will perform via Zoom.

Miss Jax and his miserable mama? The Belly Up Tavern hosts a virtual show with The White Buffalo – AKA Jake Smith at 5 p.m. Sunday. The singer, songwriter and guitarist performs a set list culled from his work that was featured in or written for the FX series “Sons of Anarchy,” which completed its run in 2014. Tickets cost $12.