Best Bets for the Break: A quick guide to online entertainment and virtual experiences

"Mr. Burns: A Post-electric Play" can be viewed online June 2-6 via the UC San Diego theater and dance department.

Below is a continuing series of online activities to undertake on your computer or tablet during your quarantine quandary.

Lectures & learning

• Warwick’s presents author and philosophy professor Jason Stanley at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 28. Stanley will discuss the new paperback edition of his book, “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them,” with strategist Jeniffer Thompson. The free virtual event will be held at For more information, visit

•San Diego A-Taste-of-Tech is offering a free online video course that teaches website development for beginners.These videos are for all ages with no prior knowledge required, and guide students to create their own custom website. All that is needed is an ability to write and something to write about. The videos can be accessed at

Cooking & creating

San Diego Writers, Ink takes writers workshops online, from short-story help to information about book design. Formats are weekly or one-time classes, with prices varying from a small donation to larger fees. Check out upcoming programs at

Family & children

Broadway performer Lulu Lloyd will teach The Broadway Clubhouse "Waitress" masterclass online on Sunday, May 31.

• The Broadway Clubhouse offers its “Waitress” masterclass online from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 31. Lulu Lloyd, a member of the hit Broadway musical’s first national touring company, leads the virtual 90-minute class in which students can learn music and original choreography from the play via Zoom. $50.

Travel & outdoors

• The China Guide will take you on a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China from your home any time. Free. Other tours of China also are available.

Health & fitness

• The Nataraja Meditation and Yoga Center presents “Meditation: Why Isn’t Everyone Doing It?” from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, May 28, with guided meditation by Erhard Vogel via Zoom. Free. Register by calling (858) 395-4033 or emailing

Art & culture

• The UC San Diego theater and dance department presents “Mr. Burns: A Post-electric Play” online, with acts released in sequence daily June 2-6. The play, written by Ann Washburn, is free and can be viewed at

• The Old Globe Theatre premieres “Playwrights Unstuck” at 3 p.m. Tuesdays from June 2 to July 21. Hosts Katherine Harroff and Danielle Mages Amato will check in with Globe-commissioned San Diego–based playwrights Miki Vale, Jonathan Mello, Jessica Hilt and Mike Sears on the status of their developing work. Viewers can listen to these professional explorations of the various stages of development. “Playwrights Unstuck” will be streamed at

Virtual galas & events

• Catch the last servings of Ice Cream Relief Week, sponsored by Scoop San Diego. Through Friday, May 29, you can support local shops such as Bobboi Natural Gelato in La Jolla Village or Scoops La Jolla in The Shores with a takeout order while participating in Scoop San Diego’s virtual ice cream festival with livestreamed interviews, happy hours and more. The schedule of online activities can be found at

The American Parkinson Disease Association presents the California Virtual Optimism Walk on Sunday, May 31.
The American Parkinson Disease Association presents the California Virtual Optimism Walk on Sunday, May 31.

• The American Parkinson Disease Association presents the APDA California Virtual Optimism Walk on Sunday, May 31. The California walk, one of four virtual Optimism Walks happening on the same day, is part of a nationwide series of walks intended to inspire people to help end Parkinson’s disease. Register at

What have you found for entertainment from a (social) distance? Email your leads to