The amazing museums and awesome theatre in the west end are true gems of Balboa Park. There is something for everyone – modern, contemporary and folk art; anthropology, archaeology, and human culture; craft and design; European and American masterpieces; spectacular indoor and outdoor theatre – and more. Check out the exhibits and plays happening now!
Modern civilization is beer civilization! Agriculture, cities, writing, and religion all have ties to ancient craft brewing. Ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese, and others each perfected the brewing arts in interesting, and even strange, ways. Beer-loving headhunters from the Amazon, for example, did the amazing trick of chewing poisonous cassava root so it could become a drinkable beer. Learn fascinating stories and see phenomenal artifacts that reveal the links between beer and culture, such as the solid gold beer cup of an Inca king.
Open until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, beginning May 26.museumofman.org
El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios will feature groundbreaking masterworks of modern design by celebrated Russian artist Lazar Markovich Lissitzky. Created in 1923, the two print portfolios, comprised of 20 total prints, are among the greatest achievements in graphic art from the 20th century. Learn about the inspiration behind these modernistic masterworks and experience them in whole new way in the Timken's "Proun Room", where Lissitzky's gravity-defying geometric shapes and linear vectors come to life! On view through September 7.timkenmuseum.org
Featuring Joaquin Sorolla's sun-soaked landscapes, prominent commissions, and the first work in The San Diego Museum of Art's Permanent Collection, Sorolla and America is the first exhibition to explore the Spanish Post-Impressionist's time in, and influence on America. Curated by the artist's great-granddaughter, Blanca Pons-Sorolla, this landmark exhibition makes its only west coast stop at The San Diego Museum of Art. Through August 26.sdmart.org
Standing alone, surfboards are often striking examples of functional design. Together, they tell a compelling story about the evolution of an important American art form. Traditional craft, cutting-edge engineering and minimalist art converge in the Museum's new exhibition devoted to surfboards built from the late 1940s to the present day.
Open until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning July 10.mingei.org
A world premiere musical romance from the creators of Jersey Boys and Peter and the Starcatcher, playing alongside Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Shakespeare under the stars with Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas, and Kristen Connolly in Othello.theoldglobe.org
This juried exhibition by Amir H. Fallah features work by living, regional artists from Los Angeles to Tijuana. Also on view are solo exhibitions by Gail Rogers and Ellen Dieter. Opens June 13.sandiego-art.org
Tram hours have been extended and run daily from parking areas at Inspiration Point, on Pan American Plaza and behind the Hall of Champions. Hours of operation are Monday 9am-6pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday 9am-10pm; Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9am-11p.m.
Take the exit toward Sassafras St/San Diego Airport off I-5. Merge onto Kettner Blvd. Turn left onto W Laurel St. Continue onto El Prado to drive over Cabrillo Bridge into Balboa Park.
Take the 10th Avenue Exit off I-5. Turn left on "A" Street and left again on Park Blvd. Follow signs to Balboa Park.
Take the 6th Avenue Exit off I-5. Turn right on 6th Avenue and right onto El Prado to drive over Cabrillo Bridge into Balboa Park.
Take the Pershing Drive/B Street exit off I-5 to Pershing Drive. Take Pershing and then turn left on Florida Drive. Turn left on Zoo Place to Park Blvd. Left on Park Blvd.
Take the exit toward University Avenue off Hwy. 163. Continue on 6th Avenue and turn left onto El Prado to drive over Cabrillo Bridge into Balboa Park.
Take the Park Blvd. exit off Hwy. 163. Turn left on Park Blvd. Follow the signs to Balboa Park.
Visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), with easy access from downtown and Mission Valley.
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