Candice

Fabulous Florals return to the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive

San Diego Museum of Art's Art Alive 2013

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s…a moss-covered angel descending onto the San Diego Museum of Art!

San Diego Museum of Art's Art Alive 2013

Bella Meyer’s moss angel for Art Alive 2013

Intrigued? That’s just one of the stunning sights that visitors to the museum’s annual Art Alive exhibition will see. This three-day floral festival enlists local designers to create arrangements inspired by the master works in the museum’s permanent collection, but that’s not all. Each year, one special designer is selected to transform the museum’s atrium into a wonderland of sights and smells. This year, San Diego is honored to have Bella Meyer, granddaughter of artist Marc Chagall and founder and creative director for FleursBella Beautifiers in New York City, designing the centerpiece of Art Alive.

Creating Art Alive

Working around the clock, Bella and her crew began installing the massive floral structures on Sunday. By Friday morning, the museum’s atrium will have been transformed into a magical forest of greens, blues and whites. Bella explains that San Diego, Balboa Park and the museum’s architecture were the inspiration for this year’s atrium creation.

San Diego Museum Art's Art Alive 2013

Designers work furiously to install the floral arrangements.

Upon first visiting San Diego a year ago, Bella was struck by the melting pot of cultures she experienced in San Diego and Balboa Park, particularly the Mexican culture mixed with Nordic and Spanish influences. Bella interprets these influences into the plant life, mixing Nordic birch and Spanish moss with native San Diego fauna to create her masterpiece.

Bella Meyer's floral wonderland - Art Alive

Bella Meyer’s floral wonderland begins to take shape. What will the finished result look like?

“Balboa Park is like a fantasy land,” notes Bella. “I want to create a world where anything becomes possible.” In the fantasy world that Bella will create, guests will wander through an enchanted forest on the ground floor before ascending to a heavenly space above filled with fragrant white flowers, where a 12-ft moss angel descends into the atrium below.

Another creation that Bella calls the “Moss Muse” will greet visitors outside of the museum, beckoning them inside to explore the floral arrangements as well as the Spanish masters on view. And Bella’s creations aren’t the only unbelievable floral artworks you’ll see – one of this year’s designers has interpreted a bronze sculpture entirely in broccoli.

If all this sounds unbelievable, that’s understandable – Art Alive truly has to been seen to be believed. Don’t miss your chance to see this annual extravaganza before it disappears!

Art Alive to Go

Take a piece of Art Alive home with you! Some of the items for sale at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive pop-up shop.

Art Alive Events

  • Sip champagne, dine on treats from San Diego’s top restaurants, and dance the night away at the grand Opening Celebration, on Friday, April 26, 7–11 p.m.
  • Enjoy a hip sip and party into the wee hours with Flowers After Hours, on Friday, April 26, 9:30 PM to 1:00 AM.
  • Shop for unique items at a discount during a special Museum Store Jewelry Trunk Show on April 27 and 28, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • Families can try their hands at the “Garden of Activities,” featuring arts and crafts for children and families to do together, on April 27 and 28, 12:00 to 4:00 PM.
  • Enjoy a screening of the “Floral Feature Film,” the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors. The special screening includes a pre-film lecture by local film critic Beth Accomando, plus a box of sweet or savory snacks and your choice of beverages on April 27, 6:00 to 10:00 PM.
Maren

Balboa Park’s More Sophisticated Side for Adults

California Tower Balboa Park
California Tower Balboa Park

Experience the more sophisticated side of San Diego’s Balboa Park.

Balboa Park, the crown jewel in San Diego’s downtown skyline, is the largest urban park with cultural institutions in the United States. The 1,200 acre park includes fifteen museums, eight gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There’s no doubt it’s a great place to spend the day with the kids exploring everything from history to horticulture, but if you’re craving champagne instead of chocolate milk, stilettos instead of strollers, here is a peak into Balboa Park’s more sophisticated side:

Enjoy Culture & Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art:

Culture & Cocktails - San Diego Museum of Art

Enjoy art in a whole new way with Culture & Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art.

San Diego Museum of Art’s popular sundown series, Culture and Cocktails, presents a whole new way to experience art. This January 31, 2013, come experience a little 1950’s Americana dressed in your best vintage garb while DJ’s spin and you sip on a spiked root beer float while you view the exhibit which inspired the evening, Behold, America!: Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums, on view until February 10, 2013.

Where: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When:
January 31, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: Members – Free. Nonmembers – $15.
> Find out more about Culture and Cocktails: Behold, America!

Have a date night at The Old Globe:

The Brothers Size - San Diego Old Globe Theatre

See The Brothers Size at the Old Globe in San Diego through February 24, 2013.

Make a date with the Tony® Award Winning Old Globe Theatre, right next door to the San Diego Museum of Art. The Brothers Size, written by Alvin McCraney, spins a powerful tale of freedom, desire and the irrepressible power of the human heart now.  Make it a night with pre-show dinner and drinks with the California classic cuisine at the nearby Prado Restaurant.

Where: 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through February 24, 2013
Cost: Tickets start at $29
> Find out more about The Brothers Size at the Old Globe Theatre

Get to know San Diego’s Craft Beer Culture:

San Diego's Brewing History

Discover San Diego’s brewing history at the San Diego History Center

With over 60 breweries and many award-winning brews, San Diego is fast becoming a nationally renowned region for craft beer production and innovation. Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture, opening April 30, 2013, will explore the ebb and flow of beer production in San Diego through history and include hand-on interactive elements and specialty tasting happy hours. Cheers to that!

Where: Casa de Balboa, 1649 El Prado, Suite # 3, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 30, 2013 – January 20, 2014
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture

Learn to Lawn Bowl in Balboa Park:

San Diego Lawn Bowling in San Diego's Balboa Park

Learn to the sport of lawn bowling in beautiful Balboa Park.

The San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, with greens nestled on the northeast side of the Cabrillo Bridge, was organized in 1931 with 5 members. Still going strong today with over 100 members, the Club can be spotted on their meticulously manicured lawns in striking white uniforms playing regularly throughout the week. If you are interested in trying your hand at the sport, members are happy to give neophytes a free lesson. Between the beautiful park grounds and warm San Diego sun it might just become your favorite afternoon activity.

Where: 2125 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: January 22-27, 2013

100 Wines Hillcrest San Diego Restaurant Week

Our picks for things to do this weekend are top-notch with delicious food, world-class golfers, a festival for the whales and wonderful pieces of art that chronicle the story of America. This is your weekend:

San Diego Restaurant Week – Week 2

Things to Do - 100 Wines Hillcrest San Diego Restaurant Week

Try 100 Wines Hillcrest during San Diego Restaurant Week

By popular demand, San Diego Restaurant Week has been extended for another week! Enjoy a prix fixe lunch or dinner at over 120 restaurants throughout the county. Hurry up, because the deliciousness ends on Friday!

Dates: Through Friday, January 25, 2013
Cost: $10-$40
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

Farmers Insurance Open

Farmers Insurance Open - Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler in Round Three at the 2012 Farmers Insurance Open. Photo courtesy of Stan Badz.

Spend this weekend enjoying beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean while also watching the world’s greatest golfers play at the south and north courses of Torrey Pines Golf Course during the Farmers Insurance Open. Single day tickets are still available.

Location: 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037 (map)
Dates: January 21-27, 2013
Cost: Free – $1200
> Find out more about the Farmers Insurance Open

Big Bay Whale Festival

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The Big Bay Whale Festival is a free, one-day family festival with a wide variety of interactive and hands-on displays to learn about California gray whale ecology and conservation. Children will enjoy the walk-through gray whale, train rides, giant inflatable obstacle course, free face painting and art mural coloring project.

Location: Broadway Pavilion, Broadway and North Harbor Drive (map)
Dates: January 26, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Big Bay Whale Festival

Behold, America!

Eastman Johnson, The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket

Eastman Johnson, The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket. Oil on canvas, 1880. Putnam Collection, Timken Museum of Art

As part of a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Timken Museum of ArtBehold, America! tells a cohesive story of the history of art in the United States. The works on display range from the colonial period to the present.

Location: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: Through February 10, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Behold, America! at the San Diego Museum of Art

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: November 7-11, 2012

So here’s an idea, escape to San Diego sometime in the next few days and enjoy one of these great things to do this weekend:

1. San Diego Beer Week Continues

Beer Garden attendees talking to a brewer during San Diego Beer Week Beer Garden

Meet the Brewers during San Diego Beer Week Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Pairing great food with craft beer has become a popular event during San Diego Beer Week (SDBW). On Friday (11/9), dine on delectable dishes while sipping great local brews during Brewtopia on the Bay at The Dana on Mission Bay.

Finish off SDBW on Sunday (11/11) at the Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Along with a picturesque setting, over 20 local breweries and 10 local chefs will be serving up San Diego’s best. And since admission includes unlimited samples, this is a SDBW event not to be missed.

SDBW continues with daily events through Sunday.

Dates: Through November 11, 2012
Cost: Cost Varies by Event. Brewtopia – $40, Beer Garden – $75
> Browse the over 300 San Diego Beer Week Events

2. Battle on the Midway

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

SDSU takes on Syracuse about the USS Midway

Update: Battle on the Midway has been pushed back by two days and will now be on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 1:00 PM.

Battle on the Midway is one part Aircraft Carrier and one part NCAA Basketball. Two of the top teams in the nation, San Diego State University and Syracuse University will battle it out on a court aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.

Location: 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Date: November 9, 2012 Rescheduled for Sunday, November 11, 2012
Time: Starts at 5:00 PM New Tip Time at 1:00 PM
Cost: $150-$500
> Find out more about the Battle on the Midway

3. Dive in Theatre: The Hunger Games

Movie screening at the Pearl Hotel

Lounge by the pool with Dive In Theatre at the Pearl Hotel

Hang out by the pool under the stars at The Pearl Hotel and see if Katniss Everdeen makes it out of the Hunger Games alive! While you watch, enjoy a few snacks, drink and maybe a dip in the oyster-shaped swimming pool. If you have a group of 6, make reservations for one of the cabanas and lounge in style.

Location: 1410 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Date: November 7, 2012
Time: Movie starts at 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Dive in Theatre: The Hunger Games

4. Behold, America!

Eastman Johnson, The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket

Eastman Johnson, The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket. Oil on canvas, 1880. Putnam Collection, Timken Museum of Art

As part of a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, and the Timken Museum, Behold, America! tells a cohesive story of the history of art in the United States. The works on display range from the colonial period to the present.

Location: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Dates: November 10, 2012 – February 10, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Behold, America! at the San Diego Museum of Art

5. Kettner Nights in Little Italy

Ketter Nights

Little Italy’s Kettner Boulevard comes alive as visitors mix and mingle their way through the many boutiques and galleries on the second Friday of every month. Come explore this ever-growing distinctive neighborhood with a walk filled with art, design and antiques.

Location: Between West Grape and West Laurel Streets on Kettner Boulevard and India Street
Date: November 9, 2012
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Kettner Nights

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know about them in the comments below.

Maren

Art of Elan presents In Your Dreams at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art of Elan Musicians playing at the San Diego Museum of Art
Otto Dix. Lion Cannoneer,1914. Oil on paper. From the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Elisabeth Giesberger. Art © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Otto Dix. Lion Cannoneer,1914. Oil on paper. From the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Elisabeth
Giesberger. Art © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

The 2012-2013 season of Art of Elan, a unique chamber music concert series held at the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), presents In Your Dreams, a quirky, musical journey through the subconscious realm. The programming draws from and beautifully compliments the Expressionist sentiments highlighted in SDMA’s current art exhibit, The Human Beast: German Expressionism, showing now through November 11, 2012.

Art of Elan Musicians playing at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art of Elan performs in the beautiful, rose-colored Hibbin Gallery at SDMA

On the whole, In Your Dreams seeks to portray the Expressionist’s acute self-consciousness about the limits of facts and objects, and thus the rejection of reason as a means to truth. The music chosen for the season taps into a haunting, terrifying, sensuous and whimsical dreamscape through the likes of Tan Dun’s “Ghost Opera,” David Bruce’s spirited work, “Steampunk,” and an exploration of the traditional and contemporary sounds of India.

Entrance to the Human Beast Exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art

A haunting Edvard Munch piece (left) at the entrance to The Human Beast Exhibit at SDMA

Now in its 6th season, Art of Élan continues to bring inventive and palatable programming to the chamber music scene. Set in the intimate Hibben Gallery at SDMA, the audience is invited to stroll through other galleries of the museum, such as The Human Beast, both before and after concerts in order to expand the concerts programming beyond the musical medium to include a visual story as well.

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Beware the menacing Dr. Caligari.

The Human Beast highlights the recent bequest of 48 German Expressionist paintings, drawings and prints dedicated to the modernist movement developed in Germany and Austria during the first decades of the 20th century. Three of the most significant Expressionist films, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Nosferatu (1922), and M (1931), will also be playing throughout the run of the exhibit.

Art of Elan Concert Schedule:

Website: www.artofelan.org

San Diego Museum of Art Information:

Location: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Phone: 619.232.7931
Website: www.sdmart.org

Candice

Museum Monday: San Diego’s Balboa Park Art Museums Rule

When it comes to museums, Balboa Park can’t be beat. With 16 different museums housed on its 1,200 acres, it’s no wonder that Balboa Park is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West.”

Balboa Park’s museums come in all shapes and sizes, from the grand San Diego Natural History Museum and its momentous Titanic exhibition to the miniature trains housed in the equally miniature San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

If you (like me) can’t get enough art, head straight to Balboa Park, which boasts no fewer than five art museums. For a sneak peek, check out my video tour of some of my favorites:

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Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art's Art Alive

From an Avocado Festival to Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art, I love weekends in San Diego! What will you be doing?

San Diego Museum of Art & Bauman Photography

1. Art Alive

From April 12-15, the San Diego Museum of Art blossoms during Art Alive 2012, an enchanting spring exhibition. Transforming the museum into a colorful display of art and flowers, more than 100 floral designers take inspiration from the museum’s renowned art collection and create floral renditions of famous paintings and sculptures.

Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival

2. Fallbrook Avocado Festival

The city of Fallbrook celebrates its designation as “the avocado capital of the world” during the Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 15. Highlights include arts and crafts, games and creative foods featuring the delicious, green fruit.

Julian Apples

Taste of Julian, More Than Just Apples

3. Taste of Julian

On April 14, visitors can sip and nosh their way through the charming mountain town of Julian. Cost is $20 per person and during the afternoon of the event, participants simply pick up a map of participating restaurants and show their colored wristband to receive tasty samples of local fare.

Ellis Hall, Tribute to Ray Charles

4. San Diego Symphony: Tribute to Ray Charles

Ray Charles was truly one of the legendary voices in American music. Ellis Hall, a former protégé of Ray Charles, pays tribute to the master with hits such as “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “This Little Girl of Mine,” “Hit the Road Jack” and perhaps his most popular, “Georgia On My Mind.” Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch leads this rocking, singing, soaring homage to a true American original on April 13 and 14 at 8:00 pm.

Journey through the Titanic at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Take a journey through the Titanic at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Science Center

5. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship of its time, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives and shaking the world’s confidence in the infallibility of modern technology. One hundred years later, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which showcases 200 artifacts retrieved from the wreck site of Titanic, has arrived at theNAT.

Candice

Art in Bloom at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art
Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art

One of the best smelling museum events in the country returns to San Diego this April. If you’ve never experienced the San Diego Museum of Art‘s “Art Alive,” prepare to have your senses overwhelmed. The museum is a treat for the eyes all year long, but the annual Art Alive event transforms the galleries into a floral explosion that’s a feast for eyes and nose alike.

At the heart of the event is a spectacular exhibition where floral designers are invited to interpret works from the museum’s collection in their medium. The beautiful floral creations are presented alongside the original works throughout the galleries from April 13 – 15. However, Art Alive is more than just a weekend exhibition of floral arrangements – it’s also a time to celebrate and learn. From the elegant Opening Reception to the hip Flowers After Hours to the educational events for both kids and adults, Art Alive features a variety of ways to get involved and have some fun with flowers.

Want a preview of what you can expect to see? Check out last year’s video preview of the event!

For a complete listing of Art Alive events, visit the San Diego Museum of Art’s website.

Candice

Video Tour: San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month - 29 Days - 40 Museums - 50% Off

If you’re an art lover, museum buff or simply appreciate the value of a good deal, then February is the best time for you to visit San Diego. All month long, stop by any San Diego County Macy’s location to pick up a San Diego Museum Month pass and you’ll get half-off admission for you and up to three guests at 40 museums throughout the county.

From sports memorabilia to classic cars, mummies and hands-on science experiments, Balboa Park is a one-stop shop for Museum Month fun. Some of my favorites of Balboa Park’s 16 museums are those of the artistic bent, like the San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts and Mingei International Museum. Join me on a video tour of what you can expect to see at these three spectacular venues:

For a complete list of all the museums participating in Museum Month, visit the San Diego Museum Council’s website, and pick up your half-off pass before it’s too late!

Stephenie

Today’s Lunch was YUMM

Today, a friend and I checked out the SDMA Sculpture Court Café by Giuseppe, a new European-style café that recently opened adjacent to the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. The café is open for breakfast and lunch and features a delicious menu of omelets, pancakes, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, soups and sweets all made using organic produce and local ingredients.  Click here to preview the menu.

Come by for breakfast or lunch

Come by for breakfast or lunch

Enjoy the setting

Enjoy the setting

If I had to describe the food in one word it would be, “YUUMMMMM!” I had the ½ Sandwich and Soup of the Day, which turned out to be so delicious and surprisingly filling. 

Chicken Sandwich and Cream of Asparagus Soup

Chicken Sandwich and Cream of Asparagus Soup

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Fries

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Fries

So, if you’re in Balboa Park checking out the museums or the Darwin exhibit and you start to feel hungry, I highly recommend that you stop by Giuseppe’s Sculpture Court Café for lunch. (Oh, and Giuseppe’s also has a café in La Jolla at the Museum of Contemporary Art-La Jolla. I’m sure it’s just as good.)

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