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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the Park is here to make that day special whether you decide to spend it with your significant other, family, friends or just want to enjoy some quality “me time.” During the week of Feb. 14, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and theNAT are staying up late to show movies that will warm the heart. But if you are more interested in warming your stomach, Albert’s Restaurant in the Zoo and The Prado are offering special courses.


For the Love of Butterflies

Feb. 12, 2013, 6-7:30 pm
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado
Regular gallery admission + 1 dome theater show prices apply: $15.75 adults/$12.75 juniors and seniors for nonmembers; $10.75 adults/$9.00 juniors and seniors for members

Discover a true love story through the migration of monarch butterflies and get lost in the beauty of the “Flight of the Butterflies” film shown on the IMAX screen.  It takes you on a journey through Fred Urquhart’s life as he falls in love with these colorful...Read The Rest

More than 10 feet tall with 498 separate pieces of glass, Dale Chihuly’s Enlightenment is a spectacular sight. The Mingei International Museum is installing the sculpture over its center stairwell this weekend.


Part of the museum’s permanent collection, the chandelier-esque piece has gone from one grand staircase to another. It starred in the Mingei’s Escondido location for six years until that gallery closed in 2010.

I asked Mingei's Director Rob Sidner about the decision to place this piece front-and-center, and its connection to the museum's mission.

“We often say that our museum shows folk art, craft, and design, generally focused on objects of use. The purest form of mingei is always things that have been made for use but we have some things in our collection that are not necessarily utilitarian.

“Niki de Saint Phalle’s angel is one of those, and also this chandelier  – which is at the height of contemporary craftwork. We’re thrilled to have it in our collection.”

Mingei has a dozen objects in its collection from the prolific glass designer. Ten of the Chihuly objects are currently on view in the galleries. Upstairs are eight...Read The Rest

Last night I got a sneak peek of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibition that opened today in the San Diego Air & Space Museum. I entered curious of what weird and wacky things I would see and left with a sense of amazement. I still think back and ask myself “how is that possible?”

Robert Ripley is the man who started cultivating this kooky world. For 40 years he collected all things fascinating and unique. And now, for the first time since the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935, the “ludicrously strange” collection is back in Balboa Park.

Near the beginning of the exhibit, I noticed a crowd of people huddled over a microscope shouting “whoa!” and “no way!” And when it was my turn to look through the microscope, I found myself exclaiming “what!?!” The microscope was focused on the eye of a needle. In that incredibly small loop stood an amazingly small and unbelievably detailed sculpture of Buzz Aldrin. This tiny figurine...Read The Rest

Febrero es un buen mes para visitar más de una docena de lugares en el Parque Balboa, y lo mejor de todo es que este mes se puede hacer a mitad de precio.

Aproveche que es el mes de la amistad para conocer todos los rincones de este emblemático parque, puede ir con su familia completa sin gastar tanto dinero.

Cada ano se lleva a cabo el mes del museo lo que permite recortar los precios de admisión a la mitad durante todo el mes, esta promoción es presentada por Macy's y consiste en que a partir 01 de febrero usted podrá visitar las tiendas Macy's en el área de San Diego, Temecula y el Valle Imperial y solicitar el pase mensual gratuito esto le permitirá que por cada pase pueda comprar cuatro boletos para entrar a cualquiera de los 42 museos durante todo el mes a medio precio.

La idea es que aproveche al máximo el mes de febrero y aproveche la oportunidad de ver importantes exposiciones y obras de arte que se albergan en los museos de este centro de arte.

Sabemos que 28 dias de exposiciones pueden ser muchos pero tambien hay muchos jardines y areas verdes para disfrutar de una caminata en familia, con amistades o solo si lo prefiere.

Entre los museos que participan están:

Japanese Friendship Garden

Marston House & Gardens

Mingei International Museum

Museum of Photographic Arts

Reuben H. Fleet...Read The Rest

This Thursday night is the first Culture & Cocktails event of 2013. The San Diego Museum of Art will celebrate the “Behold! America” exhibition with an evening of sliders, root beer floats, and other offerings reminiscent of America in the 1950s.

And yes, those root beer floats may be spiked.

The 21+ event goes from 6-10pm, attracting a crowd you might otherwise see sipping craft cocktails at trendy downtown bars. But along with being a prime spot for people-watching and people-meeting, the Museum offers a night of fine art, photo booth fun, and beats from DJ Gabe Vega.

Culture & cocktails

What to wear? Think Buddy Holly, the Pink Ladies of "Grease," or Katy Perry’s retro look. A mobile spa will offer blow-outs and straight razor shaves to help guests become fully Instagram-ready.

Culture & cocktails

Event tickets are free for members of The San Diego Museum of Art and $15 for nonmembers.

Other upcoming Balboa Park after-dark events include:

Taste of San Diego Craft...Read The Rest

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