Maya writes: Dear Cosmos, whenever you write about Memorial Day weekend, you always focus on the Ethnic Food Fair. Surely, there are other things going on in Balboa Park worth telling us about.
Cosmos: With tail between my legs, I humbly admit that I have an extreme, albeit natural, fixation on an event that serves dozens of different edible delicacies from around the world. But having dedicated last week’s blog post to the Ethnic Food Fair, I am now free to paw through the rest of the Memorial Day weekend calendar.
Fortunately for my well-fed bipedal readers, summer exhibition season got underway over a month ago with the opening of several major shows, namely Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders at the Natural History Museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not at the Air & Space Museum, among others.
But since you bookmarked this blog (hint, hint) to get the latest, here are a few more recent additions to a busy summer lineup:
Dino Jaws — After you are done discovering all the great food humans around the world eat at the Ethnic Food Fair (sorry, I can’t help myself), find out what and how massive prehistoric creatures ate at the Natural History Museum. But try not to get eaten yourself by the lifelike animatronic dinosaurs!
Bottled & Kegged —What’s a great meal without an equally great local craft beer to wash it down? (I wish I knew, but my dogtor has me on an alcohol-free diet). This interactive, family-friendly exhibition at the San Diego History Center reveals how San Diego emerged as a hotbed of fine beer-making activity.
Rites of Passage — A perfect complement to sampling tasty dishes from different cultures at the Ethnic Food Fair (my last plug, I promise) is learning how a number of locally-based cultural groups continue to celebrate age-old traditions that mark significant moments in a person’s life at the Museum of Man.
Pictures of the Year International — To sample the world, minus the food, in pictures, I suggest visiting a newly opened exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts that highlights the very best images taken by photojournalists all over the globe last year.