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Prez Day Weekend in San Diego: Frida Kahlo & James Hubbell & Balboa Park

  • Feb 15, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Please Note: Read the directions very carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) This event takes place in San Diego and will take place on President's Day weekend. So we will go down to San Diego on Saturday and return to LA on Monday. You can return sooner if you want, but make sure you have transportation to do so.

3) Because its an overnight stay, you will need to book a hotel room. I will be staying at Kings Inn located at: 1333 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108 

Their phone number is: (619)[masked] 

They quoted me a room rate of $89 the 1st night and $69 the 2nd night. Total with taxes is $177.76

Just remember its always easier to make a hotel reservation NOW and then cancel afterward, rather than waiting last minute and trying to make a hotel reservation then.

3) I will arrange for a carpool that will depart from the B of A parking lot located at: 11501 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

If you are parking your car, I suggest parking your car about a block North of the B of A in the residential area.

Please note I will be arranging for a carpool but you won't necessarily be able to ride in the same car as I will because I am bringing along my 2 small dogs for this weekend adventure.

I recommend giving your designated driver at least $30 in CA$H for gas and car maintenance.

4) I don't have the final list of restaurants we will be visiting for lunch and dinner, but for sure I will try and squeeze in a visit to Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy. There won't be any fine dining involved in this weekend visit - the restaurants will be either be in the cheap to moderate price range.

5) The cost for the Frida Kahlo Exhibit is $16.50 per person. The James Hubbell scupltures are in public parks so FREE to see. The cost to see the museums in Balboa Park will range from $43 per person (admission to 5 museums) to $53 per person (admission to 14 museums), depending upon what package deal that you purchase:

Saturday - Day 1 at Point Loma

 When we arrive at San Diego, we will 1st check into our hotel. Then we will head to Point Loma to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit and the James Hubbell sculptures in the Point Loma/Shelter Island Area and other points of interest in that area.

Sunday - Day 2 at Balboa Park

We will spend most of the day in Balboa Park cramming in as many museums as humanly possibly. Then before sunset, we will head over to Coronado to see the Hotel Del and the remaining James Hubbell sculpture

Monday - Day 3 at Misc. Stops

If we missed any museums in Balboa Park that we wanted to visit, then we will return and visit those remaining museums. Otherwise, we will work our way up the coast back to LA, stopping by miscellaneous points of interest along the way.

From their website:

"This is the only exhibition worldwide where Frida Kahlo’s paintings can be seen in one place. Some paintings, especially from Kahlo’s early years, have never before been seen.

Presented by Global Entertainment Properties 1, LLC, (GEP1) the exhibition features 123 exact replicasof her known paintings in original size and original materials, and hand-painted in the same style in which Kahlo painted them. These replicas, owned by GEP1, are painted by master artists and licensed by ©Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.

Also on display are over 500 fascinating possessions— jewelry, dresses and adornments identical to those with which Kahlo surrounded herself, coming from the collection of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Germany. All are handmade using traditional methods, materials, and tools.

There is also a substantial collection of photos of Kahlo, her family, and friends in her work and life environments and a large collection of pre-Colombian through present-day Mexican folk art, which held a position of great importance in her and husband Diego Rivera’s lives.

Among the photos, the most admired is the stunning portrait of Kahlo taken by Nickolas Muray in 1939. This photograph, “Frida in Blue Dress,” is a limited edition of a portrait of Kahlo taken by Muray during their ten-year romantic relationship.

A favorite display is the recreation of Kahlo’s studio where she painted, as well as the bedroom with her signature canopy bed, reproduced one-to-one in size and materials to the smallest detail.

The Complete Frida Kahlo Exhibition photo

# 77: Frida Kahlo, The Wounded Table, 1940. licensed replica: ©Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Mariella Remund and Hans-Jürgen Gehrke, passionate art lovers and collectors, and founders of the Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund in Baden-Baden, Germany, the city where Kahlo’s father spent his youth before emigrating to Mexico. Their vision for this exhibition was to not only touch the eyes and minds of the visitors, but above all, their hearts."

I hosted to James Hubbell's compound near Julian last year, and want to check out his public artworks scattered around San Diego.


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  • bertha m.

    I will meet you at the museum on Saturday morning. I will already be in that area. I have to work Monday, so I will only be with you 1/2 day or so on Sunday.

    February 12, 2014

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