As we move in to summer, Balboa Park is filled with bustling activity, both day & night. Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the Park for its Museums and beautiful gardens. The Old Globe kicks off their outdoor season in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Weddings are happening throughout the Park. Balboa Park After Dark with The San Diego Museum of Art’s $5 discounted admission on Friday evenings and Nighttime Zoo draws thousands. And the jazz flows from Panama 66 every Wednesday night until 11:30pm.
Yes, the jazz! If you've ever walked through the park during a Wednesday night Jam Session you know that the sounds of jazz can be heard echoing throughout the trees. It's electrifying. But to be a good neighbor to all means finding the best way to co-exist, and so for a three month period starting Wednesday, June 22nd we will be moving the Jam Session inside the spacious San Diego Museum of Art's Copley Auditorium for the summer.
This move will allow us to keep the Jam going all summer without impacting any of the other amazing happenings in the Park. And everything you expect from a night out at Panama 66— the incredible cocktails, the all-local beer selection, the fine wines, plus our hand-crafted menu featuring our own house smoked and cured meats and freshly baked breads— all of it, will be available inside. Additionally we will be able to continue to grow the jam, without being affected by the increasing summer crowds that will be flock to Panama 66 after the Museums close for the evening. So, to ensure the Jam has ample space and to ensure that the fans can enjoy the music without interruption, we will take full advantage of the 300+ capacity auditorium we have just behind the glass doors. This is another amazing opportunity to keep jazz alive — and growing — in San Diego. We appreciate all the help and cooperation our partner, The San Diego Museum of Art, has offered and we look forward to an exciting summer of Jazz in Balboa Park.
The Museum first opened its doors in 1926. After 40 years of bringing art to San Diego, the Museum's flourishing permanent collection began to outgrow exhibition space. Plans went underway to double the size of the Museum and expand the vaults and galleries for the growing permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. In 1966, architects Robert Mosher and Roy Drew completed the creation of the West Wing—in addition to more gallery space, and the James S. Copley Auditorium, it is now home of the Research Library, Panama 66, Bibliotique, and the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden.
Join us as we celebrate 50 years of the West Wing with:
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres from Panama 66 (cash bar)
Docent-led tours of the Research Library and Sculpture Garden
Live music from San Diego Music-award winner Gilbert Castellanos.
Historical insights from Docent Manager and Museum historian Dr. James Grebl
Historic photo montage documenting the expansion of the West Wing
Take a trip down memory lane and join us as we commemorate this historic architectural milestone.
And mark your calendar to see Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, opening November 5, 2016. This is the first major retrospective in two decades of Louis Kahn, the American architect whose monumental & visionary work is evident in one of his most important projects, the Salk Institute in La Jolla.
This is a free event. Registration is not required. Cash bar.
We are ecstatic to announce we are doing a Six-Course Collaboration Dinner with the wonderful Tijuana restaurant VERDE Y CREMA and it will be happening at THEIR gorgeous restaurant. Let's Go Clandestino, the amazing Baja Tour company, are selling the tickets through their site with an option to include a BUS RIDE down and back.
This Six-Course Dinner will have the option to come with pairings, which include two wines from Ulloa (an amazing Baja winery owned by Laja / Merotoro Chef Jair Tellez, who is also an owner of Verde Y Crema), a Wendlandt beer (they just took the top honor at the Mexico Beer Awards), a beer from our own Master Brewer Lee Chase of Automatic Brewing Co, and will finish with Verde Y Crema's own Mezcal. Menu will be release next week, but if interested now is the time to ensure we don't sell out!
And by the way, there are TWO seatings, one at 6pm and one at 9pm.
Chef Zoé Villarreal - Chef, Verde y Crema
Chef Jennifer G. Arana - Sous Chef, Verde Y Crema
Chef Sharon Wilson - Chef, Panama 66 (and former Head Chef of Tiger!Tiger!)
Chef Norbert Moniz - Chef, Tiger!Tiger! & Blind Lady Ale House
Chef Tim Fuller - Chef, Charcuterie & Baking Program BLAH, T!T! & P66
6-Course Dinner $63 (w/ bus $83)
6-Course Dinner + Drink Pairings $83 (w/ bus $103)