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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See the Urban Side of San Diego

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3. What to Do


The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego often highlights the West Coast art scene.  

Explore the facilities at Stone Brewing Co., home of the “Bastard” line of brawny ales, in Escondido, about a 40-minute drive from the city center. Tours, conducted hourly on weekends, are free and last about 45 minutes; show up early as they fill up quickly. You can grab a bite in the on-site bistro while you wait.

Visit the Barrio Logan arts district east of downtown, where rents are still cheap enough to let upstart gallerists make art spaces out of defunct glass factories and Mexican bakeries. Start in Chicano Park, where residents in the seventies painted huge colorful murals on freeway overpasses to protest the construction of a Highway Patrol station on the site of the neighborhood park. Today, the Roots Factory—a politically minded guerrilla arts collective—is heir to that activist spirit.

Check out the "Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface" exhibition (through January 22) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The show, part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, focusing on the West Coast art scene, features thirteen artists (including Bruce Nauman, Peter Alexander, and De Wain Valentine) whose minimalist work set the tone for SoCal art-making in the sixities and seventies.


Published on Sep 11, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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