The end came Monday for a years-in-the-making plan to remake Balboa Park’s western entrance. A Superior Court judge affirmed his earlier tentative ruling that the city violated its own laws in approving the Plaza de Panama plan backed by former Mayor Jerry Sanders and philanthropist Irwin Jacobs.

There was some discussion in court last week and in subsequent days that Jacobs and other philanthropists might work with opponents at the Save Our Heritage Organisation on another plan. But Jacobs gave no hint of that.

“At this point, it’s over,” Jacobs told KPBS Tuesday.

Jacobs said he hasn’t seen alternatives that both rid the plaza of cars and “serve the needs of the institutions in the park,” by which he’s usually meant providing vehicle access from the west into the center of the park.

“At this point I’m just a bystander,” he said.

Bruce Coons, director of SOHO, the opposition group, said on the same show he’s delighted with the court’s ruling. “I think it’s the best thing for the park,” he said.

You’re reading the Culture Report, our weekly compilation of the region’s arts and culture news.

Space and Bars

• The four artists behind Ice Gallery in North Park got to live out a dream: running wild in a giant Barrio Logan factory and choosing places to set up installations. The original Ice Gallery closed because its building is being demolished. The new space, the factory, once housed Weber Bakery, but is now architecture offices, artist work/live spaces and more. It’s called Bread and Salt. The Ice guys will have a permanent space there, but for their show this Friday, they got to set up anywhere in the building. (CityBeat)

Also, stay tuned for some exciting news connected to this new space.

• Life just got a little sweeter for Lynn Susholtz, an artist and one of our speakers at last February’s Meeting of the Minds. Opening onsite next to her Art Produce Gallery this weekend: Swoon Dessert Bar. (U-T San Diego)

• The decades-old Whaling Bar inside La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla is going to be reimagined as a French bistro, a turn that doesn’t delight local writer D.A. Kolodenko, another of our Meeting of the Minds speakers from last year. He held a party there last weekend to mourn. (CityBeat)

• Opening this weekend: The San Diego Museum of Art has put years of effort into its East Asia collection and will showcase new gallery spaces designed specifically for it. (U-T)

Surprising Drama

• The Old Globe’s new production of “The Brothers Size” strikes a successful modern note, raves U-T critic Pam Kragen. The play, the middle installment of a trilogy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, is an “edge-of-the-seat drama (and) has a gutty, ripped-from-the-streets sound and feel,” Hebert writes.

• A play version of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” opens at Moxie Theatre this weekend. The director, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg actually cautions against reading the book before you see the show. Wait to read it ‘til after you’ve seen the play, she suggests. (KPBS)

• Independent jazz singer Erika Davies has a new EP out and CityBeat’s Peter Holslin is a fan, especially because he finds her retro style authentic.

A Few More Things to Check Out:

Oscar-nominated short films are screening at the Ken Cinema in Kensington this week. (CityBeat)

• The Portland Cello Project, one of the most apt names for a band I’ve ever heard, plays at Luce Loft this Friday.

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Correction: An earlier version of this post misidentified the reviewer for The Old Globe’s “The Brothers Size” production. We regret the error.

Kelly Bennett is a reporter for Voice of San Diego. You can reach her directly at or 619.325.0531. Or you can keep up with her on Twitter @kellyrbennett or on Facebook.

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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