Part of the airport’s Terminal 2 expansion includes a hub of local restaurants like Phil’s BBQ, a Tender Greens spinoff, Saffron and Stone Brewing Co. The Mexican food spot chosen to be among them drew the annoyance of our food blogger, Clare Leschin-Hoar, who thinks fast-food chain Qdoba was a “pretty baffling” choice.

Qdoba is a subsidiary of San Diego-based Jack in the Box, but there isn’t a Qdoba location in San Diego. Leschin-Hoar’s take is sparking a discussion of burritos, street food, local cred and more in the comments. What do you think?

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On Local Walls

• You can get $1 entry to the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park from May 1 to May 7 in honor of the museum’s 30th anniversary. (U-T San Diego)

• The free-admission Map and Atlas Museum in La Jolla is featuring an exhibition of California maps made from 1927 to 1949 by artist Jacinto Mora depicting Monterey, Yosemite, Catalina, L.A. and San Diego. (La Jolla Light)

• You can see a masterpiece collection of etchings by French artist Georges Rouault, made in the 1920s in response to World War I, on display at the University of San Diego. (U-T)

• Houses built in San Diego, then transported to Tijuana are the center of a collection of photographs and stories done by Minnesota college professors, on display in Tijuana’s Colonia Federal. (U-T)

Creating and Defining Boundaries

• Mayor Bob Filner proposed a temporary closure of Plaza de Panama on the weekends and other traffic adjustments to make Balboa Park more pedestrian-friendly.

• Local indie rockers New Mexico have a “magnificent” new album, raves CityBeat’s music editor Peter Holslin, and hope to attract some new, wider attention for it.

• Artists used old encyclopedias to create projects on display in North Park. Some of the volumes “ended up being burned, others got wrapped in chains and at least one was soaked in a bathtub overnight.” (U-T)

• The Wall Street Journal profiles Michael Govan, making waves north of us as the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In March, Govan proposed taking over the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art, which would mean the combined museum could access art worth somewhere between $1 billion and $4 billion. Govan studied art at UC San Diego, where he “became engrossed by how contemporary art can transform and interact with public space.”

• What to expect from The Old Globe next season: KPBS has the rundown. And Globe chief Barry Edelstein tells the U-T about a few of the selections: “I made a particular choice this year to say, let’s take a particular set of plays in which young American writers are really thinking about the state of the country,” he said.

• The La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe and the Playwrights Project earned National Endowment for the Arts grants. And the Playhouse-born musicals, “Hands on a Hardbody” and “Chaplin” earned four Tony nominations. “It was a disappointing outcome for two shows that had less-than-spectacular Broadway runs, but seemed poised for at least some significant recognition (possibly with best-musical nominations) come Tonys time,” wrote the U-T’s theater critic, James Hebert.

• The Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest happens for the fourth year in a row this weekend. (KPBS)

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