August 2013

Summer Camp 2013: Point, Shoot, Fun (K-2)

07.29.2013 9:00 am
July 29 - August 2
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Grades K - 2

This camp introduces children to digital photography, photo collage, and alternative techniques while visiting picturesque locations in Balboa Park, including the San Diego Zoo!


Contact: 619.238.7559 x235

Summer Camp 2013: Get Crafty With Your Camera! (3-5)

07.29.2013 1:00 pm
July 29 - August 2
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grades 3 - 5

Discover the crafty side of photography! Create iron-on images, photo magnets, decoupage, and more while visiting picturesque locations throughout Balboa Park.

Contact: 619.238.7559 x235
Aug 1

Editorial Photography: From Pulitzer to Portraiture with Brian Smith

08.01.2013 7:00 pm
"Editorial Photography: From Pulitzer to Portraiture with Brian Smith"
Presented by APA | San Diego, MOPA and Sony
Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10 MOPA, APA members and 3rd Space members; $12 Students and Seniors; $15 General
Includes lecture and admission to the MOPA galleries

Pulitzer Prize winner and former POYi winner Brian Smith shares insights from his last 30 years in editorial photography as he moved from Pulitzer Prize-winning sports photographer to celebrity portrait photographer for Hollywood's A-List. Smith will speak about both the art and commerce of editorial photography and what every artist needs to know about the business of photography to remain in business. In this presentation, Smith will share ways to grab and keep the attention of photo editors and art directors, how shooting personal projects can promote your vision and land the jobs you'll love to shoot, and ways to keep your portfolio and vision fresher than next year's winner of The X Factor.

Brian Smith is a Sony Artisan of Imagery and a former winner of Pictures of the Year International, the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world (on view now at MOPA).

All tickets must be purchased through the Eventbrite webpage. For more information contact or 619.238.7559 x235.

Aug 3

MOPA at VOSD Politifest

08.03.2013 10:00 am

MOPA will have a booth at the Voice of San Diego Politifest.

Come visit us and take part in a photo essay which will be shared via our Flickr account afterwards. 

Express your thoughts on how you can impact change within your community and we'll share them through our channels.

After the event, check here for a link to all of the photo responses to our question.

Summer Camp 2013: Explorers Club (K-2)

08.05.2013 9:00 am
August 5 - 9
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Grades K - 2
Explorers, grab your cameras and get ready to trek through the hidden jungles and deserts of Balboa Park. You will also go on a photo safari through the San Diego Zoo and create special projects documenting your adventures.


Contact: 619.238.7559 x235

Summer Camp 2013: Digi vs. Film (9-12)

08.05.2013 1:00 pm
August 5 - 9
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grades 9 - 12

Why do so many photographers insist upon film rather than digital? See for yourself in this exciting camp that explores digital and film photography through inspired activities and shooting assignments.

Contact: 619.238.7559 x235

Summer Camp 2013: Take it to the Street (6-8)

08.05.2013 1:00 pm
August 5 - 9
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Grades 6 - 8
Learn all about photojournalism techniques that have made street photographers famous for ages! Then, take it to the streets of Balboa Park with your camera and produce your own DIY inspired zine, blog post or photo album that shows your unique view of the world.
Contact: 619.238.7559 x235
Aug 8

POP Thursday: The Source Family

08.08.2013 6:00 pm

Thursday, August 8
Outdoor Pre-Party: 6 PM

Film Screening: 8 PM

Change to pre-party: All ticket holders are invited to the pre-party on the lawns of the Botanical Building from 6-8 p.m. for complimentary cocktails, live music, and picnic-style lounging. 

Peace Pies will have food available for purchase, including raw, vegan and gluten-free items. Guests may also bring their own food into the pre-party. We are no longer offering a dinner package.

Take a Strange and Beautiful Trip Inside a '70s Love Cult

The Source Family was a radical experiment in '70s utopian living. Their iconic style, health food restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip—but their unconventional behavior ultimately led to their dramatic demise. THE SOURCE FAMILY (2013, 98 minutes) provides an intimate view of the ultimate California commune through their own archival photos, home movies, and contemporary interviews.

Before the film, join your Aquarian tribe on the lawns of the San Diego Botanical Building for a mind-blowing outdoor pre-party, with libations from Alchemy and live music.

After the screening, stay for a Q & A with director Jodi Wille and Alicia Previn, an original member of the Source Family.


General Admission: $10 Non-Member / $8 MOPA Member

Includes access to outdoor pre-party, 2 complimentary drinks, film screening and Q&A. 

NOTE: There is no dinner package option anymore.

*Suggested attire: 70’s chic/bohemian/white

**Check in will take place on the lawns of the Botanical Building (next to Lily Pond)

The Source Family (Trailer) from Eternal Now on Vimeo.

Support for POP Thursdays is generously provided by:


Summer Camp 2013: Photojournalism for Beginners (3-5)

08.12.2013 9:00 am
August 12 - 16
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Grades 3 - 5 
Spend the week as a photojournalist taking photos and reporting on places and events in Balboa Park! Learn ways to take great photographs that tell a "story" and discover what it means to be a documentarian.

Summer Camp 2013: Music Video (6-8)

08.12.2013 1:00 pm
August 12  - 16
1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Grades 6 - 8
Create your own music video! Visualize the look of the video, plan storyboards, shoot the film with the lyrics and beat, and add special effects.
Contact: 619.238.7559 x235
Aug 15

Dusty Brough Group @MOPA

08.15.2013 7:00 pm

Dusty Brough Group

Arabic Inspires Groove Music

Thursday, August 15:

7 PM to 9 PM


Dusty Brough: Tabla Player

Miles Shrewsbery: Cumbus


Aug 17

The Feature Hunt Workshop with James Gregg

08.17.2013 2:00 pm

Saturday, August 17th, 2pm-6pm at MOPA
$50 Members, Students, Seniors / $60 General

Click here to purchase tickets

*Enrollment limited to 15 participants. Please bring with you a digital camera and USB Flash drive. 

Workshop Description

No matter the media, powerful photographs have roots in the "feature hunt". "Feature" photographs, though difficult to pin down in words, have been described as "the capture of an exceptional moment within a common, everyday occurrence.” In this exclusive, hands-on workshop led by award-winning Union-Tribute photojournalist James Gregg, participants will explore, study and practice what makes a successful feature photograph. Following instruction in MOPA's galleries and classrooms, participants will embark on their own feature hunt within a 3 mile radius of Balboa Park (transportation of your choice - on foot, by bike, etc). Finally, the group will reconvene for a critique of the captured images.

About the Instructor

James Gregg is a staff photographer at the San Diego Union-Tribune with nearly a decade of experience working in newspapers. In 2009 he was named NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Photographer of the Year for smaller markets while at the Arizona Daily Star, and was Arizona Photographer of the Year in 2008 and 2009. In 2012 James received two awards for multimedia from Pictures of the Year International and one for NPPA's Best of Photojournalism. In 2013 his electronic book project “Health Care 911” won the prize for Best Ebook in Pictures of the Year international, along with a third place win in Multimedia Portfolio of the Year
Aug 29

Bela Vida Brasileira @ MOPA

08.29.2013 7:00 pm

Bela Vida Brasileira 


Federico Benitez - Vocals and Guitar

Melissa Mejia - Vocals, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, and light percussion


Bela Vida Brasileira, a "Beautiful Brazilian Life", is a Brazilian Duo based in San Diego consisting of musicians, Federico Benitez and Melissa Mejia. The talented Benitez and Mejia express a wide spectrum of musical timbres through the unique duo combination of nylon-string guitar, percussion, flugelhorn, trumpet, and Portuguese, Spanish and English vocals. Music ranging from classic Bossanova favorites to upbeat modern Brazilian Pop Samba, Bela Vida Brasileira is also uniquely known for their arrangements of placing a Brazilian twist on popular songs by American and European artists.

Thursday, August 29

7 PM to 9 PM

* Free with entry to Museum.