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Carmageddon II: Getty and other arts institutions buckle down again

Originally posted by the Los Angeles Times

September 26, 2012

Cultural institutions on the west side of Los Angeles are bracing themselves for this weekend’s closure of the 405 freeway, nicknamed Carmageddon II. The closure is set to take place Saturday and Sunday and will affect a 10-mile stretch of the 405 from Getty Center Drive to the 101 freeway in the San Fernando Valley.

The Getty Center will close its doors to the public on Saturday and Sunday, and will re-open as scheduled on Tuesday. The Brentwood museum said it will be open normal hours on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Getty Center is normally closed to the public on Mondays but will be open for staff as usual. The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades won’t be affected by the 405 closure.

A performance  by the Calder Quartet at the Getty Center that had been scheduled for Saturday has been rescheduled for Oct. 5.

The Skirball Cultural Center will also close its doors to the public on Saturday and Sunday. The center said it will re-open to the public on Tuesday.

Some arts organizations near the 405 will remain open during the freeway closure. The Hammer Museum in Westwood is offering free admission to all on Saturday and Sunday. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will also remain open during the weekend. The theater is hosting an improvisational series in collaboration with the Impro Theatre.

As previously reported, a group of Los Angeles arts groups are using Carmageddon II as an opportunity to launch “Artmageddon,” a citywide series of events in various neighborhoods around the county. The project is intended to encourage people to bypass freeways.

The idea for Artmageddon came from the previous Carmageddon, which took place last year.

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