Saturday Nights at The Getty Center Los Angeles - A Saturday Night Fix of Art and Music on a Hilltop

(Los Angeles, CA) March 11, 2010 - Your Saturday nights in LA may never be the same.  Sure you can catch dinner and a movie, or go to the hottest Hollywood clubs, but with the Getty Center Los Angeles open Saturday nights, you just might rethink your weekend plans. 

The Getty Center Complex spans a hilltop just off the 405

With over a million visitors a year, this hilltop art museum, garden, research library and architectural marvel is a must-see. The billion-dollar postmodernist complex is now open Saturday nights from 5-9pm and it won’t set you back one thin dime.  Even parking is free after 5. 

The garden makes for serenity in the heart of the complex

The Getty is for lovers and friends with its diverse set of activities and grounds.  Current things to see and do at the museum include Foundry to Finish, an ongoing exhibit that explores the making of a bronze sculpture.  You can also get to know LA, New York and Iceland better in the Urban Panoramas exhibit, where three photographers focus their lens on their urban environments.  The extensive art collections include furniture, manuscripts, and paintings including Van Gogh’s Irises.  If you want to go in-depth, the Getty Museum's Education department offers Art Circles on Saturday Nights for a small $20 fee.  Art Circles heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts as a Museum educator focuses on one masterpiece of the collection in an open-ended discussion.

The Restaurant offers views of the Santa Monica mountains and delectable eats

If you are looking for romance, enjoy full-service dinner at The Restaurant with the dreaminess of the Santa Monica Mountains views in an elegant setting.  While there are free guided tours during the day, Saturday nights in the Getty exhibitions are self-guided and offer a more intimate experience as there are fewer visitors.  Enjoy the sunset, skyline views and a walk in the garden to boot.  If it’s girls night out, grab a quick bite at the café, and snap pictures of you and your girls against the city landscape backdrop. 

The Garden Terrace Cafe allows for lunch with a view

If you want to enjoy the free performances in their auditorium, you have to reserve your spot. Saturday Nights at the Getty is a free, contemporary performance series featuring an eclectic mix of music, dance, theater, and spoken word events.  The last performance paired violinist and singer Emily Wells with musician and producer Money Mark.  The two artists came together for a special collaborative performance, where classical roots met up with hip-hop rhythms, looped violin melodies, and a special cell phone ring tone symphony. The next few performances will feature The Living Sisters and Rana Santacruz.  Starting in May, when the sun returns, the Saturday nights will get even hotter with Saturdays Off the 405

Santa Monica views from the observation deck

Enjoy live music, DJ sets, mini-tours of the galleries and even an outdoor cash bar.  That goal you have of dancing in the museum will be realized as classical art and contemporary music clash in this casual and spontaneous atmosphere.  Now that you know that Saturday night might now be Getty night go and tell it on the mountain.  And clear your schedule for a whole new way to enjoy art in LA. 

The courtyard features a beautiful wishing well

For Reservations for Saturday Nights at the Getty Performances call 310-440-7300 or go to getty.edu. The Getty center Los Angeles 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, California 90049 Please note that access to the Getty Center is only via the main gate on Sepulveda Boulevard.

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