Monday, September 28, 2009

Special Program: Saturday Nights at the Getty

The Getty Center (see May 27, 2009 post) is now charging $15 for parking . . . that's the bad news. The good news (yay!) is that the center stays open until 9pm on Saturday nights and--this is the awesome news--parking is free after 5pm. Free parking, free admission . . . could it get any better?

Yes, my friends. Yes, it can. Saturday Nights at the Getty offer not only stunning views of the lights of Los Angeles (including the ribbons of white and red headlights and tail lights along the 405--a healthy reminder of how much we all love LA traffic), but on Saturday nights, you can also enjoy a live performance . . . anything from music to dance to spoken word events, depending on which night you attend.

Food and wine are still available in the evening. Expect a crowd. We arrived at around 7pm; it took quite a while to park and we had about a ten minute wait to get on the tram. I don't know if it's better or worse earlier in the evening, but I plan to attend again, and when I do, I'll certainly let you know. If you happen to know, by all means, share your knowledge.

What I do know for certain is that these events are completely worth it. Even if you don't care for the evening's performance, you can still enjoy the gallery, the beautifully lit gardens, and a stunningly romantic atmosphere. Perfect for a little Recession Dating.

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