L.A.’s “Carmageddon” Causing Headaches For Cultural Organizations

L.A.'s I-405 at the Mulholland Dr. Bridge in quieter times(Photo: courtesy, metro.net)
L.A.'s I-405 at the Mulholland Dr. Bridge in quieter times(Photo: courtesy, metro.net)

Carmageddon: L.A.’s cultural institutions plan to hunker down

What if you gave a concert and nobody came?  Worse yet, what if they wanted to come, but couldn’t get there?  That seems to be what L.A. drivers are facing as ramps on a 14 mile stretch of the 405 freeway are set to close for the entire weekend.

The Getty Center in Brentwood will shut down.  UCLA’s Fowler Museum will have normal hours, but is rescheduling a concert for fear that few will attend.  The Hollywood Bowl is going on with its schedule, but notifying patrons to leave much earlier and use park-and-ride, if possible.

Read Carmageddon:  L.A.s cultural institutions plan to hunker down (L.A. Times)

Music Lesson Nightmares

Most of us have taken some kind of music lessons in our lives.  What do you remember about them?  Excitement?  Fear?  Stephen Hough and four other professional pianists recount their first lessons.

Read Piano lessons: key players in a life of music (limelight.com)

Watch Stephen Hough giving a master class

Artistic Tempers Flare…Helene Grimaud pulls out of  next month’s Lucerne Festival

If you look up the term artistic differences in the dictionary, expect to see two pictures next to it as Claudio Abbado and Helene Grimaud have had a bit of a tiff.  Where’s Rupert Murdoch when you need him?

Read Grimaud and Abbado in artistic tiff (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

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