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September 2007

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Friday Nights Rock at the Getty Center

Enjoy music with a view as two of L.A.'s best contemporary music series heat up for fall.

Friday Nights at the Getty
Our eclectic, electric series explodes into its 11th season on September 14 with Bethany & Rufus, who blend haunting vocals and soulful strings to transport traditional folk into an electrifying realm of dark luxury and gritty intensity. On September 21, Friends of Dean Martinez share atmospheric instrumentals and moody covers of American standards.

Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Tuesday, August 21, at 9:00 a.m.

Learn more, make reservations, and see what else is coming up in Friday Nights at the Getty.

Bethany & Rufus
Bethany & Rufus bring Friday Nights at the Getty to a boil
Photo: Augusta Quirk
Photo of Bethany Yarrow at top: Ryan Jensen

Fridays Off the 405
L.A.'s synth-pop geniuses Ima Robot bring their delicious bizarreness and garage-band energy to the Museum Courtyard on September 7. Setting the mood is Ima Robot bassist and floor-filling DJ Filip Nikolic.

Free; no reservations required.

Learn more about Fridays Off the 405.

Ima Robot
Ima Robot give new wave a punk makeover


Music for the Masses: Illuminated Choir Books
through October 28
The Getty Center

Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Initial A / Italian
Initial A: A Man Singing from a gradual, northern Italian, about 1460–1480

Explore the sacred music of the Middle Ages in this exhibition featuring some of the most lavishly illustrated manuscripts in the Museum's collection. Discover how music was used in religious ceremonies, learn the secrets of early musical notation, and hear the pages come to life in chants specially recorded for the exhibition.

Hear more medieval music in a free lecture on Gregorian chant on Sunday, September 16, and a two concerts by Pomerium on October 19 and 20.

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A Bar at the Folies-Bergere / Manet
The Samuel Courtauld Trust, Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, London

Explore performance art, photojournalism as art, and treasures from the Black Sea. Plus: last days for Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Zoopsia: New Works by Tim Hawkinson.

See current exhibitions to explore everything that's on now, and future exhibitions for a look at what's coming, including masterpieces of Roman glass.

E V E N T   H I G H L I G H T S

Getty Drawing Hour
September 7 and 21, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

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Reservations, tickets, and information:
(310) 440-7300

Feed your creativity with these stimulating evenings of sketching from the masters in the Museum galleries. Your guide in September and October is painter Salomón Huerta, a master of line and color whose work is helping to redefine Latino art.

Free; sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 6:00 p.m. the day of the program. All experience levels are welcome.

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Getty Drawing Hour
Sharpen your artistic focus at our twice-monthly Getty Drawing Hour
Edward Weston's Love/Hate Relationship with Los Angeles (lecture)
September 13, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Tina Modotti / Weston
Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, 1921
© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

Why did Edward Weston try to erase Los Angeles from his past, even going so far as to destroy photographs and papers he created during his 17 years here? Historian of photography Beth Gates Warren, who has spent the last decade piecing together the story of Weston's early career in L.A., reveals the photographer's ambivalence toward this city of extremes in a lecture complementing the exhibition Edward Weston: Enduring Vision.

Free; reservations required.

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Africa's Vanishing Past (lecture)
September 27, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

For decades, looters have been destroying the cultural heritage of West Africa. Join archaeologist Susan McIntosh for a look at the effects of looting on one particularly stunning aspect of this heritage—the ancient terracotta figures of Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, and Niger—and a look at what is being done to stop the destruction.

Free; reservations required.

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Antiquities dealer in Djenne, Mali
Antiquities dealer in Djenne, Mali
© Michael Kirtley, used with permission
Tug of War (performance)
September 6–29
The Getty Villa
Outdoor theater at the Getty Villa
Enjoy ancient theater as it was meant to be seen at the Getty Villa
© 2005 Richard Ross with the courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust

A shipwreck begets slapstick and song in this Roman comedy bursting with bawdiness and boisterous behavior. Adapted and directed by Meryl Friedman from an original translation by Amy Richlin of Plautus' Rudens, Tug of War is theater for people who take their silliness seriously.

Tickets are $35; students/seniors $30. Previews are sold out.

This production contains material that may not be suitable for young children.

Learn more and buy tickets online.

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Art Stops
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. beginning September 8
The Getty Center

Tips for Families

All Family Activities

Get to know treasures in the Museum's collection in this fun, half-hour gallery program that's perfect for a relaxed weekend outing. Learn about art through team activities such as puzzles, drawing projects, role-plays, even an artistic version of Mad Libs.

Free; sign up at the Museum Information Desk 30 minutes before the program starts.

Learn more about Family Art Stops.

Family Art Stops
Enjoy art as a family with Family Art Stops

G E T   I N V O L V E D

Volunteer at the Getty Center or the Getty Villa
Volunteer at the Getty
Volunteer Leonie Gross helps visitors find their way at the Getty Center

Be part of the arts by volunteering at the Getty! You'll learn about art, meet people from all over the world, and enjoy beautiful surroundings as you greet visitors, answer questions, assist with special events and projects, and more. No art experience is necessary. Call (310) 440-7303 or e-mail to apply.

Learn more about docent and volunteer opportunities at the Getty.

Find More Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa
Event Calendar

Enjoy the final days of summer with an outing to the Getty Center or the Getty Villa. See everything that's coming up on our event calendar.

Explore your artistic side with a studio or gallery course, or take a free tour of the gardens and galleries.

Most events are FREE.

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