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Getty Kicks off New Evening Hours with Unsigned Indies--Spotlighting Musical Talent Hosted by KCRW's Nic Harcourt

Free Outdoor Performance Set for Saturday, September 8

August 28, 2001

Los Angeles--Beginning after Labor Day in September, the Getty will remain open until 9 p.m. on Saturday nights as well as on Friday nights. The Getty kicks off its new weekend evening hours on Saturday, September 8, 2001 with Unsigned Indies, a free public performance at 7 p.m. featuring some of L.A.'s best unsigned independent musicians. This evening of live acoustic music outdoors in the Getty Museum Courtyard will be hosted by Nic Harcourt, music director and host of "Morning Becomes Eclectic," the signature daily music program on radio station KCRW (89.9 FM). For this first-ever event, Nic brings his flair for spotting new talent to the Getty with a showcase of performers including Steve Reynolds, Abba Roland, George Sarah, and Ramsay Midwood. Outdoor bars and the Garden Terrace Cafe will offer refreshments and dining options including a picnic box dinner. No reservations are required for this event.

In addition to celebrating expanded Saturday hours, the Getty will also implement the following changes in its operating schedule. Effective the week of September 4, the Getty will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday (instead of 7 p.m.), and at 6 p.m. on Thursday (instead of 9 p.m.). The Getty's new hours are: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Getty is closed Mondays and major holidays.

As before, no parking reservations are needed on weekends, after 4 p.m. on weekdays, or for college students with a current school I.D., so spontaneous, drop-in visits are encouraged. The Getty also recently introduced a popular free parking and shuttle service available from a nearby lot at Constitution Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard. The Getty Center invites visitors to enjoy the art, architecture, fine dining, flourishing gardens, and spectacular views. Call 310-440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu for more information.

"Los Angeles now offers one more fabulous evening destination. The Getty at night is not to be missed!" comments Andrea Leonard, head of Getty Visitor Services. "Imagine the sunset reflecting on the architecture and a soft ocean breeze while you and your companion enjoy dinner and world class art--and admission is free. What a splendid way to spend Friday or Saturday evening."

Unsigned Indies on Saturday, September 8 features musicians who thrive just below the industry radar screen. These artists, whose talents span the spectrum of L.A.'s dynamic music scene, include singer/songwriter Steve Reynolds in a solo set and Abba Roland playing her 12-string guitar alongside percussionist Quinn and George Sarah on bass and piano. George Sarah, an electronica/chamber musician, will also take the stage with his String Trio; followed by alternative country musician Ramsay Midwood and his band.

During the show, bars on the Garden Terrace and in the Getty Museum Courtyard will offer food and other refreshments. Before the show, visitors can enjoy another new Getty amenity--on Fridays and Saturdays from now through October, the Restaurant at the Getty is offering summer beverage service from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Overlooking the Santa Monica mountains and the ocean beyond, visitors can dine at the renowned Getty Restaurant which is open on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 310-440-7300. Visitors may also eat at the Cafe which is open during the evenings until 8:30 p.m., or bring their own picnic dinners to enjoy on the grounds.

In addition to its permanent collection galleries, the Getty Museum is now featuring an acclaimed pair of special exhibitions: Walker Evans & Company: Works from The Museum of Modern Art, and The American Tradition & Walker Evans: Photographs from the Getty Collection. Since opening in December 1997, the Getty Center has welcomed over five million visitors. Admission to the Getty is free. Parking is $5 per car. Advance parking reservations are still required during the week before 4 p.m. and for groups. Please call 310-440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu for more information.

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NEW HOURS: Beginning September 4, the Getty Center is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed Mondays and major holidays.

About the Getty:

The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts, and European and American photographs. The Museum's mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.