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The King Tut Scuttlebutt

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So have you heard that King Tut is coming to town? He's embarking on a 27 month tour, stopping in four US cities, and our very own LACMA gets to put out the red carpet welcome. This smacks of a high-profile rock star tour, with the main attraction being even older than the Rolling Stones. Tut and his glittering goodies haven't made a US appearance in almost thirty years; the last visit in 1978-79 sparked something akin to Tut Fever--remember Steve Martin's King Tut song parody? So how will Tut fare in the 21st Century? Well, our eyebrows raised a bit when ABC's 20/20 called Tut the 'King of Bling', so we know his golden artifacts have a current equivalent in our lexicon. And he's garnering media oomph aplenty; Good Morning America is featuring the event prominently, and the "premiere" is expected to be a celeb-heavy happening. Where does that leave the public? Well, in line, it would seem. Pre-sale tickets have been available since March, and have surpassed the 250,000 mark. We know from back in the day at LACMA's "Van Gogh's Van Goghs" show that even a ticket still means a line, and the Egyptian P-Diddy is guaranteed to attract throngs of spectators, eager to take in "more than 130 artifacts from the tombs of King Tut, several of his relatives and his 18th Dynasty (1555 B.C. to 1305 B.C.) contemporaries". Never fear--Tut isn't doing a one-night stand, he's here June 16-November 15, so we say plan to go a little later. But plan on going--who knows when this lived-fast and died-young King is going to make his comeback!

LACMA 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (323) 857-6000
For information on LACMA tickets, please call 1-877-TUT-TKTS or visit the Ticketmaster, King Tut, or LACMA websites.