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Classical Pick of the Week: ¡Bienvenido Gustavo!
This Saturday. October 3rd. 4 PM. Gustavo Dudamel. Hollywood Bowl. What more needs to be said? If you weren't able to get tickets to this event (sold out in an hour), there will be a live HD webcast of the concert, available on the LA Phil website, the first of its kind. After 10 AM the following Sunday, the webcast will be available for 24 hours. If you don't feel like watching the entire 4 hours and 30 minute segment, you can select each individual performance to view at this time. But with "warm-up" acts like Flea, Herbie Hancock, Alfredo Rodriguez, and Andrae Crouch (among others), who would want to? Dudamel will conclude the evening with a performance of Beethoven's 9th. With fireworks! The webcast will give you the best views and you don't have to deal with parking!
For those that are going to the concert, here are a few reminders. You can bring alcohol!!!!! That nice bottle of wine you've been saving looks good right about now. The marketplace at the Hollywood Bowl is a little pricey, and if you don't have the time to buy food beforehand, try to at least bring a couple of bottles with you. Carpool. Carpool. Carpool. Arrive at least two hours early, or park at the Hollywood and Highland complex. You can get picnic boxes from Joans, M Cafe, Street, Tavern, and pizza from Mozza2Go (I'm getting a few paninis myself). This concert is supposed to go from 4 to 8:30, so bring something warm just in case. If you're taking pictures, turn off the flash. It's irritating and ineffective unless you're 12 feet away from him. Parking is 10-20 dollars cash (depending on the lot), so bring some cash. Use the restroom before the concert. And change your phone to vibrate or silent now so you don't forget next week. Enjoy!