Glow 2008 - Photo by Robbie Kaye
As Glow 2010 gets nearer, visitors are encouraged to plan their experience. What time of night would you like to be at Glow? How do you plan to get to Santa Monica? Which installations would you like to be sure not to miss, and where and when are food and drink available? Which of the broad selection of hotel and business specials sparks interest?
Food, drink and hotel specials are a major part of the fun. A multitude of restaurants and businesses near the action will be open until 4 a.m., with many offering Glow specials. (Alcohol service ends at 2 a.m. per state law, or at an earlier time in accordance with the establishment’s Conditional Use Permit.) Twelve Santa Monica hotels are offering low-rate Glow packages that include late checkout, complimentary breakfast and “glowing” specials such as picnic baskets and signature cocktails. A list of specials will also be in the event’s printed program, and a continuously updated list of Glow specials is posted on www.santamonica.com/glow. In addition, two food truck courts will provide food choices on the beach north and south of the pier.
KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley has created a podcast to guide visitors through the Glow Zone, now downloadable from the KCRW website at www.kcrw.com/glow. (To download directly to a mobile device go here: http://newmedia.kcrw.com/glow/index.html.) It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you download this podcast in advance – this 50MB soundscape might be difficult or impossible to get at the event!
Most importantly, how will you get there? Walking and biking are excellent choices to get to the event since traffic and parking may be challenging at times. Three bike valets will be operating free of charge: in Palisades Park near Broadway, immediately south of the pier off the beach bike path, and in the parking lot west of Crescent Bay Park just north of Bicknell next to the beach bike path.
Streets in the Glow zone will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 5 p.m. (but open all night to bikes and pedestrians). More info on transportation modes to Glow, including Big Blue Bus special re-routing for the event, may be found at http://glowsantamonica.org/gettingtoglow.
For those visitors who must drive, the easiest and least expensive parking will be in the beach lots south of Pico Blvd. and north of the California Incline. Flat-rate parking from $5-20 will be in effect in all city lots west of Lincoln. Real-time parking availability is always available at www.smgov.net/parkingspacenow.
More resources to help you plan your Glow experience:
- All artist and project info can be found at glowsantamonica.org along with a signup for weekly email blasts.
- Glow’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/glowsantamonica, highlights a different artist every day.
- Sign up for emails at glowsantamonica.org under “Stay Connected.”
- Download the free Geodelic app from the iPhone App Store or the Android Market to experience the mobile guide to Glow.
Members of the media are requested to contact Cultural Affairs at 310.458.8350 in advance of the event for credentials.
Glow takes place Saturday, September 25 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. and is expected to draw an estimated 100,000+ visitors. Produced by the City of Santa Monica, Glow re-imagines Santa Monica Beach as a playground for thoughtful, participatory, temporary art. For one night only, the beach, pier and Palisades Park become a gallery exhibiting 20 commissioned installations, ranging from acoustic music performances to the most technologically advanced interactive artworks.
Location: Santa Monica Beach, Pier and Palisades Park
Date: September 25, 2010
Time: 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.