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Hurricane Irene: Area arts closures and cancellations

Hurricane Irene’s impact on the District is still unpredictable, but some arts institutions will be closing their doors, just in case:

CORCORAN MUSEUM: Due to severe weather, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, and will remain closed through Sunday, Aug. 28.

ARENA STAGE: via Facebook: “The National Weather Service has indicated that Irene is not expected to hit DC, however we will be affected by the outskirts of the storm. The brunt of the storm is anticipated to hit during the early morning hours on Sunday, Aug. 28 with 40 mph winds and 2+ inches of rain. Matinee performances should not be affected. If you have tickets to Saturday evening, we are waiving exchange fees, however upgrade fees may apply if a patron exchanges into a performance with a higher ticket price.”

ARTISPHERE: Due to the inclement weather, Artisphere is closing this weekend and will not be open on Saturday or Sunday.

BROADWAY: You’ve probably already called off that trip to New York, and with the transit shutdown and evacuations comes the closure of Broadway theater. The New York Times reports that performances of all 23 Broadway plays and musicals are canceled for Saturday and Sunday.

The show must go on: These venues have issued statements that they will remain open, but it’s a good idea to call Saturday to make sure they haven’t decided to close.

— Kennedy Center

— Signature Theatre

— Shakespeare Theatre

— Woolly Mammoth Theatre (They’re showing off their “survival shelf” on Facebook. The theater’s upcoming season is apocalypse-themed.)

— Smithsonian Museums (You can call 202-633-1000 for information)

Check GOG for other closures of area feativals and events..

This post will be updated.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.


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