One of the biggest operatic events of the season takes place this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl, when Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a cast that includes Christine Brewer in a performance of Puccini’s “Turandot.”
Problem is, it will occur during the complete shut down of the 405 freeway between the 10 and the 101. Predictions are dire for the weekend — an apocalyptic traffic jam engulfing not only the 405, but the freeways around it, including the 101, upon which sits, a few miles from the shutdown interchange, the Hollywood Bowl.
Getting to the Bowl under normal circumstances is no walk in the park. Sunday, it could be horrific.
However, I really have no idea what will happen, and do not foretell anything. Last time massive gridlock was predicted for L.A. — during the 1984 Olympics — everyone stayed off the freeways, and getting around was a dream. It might happen Sunday too. Certainly, everyone has been warned.