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Artisphere Hours to Change Starting Jan. 1

Following the adoption of a new business plan, Artisphere’s weekly hours will dramatically change starting Jan. 1.

The arts and cultural center, at 1101 Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn, will now be closed to the public on Monday and Tuesdays, except when an evening event is scheduled. It will be open 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays (or later if programming warrants), and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Whereas Artisphere was once open to the public for some 85 hours per week, it is now only scheduled to be open 37 hours per week.

“We’ve recently begun to make some changes that are part of  a larger effort to streamline Artisphere’s operations and better serve the needs of our patrons,” Artisphere Communications and Marketing Director Annalisa Meyer said in an email.

Artisphere will be closed for the duration of the holiday season — from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. When it reopens, the center will launch “Notasphere,” a month of local arts programming.

“We are very excited to launch Notasphere in January 2012, a month of fresh, innovative programming created by local arts partners from across the DC-region that includes a number of exciting programs in our Terrace Gallery—including a pop-up restaurant inspired by the recipes of Alice B. Toklas by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Carole Wagner Greenwood and an exhibition featuring the work of renowned political cartoonists,” wrote Meyer.

At Home in Virginia, a gallery exhibition originally scheduled for Jan. 8, has been canceled, Meyer said.

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