Time to Enjoy
Autumn features new music, dance, theater, literature and museum offerings
By Kevin Uhrich 09/04/2014
With little change from week to week in the region’s hot, dry and sunny weather, it seems that no sooner did the Rose Parade end than summer began with many of winter and spring’s important moments reduced to barely remembered blips along a rapidly moving chain of events.
Then it was summer’s turn on the calendar speed dial, with its own set of particularly important openings, exhibits and performances, and June, July and August also virtually disappeared right before our eyes.
Now fall is upon us, and once again Pasadenans will be treated to a virtual explosion of artistic expression, starting with the popular AxS 2014 Festival|Curiosity, followed by ArtNight and a host of theater openings, book signings and dance and musical performances through December, among them October’s Eagle Rock Music Festival, now in its 16th year.
It might be difficult to believe, given how popular electronic reading devices have become, but it seems Vroman’s Bookstore has never been more popular with its customers. That’s probably because they’ve figured out the secret to success: Celebrity book signings, with the Colorado Boulevard branch of the two-store chain hosting author events with authors like acclaimed writer/director/actress Lena Dunham, drummer Sheila E. and British novelist David Mitchell. The three will be speaking at separate events outside of Pasadena hosted by Vroman’s. On tap to visit the store’s Pasadena Playhouse District location are crime novelist James Ellroy, former LA Mayor Richard Riordan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar and actor/writer/producer B.J. Novak of NBC’s “The Office.”
In the world of theater, Wayne Brady, Tony Shalhoub and his wife Brooke Adams headline the local season’s top shows, with Shalhoub and Adams in Boston Court’s production of Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” and Brady appearing in “Kiss Me Kate,” a modern version of “The Taming of the Shrew” set in modern times to music by Cole Porter.
When it comes to museums and visual art offerings, Pasadena has always been a leading force in Southern California, and this fall should be no different than any other time, with new exhibitions opening at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena City College’s Boone Family Gallery, USC Pacific Asia Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
With such a jam-packed schedule of world-class events, and time being at such a premium, it appears the only challenge will be taking it all in before winter is again upon us and the next Tournament of Roses celebration starts gearing up for New Year’s Day.