Fall Arts at a Glance
Autumn is the season for arts and entertainment in Monterey County.
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Summer gets all the glory. Kids out of school, skimpy clothes and loud music pouring out of convertibles. But fall brings pleasures of its own. In addition to clean waves and offshore wind come more rock shows, more classical music concerts, and some of the most intriguing theater of each company’s season.
Over the next three months, some musical masters will be performing in Monterey: Jesse Colin Young at Monterey Live, Terry Hanck at Sly McFly’s, John Mayall at the Sunset Center, The Kingston Trio and Judy Collins at the Sunset and singer/songwriter Tom Russell, who started his career in the ‘70s.
In addition to hosting a slew of established artists, Monterey will be breaking in some new talent. Some like dance band SAGE, who will play Sly’s, are just new to the area, while others like Scottish musician Alasdair Roberts— performing at Big Sur’s Fernwood—are promising artists who might be on their way to becoming cult heroes. Also, the Battle of the Bands Finals at Club Octane might help decide the future direction of the local music scene.
Meanwhile, Stephen Moorer and Pacific Repertory Theater outdo themselves with a doubleshot of Shakespeare—the thought-provoking Elizabethan mystery The Beard of Avon, and Othello, one of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedies.
Monterey Peninsula College offers up The Day They Shot John Lennon, a thoughtful, melancholy drama about the many New Yorkers who spontaneously assemble in front of the Dakota Hotel to pay tribute to their slain idol, and Communicating Doors, a comedy about a London “sex specialist” from the future.
Not to be outdone, The Western Stage boasts a fall line-up that includes the campy off-Broadway musical Bat Boy, The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer, a revival of Victor Villasenor’s touching, powerful Rain of Gold, and a strong shot of Chekhov with The Cherry Orchard.
Also, the Staff Players presents Misalliance—its first full-cast production of the season.
Other highlights include Paper Wing’s much-anticipated revival of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and a dramatic reading of the Scopes Monkey Trial at the Sunset Center by Ed Asner, James Cromwell and Marsha Mason. And local theatergoers are anticipating the world premiere opening of MPC Professor Allston James’ The Pink Brothers at Cherry Hall.
In the visual arts, autumn is traditionally a retrospective time.
Carmel Homescapes hosts an anniversary opening and reception on Sept. 30 for a vault exhibition by Fred Carvel and friends. On Oct. 9, The Hawthorne Gallery celebrates 10 years of beauty at its Big Sur location just south of Nepenthe. And the granddaddy anniversary of the season is Photography West’s big 25th Anniversary celebration in late October.
In addition to these milestones, the next three months will see more noteworthy openings and events, concerts and plays than I could possibly fit here. So there’s a lot more on the following pages.