Fall is here, and as all art lovers know, that means a fresh new arts season is upon us. From massive electronic music festivals to interactive art installations, many of this season's events fuse art and technology to thrilling effect, while the classical arts flourish right alongside. In the following pages, you'll find everything from live dance and theater to music, film, comedy, magic and storytelling.
In this year's Fall Arts Preview, we've worked to bring you the very best of the season across the genres; read on for our top 10 "must-see" picks. We've also created a calendar of nearly 240 fall events, and organized them to help you easily scan for happenings in your favorite categories.
Bookmark these pages, stick them on your fridge, or tuck them in your wallet: You won't want to miss out on the best arts and entertainment the region has to offer.
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Our top 10 events for fall 2014:
1. Anderson Collection Grand Opening
A prized collection of 121 modern and contemporary American paintings and sculptures by 86 artists will finally be available for public viewing in the new 33,000-square-foot Anderson Collection Museum, which opens to the public Sept. 21.
The collection contains works by artistic giants Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Ellsworth Kelly and others.
The public is invited to the grand opening, which includes a museum tour, parade, live music, food trucks and performances. Entrance to the museum is free, but tickets are necessary for weekend visits through October .
What: Anderson Collection Grand Opening celebration
Where: 314 Lomita Way, Stanford
When: Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; regular museum hours are Wed.-Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free; tickets are necessary for the opening and for weekend entrance through October
2. Beyond Wonderland Festival
Even Alice would be blown away by this version of Wonderland, with its electronic music and vibrant theatrical light displays. This two-day festival includes multiple stages at Shoreline Amphitheatre with live electronic dance music in genres including house, trance, dubstep, ambient, and drum and bass. Pyrotechnics, 30-foot-tall sculptures, acrobats and elaborate staging take participants into several realms: Cheshire Woods, The Red Queen, Mad Hatter's Castle and the Boombox Art Car. Organizers Insomniac Events say they are bent on creating a positive community experience.
What: Beyond Wonderland Festival
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View
When: Sept. 20-21, 1-11 p.m.
Cost: One-day pass: $120; two-day pass: $199
3. Book Arts Jam 2014
From handmade paper to binding and printing, books are an art form in themselves. This event, sponsored by the grassroots Bay Area Book Artists, celebrates all things book, print and paper.
The Book Arts Jam features everything from origami to letterpress demonstrations. Print and paper artists exhibit their work alongside handmade book publishers. There are artist talks, demonstrations and make-and-take projects for children. And yes, books are for sale.
What: Book Arts Jam 2014
Where: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
When: Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
4. danceroom Spectroscopy
Everyone has heard of dancing under the stars, but dancing amid molecules and atoms? This exhibition at the Stanford Art Gallery brings together art, science and technology for a thrilling interactive experience. Created by Stanford resident and University of Bristol scientist and cultural theorist David Glowacki, "danceroom Spectroscopy" features cameras which record the visitor and computers that convert the information into a digital image of an energy field. As participants move, they can watch their images dance with computer-generated atoms. It's truly trippy.
What: danceroom Spectroscopy
Where: Stanford Art Gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford
When: Through Sept. 20, Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
5. David Gerard -- An Evening of Magic and Mind Reading
For lovers of mystery and intrigue -- or for those in need of a little magic in their lives -- David Gerard's act might be the ticket. This modern magician and mind reader from San Francisco combines storytelling, illusion and humor in shows audiences describe as "jaw dropping." Gerard has performed for Google, Intuit and the San Francisco Symphony, and brings his show to Mountain View for two nights only.
What: David Gerard, Magic and Mind Reading
Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View
When: Oct. 17-18, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 adults; $22 seniors and students
6. Firebird Dance Theatre and Rosh Hashanah Festival
This imaginative troupe combines many dance forms including modern, folk, lyrical, ballet and ballroom, all set to tunes by Israeli musician Idan Raichel. This performance at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center on Sept. 21 is part of the Rosh Hashanah Festival, which will include a beekeeper with a hive, shofarot workshop, storytelling, scavenger hunt, drum circle, face painting and more.
What: Firebird Dance Theatre and Rosh Hashanah Festival
Where: Oshman Family JCC, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
When: Sept. 21. Festival: 3 -- 5:30 p.m.; dance performances: 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free. A $5 donation is suggested for the performance
7. The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Celebrating its 19th year, the "Great Glass Pumpkin Patch" returns to the Palo Alto Art Center starting Oct. 7. The largest glass pumpkin patch in California, the display and sale features an estimated 10,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by 20 glass artists.
When the light hits these objects just right, they shimmer with dazzling color. There's a pumpkin of every shape, color and character, and aficionados have come to collect them year after year.
What: The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Where: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
When: Exhibit Oct. 7 and 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 9 and 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sales Oct. 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
8. Movements for Change: Bob Fitch Photo Archive
Civil rights activist Bob Fitch went to the South to document the Civil Rights Movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1965 to 1968. The result was a seminal body of photographs that captured some of the most moving and important events of the time. Over the next 50 years, Fitch went on to document the work of César Chávez and the United Farm Workers, Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, the Vietnam War draft-resistance movement and other social-justice issues.
Fitch has donated his nearly 275,000 images to Stanford Libraries, and this exhibition shows his iconic mid-1960s through the mid-1970s work, including from King's funeral.
What: Movements for Change: Bob Fitch Photo Archive
Where: Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Cecil H. Green Library, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford
When: Sept. 30-Feb. 21, 2015; Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closures vary with the academic schedule. To confirm library hours, call 650-723-0931.
Cost: Free; register with ID to enter the library
9. The Moth Mainstage Storytelling Project
This popular series draws together ordinary people and luminaries to tell their life tales. With its dedication to the art of telling true stories, The Moth has grown into a community experience.
This live performance is presented by The Stanford Storytelling Project and radio station KALW. The show will feature five storytellers who work with directors to craft illuminating, passionate lively accounts ranging from everyday events to life-changing experiences. Each show explores a theme.
What: The Moth Mainstage
Where: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford
When: October 17, 7:30-10 p.m.
Cost: $38, general public; $25, Stanford faculty and staff; $5, students; http://tickets.stanford.edu
10. United Nations Association Film Festival
One of the oldest all-documentary film festivals in the country, UNAFF brings 70 films from around the globe to Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford and San Francisco venues for 10 days in October. The many award-winning films span subjects from human and women's rights to population and migration, presenting these topics in ways that challenge assumptions, are up close and personal and take the viewer beyond the headlines.
Seven panels comprised of 70 organizations will also discuss topics as diverse as climate change, the impact of social media on the arts, human trafficking, interracial marriage and how dance can change language and racial barriers.
What: UNAFF Film Festival
Where: Various venues in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford and San Francisco; see website for details
When: Oct. 16-26, times vary with film programs
Cost: See website