Let's be honest. While the West Coast may hold seasonal hegemony over the country during the rest of the year, we must abdicate our throne for the fall. “Well, I do miss the changing of the seasons” is the response one hears when transplanted East Coasters and Midwesterners are pressured by their grandparents to come up with some reason why they miss their hinterland.   

Of course they do. With the changing of the seasons comes Cider Mills and with Cider Mills comes the Midwest's answer to Capistrano: The Bees Returning to the Cider Mill Garbage Cans. Who doesn't love to be stung while enjoying an overpriced apple on a stick (apple plus stick plus caramel at Ralphs equals $1; caramel apple at Cider Mill equals $3.95) or donuts that turn not only the cheap brown lunch bag, but your hands, transparent?

Oh, how I wish the Getty had Fiona Apple on their lineup of Friday Night shows, it would have provided this ingenious segue between the two paragraphs. But let the rest of the country have its rotten apple juice (“cider”), for the Getty battles this seasonal ennui with its annual free Friday night series of jazz, blues, folk, rock and experimental music and films.

Upcoming Friday Night at the Getty shows include “power-pop quintet” the 88 on Oct. 13, Dave Alvin's California-tinged blues and Rockabilly on Nov. 3 and, wrapping up this ecumenical offering, Petra Haden & the Sell Outs on Nov. 10.

No need to succumb to SAD – Friday Nights at the Getty is the aural equivalent to changing leaves.  

The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Dr., in Los Angeles. Unless otherwise noted, all concerts are free and take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium. Reservations are required for all performances, and there is a limit of four seats per reservation. Reservations can be made by calling (310) 440-7300 or visiting www.getty.edu.