October: 10 things to do for $10 or less

By Laura Douglas-Brown | Emory Report | Oct. 5, 2016

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October brings plenty of fall traditions to campus, from cheering on sports teams to mummies for Halloween. Emory's men's and women's soccer teams play home matches Oct. 14-16 for Parents Weekend.

October brings plenty of fall traditions to campus, from cheering on sports teams to mummies for Halloween. A variety of special events, including the build-up to Emory's display of Shakespeare's First Folio, round out this month's calendar.

Check out these 10 things to do in October for under $10:


1. Cheer on Emory's fall sports teams.

Emory's fall sports teams are going strong, so bring your friends and family to cheer on the Eagles at their home events. All games are free at the Woodruff PE Center. Visit Emory Athletics for more information.

October home games include the following:


2. Prepare for the arrival of Shakespeare's First Folio with music, films and more.

The First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, will be on view at Emory's Michael C. Carlos Museum starting Nov. 5 — the only display of the literary treasure in Georgia. Shakespeare at Emory has a variety of events planned for October leading up to its arrival.

A few of the highlights:

  • The University Chorus and Concert Choir presents "Music of Shakespeare" on Oct. 15.
  • Emory Cinematheque presents four films based on Shakespeare's plays, screening Oct. 16 through Nov. 4.
  • The Rose Library hosts author and economist Andrea Mays on Oct. 24 for "The Millionaire and the Bard," a lecture tracing Henry Folger's obsession with the First Folio.
  • Emory Libraries presents several Shakespeare exhibits, including "To the Great Variety of Readers: Publishing Shakespeare" (through Oct. 28); "A Goodly Commodity: Shakespeare in Popular Culture" (through Feb. 26), "All the World's an eStage: Shakespeare Postcards in a Digital Age" (through May 15), "Othello: The Moor Speaks" (opening Oct. 20) and "Shakespeare Artists' Books" (opening Oct. 20).

View the full schedule of Shakespeare events.


3. Revel in writing with the Phillis Wheatley Reading.

Hosted by Creative Writing at Emory, this year's Phillis Wheatley Reading features acclaimed prose writer ZZ Packer, whose collection of short stories "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere" won the Commonwealth First Fiction Award, an ALEX Award, and was a National Book Award "5 under 35" winner. She is at work on a novel about the Reconstruction and Buffalo Soldiers entitled "The Thousands," an excerpt of which appeared in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 Fiction Issue under the title "Dayward."

The free reading is Monday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library; a reception and book-signing follow. Packer will also participate in a colloquium on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the Kemp Malone Library.


4. Consider "What Plato Can Tell Us About American Democracy."

As the Nov. 8 election nears, come to the annual Nix Mann Endowed Lecture to hear political commentator and author Andrew Sullivan discuss "What Plato Can Tell Us About American Democracy." The free event is Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael C. Carlos Museum's Ackerman Hall.

Sullivan is a contributing editor at New York Magazine, pioneer of the political blog, and former editor of The New Republic; the Nix Mann Lecture is dedicated to bringing distinguished speakers to campus each year.


5. Enjoy the end of the outdoor swimming season at the SAAC pool.

While most outdoor pools closed after Labor Day, remember that the pool at the Student Activity & Academic Center (SAAC) on the Clairmont Campus remains open through Nov. 1 and is heated during October to keep the water a minimum of 78 degrees.

SAAC membership is free for full-time undergraduate and graduate students who pay the student athletic fee; the facility offers discounted memberships for faculty and staff, as well as 14-visit guest passes that average to less than $9 per visit. The daily walk-up rate is $10.


6. Play in the "Open Streets" of Emory Village.

The fourth annual Open Streets DeKalb at Emory Village features a Halloween theme, closing the streets of the popular shopping area just outside Emory's main gate from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 for an afternoon of family-friendly fun.

Look for a Halloween parade at 3 p.m., a climbing wall, artists' market, performers from the Imperial OPA Circus, and much more. Your dog can even join the fun, competing in a costume contest and the best "trick for a treat." Emory University is among the sponsors for this free event.


7. Take a walk to enjoy the cooler weather — and get steps for the Move More Challenge.

Fall transforms the Emory campus into an array of colors, from trees on the Quad to the park settings of Lullwater Preserve and Hahn Woods. It's the perfect time to take a walk, especially if you are participating in the Move More Challenge. To help you get moving, Emory's Faculty Staff Assistance Program lists an assortment of walking groups at multiple locations, including Lullwater and multiple health care campuses.


8. Explore African American art and culture at Woodruff Library.

“Still Raising Hell: The Art, Activism and Archives of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch” runs through May 14 in Woodruff Library's Schatten Gallery, exploring themes of creativity, social justice, community, art, activism and the importance of history and memory.

Billops, a filmmaker, artist and activist, and Hatch, an author and theater historian, created one of the largest and most comprehensive private gatherings of African American art and culture in the world. The exhibit draws from their archives in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.


9. See "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band at the Schwartz Center.

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of its annual fall tour, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band performs an eclectic blend of popular and patriotic works on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Paul Bhasin, director of the Emory Wind Ensemble, will guest conduct the band during the second half of the performance. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.


10. Hang out with mummies at the museum for Halloween.

The Carlos Museum highlights its mummy collection with two Halloween events every year. "Mummies and Mixers" on Oct. 27 from 7-9 p.m. focuses on adults, with a movie, snacks and mixology. It's more than $10, but tons of fun: admission is now $20 for museum members; $25 for Emory students and alumni; and $30 general admission in advance.

"Mummies and Milkshakes" on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. is more family-friendly, so kids can come in costumes to learn about mummification through a new scavenger hunt and watch mummy movies. It's free for members and children 5 and under, and $5 for non-members; milkshakes are sold separately.