February: 10 things to do for $10 or less

By Laura Douglas-Brown | Emory Report | Feb. 1, 2017

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Searching for inspiration? Visit “Still Raising Hell: The Art, Activism and Archives of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch,” on view in Woodruff Library’s Schatten Gallery, to explore creativity, social justice and more.

February is the shortest month of the year, but there are still plenty of fun things to do on campus this month.

Check out these 10 things to do — and this month, they are all free!

1. Dance the night away with the Emory Swing Club.

The Emory Swing Club hosts its free February social dance on Friday, Feb. 3, from 7:30-11 p.m. in the Rich Memorial Building studio. New to swing dancing? A beginner lesson starts at 7:30 before the social dancing gets underway at 8 p.m.

2. Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with the Bach Bowl.

Before you cheer for the Atlanta Falcons in the big game, don't miss virtuoso organist Timothy Albrecht’s annual Bach Bowl. This delightful one-hour concert presents a wide variety of Bach's music performed by Albrecht and other Emory musicians. The free concert kicks off Sunday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in Emerson Hall at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

3. View the film "Mango Dreams," then join a Q&A with the director.

A Hindu doctor with dementia and a Muslim driver form an unlikely friendship as they journey across India in an auto rickshaw. Oxford College screens "Mango Dreams" on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall as part of the free Southern Circuit Film Series, followed by a Q&A session with the film's director, John Upchurch.

4. Welcome novelist Alexander Chee to Literature is Alive @ Emory.

Award-winning author Alexander Chee reads from his new novel, "The Queen of the Night," as the 2017 featured author for Literature is Alive @ Emory. The reading takes place at the Barnes & Noble @ Emory Bookstore on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. and includes a discussion moderated by experimental dance artist Hez Stalcup.

5. Root for the home team as Emory's softball and baseball teams start their seasons.

Take your friends and family out to the ballgame as Emory's softball and baseball teams open their seasons with home games on Feb. 11.

Coming off a banner 2016 that included a school-record 46 victories and a berth in the D-III Championships, the softball team takes on Rhodes College at 10 a.m. and Averett University at 2 p.m. at the Emory softball field.

Following three straight trips to the NCAA Division III College World Series, the baseball team opens the season with a home game against Sewanee at 1 p.m. at Chappell Park.

6. Experience the beauty of sacred harp singing.

The annual Emory Sacred Harp Sing is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. No experience is necessary and hymnals will be provided so you can join in for this a cappella shape-note singing. The free event starts with singing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a potluck "Dinner on the Grounds" from 12-1 p.m. and more singing from 1-3 p.m. Stay all day or just drop-in to experience this unique art form.

7. Hear U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will give a free reading at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, as part of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series. The author of many poetry collections and children’s books, Herrera is also a performance artist and activist for migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

8. Calm your mind with campus meditation groups.

Mindfulness meditation focuses on being present in the moment and aware of one's own thoughts and feelings, without judging them to be good or bad, and a growing body of research supports the use of mindfulness to benefit physical and mental health. Emory offers a variety of meditation options on campus, with several free groups meeting weekly.

9. View the Billops-Hatch exhibit and learn about the spread of Chicago steppin in Atlanta.

Looking for inspiration? Visit “Still Raising Hell: The Art, Activism and Archives of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch,” on view in the Robert W. Woodruff Library’s Schatten Gallery.  The exhibit of African American art and culture explores themes related to creativity, social justice and community, art and activism, and the importance of history and memory.

On Feb. 23, don't miss “Let’s Go to Work!”: The Spread of Chicago Steppin in Atlanta,” part of a series of public events related to the Billops-Hatch exhibit this semester. Slated for 6 p.m. in Schatten Gallery, the event features dance and conversation with award-winning steppers from Atlanta and around the country.

10. Watch — or make! — cool films at Campus MovieFest.

Campus MovieFest, the world's largest student film festival, comes to Emory this month, giving students gear and training to make a five-minute film in just seven days. Film production gets underway Feb. 15; the top 16 films will be showcased at the Emory Finale on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Harland Cinema. See which films make the top four, earning the chance to compete at the national level for prizes and professional gigs.