November: 10 things to do for $10 or less

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Nov. 6, 2018

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Held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cox Hall Bridge, the Emory Farmers Market offers a variety of tasty treats, so be sure to pick up unique items for your Thanksgiving feast. Emory Photo/Video

November is a month for a trying something new, like a kind of yoga, or learning about wild foods. It’s also a time for commemorating veterans and active service members as well as the Great War, World War I, with a special poetry reading. There are many more activities and events this month. 

Here are few to consider adding to your calendar. Most are free.


1. View three of Hitchcock’s best.

Emory Cinematheque winds up its fall film series this month with three screenings in its Hitchcock and Hitchcockian series. "North by Northwest" (1959) will be screened Wednesday, Nov.  7. Cary Grant has “got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders” that depend on him, but he makes time to beat the bad guys and romance Eva Marie Sainte.  On Nov. 14, it’s “Psycho” (1960). "The Birds" (1963) will be shown Nov. 28. All screenings are in Room 208 of White Hall at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

2. Go SKY high — with yoga

SKY is Sudarshan Kriya Yoga, which research says boosts your feel-good hormones and enhances the brain and immune system. The free sessions are Thursdays, Nov. 8 and Nov. 15, both from 6-7 p.m. at Callaway Memorial Center in room S102. This yoga’s focus on the breath means it is not physically intensive and no special attire is needed; just come as you are. RSVP at the ticket link

3. Get some knowledge about wild foods and their taste.

Emory’s resident expert on ancient remedies that may benefit modern medicine, ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave, gives a talk on “Wild Foods and the Ethnobotany of Taste.” Join her for the talk, some snacks and coffee on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in Room 190A of the James B. Williams School of Medicine Education Building.  Quave has received international recognition for her work with wild plants and their medicinal properties.

4. Listen to music at a variety of concerts.

The sound of music is always present at Emory and in the first half of November, you can choose from a number of concerts. The following are free. On Friday Nov. 9, at noon, Emory’s Young Artists, outstanding undergraduate students, present a concert in Ackerman Hall at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.  Or check out these concerts performed in Emerson Concert Hall at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts: Bradley Howard, tenor, and Lee Thompson, piano, perform “Songs of Love and War” on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. In “Collaborative Piano Concert,” Emory undergraduate students perform some of the best-known pieces in four-hand and two-piano repertoire. This will be Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. Later that evening, at 7 p.m., student musicians perform chamber works for strings, brass, winds, percussion and guitar. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m., the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra with the Atlanta Junior Chamber Orchestra will give its concert.

5. Attend two poetry readings.

The Armistice Day Commemoration will be Sunday, Nov. 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Ackerman Hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The free, public event features Ron Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus, Garth Tissol, professor of classics, and Geraldine Higgins, associate professor of English, reading British poets who tried to make sense of the horror and honor the heroism of what is known to the British as the Great War.  On Nov. 13, also in Ackerman Hall, Poetry of the Ancient Near East will be presented from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. 

6. Honor veterans and active members of America’s armed services.

Emory’s 10th annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be Monday, Nov. 12, at 10:45 a.m. on the Emory Quadrangle. All faculty, staff, students and members of the community are invited to join in the tribute to active and retired members of the various branches of the services. An honor guard procession and flag ceremony followed by remarks from Emory President Claire E. Sterk and guest speakers Lt. Gen. William B. Garrett III (U.S. Army, retired) and Capt. Jason Waidzulis (U.S. Army). Garrett was named executive adviser to the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program in June.

7. Pick a basketball game to attend.

Cheer for the Eagles at several home games scheduled this month. The women’s team plays Oglethorpe University on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. and the University of the South, Sewanee, on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. The men’s team plays Maryville College on Nov. 24 and Randolph-Macon on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m.

8. Stock up for Thanksgiving – or lunch – at the Emory Farmers Market.

Held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cox Hall Bridge, the Emory Farmers Market offers a variety of tasty treats, from local produce grown at the Oxford College Organic Farm to a variety of other items. Pick up unique foods for your Thanksgiving feast, and also remember that many vendors offer prepared items — you can grab a quick, healthy lunch, or indulge in treats from King of Pops, Revolution Gelato, Legacy Bakers and more. Many items are available for less than $10. 

9. Eat scones and drink tea while learning about a piece of art.

Evan Bassett, a student in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion, will discusses a fragment from a relief in the ancient Assyrian king Sennacherib’s “Palace Without Rival." The fragment would have been part of a series of wall reliefs depicting the might of the Assyrian military that would have filled the entire room.  Bassett’s talk is Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall — part of the AntiquiTEA series, a monthly talk usually about an object in the museum’s collection. The talks are free and open to the public. 

10. Celebrate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass.

Hear Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., Emory University faculty and staff, Atlanta community members and one of Douglass's direct descendants give live readings of selections from speeches, editorials and letters of the statesman, orator, abolitionist and author. The free, public event hosted by Emory Libraries is Tuesday, Nov. 27. At 6 p.m., attend a reception and viewing of the related exhibition "Building Emory's African American Collections" in the Woodruff Library’s Schatten Gallery. Then at 7:30 p.m., head to Cannon Chapel for the program of readings and remembrances.