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10 things to do in September for $10 or less

Junior Leah Saunders (left) and the No. 1-ranked Emory volleyball team are off to a 3-0 start for the 2019 season. The Eagles are the reigning Division-III champions.

In September, the calendar reloads with a variety of options for entertainment and learning, many of them free or under $10. Concerts, sporting events, workshops, talks on highly relevant topics and more are available for you to choose. 

1. View classic films in a series and some select reruns.

The fall Emory Cinematheque series features films by writer and director Billy Wilder and his mentor Ernst Lubitsch: “Forbidden Paradise” (1924) on Sept. 4;  “Ninotchka” (1939) on Sept. 11; “Double Indemnity” (1944) on Sept. 18; and “A Foreign Affair” (1948) on Sept. 25. All are free and will be screened at 7:30 p.m. in Room 208 of White Hall.  

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is showing five films screened at AJFF over the past few years: “Go For Zucker” (2004) on Sept. 15; “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators” (2017) on Sept. 16; “Bethlehem” (2013) on Sept. 16; “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” (2016) on Sept. 17; and My First Wedding (2011) on Sept. 17. Emory students are admitted free. Tickets for faculty and staff are $5 and tickets for the general public are $15. Check the links for times and locations of screenings. 

2. Hear talks that address highly relevant and interesting topics.

Get up early on Thursday, Sept. 5, for an update on “Telerobotics and the Future of Robotic Surgery.” A panel of experts will discuss the U.S. measles outbreak in Turning the Tide on the U.S. Measles Outbreak on Monday, Sept. 9. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Maria Kozhevnikov on “Do Enhanced Cognitive States Exist: Boosting Cognitive Capacities through Adrenaline Rush Activities” discusses findings of the first scientific evidence for the existence of unique mental states known as “flow” or “peak experience.”

3. Reach out for some hands-on learning opportunities.

A plethora of different opportunities to learn a new skill, polish one or just explore is available throughout September. Most are free, and space is limited in many. Follow the links for times, locations and sign-ups.  Peruse these and choose: Raspberry Pi Computer Programming on Friday, Sept. 6; 3 Desktop Geographic Information Systems Tools on Tuesday, Sept. 10; Get the Perfect Fit Tailoring Workshop on Friday, Sept. 13; Creating and Sharing Web Maps and Multimedia Map-based Stories Online on Tuesday, Sept. 17; 3D Modeling Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 18; Digital Storytelling on Wednesday, Sept. 18; Creating Effective Infographics on Wednesday, Sept. 25; and R Coding Basics - Part 1 on Monday, Sept. 30.

4. Cheer on the Eagles in soccer and volleyball.

Choose from a number of home games throughout the month. Bring friends and family, especially sports-playing kids, and show them college-level athletics. The men’s soccer team plays Oglethorpe on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. it’s the Emory men’s soccer team versus Birmingham Southern.  

The Eagle women’s soccer team will play Mount St. Joseph on Sunday, Sept. 15, at noon.  They play again on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. when they take on Centre College

You can watch the men’s and women’s soccer teams back-to-back on Sunday, Sept. 29, when both play Rhodes College: the men at noon and the women at 2:30 p.m. 

The volleyball team, rated No. 1 in Division III this year, plays Oglethorpe on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. 

5. Enjoy the music at free concerts.

Music goes from DIY in summer to scheduled events beginning this month. University organist Timothy Albrecht performs an hour-long recital of J.S. Bach organ monuments on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. On Friday, Sept. 20, at noon, Mozart at the Museum is the first Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta concert of the 2019-2020 season. 

Oxford will host three concerts this month; all are free. Mezzo soprano Kirsten Scott will perform on Monday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. Georgia-based guitarist, songwriter and singer Marshall Ruffin will perform Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The Eurasia Piano Trio will perform on Monday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m.

6. Have afternoon tea and scones at the first AntiquiTEA of the year. 

Anna McKittrick, graduate student in the Art History Department, explores the iconography and inscriptions of two engravings from the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s new exhibition: “Through A Glass, Darkly: Allegory and Faith in Netherlandish Prints from Lucas van Leyden to Rembrandt.”  These prints, Death Visiting the Rich and Death Visiting the Poor, are part of the museum’s collection. Her talk and the tea will be Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall of the Carlos Museum.

7. Come to a three-day live reading of Homer’s “The Iliad.” 

From Friday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 15, 26 readers will perform all 24 books of the epic poem. The performances kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. All are free and open to the public and held in the Carlos Museum’s Ackerman Hall. Honoring the Carlos Museum’s centennial, the reading uses the translation by Stanley Lombardo, professor emeritus of Classics at the University of Kansas, who will open and close each day’s readings.

8. Shoot ducks for a good cause (using toy ducks and water pistols). 

Come to the Annual Paul M. Fernhoff Family Fun and Duck Race on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC). The fundraiser is to grow the Dr. Paul M. Fernhoff Endowment and Genetic Counselor Scholarship. It involves watching the toy ducks race against each other and for promised fabulous prizes (while encouraging them with water guns). Suggested donation is $5 per duck, and you do not have to be present to win.

9. Make a date with Boyfriend. 

Feminist rap cabaret performance artist Boyfriend brings her band, dancers, props and costumes to the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. You can choose either Friday, Sept. 27 or Saturday, Sept. 28 to see a performance, both of which are at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. 

10. Catch an exhibition of  art-science partnership before it ends this month.

Monarch + Milkweed concludes its run at the Chase Gallery in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Monday, Sept. 30. Giant steel milkweed flowers and Monarch butterflies show life-cycle phases, research and discovery. Much of the steel was harvested from the old railroad tracks that have become the Atlanta Beltline.

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