By Timaya Forehand
With the beginning of fall upon us, we have to thank the season for much more than just letting us go home on Fall Break. The chill autumn air and colorful leaves spark the beginning of a period of cozy sweaters, riding boots, scary movies and pumpkin-flavored everything.
This fall season is one to be super thrilled about. Fall 2013 will bring us new music, exciting concerts, holiday fun and more than enough chances to show some school spirit.
With the recent release of Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience Part 2”, Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” (Oct. 8), Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (Nov. 5) and Lady GaGa’s “Artpop” (Nov. 11)—-to name a few—-the sounds of autumn should be catchy, melodic tunes that we’ll want to continue to hear throughout the winter.
Drake and Miguel will be at the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 19. If you are able to snag tickets to the show, starting at around $120 as of press time, hopefully you’ll enjoy a good performance.
Another significant concert is coming up at the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 25—-Power 99’s Powerhouse 2013 features performances by some of hip-hop and R&B’s biggest names including Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, 2Chainz, Meek Mill, Wale, August Alsina, Big Sean, K. Michelle, Mario, Ace Hood, Sevyn Streeter and Yo Gotti. Some tickets currently cost as little as $20.
If music isn’t the route you choose to take for your entertainment, recreation and sports are alive at the University this fall. Villanova’s football team has three more home games left in the season. The men play William and Mary on Oct. 5, Maine on Oct. 26 and Delaware on Nov. 23. If you can’t make it to any of the games at the stadium, then make it a point on your fall to-do list to host a Villanova football party in your residence hall.
Our Towson, New Hampshire and James Madison games will all be televised. All you need are tasty snacks and beverages, fun friends and a whole bunch of school spirit.
Homecoming weekend is at the end of October, and it is filled with games that you can attend including the football game against Maine, a field hockey game versus Louisville and a women’s soccer game against Georgetown.
Hoops Mania also happens during this weekend, a pretty big deal here at the University. The event features a gigantic pep rally that introduces the fall sports teams, a few basketball competitions take place and a super secretive performer comes out to entertain us all.
For some spooky Halloween fun in October, you and your friends can take a trip to Terror Behind the Walls. It’s a “haunted” event at the historic Eastern State Penitentiary that includes six different attractions. The best part about this haunted event is that you have the option this year to participate in a completely interactive version of all of the attractions that, according to the official website, allows people to “be grabbed, held back, sent into hidden passageways, removed from their group and even occasionally incorporated into the show.”
The Villanova University Inter-Hall Council will be providing transportation to “Terror Behind the Walls” on Oct. 22 at 7:15 p.m. The tickets are $20 and include transportation and admission to all six attractions. You can purchase them outside of Connelly and in the Office of Residence Life. The final show of the event will be held on Nov. 9 and will be a little different than the rest, meaning a whole lot more scary.
The 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival will be held from Oct. 17 to Oct. 27. For those of us interested in movies and film, the festival is an excellent chance to spend some time watching the innovative and quality films of the year. Some of the centerpiece films for the this year include “Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba, and “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern, who will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 19.
A few movies that one might want to see are “About Time,” starring Rachel McAdams, a romantic comedy about love and time travel, “Last Vegas,” starring Morgan Freeman and Robert Dinero, which looks like a sixty-something-year-old version of “The Hangover” and a French film called “Young and Beautiful,” a “provocative portrait of self-discovery” of a seventeen-year-old girl, just to name a few. Tickets for individual screenings are $12, and go as low as $6 for weekday matinees. For more information about the film festival, visit the event’s official website at filmadelphia.org.
While we may have midterms, homework and other school-related obligations, it is important that we set aside a little time to have fun. With all of these enjoyable events and activities going on this fall, make sure to create an exciting fall to-do list for yourself.