University cancels homecoming concert

On Tuesday, citing financial considerations and unforeseen circumstances, the university canceled this year’s homecoming concert, Director of Student Activities Chris Carey said.

The concert, which was supposed to feature B.o.B and Far East Movement, was scheduled to be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Liacouras Center.

Main Campus Program Board’s website has a message in place of the concert on its homecoming calendar that states that people who bought tickets can return them to the Liacouras Center Box Office for a full refund.

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The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has declared October as Mural Arts Month. Throughout the month, there will be plenty of opportunities to participate in the program. A free trolley tour of Philadelphia’s murals will be available on October 19th from 15th street and Locust street. Reservations are required since space is limited and can be made by calling 215-925-3633 or by emailing If that event becomes full, self guided audio tours of “The Mural Mile” leave daily from The Gallery on 9th and Market streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience the murals at a self-set pace while learning tidbits and interesting facts about the prominent Philly artwork and the artists. Price is $20.

Laurel Hill Cemetery is already in the Halloween season, bringing ghost stories to the stage October 17th through 19th. All performances begin at 7pm. “Not Ready for the Afterlife Players,” a theater group, will take the stage at the cemetery to act out the stories of those buried there. Bring blankets or chairs to set up in between the graves. Admission is $20.

Concerts Oct. 8 – Oct 13

Tuesday 10/8 Earl Sweatshirt
Show at 8:00
All Ages

The youngest and perhaps most hyped member of the Odd Future contingency, Earl Sweatshirt is affirmatively back on the map with his first headlining tour. After disappearing into the ether just as Odd Future began to gain steam, the 19-year-old Earl has returned with a decidedly more mature and focused LP entitled “Doris.” The borderline misogyny of his previous LP has been replaced with a welcome portion of introspection (specifically on track “Chum”), while his razor sharp wordsmithery remained.

Saturday 10/12 Title Fight, Balance and Composure, Cruel Hand
Union Transfer
Doors at 6:00, Show at 6:30
All Ages

Following in the footsteps of Texas Is The Reason, Title Fight is the latest alternative rock group to put forth a release under the banner of legendary hardcore label Revelation Records. Entitled “Spring Songs,” the mopey subdued vocals and fuzzy washed out guitars on “Be a Toy,” the first track off the record to stream online, seem to indicate that the 7” will be consistent with the bands transformation from a melodic hardcore act to shoegaze aficionados. To promote the effort, they’re going on tour and taking an eclectic slew of artists with them, including Balance and Composure (fresh off the release of their new LP “The Things We Think We’re Missing”) and Cruel Hand.

Sunday 10/13 The Spits
Kung Fu Necktie
Show at 8:00
$12 in advanced, $14 at the door

Break out the leather jackets and get ready to pogo like it’s 1977. The 21st century’s answer to the Ramones, The Spits are bringing back single speed power chord driven punk rock, and they’re doing it damn well. The Kalamazoo based garage punk quartet are hitting the road to promote their latest release “Kill The Kool.”

Pulitzer Prize Photographs on display

Influential photography is on display from Oct. 11 until Dec. 31 at the National Constitution Center. The images are brought together in chronological order and within an exhibit named “Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs”. This will show each Pulitzer Prize winning photograph since 1942, which is makes up more than 150 photographs. The exhibit, which is making its way worldwide, was originally created by the Newseum in Washington D.C.

Pop up park at Eakins Oval

Throughout the summer, Eakins Oval, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art was transformed into The Oval, a pop up park on the Ben Franklin Parkway. It hosted a variety of activities, such as food trucks, a life size chessboard, and even a “beach.” Originally scheduled to end Aug. 18, the park events have been extended for two weekends in the fall. This weekend, Oct. 10 through Oct. 13 will be the last chance to visit the park. The theme is “Harvest at the Oval, The New Shape of Fall,” featuring fall themed food vendors, a PHAIR open market, petting zoo and more.

Former film professor screen film to TU students

In “Everything Went Down,” Dustin Morrow succeeds in showing the healing power of music.

“Everything Went Down,” a feature film by former Temple University media studies and production professor Dustin Morrow, was screened by TUTV on Thursday, Sept. 19. This musical was filled with powerful emotions, moving music, and amazing cinematography.

The film was 80 minutes long and even though Morrow would describe it as “slow-paced,” it held the audience’s attention. Movie-goers became very emotionally invested in the two characters. Former Temple student Noah Drew, did a fantastic job playing a depressed, emotional college professor who recently lost his wife to cancer. Throughout the film, music gives him the strength to move on and live again. Recording artist Kate Tucker, plays a struggling singer-songwriter who learns the true value of music as she sees how it brings him out of the dark. It was very special to watch their relationship grow and their internal struggles turn into happiness.

Morrow’s main goal for this film was to teach people about the therapeutic value of music. This message definitely shines through.

“I realized that music has a purpose beyond giving us something to sing and dance to,” said Temple student, Kyle Hostetler. “It can heal a broken heart and unite two lost souls in a way that words never could.”

Morrow is a firm believer in music education and therapy that any money generated from this film is being donated to music therapy programs for children.

The film was funded using only about $5,000 collected from Kickstarter.

The film was made with a one-man crew, so Morrow didn’t have to pay other crew memebers. Morrow shot and edited the entire production by himself. It took him about seven months to edit it down to an 80 minute feature.

“Everything Went Down” was shot in Bellingham, Wash. and at the Western Washington University campus, making for scenic imagery.

“The waterfall scene really took my breath away,” said another Temple student, Mary Kate Smyser. “Because he used eight cameras at the same time, all angled differently, it really felt like I was there.”

“Everything Went Down” will be available on Netlflix, iTunes and other online sources after spring 2014.

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B.o.B, Far East Movement announced as Homecoming 2013 performers

Main Campus Program Board announced today via Twitter that the Homecoming performers this year will be B.o.B with opener Far East Movement.

The concert will be on Oct. 19, following Homecoming week events which extend from Oct. 17-20.

Students with an ID can purchase tickets for $20 starting this Friday, Sept. 28, at the Liacouras Center.

The show itself will be at the Liacouras Center at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Georgia-based B.o.B is best known for songs “Headband” featuring 2 Chainz, “Strange Goods” featuring Lil Wayne and “So Good.”

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Temple a growing presence on Boardwalk Empire

For the second time in the first four episodes of its newest season, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire has crossed paths with North Broad Street.

Sunday night’s episode, “Acres of Diamonds” is a reference to founder Russell Conwell’s most famous speech. In the episode, Willie Thompson, who sang “Fight Temple, Fight!” in the season’s premier, listens to Conwell’s speech with a group of students in the university’s library.

At one point, a bored student standing in the back of the library with Willie disgruntedly refers the the university’s founder as “old man Conwell.”

After listening to the speech, Willie promisies to buy “booze” for a group of fraternity brothers who proceed to throw a party in the library basement. The scene ends with Willie and a girl being busted by other partygoers for hooking up within the library stacks.

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Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

Ever wondered what it looks like inside of a true artist’s studio? Now you can get the chance with the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. The yearly tour will be taking place on October 5-6 for the East Broad Street section and then Oct. 19-20 for the West Broad Street end.  More than 300 artists will be holding sections at venues and those interested can create their own itineraries at There is a vast amount of options to choose from when it comes to planning which studios to see. There will be sculptures, ceramics, paintings and much more for viewing. It is encouraged for those participating to explore the neighborhoods after they are done with viewing at the venue to see new places in the area.

What’s Happening This Week

9/24 Superchunk
Union Transfer
Doors at 8:00, Show at 8:30
All Ages

Although their college days are firmly in their rear view mirror, perennial 90s alt-rockers Superchunk are still cranking out jams tailor made for alterna-students everywhere. With the release of their 10th studio record, “I Hate Music,” Superchunk has definitively proven they still have some gas left in the tank. In support of the record, the group has a week long string of dates lined up, including a trek to Union Transfer.

9/27 Saves the Day, Into It Over It, Hostage Calm
Union Transfer
Doors at 9:00, Show at 9:30
All Ages

This is a show for 90s children with an affinity for pop-punk. Expect a smattering of jams off the truly excellent “Through Being Cool” as well as “Stay What You Are,” in addition to a hearty portion of material from the bands contentious post SWYA discography. Oh, and they have a new record out. Or something.

9/27 Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Trash Talk 2 High 2 Die tour
All Ages

Hip-hop’s premier beard wearer/professional chef Action Bronson is hitting the road and is taking an eclectic crew with him. In addition to Danny Brown, volatile hardcore punk quartet and Odd Future label mates Trash Talk will be performing alongside the rotund rapper.

9/29 Screaming Females, Waxahatchee
First Unitarian Church
Doors at 7:30, Show at 8
$10 in advanced, $12 at the door
All Ages

In a gig that will see no shortage of sassiness, the rock centric, lead heavy Screaming Females will be participating in part five billion of an ongoing series of punk shows at the Church. The remarkably honest Waxahatchee will be lending her minimalist, indie sensibilities as well.