Culture Watch: October Special Update

by Michael Deering

October is in its final third, bringing with it Halloween spirit and International Open Access Week! You can always check back to our original October Culture Watch post here, but below I detailed new events through the end of the month.

It is the 13th year of International Open Access Week! It celebrates free and accessible resources focusing on digital scholarly literature. You can read all about The Open Movement here. Hopefully you’ve caught some of the events so far, but OA Week continues through this weekend with events hosted by institutions all around the world.

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos events to check out:

Saturday, October 31 at 1PM: The Fest, a multi-day rock festival that was postponed to 2021, will be streaming on what would have been its final day via their facebook page. 

Saturday, October 31 at 4PM: Theater for the New City is holding their annual Village Halloween Costume Ball virtually for the first time in over 40 years. The first two hours of the event are geared towards younger audiences before things get a little spookier. The night includes fortune tellers and costume contests you can enter beforehand. All information and the stream can be found at their website:

Sunday, November 1 at 3PM: California cemetery Forest Lawn continues its tradition of bringing authentic Dia de los Muertos celebrations to the community. The event can be viewed on Forest Lawn’s facebook page.

Sunday, November 1 at 3PM: Harvard’s Peabody Museum will be bringing their annual Dia de los Muertos party to Zoom this year. Featuring crafts and other downloadable hands on activities, this should be a great event for all ages and includes a candle lighting in honor of those we’ve lost. This event is free but registration is required! Event details can be found here.

Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day. No matter what you are voting for or how you are voting, VOTE!