Culture Corner--Best of October
Sydney Hodgson | @SydneyLHodgson
Put down that Pumpkin Spice latte and listen up. The colored leaves have fallen and the first snow looms, but don’t let this get you down. October is the birthday month of broad and pop culture pro Sydney Hodgson, so you know she is bringing the party. There is so much more to do this month than costume parties, escape rooms and playing “Thriller” on repeat--although those are all great ways to spend your October. This month’s recommendations are below.
TO WATCH . . .
- The pop culture zeitgeist that ruled MTV in the 90’s and early 2000’s, Total Request Live, returns to MTV in October. Just like in the good old days, the show will take place in a studio overlooking Times Square and will feature celebrity guests and live performances. If it turns out to be anything like the original, TRL with have a real impact on pop culture, fashion, and of course what’s playing in our headphones.
- August marked the 10th anniversary of Gossip Girl, the show that brought to life Cecily von Ziegesar’s book series following “the lives of Manhattan’s elite” and the ahead-of-it’s-time website documenting the characters' every scandalous move. I spent countless nights in high school cuddled on a friend’s couch, snacking on vegan brownies, irrationality invested in Nate Archibald’s love life and Serena Van Der Woodsen’s wardrobe. If you don’t know what I am talking about, stream the series on Netflix now. XOXO.
- The Stranger Things kids are back and are trying to return to normal life after the supernatural events of last year, but something tells me that won’t be so easy. Season two is available on Netflix on October 27th, just in time for Halloween. Can’t wait? Check out the trailer to get you pumped.
TO LISTEN TO . . .
- P!nk reminded us all why she deserves our attention with her heartfelt speech about her daughter at this year’s VMAs. Her new album Beautiful Trauma comes out October 13th and we can only hope it is just as inspiring. Check out the first single “What About Us.”
- The NPR podcast How I Built This details the stories behind some of the most iconic businesses and movements today. Host Guy Raz interviews founders and visionaries to leave any creative mind inspired. Standout episodes of women kicking ass include Kendra Scott, Sara Blakely of Spanx, Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter, and Alli Webb of Drybar.
- Kelly Clarkson’s new album The Meaning of Life comes out on October 27th. This is the first album with her new label post her American Idol agreement and is, according to the artist, the album she has always wanted to make. It is “Miss Independent” at her best. Kelly’s new sound is still very much pop, but it is soulful and fun and showcases her incredible vocal talents. Check it out in the album’s first single, “Love So Soft.”
TO DO . . .
- The XX makes a stop at Red Rocks on October 9th. The indie English band’s music is unique and distinct, driven by a dual male and female vocalist set up and celebrating silence as much as sound. This should be a fun one, broads.
- Fall wouldn’t be fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch. The state is filled with farms offering festivities like corn mazes and hayrides throughout the season. Turn it into a road trip and head past the mountains and into Colorado’s agricultural communities to really celebrate the season.
- The Rockies started this season with one of the best records in the MLB, and after months of ups and downs the team will play the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow night, October 4th. Could this be the return of Rocktober?