See “An Education”
In this drama written by “High Fidelity” scribe Nick Hornby, brilliant 16-year-old Jenny (Pride & Prejudice’s Carey Mulligan) is headed to Oxford University. But when the older, charming David (Orphan’s Peter Sarsgaard) rescues her from the pouring rain and introduces her to a world of culture and clubs, she learns that education can happen outside the classroom. (Out in limited release.)
Listen to “Give Up the Ghost,” by Brandi Carlile
Brandi Carlile’s vocals may sound familiar―her music has been featured in past seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and in a GM commercial. Her new album, chock-full of rocking songs about self-discovery, includes a duet with Elton John on the playful “Caroline,” which was inspired by Carlile’s 9-year-old niece.
To buy: $12, amazon.com.
Watch “The Proposal” on DVD
To avoid deportation to her native Canada, workaholic Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) bullies her long-suffering executive assistant, Andrew Paxton (Adventureland’s Ryan Reynolds), into marrying her in this comedy from 27 Dresses director Anne Fletcher. Before the DVD is released on October 13, check out the “Behind the Scenes” mockumentary featuring a particularly potty-mouthed Betty White. Special features on the DVD include bloopers and an alternate ending.
To buy: $30, amazon.com.
Visit the Lititz Chocolate Walk
Chocoholics, rejoice. Join more than 9,000 chocolate lovers (including Real Simple fashion editor and blogger Julee Wilson) as they walk through the streets of historic downtown Lititz, Pennsylvania, and sample treats from chefs and candy-makers like Hot Fudge Heaven during the eighth annual Chocolate Walk on October 10. The cost of admission gets you free samples at more than 20 shops, and, since all proceeds are donated to the Schreiber Pediatric Center, the Lititz Public Library, and Lititz Kiwanis children’s programs, you can indulge guilt-free.
To buy: $20 a ticket, lititzchocolatewalk.com.
Tune in to “Latin Music USA” on PBS
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this Latin-music documentary series, narrated by Jimmy Smits. Airing October 12 and October 19 at 9 p.m. EDT, the four-hour series explores the sounds and influences of Latinos and features never-before-seen performances and interviews from the likes of Celia Cruz, Ricky Martin, and Gloria Estefan.
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