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Weekend Events Calendar

Brandy Cerne | Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday: ‘Extraordinary Measures’ at DPAC, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
“Extraordinary Measures” presents a story that will especially connect with Notre Dame students. It is based on the true story of Notre Dame alumnus John Crowley (Brendan Fraser), who risks his career to find a cure for his children’s rare and deadly genetic disease. Crowley and his wife (Keri Russell) find hope when they meet an unconventional researcher (Harrison Ford) who may have the solution. Crowley will be present at both screenings to introduce the film. This is a great chance to see an inspiring film weeks before the rest of America can. Reserved tickets are available by calling the ticket office at DPAC.

Friday: ‘Whirled News Tonight’ at Legends, 10 p.m.
With the start of classes and the freezing weather, everyone should be in the mood for some laughter this weekend. Check out “Whirled News Tonight,” the longest running improv comedy show in Chicago. The group starts out the show by selecting random articles from newspapers and magazines in the audience and follows with a satirical news show, à la “The Onion” or “The Colbert Report.” The fast-paced show is known for presenting a comedic spin to the even the most serious of current events. This group of quick and funny comedians will surely have the audience laughing through the night.

Saturday: Tyler Hilton at Legends, 10 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Tyler Hilton is playing a show Saturday night. Hilton is best known for his hits “When it Comes,” “How Love Should Be” and “You’ll Ask For Me,” as well as his acting in “One Tree Hill” and “Walk the Line.” Hilton’s music can be compared to Howie Day’s, another singer-songwriter who sang a hit show at Legends last year. The smaller venue of Legends will combine perfectly with Hilton’s music to give an intimate and personal feel to the performance. Concerts on campus are rare but popular events, so you should arrive early to ensure you are able to see this young and talented performer.

Sunday: “Carmen: The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at DPAC,” 1 p.m.
Many times, quality cultural events are only available in large cities, but Bizet’s “Carmen” will be playing at DPAC’s Browning Cinema Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Watch the Metropolitan Opera, one of the world’s best, perform the story of a beautiful gypsy who seduces the soldier Don Jose, which leads to jealousy, fights and irreversible consequences. This popular opera will transport you from South Bend on a January afternoon to Seville, Spain in the 19th century. Plus, you shouldn’t have much homework to do after only one week of class. Tickets are $15 for students.