Weekend Events Calendar
Observer Scene | Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thursday: Valentiger: 8 p.m., Ewing Café
Anybody heard of Ben Kweller? What about The Format or Collective Soul? Having played with all of these artists comes Valentiger, a band hailing from Grand Rapids, Mich., who will perform tonight in South Bend’s “Ewing Café” at 8 p.m. Valentiger’s new album, “Power Lines to Electric Times (PLTET)” features Brent Shirey on the vocals and guitar, Eric Kehoe on the bass and keyboards and Scott Rider on the drums. Citing the 60s as a heavy inspiration for their style, the band seeks to cultivate a mixture of warm classic sounds with contemporary experiences. Enjoy sounds similar to that of Neil Young, The Beatles and The Kinks by coming out to the Ewing Café for what promises to be a fun and entertaining night.
Friday: Yes Man: 8 and 10:30 p.m., 101 DeBartolo
Yes. Imagine making that the only word in your vocabulary. When Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) notices that his life is officially going nowhere, he realizes a change is in order. He decides to sign up for a self-help program and his life immediately veers off its monotonous course onto a path much more exciting and unexpected.
Things get increasingly better for Carl, but as we all know, what goes up must come down. Watch this hilarious Jim Carrey flick for a good laugh Friday night.
The film also stars Zooey Deschanel (“The Happening”) as Allsion, Allen’s love interest. Tickets are $3 for students.
Saturday: Hula Girls (2006): 9:30 p.m., Browning Cinema
With a tagline that reads, “They danced their way into the heart of a nation,” the film “Hula Girls” promises to be an inspirational, entertaining and heartwarming tale based on a true story. In 1965, when Japan’s largest mainland coalmine Joban faced threats of an imminent closing, the town decided to rise up and save the industry that many of their families had come to depend on. The event “Hawaiian Paradise” was created to both raise money for the mines and to lighten the gloomy mood that had befallen the town, featuring a special hula show put on by the coal miners’ daughters. As challenges befall the young women who will attempt to dance their way into the heart of their nation, they learn to knock down barriers and overcome trials.
Sunday: America the Beautiful (2007): 3:00 p.m., Browning Cinema
No topic is left untouched in the documentary “America the Beautiful,” which conquers American’s perceptions of beauty and the implications those perceptions have on our society. With topics ranging from child models to plastic surgery to celebrity worship, this winner of many international awards will make viewers question the heroes we look up to today and the industry that constantly manipulates our view of what is physically acceptable. Learn more about America’s obsession with aesthetics this Sunday in Browning Cinema.
This is a free but ticketed event.
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