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Observer Scene | Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday, March 26th

The Animated Films of Georges Schwizgebel; “From Glass to Celluloid;” Browning Cinema; 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Recognized as one of the most important Swiss animated filmmakers ever, Georges Schwizgebel will make a stop at the University of Notre Dame to introduce the screening of a piece that delves into 12 of his short films. His unique approach to creating each individual frame involves painting images directly onto acetate film, a talent that has won him awards at both the Cannes and the Zagreb Film Festivals. Visit Browning Cinema for an inspiring introduction to the man who brought innovation to animation and for a unique opportunity to follow him on his creative journey.

Friday, March 27th

Latin Expressions 2009: “Ritmo Latino;” Century Center; 7-9 p.m.

Awaken your inner Latino/a this Friday night as the rhythmic movements of the First Class Steppers, Project Fresh dancers and sounds of mariachi music and the ND Brass Band drill intense beats combined with intricately choreographed moves throughout the Century Center in downtown South Bend. Tickets are on sale at the LaFortune Box Office and more information can be found on the “Latin Expressions 2009” Facebook page. Kick off your weekend with a high-energy performance that will keep you dancing into Saturday morning.

Saturday, March 28th

“Doubt;” 101 Debartolo; 8 and 10:30 p.m.

If the Obama-coming-to-ND scandal has run its course with you and is no longer doing the trick for your scandal-loving life, travel back to the 1960s with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Streep plays a nun and principal of a Catholic grade school who becomes convinced that the parish priest (Hoffman) molested a young boy student – but no one, not even the audience, knows for sure. Amy Adams plays a young nun and Viola Davis is the boy’s mother. “Doubt” was nominated for five Oscars for its outstanding actors who bring intensity and crucial characterization to this film and for a quick, smart screenplay adapted from the stage.

Sunday, March 29th

“Stomp;” Morris Performing Arts Center;

2 p.m.

Though the ticket price might seem a little hefty for your budget ($20-$45.50), seeing “Stomp” is not something you’ll regret. With an instrument selection boasting 30 brooms, four blocks of athlete’s chalk, eight bananas and more, the vibrant and eccentric cast will amaze audiences with their quick hands, invigorating beats and flashing lights that bring an extra bit of magic to the show. As they move across the stage dangling from bungee cords and pounding out sounds on their junkyard assemblage of rhythmic tools, make sure to not even allow a small blink because every second is worth watching.