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Scene in South Bend: Weekend Preview

| Friday, August 24, 2018

Diane Park | The Observer

FRIDAY, Aug. 24

Birdsell Project closing reception: Your last chance to see the latest work from the Birdsell Project, an art collective based in South Bend, aims to explore and reimagine abandoned spaces through art. For three months this summer, nine artists-in-residence have transformed rooms in Vested Interest, formerly the Ziker Cleaners facility, on the South Side of South Bend. Site-specific installations in this year’s final exhibit span eight rooms in the former factory space and consist of a range of mediums and include everything from neon sculptures to surrealist video-game-inspired light shows.

  • When: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Vested Interest, 251 E. Sample St., South Bend
  • Cost: Free with suggested donation


Othello”: Notre Dame Shakespeare’s professional company puts on this year’s main stage production, “Othello,” but with a contemporary twist — Othello is a now a military leader in the United States Navy in 2018. Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s 2018 season focuses on shows which depict the “Other” and explores themes of alienation, isolation and discrimination within society. With “Othello,” the company examines race relations and social politics in 16th century Venice, as well as today.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. See online for more showtimes.
  • Where: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
  • Cost: $12 for students, $40 regular


Flick on the Field, “Rudy”: Notre Dame Student Government brings back a popular event for the fall. Cozy up with blankets on the field or on the new(ish) stadium steps to watch “Rudy,” the classic fantasy saga where Sean Astin as the trustworthy Sam aids his fellow hobbit, Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) in defeating the Dark Lord Sauron — wait, never mind. This is the one about football.

  • When: 7:30 p.m., gates open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Notre Dame Stadium
  • Cost: Free with wristband. Note that a wristband, obtained at the Best of Duncan event on Library Quad on Friday at 5:30 p.m., is required to sit on the field.



Solidarity and Solitary” exhibit: a new, just-opened exhibit from the Snite Museum of Art celebrates contemporary and modern works artists of African descent. The collection of abstract works, organized by collectors Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida, includes paintings, multimedia canvases, sculpture, photography and more. In a statement, the Snite Museum of Art says the exhibit “reveals a rich and complex history woven from the threads of artistic debates about how to embody blackness; social struggle and change; migrations and the international African diaspora.”

  • When: open noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays
  • Where: Snite Museum of Art
  • Cost: Free admission


Clairo: Electropop artist Clairo released her EP, “diary 001” in May and now she’s performing on Notre Dame’s campus — all of which she’s accomplishing at only 20 years old. Check out today’s Scene story on Clairo for more details.

  • When: 9 p.m. to midnight
  • Where: Legends Nightclub
  • Cost: Free with Holy Cross, Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s student I.D. Only for students
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