CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Todd Rundgren: Spirit of Todd!


The latest edition of the Notre Dame’s First Time Fans video series features Todd Rundgren’s residence on our campus last Fall. Check out this great document of the special week Todd spent here at the University and, more importantly, at the Center!




One of our new volunteer ushers: Tom Noe is an accomplished writer! His play Talk about God, Five Cents will be performed March 4th and 5th by Footlights Players in Michigan City. Here is the synopsis:

It’s a chilly day in late November, in a small tent outside Sally’s Beauty Supply in Town & Country Shopping Center, Mishawaka. A sign outside the tent invites people to come inside, put a nickel in the basket and simply “talk about God,” no holds barred. So they do. In these monologues, wide-ranging and sometimes impassioned, people strive to express their personal experiences of God or of the absence of God. Among them are a WWII vet who still anguishes about not risking his own life to save his buddy, a woman who hopes to contact her dead husband, a former minister, a Muslim Notre Dame student defying the faith of his parents, and a gung-ho high school graduate just back from a semester at a Texas Bible camp. All ordinary folks, but unexpectedly poignant and profound.

Here are some review excerpts from its 2011 Chicago premiere:

Katy Walsh in Chicago Now: “My expectation was set on low. And I was blown away.”

Gabrielle Caputo in Around Town, Arts Alive Review: “spectacular theatre production and some food for thought.”

Zac Thompson in Chicago Reader: “The characters’ stories aren’t out of the ordinary, but Noe movingly conveys how full of mystery the ordinary can be. Even the believers allow as how God is elusive and our longing for him can feel like a ‘little pit of pain’ in the gut.”

(Note* Seven plays premiered in Chicago the same month, and this play was the only “recommended pick” in Chicago Reader.)

John Lordan, actor and playwright: “Beautiful work, beautiful.”


It sounds great, so if anyone is interesting in attending here are the details:

Talk about God, Five Cents: a play by Tom Noe

Saturday March 4th at 7:30 PM.

Sunday March 5th at 2 PM

It will be performed by Footlight Players at

1705 Franklin Street

Michigan City, IN 46360

Cost is $10. Reservations can be made through the website:

To get tickets here start by clicking on “Reservations” and then under: “Select the event you are making reservations for” click the arrow and select: “Talk about God, 5 Cents” and then fill out the rest of the info it asks for.

You can also get tickets by calling 219-874-4035

Congrats to Tom, we wish him the best of luck with the performances!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Third Coast Percussion Won the Grammy!

img_9796-1024x993Congrats go out to our Grammy Awarding-Winning Artist in Residence: Third Coast Percussion! They took home the trophy for Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance last Sunday night. We look forward to congratulating them in person when they return later this year.

Please check out Third Coast’s website for their recollection of this great day. It includes their amazing performance on the Grammy stage as well as a shout out to DPAC!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Oscar Nominated Shorts Programs!

oscar_shorts_2017The annual Oscar Nominated Shorts Programs are coming soon and we now have the titles of the shorts that will be screened! Note that the Documentary Shorts were split into two evenings to cover the time needed to show all of them.

For descriptions of all the films please check out the DPAC website under the Cinema section, scroll down and click on each title:

Thursday 2/23 6:15 PM Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films

Sing – dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes
Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes
Timecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes
Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes
La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes.

Friday 2/24 5:45 PM & Saturday 2/25 5:45 PM Oscar® Nominated Animated Short Films

Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, U.S., 7 minutes
Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, U.S., 6 minutes
Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, U.S., 6 minutes
Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes

Additional Films
The Head Vanishes, 9 minutes,   Asteria, 5 minutes,  Once Upon a Line, 7 minutes

The following film is intended for mature audiences. Parents with young children will be given an opportunity to leave prior to screening:

Pear Cider and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes

Friday 2/24 8:45 PM Oscar® Nominated Documentary Short Films—Program A

Joe’s Violin – dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes
Extremis – dir. Dan Krauss, USA, 24 minutes
4.1 Miles – dir. Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes

Saturday 2/25 8:45 PM Oscar® Nominated Documentary Short Films—Program B
Watani: My Homeland – dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, UK, 39 minutes
The White Helmets – dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, UK, 41 minutes

NEWSLETTER ARTICLE: Third Coast Percussion at the GRAMMYS!








After their soon to be triumphant performance in the Leighton on Saturday night, the gentlemen of Third Coast Percussion will be going to Hollywood for next weekend’s GRAMMYS. They are nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their piece Steve Reich. In addition to being nominated, they will be performing! They are part of the Premiere Ceremony which will be streamed live on next Sunday February 12th starting at 12:30 PM. We wish them the best of luck!

Here is the official GRAMMY press release:

The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will take place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 12:30–3:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live internationally via

Preceding the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will be hosted by current GRAMMY nominee Margaret Cho and will feature performances by current nominees Judy Collins, Ravi Coltrane, Ziggy Marley, Carla Morrison, Northern Cree, O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor, and Third Coast Percussion.

Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories will be five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam and current nominees Lauren Daigle, For King & Country, Sarah Jarosz, René Marie, Mýa, and Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco.

The live stream of the Premiere Ceremony will remain on as video on demand for 90 days following the event. The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.