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Aloha! October signals Homecoming 2010 festivities, but the month also brings delightful campus events courtesy of Mānoa Arts & Minds. Our Homecoming game is on Saturday, October 30, at Aloha Stadium, but you can come home to our campus anytime throughout the year—basking in the best that the Departments of Arts & Art History, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Outreach College have to showcase.

Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony:
The Work of Edward Gorey

University of Hawaiʻi Art Gallery
Art Building University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
September 26 – December 10, 2010

Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony: The Work of Edward Gorey

The University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery in collaboration with the University of Hawaiʻi Library presents work by celebrated, prolific American author and artist Edward Gorey (1925–2000), revered for his distinctly elegant, enigmatic, and eerie black and white illustrations. This exhibition features over 700 books, book jackets, prints, posters, original drawings, postcards, handmade dolls, and other ephemera from the John A. Carollo - Edward Gorey Collection in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library's Special Research Collections, with special loans courtesy of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, New York City and the Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.

Through poetical prose and short narratives with obsessively crosshatched drawings, Gorey invented a gothic world of Victorian/Edwardian interiors and remote landscapes with stylishly dressed characters entangled in provocative and humorous tales of mystery, peril, and bizarre twists of fate. His mischievous children, incredible creatures, and nonsensical plots and parody amuse and delight readers around the world.

This exhibition honors Edward Gorey who left a legacy of over one hundred authored books and more than 80 books that he illustrated for others. His devotion towards literary works, cinema, George Balanchine's New York City Ballet, and to animals and his cats is legendary. Gorey's influence is international with his works translated in 15 languages. His words and images have inspired many writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to create compositions, interpretive theatrical productions, graphic design, and animations.


Sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Humanities and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library; supported by grants from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities; and by the "We the People" initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts; Rianna M. Williams, and anonymous donors. Additional support by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Outreach College, Department of Music, and Department of English; The Mānoa Foundation; Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing; Hawai‘i State Public Library System; Barnes & Noble Booksellers; Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day; and Mānoa Arts & Minds, a partnership that cultivates the mind and spotlights the best of art, music, theater, dance and special performances at UH Mānoa.


Image courtesy & © The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust
The Edward Gorey House


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UH Contemporary Music Ensemble: "Music from Here and There"

Thomas Osborne, director
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
$10 general admission
$6 students, seniors, UH faculty/staff (ID required)

UH Contemporary Music Ensemble

The UH Contemporary Music Ensemble gives its first concert of the academic year on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:30pm in Orvis Auditorium, featuring pieces by Somei Satoh, a Japanese composer known for his beautiful and spacious sonorities.

Also on the program are two works for two pianos by American composer David Lang. UH faculty member Todd Yukumoto will perform with the ensemble and will give the premiere of "Nocturnal," a piece for alto saxophone and piano by UH composition faculty Thomas Osborne.

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Rachel Schutz, soprano, Jonathan Korth, piano
The Earth Laughs in Flowers and Songs

Friday, October 15, 2010
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
$12 general admission
$8 students, seniors, UH faculty/staff (ID required)

Rachel Schutz and Jonathan Korth

Soprano Rachel Schutz and pianist Jonathan Korth present a dazzling bouquet of vocal music in this fall Liederabend. Featuring Strauss's Mädchenblumenlieder, excerpts from Lili Boulanger's Clarières dans le ciel, Milton Babbitt's Phonemena for soprano and tape, as well as the songs of Ives and Purcell, the evening's revelries will be rounded out by a dizzyingly flamboyant rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

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O'Carolan's Farewell to Music

Saturday, October 23, 7:30 pm
Orvis Auditorium

O'Carolan's Farewell to Music

Conceived and performed by Patrick Ball, a master storyteller and one of the world’s leading Celtic harpists, O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, is a one-person musical theater piece which brings to the stage the legendary life, the turbulent times, and the captivating music of the most celebrated Irish artist, Turlough O’Carolan. Interspersed with performances of fourteen of Carolan’s tunes played on the rare wire-strung harp, the play tells the harper’s story through the character of poet and harper, Charles MacCabe, Carolan’s life-long friend and traveling companion. Through MacCabe’s eyes and Carolan’s music, we are drawn into Ireland of the 18th century. The play, enriched by Carolan’s beautiful melodies and the crystalline sound of Patrick Ball’s harp, is charged with Irish wit and pathos, and demonstrates both the power of friendship and the vital role of the artist in troubled times.

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Supported in part by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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State of Aloha by Anne Misawa

Documentary screening and panel discussion
Wed., Oct. 27, 2010
5:30pm Reception
6:30pm Screening in William S. Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2
8:00 – 9:00pm “Hawaiʻi and Its Current and Future Relationship with the Federal Government—a Legal View” Panel

State of Aloha - the movie

“On August 21, 1959, Hawaiʻi became the 50th and last state to join the United States of America. Narrated by Jason Scott Lee, himself one quarter Hawaiian, this insightful documentary explores how American imperialism, Asian immigration, World War II, and other cultural, economic and political factors led to Hawaiian statehood. This film takes an extraordinary look at both the positive and negative impacts that statehood brought to Hawaiʻi and its citizens. As STATE OF ALOHA so eloquently implores, Hawaiians must now resolve the mistakes of their past.” – Sang Chi, SFIAAFF

“State of Aloha captures not just the history of Hawaii, but the spirit of its people.” – Jason Sanders, FILMMAKER Magazine


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Co-sponsored by the William S. Richardson School of Law, the Academy for Creative Media, and UHM

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