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Mānoa Arts & Minds

As we revel in a busy, happy holiday season, remember to refresh your soul this month and in the coming year at our wonderful Mānoa Arts & Minds offerings.

We are very proud that our four-entity partnership—consisting of the Departments of Art & Art History, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Outreach College—spotlights the best in musical, theatrical and artistic events at the Mānoa campus.

Have a merry good time!

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 Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities; and by the "We the People" initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College, Department of Music, and Department of English; The Mānoa Foundation; Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing; Hawaiʻi 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


For more information call 956-6888 or visit

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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Paul T. Mitri, director
Kennedy Theatre
Dec 3 at 7:30 pm
Dec 5 at 2:00 pm


One of the greatest plays ever written, Hamlet delves into the universal themes of life, love, duty and vengeance. Commanded by his murdered father’s ghost to seek revenge, Hamlet struggles with the human and spiritual costs of pursuing justice.

For more information call 944-2697 or visit www.hawaii .edu/kennedy/

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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Markus Wessendorf
Kennedy Theatre
December 2 & 4 at 7:30 pm

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot is surely the most indelible play of the twentieth century. Its central existential image of two tramps waiting for a benefactor who never seems to arrive and still waiting after they have vowed to move on, sums up a bleak world, but one not without humor or hope.

For more information call 944-2697 or visit

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UH Symphony Orchestra

Henry Miyamura, conductor
Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall - 777 Ward Ave
Monday, December 6 at 8:00 pm

UH Symphony Orchestra - Henry Miyamura conducting

A concert of music with a Mānoa connection, including works written by UH Mānoa composers and performances by UHM faculty, alumni, and student soloists.

The program includes:

Pique Dame
Overture Suppe
Symphonic Dances
Life of the Land
Byron Yasui
Neil McKay, with conga soloist Sango
arranged by Dale Senaga, with soloist Todd Yukumoto, soprano saxophone

For more information call 956-8742 or visit

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