Spring Term 2014 - Special Events

We are pleased to offer the following special events for the Spring 2014 term. Special events may include travelogues, art tours, field trips, or cultural outings. Members may participate in an unlimited number of special events if space permits.

Patagonia: An Adventure with Maria Lowder

Patagonia: An Adventure with Maria Lowder

Presenter: Maria Lowder, World Traveler
Date: Monday, February 10
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Location: Krauss 111

Description: In this travelogue, we’ll make a stop- over in Chile’s capital, Santiago, enroute to Patagonia, the bottom of the world. We’ll also visit Valparaiso, an important port for those who “bent” the horn prior to the opening of the Panama Canal. From Santiago, we’ll fly to Punta Arenas on the Straits of Magellan, then board a ferry to Tierra del Fuego to see the King penguins. Patagonia is a stark landscape that is home to numerous birds and wildlife. Startling massive rock towers of Torres Del Paine National Park, formed out of granite and sedimentary rock, were named Paine (blue) by native Patagonian Indians. A long drive to El Calafate in Argentina offers a close look at Perito Mareno Glacier, one of the few in the world that is not receding. A flight to Ushuaia will take us to our final leg of the journey to board the Australis Ship to sail through the Chilean Fjords and round Cape Horn. If you enjoy scenic grandeur, glaciers, and penguins, don’t miss this travel adventure to Patagonia.

Walking Through Tsavo: An African Safari

Walking Through Tsavo: An African Safari

Presenter: John B. Hall, World Traveler
Date: Monday, February 24
Time: 1pm - 2:30pm
Location: Krauss 111

Description: This colorful travelogue is an account of John Hall’s 11-day, 100-mile walking safari through remote stretches of West Tsavo and East Tsavo National Parks in Kenya, two of Africa’s great game parks. Along his off-the-beaten-track journey with a small group of hikers and guides, John enjoyed close encounters with elephants, giraffes, cape buffalo, hippos, black rhinos, leopards, dik-dik, lions, and more. If you’ve ever wanted to experience an African safari (no hunting, just cameras and binoculars), join us for this travel lecture.

Ayacucho Weaving: The Art of the Loom

Ayacucho Weaving: The Art of the Loom

Presenter: Tom Sheeran, World traveler
Date: Wednesday, April 2
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Location: Krauss 111

Description: The textile tradition in Peru goes back thousands of years and was the most important art form of the indigenous peoples of the Andes. While society there has changed dramatically since the Spanish conquest and colonial era, even in modern times textiles remain important in both the economic and social spheres, particularly in the more remote areas of the Andean highlands. Tom Sheeran has been visiting Peru and importing handicrafts, especially textiles, since 1980. He has a particular interest in the weavings from Ayacucho, a colonial city in the Andes rich in artisan traditions. Tom has known several prominent weaving families there for more than 25 years and recently visited them again to conduct interviews and take photographs for a book project. Their use of natural dyes and their interpretation of ancient Inca and Wari designs make their weavings particularly powerful; finer examples are prized by many collectors in Europe and the U.S.

Vadym Kholodenko: Piano Concert at Orvis

Vadym Kholodenko: Piano Concert at Orvis

Date: Tuesday, February 18
Time: 7:30pm - 9pm
Location: Orvis Auditorium, UHM Music Building

 

Description: Vadym Kholodenko, Gold Medal Winner of the 2013 Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform at Orvis Auditorium as part of a Performing Arts Presenters of Hawaii tour through Outreach College. Kholodenko, from Kiev and currently residing in Moscow, has won many prestigious competitions, including the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund (2012) and the Sendai International Music Competition (2010). In addition to numerous international performances, he’s released recordings of Liszt, Rachmaninov, and Medtner (2009).

What Does Intuition Look Like?

What Does Intuition Look Like?

Date: Thursday, April 10
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Yukiyoshi Room, Krauss 012

 

Description: The way we see things changes them, and the things we see change us. In this artist’s talk, photographer Jean Miele shares his work and thoughts on photography as an extraordinary form of everyday magic - a means of exploration, divination and transformation readily available to all of us.

Recognized for his finely crafted digital photographs, Miele’s works have been exhibited in galleries from New York to Norway. He is also internationally known as an educator whose digital darkroom workshops empower students to realize their own creative vision.

An Evening With Filmmaker John Sayles

An Evening With Filmmaker John Sayles

Date: Thursday, Feb. 13
Time: 4pm - 6:30pm
Location: Art Auditorium, UHM

 

Description: Filmmaker, writer and director John Sayles, who influenced a generation of independent filmmakers as the “Godfather of Bootstrap Cinema” is the 2014 Inouye Chair in Democratic Ideals at UHM. His quirky and daring films include Brother From Another Planet; Matewan; Eight Men Out; The Secret of Roan Inish; Passion Fish; Lone Star; Casa de los Babys; and Amigos, among many others. In this event, Amigos will be shown in the Art Auditorium and feature an extensive question-and-answer session with Sayles following the film screening.

Danú: Spirited Irish Music at Orvis

Danú: Spirited Irish Music at Orvis

Date: Sunday, March 23
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Location: Orvis Auditorium, UHM

 

 

Description: Hailing from County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles today. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland are high-energy performances blending ancient and new Irish music. For more than a decade, these musicians (on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals) have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums.

OLLI Book Club & Reading Group Discussions

OLLI Book Club & Reading Group Discussions

Dates: Fridays, January 24, February 14, March 14, April 25, May 9
Time: 9:30am - 11am
Location: Krauss 112

Description: Looking for some thought-provoking conversations about books? Joining the OLLI Book Club is a good way to challenge yourself and find common ground. In these monthly leaderless discussions, everyone has an opportunity to contribute. The Book Club begins Jan. 24, and the book selection is The Last Best Cure by science writer Donna Jackson Nakazawa. Please come prepared to discuss the book at the first session.

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