Student violinist takes first place
Punahou School freshman Mary Elizabeth Keller took first place in the Junior String Competition's Southwest Division, in a competition held by the Music Teachers National Association in Salt Lake City. Mary, a 14-year-old violin student of James Stanford, competed earlier this month against state winners from Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. She goes on to the national contest in March. On the college level, Kimberly Harrenstein, a University of Hawaii student, placed second.
Lecture focuses on maritime culture
Bishop Museum archaeologist Tianlong Jiao will speak on Chinese maritime cultures and their links to Pacific voyagers in a lecture, "Origins of Pacific Seafaring," 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the museum's Atherton Halau.
Jiao is project director for the exhibition "Lost Maritime Cultures: China and the Pacific," opening Feb. 24, to include prehistoric items that are 3,000 to 7,000 years old. Many are considered First Rank National Treasures in China on loan to the museum.
Admission is $5, free to museum members. Call 847-3511.
Cades nominations are due by Jan. 31
Nominations are open for the 2006 Cades Awards for Literature, with a deadline of Jan. 31.
Given annually by the Hawaii Literary Arts Council and the Cades Foundation since 1988, the cash awards are Hawaii's highest private honors for literary works.
Entries may be made in two categories:
» An established author with a large body of work relating to Hawaii.
» An up-and-coming local writer with substantial potential for achievement.
Nominees may be poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists or others associated with the local literary arts. Previous winners are not eligible, but writers who have been nominated in the past are encouraged to apply for the award again.
Nominations and supporting material should be sent to Cades Award, Hawaii Literary Arts Council, Box 11213, 96828. Call 263-5627.
Filmmakers' work wanted for festival
Entry deadline for the Unity Crayons Second Annual Short Film Festival is Jan. 31.
Submissions are sought for the March festival in categories of documentary, drama, comedy, action/adventure, reality, creative, music video and animation.
All entries must be 15 minutes or less to be considered. Films are judged on acting and direction, technical aspects, story and script.
Submissions should be sent to Unity Crayons Short Film Festival 2, 135 S. Kuakini St., 96813, with name, address, phone number and submission category included. E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need help understanding opera?
Opera is grand, colorful, majestic and all of that, but you'd certainly appreciate it more if you knew what was going on, wouldn't you? The Hawaii Opera Theatre season begins Feb. 2, so it's a good time to bone up. There are lots of ways:
HOT Sunday Series: Erik Haines, HOT's director of education, hosts free discussions at Borders Books & Music Ward Centre at 10 a.m. on Sundays before each opening (this Sunday, Feb. 11 and 25).
Opera preview lectures: Presentations at the Honolulu Academy of Arts include commentary from cast members. Free to HOT members; limited seating for nonmembers is $3. Classes are at 10 a.m. Thursdays and 4 p.m. Saturdays (this Thursday and Saturday, and Feb. 8, 10, 22 and 24).
Opera workshop: Lesley Wright, graduate chair of University of Hawaii-Manoa Music Department, offers Wednesday evening noncredit classes on the historic and cultural background of each opera, Wednesday to Feb. 28. Call 956-8244 or visit www.outreach.hawaii.edu.
Lanai Lectures: For ticket holders, held 90 minutes before each performance on the Blaisdell Concert Hall lanai.
The 2007 Winter Grand Opera Season comprises "Samson & Dalila" (Feb. 2, 4 and 6), "Don Giovanni" (Feb. 16, 18 and 20) and "Madama Butterfly" (March 2, 4 and 6). For tickets: 596-7858 or visit www.hawaiiopera.org.
STARBULLETIN / 2006
"Tosca" was the big finish to the last Hawaii Opera Theatre season.