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POSTED: Sunday, November 15, 2009


» “;Nature”; will present an episode entitled “;The Fellowship of the Whales,”; above, at 7 p.m. tonight on PBS. The show follows humpbacks as they learn how to breach and other survival skills and they journey from their calving grounds in Hawaii to Alaska.

» “;Chantes Des Femmes”; by Medeski Martin & Wood (www.myspace.com/medeskimartinandwood)

» Chamber Music Hawaii presents “;A Trios of Trios”; today at 4 p.m. at the Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theatre and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Windward Community College's Paliku Theatre. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, plus a $5 discount for all those who show Honolulu Symphony tickets. Log on to www.chambermusichawaii.com or call 489-5038.



Galleries celebrate the art of giving

Louis Pohl Gallery is celebrating Gratitude Day on Friday with a Thanksgiving food drive for the Hawaii Foodbank. As part of the Chinatown arts district's Third Friday events, which run 5:30 to 8 p.m., the gallery will be collecting canned items. Collection will continue through Nov. 28.

Galleries will also be distributing “;gratitude markers,”; upon which visitors can list what makes them grateful. Galleries will create a “;chain of grateful people”; with the writings. Call 521-1218.

» Hokusai-related talks: “;Peaks of Power: Mountain Worship in Japan,”; with George Tanabe, 4 p.m. Thursday; and “;Pilgrimage and Tourism on Mount Fuji,”; with Willa Tanabe, 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Honolulu Academy of Arts; $5, $3 members; 532-8700. Held in conjunction with the exhibition “;Hokusai Summit: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.”;
» “;Behind Blythe: Creative Direction Behind a Pop Cult Icon”;: Lecture and book-signing by Junko Wong about the rebirth and cultural phenomenon of the collectible Blythe doll. The book is “;Na Wahine 'Auli'i,”; a story of Blythe's visit to Hawaii. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, UH-Manoa art auditorium, 956-6888.

Last Chance
» “;The Mark & Bob Show”; features glass works by Mark Mitsuda and ceramics by Bob McWilliams, through Friday at the Academy Art Center at Linekona, upstairs gallery. Call 532-8741.
» “;Handumanan: Memories of the Visayas, Philippines”;: Exhibit of costumes, illustrations and books in commemoration of the Visayan Centennial in Hawaii. Through today, Hamilton Library, UH-Manoa.
» “;The Drawing Show”;: Works by 18 artists using different media in the discipline of drawing. Through Friday, Gallery 'Iolani, Windward Community College, 236-9150.
» “;comPRESS”;: Historic and contemporary communication-themed multimedia works by various artists, all of which incorporate printmaking; presented in part by Honolulu Printmakers. Through Saturday, the ARTS at Marks Garage, 521-2903.



Texas kids vote back book about Duke

; Apparently, kids in Texas might be as enchanted by surfing legends as kids in Hawaii. Local author Ellie Crowe's “;Surfer of the Century, the Life of Duke Kahanamoku”; is one of the few books chosen for the Texas BlueBonnet Award Masterlist, a program that encourages children to read.

This is “;something really nice that has happened with my book,”; said Crowe. “;Texas has bought 10,000 copies for schoolchildren.”;

The Award Masterlist creates a reading list, chosen by Texas schoolchildren, that provides a wide range of reading experiences, promotes critical thinking and also comes up with a winner. Students who read at least five books on the list of 20 titles vote for their favorite, and the Texas Bluebonnet Award is given in February to the winner.

“;Isn't it great that the children of Texas want to read about Duke?”; said Crowe. “;It's interesting that it appeals to mainland kids, too. ... Maybe everybody wants to live in Hawaii and surf!”;

The 48-page illustrated biography is published by Lee & Low Books and priced at $18.95.

Burl Burlingame, Star-Bulletin