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Pacific Crossings: Te Vaka and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole

Te VakaTwo exciting acts showcase the vibrance and diversity of the Pacific Islands! Te Vaka fuse a rock aesthetic with traditional Polynesian percussion, creating music with powerful rhythm and a captivating sonic palette. A dynamic live group – including a number of dancers – Te Vaka has won numerous awards in Britain, New Zealand, and continental Europe.Singer Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole is lauded as “the voice of Hawai’i’s new generation.” Kanaka’ole’s music reflects his profound engagement with his culture and lineage, as well as his experiences in contemporary Hawai’i. Kanaka’ole is a compelling singer of rare power, with a thrillingly androgynous voice that both booms and glistens, thunders and soars.


Charles B. Wang Center Theater, September 27, 2011, 7:00PM

Tickets: $35 (VIP) / $20 (General) / $15 (Seniors) / $10 (Students). Discount of 20% for groups of 5 or more. Reserve by telephone (2-4400), email (, or online.Kanaka'ole


Workshop with the artists takes place on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from 12:50 - 2:50PM. Admission is free for students, $10 for others. For additional information, click here.


Tuesday, September 27, Wang Room 201, 12:50PM - 2:50 PM.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

TellebrAsian 2011: The Beautiful and the Brave

The Wang Center puts its own unique flair on Tellebration, an annual celebration of storytelling celebrated all over the world.  Join us in  our serene Interdenominational Chapel as talented storytellers weave a web of folktales and fairytales—and personal, spiritual, magical, comedic and poignant human stories from and about Asia and Asia America.  This years theme The Beautiful and the Brave explores concepts of heroism, activism, beauty (of soul, spirit, or body), or defeat of evil and other forms of ugliness. The program will include multiple storytellers, each with a different, creative approach to the theme.

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 3:00PM, Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

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Deadline for submissions is November 21, 2011


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TellabrAsian 2011 is dedicated to the memory of Donny George Youkhanna and Robert Reecks.

donny george youhkanna Professor Donny George Youkhanna was known as "the man who saved the Iraq National museum." A visiting professor in Stony Brook's Department of Asian and American Studies, Professor Youkhanna contributed a portion of the epic of Gilgamesh to TellabrAsian 2010. He passed away in Toronto in March. A full biography can be found here.








Robert ReecksSgt Robert Reecks was the long-time head of the Suffolk County Police Department Hate Crime Unit. A great advocate for victims of hate crimes, Sgt. Reecks was perhaps best known for his work on the Marcelo Lucero case. Sgt. Reecks was a friend to the Wang Center, and most recently participated in our Vincent Who? program last spring. He passed away in August.









Wednesday, September 7, 2011 through Thursday, September 15, 2011
Peace Tree 9/11 Exhibition

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Charles B. Wang Center, Zodiac Lobby

Marking the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Peace Tree 9/11 features works by artists from around the world – including the United States, Europe, and Asia – submitted in response to a call for art. Comprising paper sculptures constructed in numerous styles, the exhibition is inspired by the paper cranes folded by mourners in the aftermath of 9/11. Peace Tree 9/11 engages its audience in contemplation of peace, solidarity, and social justice, and seeks to transcend the political, ethnic, and sectarian tensions that so often emerge in response to tragedy. Members of the community are invited to  contribute their own offerings of peace and remembrance, for display alongside the memorial tree.  

An opening reception and ceremony takes place on September 7, 2011 at 1PM. Light refreshments will be served. The closing reception and ceremony will take place on September 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm. The exhibition and receptions are free and open to the public. 

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