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The Conversation: Thursday, January 21st 2016

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Opening Day of Legislature Review; Cinematik?; Hemp; Hunchback of Notre Dame

Opening Day of Legislature Review: Chad Blair

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Chad Blair

State lawmakers are back on the official clock. With yesterday’s opening session and time devoted to constituents, the work outlined yesterday by leadership begins today. How it will wind up, no one really knows… but the tenor of yesterday’s first day may be an indicator. Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair joined The Conversation for a recap.

  • Intro Music: But It's Alright by The Sugarman 3
  • Outro Music: Backyard Quiz Theme by Jon de Mello

Cinematik:  Michael “Donut” Donato

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Michael “Donut” Donato

Popular culture, as expressed in TV and movies, has given us a common language filled with bits and pieces of Star Trek, Star Wars, James Bond, Marvel Comics, and on and on.   It’s ripe material for improv, whose performers need a shared frame of reference to create their inspired anarchy.   Michael “Donut” Donato is a student director with the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa’s Department of Theatre and Dance who has put together an improvised show about an improv troupe that lives and breathes pop-culture tropes. The show, Cinematik, will be performed at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre on the UH-Manoa campus.  It runs the next two weekends at 11:00 p.m.

  • Intro Music: Golden Brown by The Cinematic Film Band
  • Outro Music: Breath In, Breathe Out by Set It Off

Hemp: Cynthia Thielen

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Cynthia Thielen

With the end of sugar and other opportunities eyeing HC & S and other farm lands, state representative Cynthia Thielen has a purpose at the ready. It’s one she’s advocated for years - legalized industrial hemp. This year she’s partnering with Rep. Kaniela Ing in a bipartisan effort to replace sugar with hemp and to continue the work begun with the Industrial Hemp Project of 2014 and the UH industrial hemp project. Rep. Thielen joined the show in our studios to share her thoughts.

  • Intro Music: Human – Tin Tin (Out Mix) by The Pretenders
  • Outro Music: Intro by The xx

Hunchback of Notre Dame in Kealakekua: Tina Chancey

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Tina Chancey

The silent movie experience, which held America in a tight grip in the years before talkies, combined bold images with live music that tracked every emotion on screen… emotions that were evoked by some pretty over-the-top acting. It’s not an easy experience to recreate, unless you’re in Kealekekua tonight to watch Lon Chaney devour scenery as the Hunchback of Notre Dame in the 1923 silent classic, accompanied by a live early music performance by Ensemble Hesperus. The quartet will play music from the period of the original Victor Hugo story, and Tina Chancey, who is putting the show together, joined the show via phone to tell us more.

  • Intro Music: Medieval French Dance by Andrei Krylov
  • Outro Music: Dancing in Medieval Castle by Andrei Krylov
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