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Features audience and the entertainment behind it,” he said. “Today, I just wanted to have fun.” He plans on spending his $175 bookstore gift card on art materials for his puppetry class, chocolate and macadamia nuts.

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Cindy dela Vega, Amber Lindsay, Vaimoana Atonio and Jossio Timoteo (L-R), sang songs by Anuhea, Bruno Mars and Whitney Houston. M IKE H ANSON Contributing Writer Campus Center Ballroom was buzzing last Friday, as dozens of students gathered for the spring installment of Mānoa’s Got Talent. The talent show offered fi rst-, second- and third-place prizes for individual and group categories.

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Yasu Ishida earned his undergraduate theater degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Originally from Iwate Prefecture in Northern Japan, Ishida is now a firstyear graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Between Minnesota and Hawai‘i, Ishida spent a year in Hollywood working at the Wizards’ Inn magic shop. “I did everything there,” said Ishida. “I taught magic. I performed magic. I did negotiations

for the performers and other sides of the management.” When on stage, Ishida feeds off the energy of the crowd to bring his magic to life. “I just feel happy, like that is where I’m supposed to be. I’m very scared on stage, but that is the place I am happiest,” he said. Ishida found his inspiration in Patch Adams. “When I was in Japan, I watched the movie with Robin Williams, and I was so inspired that I thought, ‘this is what I want to do.” he said. Ishida then saw the real-life Patch Adams in Japan for a workshop, which encouraged him to become a professional clown. “I want to be a culture performer, and my major right now is [a] Master of Fine Arts in theater for young audiences,” Ishida said. He loves engaging the crowd, and feels that it is the most important aspect of live performance. “It’s all about connection with the

Jossio Timoteo, Vaimoana Atonio, Cindy dela Vega and Amber Lindsay won over the judges with a vocal and instrumental musical compilation. The performers’ mashup included segments of Anuhea’s “Simple Love Song,” Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Even with only a week of preparation, the foursome impressed the crowd with Timoteo on ‘ukulele and Atonio, dela Vega and Lindsay on vocals. While two of the four were performing for their fi rst time in front of a live audience, Lindsay repeated her victory from last semester’s talent show, when she also performed a group medley. Like Ishida, the group was mainly out to have fun. Timoteo said, “During practice we’re like, ‘Oh gosh, do we got this?’ But then before we performed, we’re like, ‘It’s just for fun anyways.’” Even though it was just for fun, Timoteo was glad to edge out the second-place break-dancing group – who, coincidentally, were his roommates. The four will enjoy a $300 gift card, which they will have to split among themselves.

Using the FAX machine Read Fridaym’sore in i s s ue What: “ FAX” E xhib W

ition hen: Fe b. 26-A Where: pril 5 U H Ar t Galler y (Ar t Bu ilding)

Ever thought of your fax machine as an art medium? “FA X” is an evolving exhibition that invites artists to think of the typical office machine as a drawing tool. The gallery’s unconventional text-based artworks continue to expand as the

gallery travels to different institutions. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Art Gallery has invited a myriad of local artists (including four UH students) to contribute works, which will be submitted via a fa x machine present at the exhibition.

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