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Calendar of Events — July 2016

All programs are free for JANM members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing rsvp@janm.org or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

Saturday, July 9, 2016
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Handy Crafts

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FREE ALL DAY

Inspired by Above the Fold, this Family Day will explore origami and other fun handmade crafts.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Learn to fold a paper frog at Ruthie’s Origami Corner—a JANM favorite!

  • Visit our various origami stations to work on projects at the skill level of your choice. There will be beginning, intermediate, and advanced stations available. We will even have a pop culture-themed project to keep things lively!

  • Throughout the day, internationally renowned artist Nori Shirasu will offer drop-in origami classes, in which he will demonstrate a variety of techniques.

  • Create imaginative pencil toppers out of pipe cleaners.

  • Make puffy pom-poms out of yarn.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Andantino String Duo
    Relax and listen to classical and pop music by the Andantino string duo while you work on your craft projects.

    3:30 p.m.: Decades of Rock
    Join 2015 Nisei Week Court Princess Veronica Ota as she rocks out with her band, Decades of Rock. Enjoy their renditions of classic rock and R&B hits from the 1960s through today.

     

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Saturday, July 16, 2016
    9:30 AM—10:30 AM

    Mottainai Yoga with traci

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    Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste. Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

    Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class. Museum admission included.

    Saturday, July 16, 2016
    1:00 PM—2:00 PM

    CANCELLED: Members Only Spotlight on Common Ground

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    THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

    Members and their families are invited to join JANM’s Education Department for an in-depth look at their favorite artifacts in Common Ground. Recommended for multi-generational families with children high school-aged and older.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
    Saturday, July 16, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Above the Fold Lecture by Robert Lang

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    SOLD OUT

    The last 15 years have been witness to a revolution in the application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding. Exhibiting artist Robert J. Lang is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding.

    In this talk, he will describe how geometric concepts led to the solution of a broad class of origami folding problems—specifically, the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and arrangement of flaps—and, along the way, enabling origami designs of mind-blowing complexity and realism. The algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems—Lang will present examples of how origami has enabled safer airbags, Brobdingnagian space telescopes, and more.

    Free with museum admission.

    This program is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email rsvp@janm.org.

    Presented with support from the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.

    Photo: Robert Lang, Pentasia, 2014. Photo courtesy of the artist.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Saturday, July 16, 2016
    5:00 PM

    Above the Fold Exhibition Tour with Robert Lang

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    Join physicist and exhibiting artist Robert J. Lang for an intimate gallery tour.

    Limited to 25 participants. Free with museum admission. Note the museum closes at 5 p.m. and exhibitions will not remain open after the tour.

    TOUR IS NOW FULL. To be placed on a waitlist, please email rsvp@janm.org.

    Photo: Robert Lang, Pentasia, 2014. Photo courtesy of the artist.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Thursday, July 21, 2016
    7:00 PM

    JANM Summer Night Concerts—Viva La Taiko: From Tokyo to Los Angeles

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    FREE

    JANM’s summer evening concert series featuring Asian American performers is back! Tonight’s focus is on taiko, with featured performers East LA Taiko and Asano Taiko UnitOne.

    Asano Taiko UnitOne boasts some of North America’s most exciting performers and a world-class taiko repertoire. The group has performed at the 2015 North American Taiko Conference and the 2015 Extasia festival in Japan.

    East LA Taiko, featuring Chicana rockstar Lysa Flores, will continue the excitement with their unique and infectious blend of Latin musical roots, Afro-Cuban rhythms, ska-punk riffs, and driving taiko beats. Join us for a very special evening that will evoke musical traditions from around the globe!

    India Jones Chow Truck will be on site, along with a beer garden sponsored by Kirin Brewery of America LLC (cash only).

    Saturday, July 23, 2016
    9:30 AM—10:30 AM

    CANCELLED: Mottainai Yoga with traci

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    THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

    Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste. Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

    Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class.

    Saturday, July 23, 2016
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting

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    FREE

    The Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) promotes, encourages, and shares Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. NikkeiGen’s general meetings are open to anyone who is interested in researching their family trees, learning more about their Japanese roots and heritage, and participating in group discussions and networking. Meetings occur approximately once a month from January to October, with the location alternating between JANM and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank. Meetings are always free, but RSVP is required.

    To RSVP or for more information, email info@nikkeigenealogicalsociety.org or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/nikkeigen.

    Saturday, July 23, 2016
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Kusudama

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    Learn to make decorative kusudama (paper balls), an ancient Japanese tradition that continues to thrive today. In addition to being a popular gift or form of decoration, kusudama are credited as an important early form of modular origami.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Supplies and admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Saturday, July 23, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Film Screening and Panel Discussion—Sleeping on Potatoes: A Lumpy Adventure from Manzanar to the Corporate Tower

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    The late Dr. Kaworu Carl Nomura was a brilliant Nisei physicist involved in some of the most notable technological advances of the 20th century, including the commercial production of silicon wafers for computer memory chips. In this short documentary shot by Ellen Frick in the later years of Nomura’s life, the scientist reflects on the social injustices he faced and his efforts to make a difference in the lives of others.

    Screening will be followed by a panel discussion on Nomura’s life and contributions to society, featuring Carl’s daughter Teri Nomura and his nephew Art Nomura.

    Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    Co-sponsored by the Port Townsend Film Festival.

    Thursday, July 28, 2016
    7:00 PM

    Visual Communications: Uprooted from the Scenes

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    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Join Visual Communications for the tenth edition of their popular summertime community extravaganza, organized and hosted by VC’s stable of summer interns. Screenings will include highlights from the 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, works from VC’s Armed with a Camera Fellowship and Digital Histories senior media workshop, and select premieres by local APIA filmmakers.

    Please visit www.vconline.org for tickets and more information.

    Friday, July 29, 2016
    7:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Upper Level Members' Reception: Tatau

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    Upper level members are invited to join curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura and exhibiting artists for an exclusive preview and reception to celebrate the opening of Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, featuring a traditional Samoan ‘ava ceremony and fire dancers. Invitations were mailed in June. RSVP by Monday, July 25, 2016.

    Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Aisea. Photo by John Agcaoili.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Exhibition Opening: Tatau

    Public opening of the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia.

    Saturday, July 30, 2016
    9:30 AM—10:30 AM

    Mottainai Yoga with traci

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    Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste. Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

    Bring your own mat and props. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants per class.

    Saturday, July 30, 2016
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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    Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

    Saturday, July 30, 2016
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Tatau Opening Day Celebration

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    Join us for the opening day of Tatau! Our daylong celebration will include:

    12 p.m.: Traditional Samoan ‘ava ceremony

    1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Live tattooing demonstrations by exhibiting artists Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter, Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau, Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Mike Fatutoa, and Sulu‘ape Steve Looney

    1:30 p.m.–2:10 p.m.: Remarks by Ann Burroughs, JANM Interim President and CEO; exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura; exhibition photographer and documentary film director John Agcaoili; expert tattooist and television personality Chris Nunez; and artists Sulu‘ape Steve Looney and Su‘a Sulu‘ape Alaiva‘a Petelo.

    2:20 p.m.–3 p.m.: “Tattooed Lines: Histories of Connection and Disconnection,” a lecture by author and curator Sean Mallon

    3:15 p.m.: Live viewing of tattooed models, with introductions by Chris Nunez

    4 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Catalog signing with curator and artists

    4:30 p.m.: performance by Measina a Samoa

    Polynesian acoustic music by Tui Letuli throughout the day

    Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter. Photo by John Agcaoili.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
    Sunday, July 31, 2016
    10:00 AM—1:30 PM

    Delicious Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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    Delicious Little Tokyo is a weekend-long event spotlighting the culinary delights of Little Tokyo. In conjunction with this event, JANM presents a cultural and culinary walking tour. Meet at JANM, where one of our knowledgeable docents will present an introduction to the museum before embarking on a tour of the historic sights of the neighborhood. The walk will include stops at local specialty stores and cafes, where participants will be able to sample a variety of Japanese treats.

    $28 members; $35 non-members. Museum admission and six food samplings included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Limited to 15 participants.

    Delicious Little Tokyo is presented by Go Little Tokyo, a neighborhood marketing campaign run by Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC), created by Community Arts Resources (CARS), and funded by Metro Los Angeles.

    Sunday, July 31, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Tatau

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    Join Tatau curator Takahiro Kitamura for a gallery tour and a catalog signing.

    Limited to 25 members; reservations are required. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Image: Tattoo by Allek Gaoay. Photo by John Agcaoili.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
    Sunday, July 31, 2016
    2:30 PM

    Film Screening—There is a New World Somewhere

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    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    JANM is pleased to partner with Visual Communications to present an encore screening of Li Lu’s There is a New World Somewhere, a Special Jury Award winner at the 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

    A down-on-her luck aspiring artist returns home to Austin to attend the wedding party of a close childhood friend, only to join a handsome, mysterious stranger for a spontaneous road trip through America’s South. This event is part of VC’s ongoing series of community screenings.

    Please visit www.vconline.org for tickets and more information.

     

     

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