Calendar of Events — November 2014
All programs are free for Museum members and free with general admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.
Reservations are recommended for most programs (RSVPs not needed for Family Festivals). Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 213.625.0414. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.
For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or purchase tickets online using the links below. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.
ONLINE TICKETING SYSTEM SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE
Please note that our online ticketing system will be unavailable from 12:01 a.m. PST on Monday, December 1 until 9 a.m. PST on Tuesday, December 2. Ticketing for the Hello Kitty exhibition and public programs will be affected.
This interruption is due to scheduled maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding and know that we greatly appreciate your support of the Japanese American National Museum.
Learning at Lunch
In honor of Veterans Day, this session will be devoted to artifacts from our collection that evoke stories of Japanese American veterans. Please bring your own lunch.
RSVP to 213.830.5657 or email@example.com.
Target Free Family Saturdays: Giving Thanks
FREE* ALL DAY
Bring the whole family to JANM for a celebration of Veterans Day weekend and Thanksgiving season! Our kid-friendly activities will revolve around giving thanks to veterans, family, and friends.
*Admission to all activities and to Common Ground: The Heart of Community is FREE ALL DAY. Admission to the special exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, requires a separate purchase. All Hello! admissions are based on timed entry; obtaining tickets in advance is strongly recommended.
ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:
11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Just added! The public is invited to help paint a new mural in Little Tokyo. Click here for details.
11 a.m./2 p.m.: JANM sponsor Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. presents a double feature of documentaries celebrating notable Japanese Americans and their unique stories:
- 11 a.m.: Journey to Washington: On the Trail of Senator Daniel Inouye
- 2 p.m.: Scott Fujita: The Man Behind the Name
12:30–2:30 p.m.: Have your portrait drawn by caricaturist Dominic Arneson, courtesy of GFBNEC.
1 p.m.: Enjoy a lively World War II USO-style performance by Swing Dames.
3 p.m.–4 p.m.: Say “Hello!” and share a hug with Hello Kitty herself, the star of JANM’s exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.
Double Feature: Great Japanese Americans
In appreciation of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc.’s commitment to telling the Japanese American story, JANM will screen two of their documentaries:
11 a.m.: Journey to Washington: On the Trail of Senator Daniel Inouye
2 p.m.: Scott Fujita: The Man Behind the Name
Film Screening and Q&A: Saving Face
A Manhattan surgeon faces pressure from her mother to find a nice man and settle down. What the mother doesn’t realize is that her daughter is gay. The film looks at the surgeon’s struggle to find balance between career, romance, and family expectations.
Rated R for some sexuality and language.
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A moderated by Angry Asian Man (Phil Yu) with director Alice Wu, producer Teddy Zee, and cast including Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, and Brian Yang.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m., Q&A at 8:45 p.m. Reception with cash bar to follow, at Far Bar, 347 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
$8 JANM and VC members, $10 non-members, $14 at the door.
Online ticket purchases end at 5pm on day of event. Door tickets available according to availability and first-come-first-served basis.
Film Screening: To Be Takei
JANM and Okaeri presents To Be Takei, a documentary exploring the life of actor and activist George Takei.
From outer space to Capitol Hill, from the silver screen to YouTube, George Takei has blazed his own trail while conquering new frontiers. To Be Takei is a look at the many roles, on screen and off, played by the 77-year-old actor and activist whose wit, humor, and grace have helped him become an internationally-beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with nearly 8 million Facebook fans. The film offers an unprecedented glimpse into the daily life of George and his husband/business partner, Brad, and chronicles George's fascinating personal journey from childhood in a Japanese American incarceration camp to his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on "Star Trek" to his rise as a pop culture icon and respected advocate for civil rights. JANM is especially proud to present To Be Takei as George currently sits on its Board of Trustees and is a Chairman Emeritus of the museum.
Doors open for reception at 6 p.m., screening at 7 p.m.
JANM Members: FREE
Okaeri Registrants: FREE
General Admission: $5
Okaeri: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering, held at JANM on Saturday, November 15, is a day of educational and storytelling workshops for LGBTQ members of the Nikkei community and their friends, family, and allies. All are welcome to come and share support and resources as we work to build an inclusive Nikkei community. For more information or to register for Okaeri, please check their website at okaeri-la.org.
Okaeri: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering
Okaeri is a day of educational and storytelling workshops for LGBTQ members of the Nikkei community and their friends, family, and allies. All are welcome to come and share support and resources as we work to build an inclusive Nikkei community.
For information and to register, visit okaeri-la.org.Click this link to read an interview with lead organizer of Okaeri, Marsha Aizumi>>
Hello Kitty Panel: Small Gift, Big Smile
Sanrio’s “small gift, big smile” philosophy is rooted in founder Shintaro Tsuji’s goal of encouraging positive relationships through small gifts. Join Sanrio representatives for a discussion of this philosophy and its role in Hello Kitty’s enduring appeal.
$4 members, $5 non-members.
Hello Kitty Happy Hour: Members Only/Young Professionals Network Event
In addition to enjoying complimentary drinks and light refreshments, attendees will be able to see the Hello! exhibition after public hours. Exhibition tours led by Sanrio will begin at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Attendees may also bring one guest for a fee of $25.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello Kitty Girl Scout Program
In this special program just for Girl Scouts, start your visit to Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty before museum hours and then create your own Hello Kitty–inspired artwork.
$10 members; $20 non-member scouts ages 6-17; $30 non-member scout parents/troop leaders. Museum admission, materials, and participation patches included. Limited to 45 participants.
This program is sold out. Additional Hello Kitty Girl Scout Program dates will be added for 2015. Please check back for details.
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.
$12 members, $15 non-members. Admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.
Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach by Mary Adams Urashima
Join historian and author Mary Adams Urashima as she traces the fascinating history of Wintersburg Village, a vanished Japanese American pioneer community located in present-day Huntington Beach, CA.
Settled in the 19th century by descendants of samurai clans, Wintersburg was recently named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Member Appreciation Days
Friday–Sunday, November 28–30, 2014
JANM members always enjoy free admission and a 10% discount at the JANM Store or janmstore.com. This weekend, take advantage of free admission and a 20% store discount at JANM and other participating institutions throughout Southern California.*
Visit janmstore.org/membershopping for details and the list of participants.
*Excludes specially ticketed exhibitions.