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Calendar of Events — February 2015

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 rsvp@janm.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.

Saturday, February 7, 2015
9:30 AM—12:00 PM

Hello Kitty Girl Scout Program

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This program is sold out.

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.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Saturday, February 7, 2015
11:00 AM—1:00 PM

Hello Kitty Decoden Workshop

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This program is sold out.

Decorate a small Hello Kitty plush with loads of sparkly charms and jewels—decoden-style!

$24 members, $30 non-members. Materials included. Limited to 25 participants.

Admission to Common Ground and Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty after the workshop are included.

INSTRUCTOR BIO
Chrissa Sparkles is a host and online personality who loves all things cute. Her “Chrissa Sparkles” YouTube Channel teaches people how to make life a little bit cuter, with a touch of sparkle. As a Hello Kitty ambassador for Sanrio, Chrissa lent her talents to the recent Hello Kitty Con as a panel moderator and tea party host. She has appeared on NHK World TV’s Kawaii International, been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine, and hosted MNET America’s Hello Pop!

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Saturday, February 7, 2015
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

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Tour the ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with JANM’s knowledgeable docents.

Free with general admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, February 7, 2015
2:00 PM

Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp by Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey

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In this creative memoir, Havey combines vintage photographs with her own paintings and writings to tell the story of how she grew from a ten-year-old girl into a teenager while living in Santa Anita Assembly Center and Amache Relocation Center during World War II.

Havey will read from and discuss her book. Audience Q&A to follow. Free with general museum admission.

The book is available at the JANM Store.

DiscoverNikkei.org:

  • Read a review by Art Hansen of the book.
  • Read stories by Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey, including early excerpts from Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp.
  • Sunday, February 8, 2015
    2:00 PM

    Staged Reading: Internment by Phinneas Kiyomura

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    Actor and screenwriter Phinneas Kiyomura will oversee a reading of his TV pilot script, Internment, which tells the story of an estranged Japanese American family who are forcibly reunited when all are sent to an incarceration camp in Central California during World War II. The script attempts to explore the complicated dynamics that erupt within families and countries during times of crisis.

    Directed by Chris Tashima

    Starring (in alphabetical order):
    Takayo Fischer
    Ren Hanami
    Teresa Huang
    Shiori Ideta
    Brittany Ishibashi
    Rodney Kageyama
    Hiro Matsunaga
    Ken Narasaki
    Lani Nishiyama
    Jeanne Sakata
    Aaron Takahashi
    Jerry Tondo
    Kirsten Vangsness
    Greg Watanabe
    Mike Wiles
    Ping Wu
    Tadamori Yagi

    Free with general museum admission.

    Read an interview with screenwriter Phinneas Kiyomura on Discover Nikkei.

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    6:00 PM

    Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Joy Luck Club (1993)

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    6 p.m.: Light reception
    7 p.m.: Screening
    9:30 p.m.: Q&A

    In this 1993 film adaptation of Amy Tan’s bestselling novel, a Chinese American daughter is asked to take her late mother’s place at a weekly mahjong game, where a group of immigrant women have been gathering to share their stories since immigrating to the United States following World War II. Having only a passing interest in her heritage at first, June eventually learns, along with the daughters of the three other mahjong players, to appreciate the struggles endured by the previous generation.

    Directed by Wayne Wang and starring Ming-Na Wen, Tamlyn Tomita, Lauren Tom, and Rosalind Chao. Rated R.

    The evening will begin with a light reception at 6 p.m., followed by the screening at 7 p.m. and a Q&A with director Wayne Wang, Tamlyn Tomita, and Rosalind Chao.

    Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
    At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

    Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

    Saturday, February 14, 2015
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Hello Valentine!

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    FREE* ALL DAY!

    Will you be my valentine? Join Hello Kitty at JANM for a heart-filled day of family fun!

    *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:

  • Craft Table: Create a special Valentine’s Day card with a marshmallow candy surprise inside for someone special.

  • Ruthie’ Origami Corner: Make an origami apple in honor of Hello Kitty, who is the height of five apples and the weight of three!

  • Fun for Kids: Jump into the deluxe Hello Kitty bounce house, which features a slide, climbing wall, and basketball hoop!

  • Omikuji (Japanese-style fortune telling): Hello Kitty has a friendship message for everyone. What does yours say? Find out at our omikuji table!

  • Temporary Tattoo Station: Choose from several fun Hello Kitty tattoo designs.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Help yourself to festive cotton candy, served by Cotton Candy Girls.

    1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Hello Kitty will be onsite for hugs, photos, and friendship greetings!

    2 p.m.: Get ready to dance at this upbeat and family-friendly pop music performance by rising Los Angeles band Candyboy.

     

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, February 21, 2015
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Community Day of Remembrance

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    PAY WHAT YOU WISH*

    JANM is proud to present the 2015 Day of Remembrance in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, and the Manzanar Committee. The event marks the 73rd anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal and mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.

    The 2015 Community Day of Remembrance will feature a conversation reflecting the Japanese American and African American experiences of injustice in the U.S. Speakers will include activists Mike Murase, Rey Fukuda, and Povi-Tamu Bryant. Moderators will be Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, Assistant Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, and Helen Ota, Director of Marketing & Development at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC).

    *Does not include admission to Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

    Saturday, February 21, 2015
    5:00 PM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

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    Hello! curator Christine Yano leads an exclusive gallery tour.

    Limited to 20 participants. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5657.

    This event has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, February 21, 2015
    5:00 PM—6:00 PM

    ADVANCE SCREENING: Our American Family: The Furutas

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    FREE

    The PBS series Our American Family looks at the ordinary families whose lives have made up the fabric of American life in the early 20th century. The newest episode will focus on the Furuta clan, who were pioneers in Orange County’s early farming community. The Furutas’ old farm and homestead, dating back to 1912, are still standing in modern-day Huntington Beach; known as Historic Wintersburg, it was named one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places of 2014 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    JANM is proud to host an advance screening of the one-hour documentary, which features five generations of oral histories, archival photographs, and interviews with Furuta family members. The show brings the Furutas’ progress in America to vivid life, beginning with the arrival of Charles Furuta in America in 1900.

    Members of the Furuta family (Norman Furuta, Ann Yonemura, and Jean Yonemura Wing) will participate in a panel discussion following the screening, along with Our American Family producer Michael Nolan, and author Mary Urashima.

    To learn more about Historic Wintersburg, visit their blog. An excellent book about Historic Wintersburg is available at the JANM Store. The book’s author, Mary Adams Urashima, has also written several wonderful articles for Discover Nikkei.

    Sunday, February 22, 2015
    2:00 PM

    Hello Kitty Panel Discussion

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    This panel will take a critical look at Hello Kitty and examine her phenomenon from various perspectives. Moderated by Hello! curator Christine Yano, with Laura Miller, Jaime Scholnick, and Denise Uyehara.Yano will be signing books following the program.

    Free for members; free with Hello! admission; $5 general.

    If you are purchasing tickets for Hello! and would like to attend this program, please RSVP to rsvp@janm.org or call 213.625.0414.

     

    PANELIST BIOS

    Christine Yano, PhD
    Christine Yano is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii and co-curator of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. She has an MA in Musicology (Ethnomusicology) and Anthropology and a PhD in Anthropology, both from the University of Hawaii. Yano is the author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific; Airborne Dreams: “Nisei” Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways; Crowning the Nice Girl: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture in Hawai‘i’s Cherry Blossom Festival; and Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song. During academic year 2014–15, she is Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University.

    Laura Miller
    Laura Miller is Ei’ichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Endowed Professor of Japanese Studies and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She received her PhD in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1988. The author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics and co-editor of three other books, Miller has published widely on Japanese culture and language, on topics that include English loanwords in Japanese, the beauty industry, girls’ slang, self-photography, elevator girls, tarot cards, divination, and the ancient Japanese monarch Himiko. She teaches courses on Japan and linguistic anthropology and works to promote Japan Studies through a variety of campus and community programming.

    Jaime Scholnick
    Jaime Scholnick is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work deals with gender, power, consumerism, and global domination. She has shown internationally at such venues as MOMA P.S. 1, the Torrance Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson. During a period of living in Japan, Scholnick began a series of multimedia artworks titled Hello Kitty Gets a Mouth. An eponymous short film from the series has been featured at film festivals throughout the United States. Scholnick earned her MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 1991 and is represented by CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles.

    Denise Uyehara
    Denise Uyehara is an award-winning performance artist, writer, and playwright whose work has been presented throughout the United States and in London, Vancouver, Helsinki, and Tokyo. For over two decades she used interdisciplinary performance to investigate what marks us in our migrations across borders of identity. She is a recent recipient of grants and awards from the MAP Fund, the National Performance Network Creation Fund, and the Asian Cultural Council. A founding member of the Sacred Naked Nature Girls, she conducts workshops for a wide range of communities—artists, LGBTQ, women, people of color—and is a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Sunday, February 22, 2015
    5:00 PM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

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    Hello! curator Christine Yano leads an exclusive gallery tour.

    Limited to 20 participants. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5657.

    This event has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, February 28, 2015
    9:30 AM—12:00 PM

    Hello Kitty Girl Scout Program

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    In this special program just for current, active 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 per person for scouts or accompanying troop leaders, parents/guardians who are current JANM members; $20 per person for current, active Girl Scouts who are non-JANM members; $30 per person for accompanying troop leaders, parents/guardians who are non-JANM members

    Special Hello Kitty JANM patches will be provided to all current and active participating Girl Scouts. Space is limited.

    Additional Hello Kitty Girl Scout program: March 28

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, February 28, 2015
    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. Admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.

    Saturday, February 28, 2015
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Hinamatsuri Cards

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    This program is sold out.

    Make a Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) greeting card for your friends and family.

    $8 members, $10 non-members. Supplies and admission to Common Ground included. Limited to 10 participants.

    Saturday, February 28, 2015
    2:00 PM

    Hello! Exhibiting Artists Panel Discussion

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    Artists Paul Frank, Simone Legno, and Brandi Milne, whose work is featured in the contemporary art portion of Hello! The Supercute World of Hello Kitty, will participate in a discussion about their work and how Hello Kitty served as inspiration.

    The artists will sign copies of the Hello! exhibition catalog after the discussion.

    $12 members; $15 non-members. Does not include admission.

    ARTIST BIOS

    Paul Frank
    Paul Frank is an internationally known artist whose bold, satirical designs for clothing and accessories have appeared in magazines, television shows, commercials, music videos, and motion pictures. Frank also creates fine art, which he describes as his character designs brought to life in soft sculptural form through sewing, carving, woodworking, and screen printing.

    Simone Legno
    Simone Legno is the creative director and co-founder of tokidoki, an innovative line of apparel, handbags, cosmetics, and accessories. Tokidoki, which means “sometimes” in Japanese, has a worldwide following and has collaborated with numerous brands including LeSportsac, Marvel, Levi’s, Smashbox cosmetics, and Xbox. Legno describes his brand’s philosophy as “the hope that something magical will happen to us.”

    Brandi Milne
    Brandi Milne’s rustic, melancholy scenarios recall classic European Gothic paintings while simultaneously expressing deeply personal narratives of growth and struggle.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, February 28, 2015
    5:00 PM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

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    Join Jamie Rivadeneira, JapanLA founder and Hello! curator, on this exclusive gallery tour.

    Limited to 20 participants. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5657.

    This event has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

     

     

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