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Calendar of Events — December 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 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.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
8:00 PM

Hello Kitty Vintage Film Festival

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Enjoy rarely-screened gems from the Sanrio vaults, including Nutcracker Fantasy, a 1979 stop-motion animated film, and Hello Kitty animations from the 1970s and ’80s.

$8 members, $10 non-members.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Saturday, December 6, 2014
11:30 AM—4:30 PM

Hello Kitty Shibori (Japanese Cloth Dyeing)

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This program is sold out.

After a brief talk on the connection between Sanrio and Japan’s silk industry, Shibori Girl (Glennis Dolce) will lead participants in a one-day workshop designing and dyeing a stitched shibori piece on vintage silk kimono lining fabric.

$36 members, $45 non-members, plus $20 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Museum admission included. Bring rubber gloves, sewing pins, and scissors. Limited to 20 participants.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Saturday, December 6, 2014
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.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, December 6, 2014
2:00 PM

Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific by Christine Yano, PhD

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Join Christine Yano, co-curator of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, for a discussion of her 2013 book, which takes an in-depth look at the global economic and sociological effects of the export of Japanese “cute-cool culture.”

Free for members, $20 adult non-members, $10 non-members ages 6-17. Includes admission to Hello! after discussion.

Purchase Pink Globalization from the JANM Store online.

 

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Saturday, December 6, 2014
5:00 PM

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

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Join Christine Yano, PhD, co-curator of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, for 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
Saturday, December 13, 2014
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Holiday Cheer

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FREE* ALL DAY!

Have a jolly time with holiday-themed crafts and activities for the whole family!

*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:

  • Make a tiny lantern to brighten up your winter nights.

  • Ruthie’ Origami Corner: JANM volunteer Ruthie Kitagawa shows you how to create a unique holiday ornament to hang on your tree or give to a loved one.

  • Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Union Rescue Mission for our holiday toy drive.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Have your picture taken with Asian American Santa Claus, a JANM tradition!

    11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.:: Bring the kids to JANM’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum for a sing-along screening of Frozen and get ready to “let it go!”

    1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: The Other Reindeer, a caroling quartet, will perform traditional and contemporary holiday songs on the JANM courtyard.

    3 p.m.–4 p.m.: Musician and storyteller Claire Mills will perform interactive vignettes looking at diverse traditions celebrated during winter, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

     

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    Saturday, December 13, 2014
    12:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Asian American Santa

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    FREE*

    Don’t miss your chance to take a special holiday photo with Asian American Santa, a JANM tradition!

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

    Saturday, December 20, 2014
    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.

    Sunday, December 21, 2014
    3:00 PM

    Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

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    Celebrate the holidays with a screening of Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, an inspiring portrait of an inventive musician whose virtuoso ukulele skills have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro, the film reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician.

    Screening will be followed by a special holiday performance by Shimabukuro, a conversation between Shimabukuro and award-winning director Tadashi Nakamura, and a light reception. This event is co-presented by JANM, Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

    $24 JANM and Visual Communications members; $30 general admission.
    Members, please bring current membership card to validate special discount.

    Saturday, December 27, 2014
    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.

     

     

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