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Calendar of Events — August 2016

All programs are free for JANM members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Please note that we have new admission prices effective September 1, 2016. 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.

Friday, August 5, 2016
11:00 AM—12:00 PM

Members Only Learning at Lunch: Hisako Hibi

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Join JANM’s Collections Management and Access unit for a viewing of oil paintings by Issei artist Hisako Hibi (1907–91).

Hibi was a painter and printmaker throughout her life, exhibiting widely and achieving particular renown in the Bay Area, where she first moved with her family from Japan in 1920, and where she eventually retired and passed away.

In 1942, Hibi and her husband George, also an artist, were forced to donate their artwork to various institutions as they prepared for World War II incarceration with their two young children. The couple continued to pursue their art while incarcerated at Topaz; Hibi created more than 70 oil paintings during this time, ranging from landscapes to still lifes, while she and her husband both taught at the Topaz Art School founded by Chiura Obata. Influenced by late 19th-century European and American painters, particularly Mary Cassatt, Hibi captured many domestic scenes in her paintings, which stand today as a unique record of camp life.

RSVPs recommended to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

View paintings from the Hisako Hibi Collection online.

Image: Hisako Hibi, A Young Mother, 1944, oil on canvas. Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee (96.601.31).

Saturday, August 6, 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, August 6, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Above the Fold

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Join Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami curator Meher McArthur for an in-depth gallery tour.

Limited to 25 members. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Photo: Yuko Nishimura, Shine, 2008. Photo courtesy of the artist.

In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
Saturday, August 6, 2016
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Craft Workshop—Indigo and Shibori in the 21st Century

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Saturday, August 6–Sunday, August 7
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Enjoy two days of indigo dyeing with a focus on learning how the dye takes to different textiles. Shibori techniques to be explored include arashi, itajime, and nui, as well as combined and invented techniques.

Material kits will include handouts, threads, and many types of vintage kimono silks as well as some cottons, bamboo, hemp, and other natural fibers. Samples, books, and videos will be on hand for inspiration.

$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Fabrics, dyes, use of tools and equipment, and museum admission included. Please bring rubber gloves, sewing pins, and scissors. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, August 6, 2016
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 museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, August 6, 2016
1:00 PM

Sadako and Her Origami Cranes

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In May 2016, JANM received the gift of an original paper crane folded by Sadako Sasaki, the young Hiroshima-born girl who died in 1955 of complications resulting from radiation poisoning. Before her death, Sasaki folded over 1,000 paper cranes in hopes of recovering from her illness. Because of her efforts, which touched many people, paper cranes have since become a universal symbol of peace, hope, and recovery.

The museum is honored to be the only West Coast recipient of one of Sasaki’s cranes, joining such global institutions as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and the 9/11 Tribute Center in New York.

On the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Above the Fold curator Meher McArthur will speak about Sasaki, who was only two years old when the bomb struck, and how her actions influenced the spread of origami practice.

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

In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
Sunday, August 7, 2016
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

CANCELLED: Edible Adventures: Vegetarian Little Tokyo

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THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Sample vegetables such as kabocha, konyaku, and edamame on this entertaining walk through Little Tokyo.

$44 members, $55 non-members; includes food and museum admission. Limited to 12 participants.

Saturday, August 13, 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, August 13, 2016
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Natsumatsuri Family Festival

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FREE ALL DAY!

Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

  • Musical performances by LA Matsuri Taiko, Common Souls, and Shin Kawasaki

  • Basic taiko drumming and bon odori dance lessons

  • Airbrush and henna temporary tattoos

  • Fun crafts including origami and the ever-popular Natsumatsuri paper hats

  • Museum scavenger hunt with prizes courtesy of Bandai

  • Free samples of saataa andaagii (Okinawan deep-fried pastries)

  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines

  • …and so much more!

     

    Check janm.org/natsumatsuri2016 for complete schedule.

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Bandai Foundation.

     

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Thursday, August 18, 2016
    7:00 PM

    JANM Summer Night Concerts—Electronic and Hip Hop Night

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    FREE

    Join us for an evening of electronic and hip hop music with Asian and Pacific Islander American performers. The featured headliner tonight is Dumbfoundead, a Korean American rapper straight out of LA’s Koreatown. Called a “walking bag of charisma” by genius.com, Dumbfoundead has appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly and counts Drake among his fans.

    Also featured are Year of the Ox, an APIA rap duo from Virginia, and Meishi Smile, an LA–based experimental noise and pop group.

    The concert kick offs at 7 p.m. with a set from oh my muu, whose electronic music reflects upon the universal experiences of love, reminiscence, and self discovery.

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

    Saturday, August 20, 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, August 20, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Above the Fold

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    Join Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami curator Meher McArthur for an in-depth gallery tour.

    Limited to 25 members. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Photo: Erik DeMaine and Martin DeMaine, Destructors III, 2013. Photo courtesy of the artists.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Saturday, August 20, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Above the Fold Artist Lecture: Origami as a Language of Contemporary Design

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    Exhibiting artist Paul Jackson will discuss the growing influence of origami in contemporary design practice, from fashion to architecture. Using examples from around the world and from his many years of teaching design, Jackson will demonstrate how, in recent years, origami principles have been applied to materials other than paper, such as fabric, leather, plastic, and wood. He will offer reasons for this interest in origami, identify current trends, and suggest directions for the future. The lecture will be followed by a signing with the artist.

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

    This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Exhibition Closing: Above the Fold

    Final day to see the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami.

    Sunday, August 21, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Above the Fold Exhibition Tour with Paul Jackson

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    SOLD OUT

    Join exhibiting artist Paul Jackson for an intimate gallery tour in which he will discuss his own work as well as that of his wife, Miri Golan, who is also featured in the show.

    Limited to 25 attendees. Free with museum admission.

    This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Sunday, August 21, 2016
    11:30 AM

    Origami Workshop with Paul Jackson

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    SOLD OUT

    Above the Fold artist Paul Jackson will lead a hands-on workshop that gives participants a taste of the unique folding and cutting technique he used to create the works seen in the exhibition. Jackson will explain how the technique evolved, how he uses it, and some the many variations that are possible. Time will be allowed for personal discovery.

    No origami experience is necessary. $20 members; $25 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 25 participants.

    This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Sunday, August 21, 2016
    2:00 PM—5:00 PM

    Dramatic Reading—Death of a Salesman

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    Arthur Miller’s iconic play revolves around traveling salesman Willy Loman, who cannot understand how he has failed to achieve success and happiness. The probing drama reveals how Loman’s relentless quest for the “American Dream” has kept him alienated from his wife, his sons, and his friends. A thrilling and deeply revelatory tragedy, Death of a Salesman is an enduring classic of American theater.

    This unique staged reading, directed by Michael Miraula and produced by Tadamori Yagi, will feature a predominantly Asian American cast. Through non-traditional casting choices, the reading will attempt to explore minority relations within the larger context of mainstream white America in the late 1950s.

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

    Saturday, August 27, 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, August 27, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Introduction to Go For Broke

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    In 2015, Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) relocated its offices to JANM’s Historic Building (the former Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple). As part of a grand celebration on May 28, the organization unveiled its groundbreaking new interactive exhibition, The Defining Courage Experience.

    Join Mitch Maki, Interim President of GFBNEC, for a viewing of Defining Courage and a discussion of the organization’s new facilities, the relevance of the temple and its history to GFBNEC’s mission, and plans for the future.

    Free with JANM or GFBNEC admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

     

     

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