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Calendar of Events — July 2014

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

Advanced reservations are recommended for most programs as seating/space may be limited. Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. When making a reservation, email rsvp@janm.org or call 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.

NEW: For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is now required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or download the pre-payment form. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

 

Saturday, July 5, 2014
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground_2_1_png_200x200_autocrop_q85_10.jpg Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with our knowledgeable Museum docents.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Print-astic!

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FREE ALL DAY!

Celebrate JANM’s groundbreaking exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with tattoo and printmaking-inspired activities for the whole family!

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Kids’ Print Shop: Etch fun designs into plastic foam and make prints out of them.

  • Kids’ Tattoo Parlor: Use our special paper to create temporary press-on tattoos.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Learn how to make an origami fish!

  • Kids’ Coloring Lounge: Ukiyo-e Heroes, created by artists Jed Henry and David Bull, are ukiyo-e-style prints inspired by Japanese comics and video games. Make your own ukiyo-e heroes with our coloring pages, and enter your work in a contest to win a $10 JANM Store gift certificate! See below for contest rules. For inspiration, videos of Bull demonstrating his woodblock printing process will be on display.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m./1 p.m.: Mark Langill, Los Angeles Dodgers Team Historian and Publications Editor, and Koji Steven Sakai, JANM Programs Manager, will lead a family-friendly gallery tour of Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game. The two curators will share the inside story of how the exhibition was put together.

    12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Watch a live screen printing demonstration by Grow Your Own Media, Atwater Village’s community print shop, as they print special JANM-designed posters for you to take home. Posters available while supplies last.

    12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Get a fun temporary henna tattoo! (For children only, line will end at 1:30 p.m. Please note henna tattoos generally last 1–4 weeks.)

    2 p.m.–4 p.m.: Go deluxe with a realistic temporary airbrush tattoo! (For children only, line will end at 3:30 p.m. Please note airbrush tattoos generally last 2–7 days.)

    3 p.m.: Samurai warrior imagery, which plays a significant role in the Perseverance exhibition, comes to life in a demonstration of Shinkendo, the Japanese art of swordsmanship. This exciting live display is presented by Honbu Dojo, the world headquarters of Shinkendo instruction.

     

    KIDS’ COLORING LOUNGE CONTEST RULES

  • There will be two age groups for the coloring contest (ages 0-11 and ages 12-18)

  • Contestants should fill out a contest form with their name, age, and contact information, which will be taped to the back of their page.

  • Entries will be taped to a wall where the public can view and vote for their favorites from each age group. One vote per person.

  • Voting closes at 3 p.m., with winners announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • Winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Museum Store.
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    Sponsored by Target.

     

    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    11:30 AM

    Dodgers Gallery Talk

    events/JackieRobinson-Vicky1_2.jpg FREE
    11:30 A.M. & 1 P.M.

    Curators Mark Langill and Koji Steven Sakai will lead a family-friendly gallery tour through Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game, giving the insider scoop about the exhibition and how it was put together. Mark Langill is the Dodgers Publications Editor & Team Historian. Koji Steven Sakai is the Programs Manager at the Japanese American National Museum.

    RSVP early, 30 participants max.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game
    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    2:00 PM

    Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World

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    FREE

    Screening of the documentary film Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World. The film tells the story of Don Ed Hardy, a fine artist whose obsession with tattoos launched an empire. Heavily influenced by the Japanese tradition, Hardy’s distinctive designs brought tattoo culture into the mainstream and inspired a popular line of clothing and accessories.

    A discussion with producer/director Emiko Omori will follow the screening. Please note this film is not rated and may not be appropriate for all ages.

    Purchase the DVD from the JANM Store >>

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    2014 World Taiko Gathering

    events/WTG_final_blk.jpg TAIKOPROJECT is pleased to present the 2014 World Taiko Gathering, the first-ever convening of taiko groups from all over the world, scheduled for July 18-20, 2014. Presented by TAIKOPROJECT in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Southern California Taiko Community, the 2014 World Taiko Gathering is expected to bring together over 500 participants from taiko groups throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Activities will include three days of workshops, discussion sessions, taiko performances, and community-building activities.

    Dozens of taiko workshops will be offered by the top instructors and taiko artists from all over the world for taiko drummers of all skill levels and interests. Attendees will have access to the Taiko Marketplace, with drums and equipment from the finest Japanese and American taiko makers and artisans. There will be free noon-time taiko performances on each day of the World Taiko Gathering, as well as a free community taiko concert on the JACCC Plaza, and a global taiko concert at the Japan America Theatre, featuring premiere taiko ensembles from all over the world sharing one stage for the very first time.

    “This is one of the most exciting events we have ever worked on,” said Project Coordinator Masato Baba, “It will be the first time so many taiko players from not just North America, but from all over the world, will be together in one place. The world-wide taiko community is coming together here in Los Angeles. It’s going to be amazing...and loud.”

    Visit worldtaikogathering.com for ticket information and event schedule.

    Read an article about World Taiko Gathering on Discover Nikkei>>
    Friday, July 18, 2014
    11:00 AM—12:30 PM

    Family Education Tour

    All Members are invited to accompany their child(ren) or grandchild(ren) on a guided tour of Common Ground: The Heart of Community. This interactive and intergenerational tour will prompt discussion of what it was really like to be in America’s concentration camps. It will conclude with an activity and a visit to the Hirasaki National Resource Center, so that you can look up your family’s camp and immigration records together.

    Space is limited. RSVP memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5657 with adult Member’s name, along with names and ages of all children attending. Recommended for children ages 10 years and older, though all ages welcome.
    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    2014 World Taiko Gathering

    events/WTG_final_blk_jpg.jpg TAIKOPROJECT is pleased to present the 2014 World Taiko Gathering, the first-ever convening of taiko groups from all over the world, scheduled for July 18-20, 2014. Presented by TAIKOPROJECT in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Southern California Taiko Community, the 2014 World Taiko Gathering is expected to bring together over 500 participants from taiko groups throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Activities will include three days of workshops, discussion sessions, taiko performances, and community-building activities.

    Dozens of taiko workshops will be offered by the top instructors and taiko artists from all over the world for taiko drummers of all skill levels and interests. Attendees will have access to the Taiko Marketplace, with drums and equipment from the finest Japanese and American taiko makers and artisans. There will be free noon-time taiko performances on each day of the World Taiko Gathering, as well as a free community taiko concert on the JACCC Plaza, and a global taiko concert at the Japan America Theatre, featuring premiere taiko ensembles from all over the world sharing one stage for the very first time.

    “This is one of the most exciting events we have ever worked on,” said Project Coordinator Masato Baba, “It will be the first time so many taiko players from not just North America, but from all over the world, will be together in one place. The world-wide taiko community is coming together here in Los Angeles. It’s going to be amazing...and loud.”

    Visit worldtaikogathering.com for ticket information and event schedule.

    Read an article about World Taiko Gathering on Discover Nikkei>>
    Saturday, July 19, 2014
    10:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Edible Adventures: Graze Little Tokyo

    This is a food-centric cultural exploration of the hidden corners of Little Tokyo. Hear the stories of the neighborhoods' past while sampling local Asian food from pounded rice to lotus root. Come meet the shop owners of today who keep the ethnic vibe alive. $20 members; $30 non-members, incl. admission and food. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Reserve early; 15 participants max.
    Saturday, July 19, 2014
    11:00 AM—12:30 PM

    Family Education Tour

    All Members are invited to accompany their child(ren) or grandchild(ren) on a guided tour of Common Ground: The Heart of Community. This interactive and intergenerational tour will prompt discussion of what it was really like to be in America’s concentration camps. It will conclude with an activity and a visit to the Hirasaki National Resource Center, so that you can look up your family’s camp and immigration records together.

    Space is limited. RSVP memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5657 with adult Member’s name, along with names and ages of all children attending. Recommended for children ages 10 years and older, though all ages welcome.
    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    2014 World Taiko Gathering

    events/WTG_final_blk_jpg_1.jpg TAIKOPROJECT is pleased to present the 2014 World Taiko Gathering, the first-ever convening of taiko groups from all over the world, scheduled for July 18-20, 2014. Presented by TAIKOPROJECT in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Southern California Taiko Community, the 2014 World Taiko Gathering is expected to bring together over 500 participants from taiko groups throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Activities will include three days of workshops, discussion sessions, taiko performances, and community-building activities.

    Dozens of taiko workshops will be offered by the top instructors and taiko artists from all over the world for taiko drummers of all skill levels and interests. Attendees will have access to the Taiko Marketplace, with drums and equipment from the finest Japanese and American taiko makers and artisans. There will be free noon-time taiko performances on each day of the World Taiko Gathering, as well as a free community taiko concert on the JACCC Plaza, and a global taiko concert at the Japan America Theatre, featuring premiere taiko ensembles from all over the world sharing one stage for the very first time.

    “This is one of the most exciting events we have ever worked on,” said Project Coordinator Masato Baba, “It will be the first time so many taiko players from not just North America, but from all over the world, will be together in one place. The world-wide taiko community is coming together here in Los Angeles. It’s going to be amazing...and loud.”

    Visit worldtaikogathering.com for ticket information and event schedule.

    Read an article about World Taiko Gathering on Discover Nikkei>>
    Saturday, July 26, 2014
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_14_1_jpg_200x200_autocrop_q85_12.jpg Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with Museum docents. $9 Members; $14 non-members, includes admission. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.
    Saturday, July 26, 2014
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Floral Cards

    Learn how to hand-make floral cards for the next birthday or special occasion. $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP is required; 10 participants max.
    Saturday, July 26, 2014
    2:00 PM

    Dodgers Panel Discussion

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    Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game curator Mark Langill (Dodgers Team Historian & Publications Editor) will moderate a panel which includes Margaret Narumi (NHK Producer), Tomas Benitez (Baseball Reliquary), Steve Han (KoreAm Journal) and Eric Dearborn (Baseball Photographer) in a discussion about Hideo Nomo, Fernando Valenzuela, Jackie Robinson, and Chan Ho Park.

    RSVP encouraged.


    MODERATOR:

    Mark Langill is the Team Historian and Publications Editor of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A member of the front office since 1994, Langill previously covered the ballclub for the Pasadena Star-News from 1989 to 1993. The Cal State Northridge graduate has written five books about the team, including Game of My Life: Dodgers.


    PANELISTS:

    Margaret Narumi was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Los Angeles during kindergarden. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's in Political Science, and, pursued a Master's in Political Science at Waseda University in Tokyo. While at Waseda, she interpreted for the U.S.-Japan Collegiate Championships, her first taste of baseball, and, upon returning back to Los Angeles, joined NHK, Japan's sole public broadcaster. She currently covers MLB broadcasts and is a Producer for NHK Cosmomedia America.

    Tomas Benitez was born and raised in East LA. He has been an arts and cultural advocate for nearly forty years, working mostly in community settings and non-profit organizations. He is Chairman of the Board of the Latino Arts Network, and is a former commissioner with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. He is a contributing writer and founding member of the Baseball Reliquary’s Latino Baseball History Project, a study of the Latino experience in America through the lens of baseball.

    Steve Han is a sportswriter for the nationally circulated English-language Korean American magazine KoreAm Journal and South Korea's largest circulated sports daily newspaper Sports Chosun. He has written cover stories on L.A. Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for KoreAm while working as a Dodgers beat writer for Sports Chosun.

    Eric Dearborn is the current team photographer for the Dodgers’-affiliated minor league baseball team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Apart from being an expert on baseball history, he is also a model and actor who has appeared on shows such as All My Children, CSI Miami and ads for Gap, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch and many more.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game

     

     

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