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Calendar of Events — May 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, May 2, 2015

2015 Gala Dinner, Silent Auction, and After Party

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To Boldly Go: Sharing Our Story Across the Generations

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel and X Bar

Join us as we welcome the Japanese American community, sponsors, supporters, members, and new friends to JANM’s largest annual fundraising event. At the 2015 Gala Dinner, the museum will share its accomplishments of the past year, offer a glimpse into what the coming year holds in store, and remember those from the JANM family who have passed away since the last Gala. And, in recognition of his decades-long standing as an inspirational role model as well as his commitment and contributions to the Japanese American National Museum, actor and activist George Takei will be presented with JANM’s Distinguished Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement and Public Service.

Win an All-New 2015 Lexus NX 200t F SPORT!
Enter the 2015 Lexus Opportunity Drawing, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

For more information about the Gala Dinner, Lexus Opportunity Drawing, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit janm.org/dinner2015 or contact galadinner@janm.org or 213.830.5669.

Saturday, May 2, 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 museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Thursday, May 7, 2015
5:00 PM

Hello Kitty Musubi Workshop

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Back again by popular demand! Chef and Hello Kitty super-fan Katie Chin teaches how to make adorable and delicious Hello Kitty musubi.

$28 members, $35 non-members. Limited to 30 participants. Includes materials and museum admission including Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Thursday, May 7, 2015
7:00 PM

Hello Kitty Musubi Workshop

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Back again by popular demand! Chef and Hello Kitty super-fan Katie Chin teaches how to make adorable and delicious Hello Kitty musubi.

$28 members, $35 non-members. Limited to 30 participants. Includes materials and museum admission, including Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty before the workshop.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Friday, May 8, 2015

Member Appreciation Days

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Friday–Sunday, May 8–10, 2015

JANM members always enjoy a 10% store discount and free admission to JANM. On this special weekend, take advantage of a 20% discount at the JANM Store and janmstore.com, plus free admission and a 20% store discount at 15 other participating Southern California institutions, including the California Science Center, The San Diego Museum of Art, Skirball Cultural Center, and USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Visit janmstore.com/membershopping for details, restrictions, and a complete list of participants.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00 AM—11:00 AM

Good-bye, Hello! Complimentary Breakfasts

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Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30
Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31

Make the most of your membership privileges! JANM members are invited to celebrate the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty with free light refreshments, served during exclusive members’ viewing hours.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Saturday, May 9, 2015
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Meaningful May

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FREE* ALL DAY!

May is a month of many celebrations. Join us as we commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

*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:

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Create a special Mother’s Day card.

  • Memorial Day Messages: Write a heartfelt message to or about a veteran on our Wall of Appreciation.

  • Flower Arrangement: Create a miniature ikebana-inspired flower arrangement in honor of Mother’s Day.

  • Hello Kitty Crafts: Celebrate Hello Kitty while she’s still here at our temporary tattoo and paper doll stations.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m.: Join JANM volunteers who also happen to be veterans and hear their unique stories on a special Memorial Day Family Tour through Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

    12 p.m.: Take in an energetic taiko drumming performance by Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko.

    1 p.m.: Enjoy a Bollywood-style dance performance and learn about Indian folk dance traditions with the Bellytwins.

    1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Say goodbye to Hello Kitty in person, and take home a souvenir photo with her, courtesy of Nerdbot Photobooth.

    2 p.m.: Join an exciting K-Pop Dance Workshop with Aimee Lee Lucas.

    3:15 p.m.: Watch and participate in a lively dance performance that will incorporate traditions from Tahiti, Hawaii, and New Zealand. Presented by Island Inspirations.

     

    Sponsored by

    Saturday, May 9, 2015
    2:00 PM

    Honor and Sacrifice: The Roy Matsumoto Story

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    FREE

    This award-winning film tells the story of Roy Matsumoto, a Nisei who became a World War II hero when he fought against the Japanese as part of Merrill’s Marauders, an American guerrilla unit. He also did work in military intelligence, which was kept secret for 50 years. Matsumoto had one brother who also fought for the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese, while his parents and sisters decided to relocate to their ancestral home of Hiroshima. This family’s heartrending story, told by Roy’s daughter Karen, encapsulates the complex issues faced by Japanese Americans during this time.

    Screening followed by discussion with Karen Matsumoto and filmmakers Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers.

    This film is available on DVD at the JANM Store.

    Learn more about this film on Discover Nikkei.

    Sunday, May 10, 2015
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    Good-bye, Hello! Complimentary Breakfasts

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    Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30
    Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31

    Make the most of your membership privileges! JANM members are invited to celebrate the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty with free light refreshments, served during exclusive members’ viewing hours.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    7:00 PM

    Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916-17)

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    In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, JANM presents a rare screening of The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916–17), a silent black-and-white film directed by Marion Wong.

    The Curse of Quon Gwon is the earliest known film directed by an Asian American, and one of the earliest directed by a woman. Reflecting the filmmaker’s desire to present authentic Chinese culture to a Western audience, the movie features an all-Chinese cast and Chinese-style interior décor. The melodramatic storyline, which is typical of Western films from that era, is filled with romance and intrigue.

    The evening will include a talk with Mai-Lon Gittelsohn and Dr. Greg Mark, descendants of star Violet Wong, and filmmaker Arthur Dong, who facilitated the restoration of the only known remaining portions of the historic film by the Academy Film Archive.

    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.

    Thursday, May 14, 2015
    7:00 PM

    Mountain Brothers

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    FREE

    Join us for an intimate conversation with cultural pioneers the Mountain Brothers, the first Asian American hip hop act to sign with a major label. Based out of Philadelphia, Chops (Scott Jung), Peril-L (Christopher Wang), and Styles Infinite (Steve Wei) broke new ground for Asian American musicians. Learn about their struggles and their triumphs, and where they are today. Moderated by Dr. Oliver Wang, associate professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach.

    This program is free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged using the link below.

    This program is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    Good-bye, Hello! Complimentary Breakfasts

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    Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30
    Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31

    Make the most of your membership privileges! JANM members are invited to celebrate the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty with free light refreshments, served during exclusive members’ viewing hours.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    10:00 AM

    Hello Kitty Decoden Workshop

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

    $20 members, $25 non-members. Materials and museum admission following the workshop are included. Limited to 25 participants.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    12:00 PM—5:00 PM

    Hello Kitty Crochet Workshop

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    This program is sold out.

    Learn the art of amigurumi (miniature toy crochet) and make your own Hello Kitty charm.

    Ages 14 and up, all skill levels welcome. $36 members, $45 non-members. Materials and museum admission following the workshop are included. Limited to 10 participants.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    12:30 PM

    Hello Kitty Decoden Workshop

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

    $20 members, $25 non-members. Materials and museum admission following the workshop are included. Limited to 25 participants.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Sunday, May 17, 2015
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    Good-bye, Hello! Complimentary Breakfasts

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    Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30
    Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31

    Make the most of your membership privileges! JANM members are invited to celebrate the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty with free light refreshments, served during exclusive members’ viewing hours.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Friday, May 22, 2015
    7:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Hello! Closing Party

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    Join us as we say farewell to Hello Kitty, whose exhibition closes on May 31. Exhibiting artists will be on hand to sign catalogs. Performances and additional activities TBA.

    $10 members, $30 general.

     

    Event Sponsor:

     

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    Good-bye, Hello! Complimentary Breakfasts

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    Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30
    Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31

    Make the most of your membership privileges! JANM members are invited to celebrate the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty with free light refreshments, served during exclusive members’ viewing hours.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Sunday, May 24, 2015
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    Good-bye, Hello! Complimentary Breakfasts

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    Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30
    Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31

    Make the most of your membership privileges! JANM members are invited to celebrate the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty with free light refreshments, served during exclusive members’ viewing hours.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    7:30 PM—9:00 PM

    InSight: LAB Writers Group Presents: Why No Mouth?

    FREE

    This group of Asian American theater writers led by traci kato-kiriyama presents Why No Mouth?, a reading and discussion of Hello Kitty–inspired writings produced in their monthly workshop. The works are geared toward theater and look at themes of consumerism, relationships, and need.

    Members of the group, who experiment with writing in live time and through an Asian-American lens, have included Greg Watanabe, Jason Fong, Judy Soohoo, Ken Narasaki, Prince Gomolvilas, Snehal Desai, Vasanti Saxena, and West Liang.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, May 30, 2015
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    Good-bye, Hello! Complimentary Breakfasts

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    Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30
    Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31

    Make the most of your membership privileges! JANM members are invited to celebrate the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty with free light refreshments, served during exclusive members’ viewing hours.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, May 30, 2015
    10:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Edible Adventures: Vegetarian Little Tokyo Walk

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    Learn about the role Japanese produce farmers played in the early days of Little Tokyo while sampling vegetables such as kabocha (winter squash), konnyaku (yam cake), and edamame (soybeans) from neighborhood shops.

    $40 members, $50 non-members. Nibbles and admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included; lunch stop is extra. Limited to 15 participants. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

    Saturday, May 30, 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, May 30, 2015
    12:00 PM—5:00 PM

    Hello Kitty Crochet Workshop

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    Learn the art of amigurumi (miniature toy crochet) and make your own Hello Kitty charm.

    Ages 14 and up, all skill levels welcome. $36 members, $45 non-members. Materials and museum admission are included. Limited to 10 participants.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Sunday, May 31, 2015

    Exhibition Closing: Hello!

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    Your last chance to see the Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty before it closes!

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Sunday, May 31, 2015
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    Good-bye, Hello! Complimentary Breakfasts

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    Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30
    Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31

    Make the most of your membership privileges! JANM members are invited to celebrate the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty with free light refreshments, served during exclusive members’ viewing hours.

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

     

     

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