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Calendar of Events — September 2006

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

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing 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.

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.

Thursday, September 7, 2006
6:30 PM

"LA Menu Munchies" by Collage Ensemble Inc.

LA Menu Munchies is a digital magazine that portrays Los Angeles' urban fabric through the needle and thread of food.

Join its creators, Collage Ensemble Inc.--Alan Nakagawa, Mona Kasra, and Alex Alferov--in the world premiere of their DVD, where cooking-show meets cultural explosion.

The DVD will be available for sale through the Museum Store. Please call 888.769.5559 or order through the Museum Store Online in September.

Thursday, September 7, 2006
6:30 PM

1st & Central Summer Concerts: Dengue Fever


6:30 PM - Opening Act
7:00 PM - Featured Artists

Critics around the country have hailed this six-member band that fuses Cambodian pop with psychedelic rock as one to watch. Fronted by the amazing vocalist, Chhom Nimol, Dengue Fever closes this year's concert series with sounds that are both familiar yet at absolutely unique ... The result is a concoction all their own.

Free. Reservations are not needed. Sponsored, in part, by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Irvine Foundation. Media sponsors: KFPK 90.7 FM and Downtown News.

Saturday, September 9, 2006
11:00 AM

Target Free Family Saturdays: More Than Crayons


This summer the National Museum debuts four wonderful days created especially for families. Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

More than Crayons
Watercolor--Photography--Pencil--Sculpture--Collage--Paint, and more...

Utilize all types of art mediums to create your own masterpiece and tell a story. Items from the National Museum collection will serve as inspiration for your own work of art. Drop-in anytime for special art workshops led by local artists and stay for the music, storytelling, and a display by the participants of the photography workshop led by artist Kip Fulbeck.

Reservations are not needed.

Join us for our other Target Free Family Saturdays

July 8 - I am ... I can be ...
October 14 - Family Folktales: Rabbits, Roosters, Monkeys, Oh My!
November 11 - A World of Percussion: Shake, Rattle & Bang!

In conjunction with the exhibition kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
Sunday, September 17, 2006
2:00 PM

About Face: Artists Discuss Portraiture, Portrait-Making, and Identity - POSTPONED

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Due to circumstances beyond our control, this program has been postponed. The new date will be posted online as soon as it is determined.

Thank you and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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How are contemporary artists using portraiture and portrait-making processes to examine, reflect, and/or challenge constructions of identity?

Join us as an eclectic group of artists gather to discuss the role of ethnicity, race, class, age, gender, and sexuality, among others, in shaping their work. The conversation promises to be a lively commentary on ways of the seeing the self and others.

In conjunction with the exhibition kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
Saturday, September 23, 2006
1:00 PM

Craft Class with Ryosen Shibata: Sumi-e plants


Create elaborate plants and flowers with the art and style of sumi-e. $8 for National Museum members and $13 for non-members, includes supplies and Museum admission. Reservations are required.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Smithsonian Museum Free-For-All

On September 30, 2006, for one day only, the Japanese American National Museum, along with other museums across the country will join the Smithsonian Institution in its long-standing tradition of offering free admission to visitors.

For the first time, Museum Day is open to the general public as well as Smithsonian magazine's subscribers. To download and print your free Museum Day card, visit

The card is valid only on September 30, 2006 and is good for two general admissions at any of the hundreds of participating museums (not applicable for special exhibits, IMAX screenings or for use with any other offer).



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