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Calendar of Events — February 2007

All programs are free for JANM members and free 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 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.

Thursday, February 8, 2007
7:30 PM

An Evening with Mia Doi Todd

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A native Angelena, Mia Doi Todd has released several albums of her own genre-defying music. Producing images both vibrant and subtle, the singer-songwriter has performed around the world including collaborations with artists ranging from Saul Williams to Folk Implosion. Critics have described her voice as a "shocking beauty" and "entirely remarkable." Don't miss this opportunity to see one of LA's most memorable talents. Reservations recommended.

Sponsored, in part, by The James Irvine Foundation and Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

Saturday, February 17, 2007
2:00 PM

Day of Remembrance: "Military Necessity" to "National Security" ... The Use of Executive Power from WWII to Iraq

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FREE ADMISSION

The Day of Remembrance is held each year to commemorate President Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. Roosevelt proclaimed "military necessity" and set into motion the removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans with little or no challenge from congress or the nation.

The program for Day of Remembrance 2007 examines the use of Executive Power from both a historical and present-day perspective and explores the ways in which challenges to this presidential authority have been enacted. This year's program will serve as a catalyst for all Americans to evaluate governmental authority and ensure that elected officials adopt policies that uphold the constitution. Panelists will discuss the role of other branches of the federal government and the importance of activism in safeguarding civil liberties for all.

Participants include: Helga Aguayo, wife of Agustin Aguayo, the first U.S. soldier stationed in Germany to publicly refuse deployment to Iraq; Laila Al Marayati, spokesperson for Muslim Women's League; Honorable Xavier Becerra, Congressman of the 31st District of California and Assistant to the Speaker of the House; Lane Hirabayashi, George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress, and Community, UCLA; Tadashi Nakamura, Filmmaker, Pilgrimage (2006); Cedrick Shimo, Private, 1800th Engineering Batallion (WWII).

For reservations, please call 213.625.0414.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Closing of the exhibition "Ansel Adams at Manzanar"

Organized by the Honolulu Academy of Arts, includes over 50 vintage prints from the collections of the Library of Congress, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Japanese American National Museum.

In conjunction with the exhibition Ansel Adams at Manzanar
Sunday, February 18, 2007
2:00 PM

Film Screening: "Farewell to Manzanar"

To mark the 30th anniversary of the telecast of Farewell to Manzanar, the National Museum hosts a screening followed by a conversation with Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and her husband James D. Houston. The film is a poignant portrayal not only of the Wakatsukis' experience, but a celebration, as well, of the resilience of the human spirit. Panel also includes participants of the original film.

This presentation is made possible, in part, by a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

Learn more about the legacy of Farewell to Manzanar at the Museum Store Online.

In conjunction with the exhibition Ansel Adams at Manzanar
Thursday, February 22, 2007
7:30 PM

Cold Tofu's Spectacular Salute to the Oscars

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Our favorite improv troupe returns to the National Museum for an uproarious satire of the pomp (and sometimes pompous) and circumstance that is the Oscars.

Cold Tofu is dedicated to promoting diverse images of Asian Pacific Americans through comedy and to developing multiethnic talent through education and performance.

Click here to visit the Cold Tofu website!

Saturday, February 24, 2007
1:00 PM

Craft Class with Ryosen Shibata

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February 24 and 25
Hinamatsuri Origami Dolls

Just in time for Girls Day, this popular two-day class will teach participants how to make adorable dolls to keep or to share. A great class for families. $15 for National Museum members and $20 for non-members, includes supplies and Museum admission for both days.

Saturday, February 24, 2007
2:00 PM

"A Divided Community": A Staged Reading

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Based upon actual events, A Divided Community was conceived by Frank Chin. During World War II, a group of Japanese Americans protested their unconstitutional incarceration by refusing to report to the draft board if called upon until their rights and those of their families as United States citizens were restored. Colloquially known as "the resisters," the actions of these men continue to generate debate in the community. Read by actual World War II resisters and veterans as well as actors, this piece brings to life an important moment in history that still resonates today. Performance is free; Museum admission not included.

The free performance is made possible by the California Council for the Humanities.

Sunday, February 25, 2007
1:00 PM

Craft Class with Ryosen Shibata

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February 24 and 25
Hinamatsuri Origami Dolls

Just in time for Girls Day, this popular two-day class will teach participants how to make adorable dolls to keep or to share. A great class for families. $15 for National Museum members and $20 for non-members, includes supplies and Museum admission for both days.

Sunday, February 25, 2007
2:00 PM

Gary Fukushima Jazz Trio

Join us for an afternoon of great music by pianist Gary Fukushima. Known for bringing a fresh take to cherished standards, he also creates dynamic original compositions. Grab a cup of coffee and bite to eat at the Terasaki Garden Cafe featuring Chef Hirose then take in a bit of jazz by one of the city's rising stars. Free with Museum admission.

 

 

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