Calendar of Events — April 2009
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Cherry Blossom Festival Southern CA
Sunday 4/5/08 – 10:30 am- 5:00 pm
*Entrance on 1st Street in front of the Japanese American National Museum & Lot 7.
The Cherry Blossom Festival Southern CA is a free admission event to the public produced by a Volunteer Team and located in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles.
For more information, go to www.cherryblossomfestivalsocal.org
El Mexico Mas Cercano A Japon
Electric Cherry Blossom
This event features up and coming bands such as Anime Expo Idol STEPHANIE YANEZ, San Fransisco's J-pop favorites AKAI SKY, and KAILA YU ('The Fast and the Furious') and NYLON PINK, performing their breakout hit from the 'Gossip Girl' Soundtrack "HELLO DRAMA!"
Also look out for the fresh video game remixes of PHEONIX DOWN, The Anime Trance Anthems of DJ JINREI, and the eclectic beats of DJ ¡PAZ!
And for all you Cosplay lovers, we're happy to announce our special host for the evening, LISA from WONDERLAND-ATELIER. Our Cherry Blossom guest of honor this year is her highness QUEEN GINNY, and we'll get a special treat as USA MUSUME performs live on stage!
All this PLUS Anime, and clothing vendors, the ambiance of the Cherry Blossom Festival, and all the yummy Japanese food and treats just across from the venue! Come join us, and wear your finest cosplay attire for a J-rockin' good time! Cover charge at the door is $20, $15 for students with proper ID, and $10.00 for National Museum members. FREE glow-sticks all night long, so you can dance the night away!
Craft Class: Children’s Day and Easter Cards
Target Free Family Saturday: What's Cooking?
Celebrate shared traditions and family fun cooking demonstration, activities and workshops within the Asian American community.
Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.
All day craft activities:
11 AM – Doors open.
12 – 3 PM - Kidding Around the Kitchen: Parents and children’s drop in cooking workshops featuring the famous “rainbow stir fry” dish
12:30 & 2:30 PM – Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop: Mochi demonstration and tasting
1 & 3 PM - Sushi Chef Institute: Sushi making demonstration and tasting
4 PM - Doors close
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Kidding Around The Kitchen
It is such a common problem in today's world that families rarely get to eat together anymore.
Kidding around the Kitchen shows that families can make and eat food together without a lot of fuss or a huge time commitment. The family food demo helps families with tips on smarter shopping, fun recipe ideas, advice on how to incorporate healthier choices when possible and advice on how to delegate tasks in an age-appropriate way. This family food demo is a “how to” get everyone involved in the family meal.
Kidding around the Kitchen is for families that have full plates in life as well as wanting a full plate of food to enjoy together. It's about time well spent. You'll see your kids get a we did it attitude!! This family food demo works on the try it premises all while empowering the kids and family. If we can do it, so can you!!
Kidding around the Kitchen is an adventure in fun, food and family. We are not only making food, we are making memories.
For more information on Kidding Around the Kitchen go to: www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com/.
Kidding Around The Kitchen will also be coming back for two special workshops, to find out more about each workshop and how to sign up for one, go to:
June 6: Kidding Around in the Kitchen Family Cooking Adventure: Beat the June Gloom
Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop
Fugetsu-Do has been a family owned and operated confectionery store in Little Tokyo since 1903. Japanese rice cakes, more commonly known as mochi (rice cake) and manju (sweet bean-filled rice cake), are the staple. The shop, which is currently operated by Brian Kito, is located on East First Street, in the heart of the Historic District of Little Tokyo. Some of the family history was shared with me, and I welcome the opportunity to put down on paper one family's history in the United States.
For more information on Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop go to: www.fugetsu-do.com/.
Sushi Chef Institute
Would you like to get the high quality education of Sushi making? Would you like to be a master Japanese cooking? We are sure to meet your expectations. Sushi Chef Institute (SCI) is a Sushi School for anyone who wants to learn Sushi making and Traditional Japanese cooking. The Instructor, Chef Andy Matsuda, is the first person who is authorized to serve as an instructor in California Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Institution. He had appeared on famous magazines, People magazine and New York Foody magazine. And he also had appeared on Fox 11 TV show. Now, he teaches not only regular students, but also instructors of Le Cordon Bleu, French culinary school. We hope we could support your dream and see you soon in our class at SCI.
For more information on Sushi Chef Institute go to: www.sushischool.net/.
Other Family Events at the National Museum
May 2: Southwest Chamber Music: Music Unwrapped Free Family Concerts
June 6: Kidding Around in the Kitchen Family Cooking Adventure: Beat the June Gloom
August 15: Summer Festival on the Courtyard
August 29: Common Ground Tour for Families
August 29: Taiko for Families
Bringing the Circle Together: Killer's Paradise
In this powerful film, the award-winning team of Olenka Frenkiel and Giselle Portenier document the story of the brutal killings of women in Guatemala. Since 1999, more than 2,000 women have been murdered there, with the numbers rising every year. This evening's screening will bring together artists, activists and community organizers who will come together to remember and ensure this act of femicide does not go unheard. A short screening of ‘Soleil’ will presented. Keynote speakers include Ana Castillo. Artists and activists include Sandra Luna, Timoi, Olivia Chumacero, Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team, and Chapinas Unidas.
Bringing the Circle Together: A Native American Film Series
Bringing the Circle Together: A Native American Film Series is a FREE monthly film series located in downtown Los Angeles at the National Center for Preservation of Democracy. The film series was established to provide quality documentaries by and about Indigenous people of the Americas, and bring together a central gathering place where discussion and awareness of issues can be shared with the Native community and its supporters.
The film series is held at the National Center for Preservation of Democracy located at 111 North Central Avenue, between 1st Street and Central Avenue, in downtown Los Angeles. The NCPD can be reached via train, bus, or parking in the area (pdf for directions). Doors open at 6:30pm.
The film series is hosted by Lorin Morgan-Richards and Tahesha Knapp-Christensen and is sponsored by the following organizations:
The Japanese American National Museum
The National Center for Preservation of Democracy
Hecho de Mano
For more information about the film series please visit www.myspace.com/nafilmseries
or by email at email@example.com
Meet the Writer/Be the Writer Mixer
Asian American Poetry Writing Presents an opportunity for writers, aspiring writers, and readers to gather and talk about their favorite books. Visit www.aapw-la.org for special guests.
Unique Flowers: A Workshop with Elizabeth Asawa
Cape Networking Mixer: An Evening with Giant Robot's Eric Nakamura
CAPE is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing diversity and creating social change by actively developing, promoting and positioning Asian Pacific Americans for key artistic and leadership roles in the entertainment industry and media arts.
For more information about the Pilgrimage, go to http://www.manzanarcommittee.org/
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
The Pavilion: Home, Community, History— Celebrating Ten Years of Building a Legacy
The Japanese American National Museum announced its 2009 program theme celebrating the opening of its Pavilion with year-long slate of public programs and special events that will review the work by the National Museum in the last decade. The first of these themed-programs is the National Museum’s 2009 Annual Gala Dinner, "The Pavilion: Home, Community, History—Celebrating Ten Years of Building a Legacy", which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Saturday, April 25.
For more information, please visit http://www.janm.org/events/2009/dinner/