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Calendar of Events — October 2009

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, October 1, 2009
5:30 PM—7:30 PM

Open House for Educators

FREE!

Drop by and join us as we celebrate the beginning of a new school year. View exhibitions and get updates and information about the Museum’s programs. We welcome returning teachers as well as educators who have never visited the Museum before to come see what we have to offer!

Special opportunity: Bring a completed group visit reservation form (available at janm.org) for guaranteed on-site tour booking.

Tacos from the Kogi Korean BBQ taco truck will be served! Educators will have the opportunity to come taste what all the buzz is about.

For more information about our school visits program, go to: http://www.janm.org/education/

Thursday, October 1, 2009
8:00 PM—11:00 PM

ID Film Festival

events/idlogo100_.jpg The second annual ID Film Festival showcases films that challenge and celebrate what it means to be Asian.

$5 for members; $8 non-members per program. Or you can buy a festival pass for $30. (Unless otherwise noted.) For more information about the festival, go to: www.idfilmfest.org.


8 PM - OPENING NIGHT:
  • Seikaku (Directed by Jaysn Kim)

  • Sunsets (Directed by Michael Aki & Eric Nakamura): A special never-before-seen new cut. This film is part of our Class of 1997 retrospective.


  • MORE INFO ABOUT THE FILMS: (By Gillian Sand)
    Sunsets, the first feature by filmmakers Michael Aki and Giant Robot’s Eric Nakamura, opens the festival with a brand new cut. Premiered as part of the Class of 1997 at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival over a decade ago, Sunsets has never been commercially released. ID Film Fest presents this rare opportunity to look at this first feature by two talented filmmakers.

    Shot on grainy black and white 16mm film, the very medium of rebel cinema, Sunsets chronicles the ennui, drunken bouts and petty crimes of three young men, a white guy, a Hispanic and a Japanese American (played by filmmaker Aki himself) growing up in Watsonville. The film is very much a coming-of-age story that is compelling in its purity and rawness. Smart, funny and irreverent, this little seen film shows a rare slice of Asian American cinema never been attempted before. A critic has asserted that the film is “smarter and more credible than anything Gregg Araki has come up with.”

    Sunsets is preceded by the “Seikaku,” a compelling documentary short about a Japanese tattoo artist in Los Angeles. The short was produced as a student project for UCLA's Ethnocommunications program.

    10 PM - Opening Reception.

    Other ID Film Festival Screenings

    Day 2 of the ID Film Festival

    Final Day of the ID Film Festival

    ID Film Festival: Oct. 2, 2009- Oct. 3, 2009, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Friday, October 2, 2009
    6:00 PM—1:00 AM

    ID Film Festival

    events/idlogo100___.jpg The second annual ID Film Festival showcases films that challenge and celebrate what it means to be Asian.

    Free for members; $5 non-members per program. Or you can buy a festival pass for $30. (Unless otherwise noted.) For more information about the festival, go to: www.idfilmfest.org.


    DAY 2 of ID Film Festival
    6 PM - Three Narrow Gates (Directed by Vincent Chui): US Premier. This film is part of our spotlight on Hong Kong Independent films

    8 PM - King of Spy (Directed by Chu Ka Yat): US Premier. This film is part of our spotlight on Hong Kong Independent films. Preceding the feature is "Cut Short" (Directed by Jason Tobin).

    10 PM - Citizen King (Directed by Johnson Lee & Ching Long): US Premier. This film is part of our spotlight on Hong Kong Independent films.

    MORE INFO ABOUT THESE FILMS (By Gillian Sand):
    THREE NARROW GATES
    A young fallen cop, a reporter and a priest cross paths via the murder of a young Chinese prostitute. Hong Kong filmmaker Vincent Chui brings us on a suspenseful journey into a complex web of political scandals and business deals between the wealthy and the corrupt. Essentially, the film captures the paranoia and fear of Hong Kong against political criticism against China. Three Narrow Gates is an ambitious and suspenseful low budget political thriller that relies more on storytelling than special effects.

    Knowing well that he would not be able to distribute the movie in China, Chui made the film with a shoestring budget of USD$50,000. Three Narrow Gates is not only a testament to Chui’s filmmaking skills. It is also a testament to his commitment and integrity of being an independent filmmaker in Hong Kong daring to challenge the unspoken censorship of China.

    CUT SHORT
    A short film by Jason Tobin about a sleazy reporter who has the tables turned on him when an irate celebrity decides to “Cut Short” their interview.

    KING OF SPY
    Directed, produced, choreographed, and acted by the Chu brothers, King of Spy is probably the most entertaining and cheapest feature to ever come out of Hong Kong. Director Chu Ka Yat made this action thriller for price tag of USD$800 with a combination of amateur actors, homemade special effects, and extras from Simcity.

    King of Spy tells the adventures of a super spy, played by Chu Ka Yat, in search of a mass destructive weapon called the Eye of the Sky. A nonstop rollercoaster ride of comic violence and 99-cents martial arts choreography, King of Spy is a true piece of inspiring independent cinema that shows how much you can do with little money and resources. Behind the comic action and tongue-in-cheek performances, King of Spy expresses the anxiety toward and critique against the lack of democracy of the Chinese government today.

    CITIZEN KING
    The title of this Hong Kong drama is an obvious take-off of Citizen Cane. Our Citizen King (Johnson Lee) is a down-and-out Chinese actor with the dream of make it in Hollywood because Hong Kong just doesn’t get him. King meets a sleazy American producer who promises that if King can make an audition tape he will get him set up in Hollywood. King enlists martial arts legend Gordon Liu (Kill Bill) to help him create the performance of his lifetime.

    Part romance and part black comedy, Citizen King was shot in black and white and in English, which are highly atypical for Hong Kong movies. The filmmakers Johnson Lee and Ching Long pull together a mix bag of melodrama, black comedy, mocumentary and cinematic homage to an ironically compelling feature. Citizen King is truly a hyperbole of Hong Kong’s identity crisis—a Chinese movie shot in English, and a good film about a bad actor. The romance between King and his biggest fan (Farini Chan) is particularly moving. Citizen King is undeniably a fascinating and unique item of Hong Kong cinema.

    Other ID Film Festival Screenings

    Final Day of the ID Film Festival

    Museums Free-For-All Weekend: Oct. 3, 2009- Oct. 3, 2009, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Saturday, October 3, 2009

    Museums Free-For-All Weekend

    It’s National Arts Month! Celebrate the arts by visiting local LA-area museums for FREE (days and hours vary per museum). Visit www.museumsla.org/news.asp for a complete listing of participating museums.

    Saturday, October 3, 2009
    11:00 AM—1:30 PM

    Sushi Chef Institute Presents: Make Your Own Sushi!

    events/Sushi100.jpg A one-day sushi workshop so you can enjoy sushi at home including how to make sushi rice and basic rolls, plus a special tasting of your own creations! $40 members; $50 non-members, includes admission and supplies.

    For more information about the Sushi Chef Institute, go to: www.sushischool.net

    Saturday, October 3, 2009
    12:00 PM

    ID Film Festival

    events/idlogo100____.jpg The second annual ID Film Festival showcases films that challenge and celebrate what it means to be Asian.

    Free for members; $5 non-members per program. Or you can buy a festival pass for $30. (Unless otherwise noted.) For more information about the festival, go to: www.idfilmfest.org.


    Final Day of ID Film Festival
    12 PM - Lovers on the Road (Directed by Jessey Tsang): US Premier. This film is part of our spotlight on Hong Kong Independent films

    2 PM - Strawberry Fields (Directed by Rea Tajiri): This film is part of our Class of 1997 retrospective and is FREE.

    4 PM - Japanese American Shorts Program
  • Half Kenneth (Directed by Ken Ochiai)

  • A Song for Ourselves (Directed by Tad Nakamura)

  • Pawns of the King (Directed by Ming Lai)


  • 6 PM - Yellow (Directed byChris Chan Lee): This film is part of our Class of 1997 retrospective and is FREE.

    8 PM - Shopping For Fangs (Directed by Quentin Lee & Justin Lin): This film is part of our Class of 1997 retrospective and is FREE. Preceding the feature is "Behind You" (Directed by Daric Loo).

    10 PM - Closing Reception

    MORE INFO ABOUT THESE FILMS: (By Gillian Sand)
    LOVERS ON THE ROAD
    Jessey Tsang’s first feature Lovers on the Road is a quietly observing portrait of a young Hong Kong woman who moves with her boyfriend to Beijing. In a foreign city, she explores the city alone while her boyfriend is at work. There is a sense of ennui and lost passion in her life. As she meets a young Japanese bohemian, the two possible young lovers set on a road trip together and reignite their passion to live.

    Lovers on the Road is subtle in style and plot but rich in emotions and atmosphere. The film is most effective in portraying a displaced young woman’s internal landscape. Lovers on the Road also illuminates the identity crisis of a Hong Kong Chinese both emotionally and psychologically lost in mainland China. It is ironic that the main character finds solace in a Japanese national rather than a Chinese native, showing the unspeakable psychological distance between Hong Kong and China.

    STRAWBERRY FIELDS
    In this coming-of-age drama of a Japanese American teenage girl, the brilliant Suzy Nakamura plays a rebellious teenager, Irene, growing up in the 70s who faces identity crisis and growing pains. On the verge of a divorce, Suzy’s parents have spent time in the concentration camp and were very much traumatized by their experiences there.

    Trapped and unhappy at home, Irene decides to hit the road with her handsome boyfriend (James Sie) to San Francisco and a soul-searching journey begins. The film is very much about memory, trauma and the Japanese American identity, a theme that filmmaker Rea Tajiri has previously explored in her famed experimental piece “History and Memory.” Intellectually engaging and emotionally moving, Strawberry Fields is poised to be a significant contribution in the cinema of Japanese Americans. Strawberry Fields was presented at the Venice Film Festival after its premiere at the 1997 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

    THREE JAPANESE AMERICAN SHORTS
    “Half Kenneth” is a beautifully made period short drama about two HAPA adolescent brothers escaping from the concentration camp to look for their Caucasian mother. Filmmaker Ken Ochiai produced this short as an AFI thesis film.

    “A Song for Ourselves” is a moving short documentary by upcoming filmmaker Tad Nakamura, celebrating the life and legacy of the late Asian-American musician-activist Chris Iijima. Showing the significant involvement of Asian Americans in the 60s’ civil rights movement, Ijima is an unsung hero of America’s progressive political movement.

    Starring Sab Shimono, “Pawns of the King” is a short drama about a retired World War II Japanese Imperial Navy pilot playing a fateful game of chess against an old enemy, a retired U.S. Army 442nd solder, in the park. Filmmaker Ming Lai received the prestigious Panavision New Filmmaker Program grant and generous support from Kodak for the production of the short.

    YELLOW
    Sin works at his father’s grocery store in Koreatown as thugs rob the store and held Sin at gunpoint, taking $1,500. As Sin fears that his stern Korean father (Soon Tek Oh) will not let him go to college unless he gets the money back, his friends, an ensemble of Asian American teenagers, decide to help him recover the money as a wild night of action and drama ensues.

    Showing the talents of new Asian American faces such as John Cho, Burt Bulos and Lela Lee, Yellow is the debut feature by Chris Chan Lee who went on to direct his second feature Undoing with yet a stellar Asian American cast. Yellow tells the coming-of-age story of an Asian American male that serendipitously mirrors that of an Asian American female in Rea Tajiri’s Strawberry Fields.

    SHOPPING FOR FANGS
    Probably the only cultish Asian American feature among the Class of 1997, Shopping for Fangs is the first feature co-directed by Quentin Lee and Justin Lin. Part comedy and part drama with a stylish thriller flare, Shopping for Fangs is quintessentially a postmodern collage that pays homage to 90s’ cinematic icons such as Wong Ka Wai and Quentin Tarantino.

    Trapped in an unhappy marriage, Katherine, a housewife, is having sporadic black outs while Phil is having a hair problem that leads him to think that he’s turning into a werewolf. Toss into the mix are a wacky lesbian waitress in a blonde wig and a gay photographer (played by John Cho) who hang out at a San Gabriel Valley diner. These four quirky characters’ lives crisscross as this unexpected black comedy unfolds.

    Preceding the feature is the horror short “Behind You” by Daric Loo, a fellow graduate of UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television with Quentin Lee and Justin Lin. “Behind You” is fun slasher short about a masked killer in a web chat.

    Saturday, October 3, 2009
    1:00 PM—2:00 PM

    Exhibition Tour

    events/commonground100______________.png Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: Heart of a Community with experienced docents.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
    Saturday, October 3, 2009
    9:30 PM—10:30 PM

    Class of 1997 Asian American New Wave Reunion Round Table

    events/1997-100.jpg FREE!

    Please join us for the round table discussion with Michael Aki, Chris Chan Lee, Quentin Lee, Justin Lin, Eric Nakamura and Rea Tajiri at 9:30PM on Saturday Oct 3, 2009 after the free 8PM screening of SHOPPING FOR FANGS at ID FIlm Fest (www.idfilmfest.org):

    The round table will be moderated by Giant Robot's Martin Wong.

    A free after party will follow with sake provided by Sho Chiku Bai.

    The round table is sponsored by www.giantrobot.com and http://youoffendmeyouoffendmyfamily.com.

    Sunday, October 4, 2009

    Exhibition Closing

    events/Kokeshi-exhibit-100px.jpg Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy closes.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy
    Sunday, October 4, 2009

    Exhibition Closing

    events/Skull_100_.jpg Mike Shinoda Glorious Excess (Dies) closes.

    Sunday, October 4, 2009
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    The Dolls of Hina-matsuri

    events/hina100.jpg Hina-matsuri (Girls Day Festival) is perhaps Japan's most famous celebration with its elaborate display of dolls depicting a stylized imperial court. Yet few, even in Japan, are familiar with its origins and symbolism. East Asian scholar and author, Alan Pate, will explore its evolution, the various dolls displayed, and its forgotten meanings.

    Please note that Alan Pate will be signing his books after the program. Copies of Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo can be purchased from the Museum Store.
    In conjunction with the exhibition Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy
    Saturday, October 10, 2009
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturday: Toy Shoppe!

    events/2007-07-14_TargetLogo_____________.JPG FREE ALL DAY!

    Enjoy a day of toys, toys, and more toys at the National Museum!

    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:
  • Be creative and build your own character using air-dry clay!

  • Fabricate your own furry friend!

  • Ruthie's Origami Corner: Boo! Make an origami ghost.


  • *Special Toy Drive: Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the National Museum and we’ll donate it to the Children’s Hospital of L.A.

    Schedule:
    11:00 AM - Doors open.

    1:00 - 4:00 PM - Kidding Around The Kitchen will help you create your own fruit buddy. This food art project is fun enough to play with but yummy enough to get them to eat a variety of fruits.

    1:00 PM – Hear award winning author Ken Mochizuki read his new book, Be Water, My Friend, about Bruce Lee’s early childhood, and also Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story, which tells the inspiring story of Chiune Sugihara.

    2:00 - 3:00 PM – Hula hoop Workshop! Become an expert hoop dancer.

    3:00 PM – Prepare to be amazed and amused by Jersey Jim, the comedy magician.

    4:00 PM - Doors close.

    About Our Friends:
    CHILDRENS HOSPITAL:
    Helping a child "just be a kid" while in the hospital can be crucial to the recovery process. Through the generosity of our community supporters, approximately 500 toys per week are given to patients, based on the guidelines below:
    *One toy per week that a patient is in the hospital
    *One toy for a procedure or surgery
    *One toy for a birthday
    *Additional toys may be given if children cannot bring toys from home

    Please help the Children’s Hospital by bringing a toy to the National Museum. Toys have to be new, and wrapped. New books are acceptable too. For more information please call (323.361.2371) or visit them at www.childrenshospitalla.org.

    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 visit: www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com.

    KEN MOCHIZUKI:
    Ken Mochizuki is a published author and a narrator of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Ken Mochizuki include Baseball Saved Us, Be Water, My Friend, Beacon Hill Boys.

    BE WATER, MY FRIEND
    By Ken Mochizuki. Illustrated by Dom Lee.
    Mochizuki tells the true story of the formative years of Bruce Lee's early life growing up in Hong Kong in the 1940s and 1950s, before he became an international film star.

    PASSAGE TO FREEDOM
    By Ken Mochizuki. Illustrated by Dom Lee. Afterword by Hiroki Sugihara.

    As a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania in the 1940s, Chiune Sugihara had a chance to help thousands of Jews escape the Holocaust through Japan, but it was against his government’s orders. When his five-year-old son Hiroki asked, “If we don’t help them, won’t they die?” Sugihara decided to assist the refugees.

    Based on Hiroki Sugihara’s own words, Passage to Freedom is the first fully illustrated children’s book to tell Sugihara’s heroic story, highlighting his courageous humanity, and the importance of a child’s opinion in his father’s decision.

    Paper: 32 pp.

    [Purchase a copy of Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story at the Museum Store Online]

    HIPHOOPS:
    Hiphoops are fitted from high-grade, polyethylene plastic, then hand-wrapped with specially designed cloth tape. Their large size and heavy weight makes for easy maneuverability, while cloth tape provides additional friction. Those who may never have been able to hula-hoop as children are surprised and delighted at the ease with which they are able to keep HipHoops airborne.

    For more information or to book your own party, visit: HipHoops.net.

    JERSEY JIM:
    Jersey Jim is very proud of his home state. "The home of Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springstein... and Tony Soprano!"

    When Jim first drove West, he had his mechanic check his oil, his tires, his transmission. "When he heard I was driving to Los Angeles, he checked my Karma."

    Jim has been a magician since the age of 12, when he received his first magic kit. By 14, he was performing at birthday parties and challenging local police officers to handcuff him like his hero, Houdini. (And, like Houdini, Jim always escaped.)

    Jersey Jim's Comedy Magic show is a labor of love. Jim draws on his experience as a graduate of the prestigious UCLA film school and as a working screenwriter to create original and hilarious routines that you will see from no other magician. Jim also designs and builds his own one-of-a-kind equipment.

    Jim is a pupil of the world-famous and famously funny British magician, Gazzo Osborne. Jim is also co-author of Gazzo's book, "The Art of Krowd Keeping," a comprehensive study in audience management, which has been hailed as a classic in the field.

    Jim is a member of the Writers Guild of America, holds two California teaching credentials, a BA in film production, and an MFA in screenwriting.

    Whether it's a black tie corporate affair, a bustling trade show booth, strolling magic in a restaurant, or a birthday party, Jersey Jim's Comedy Magic is ready to amaze, amuse, and create magical memories to last a lifetime.

    For more information or to book your own show, visit: http://www.jerseyjimmagic.com/.


    2009 Target Free Family Saturday schedule

    November 14 – Merry Melodies

    December 12 – Let's Celebrate!


    Other Family Events at the National Museum

    October 24: Fall into JANM Comfort Foods Cooking Workshop

    December 5: Winter Family Breakfast Feast Cooking Workshop>

    Be Water, My Friend by Ken Mochizuki: Oct. 10, 2009- Oct. 10, 2009, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Saturday, October 10, 2009
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Be Water, My Friend by Ken Mochizuki

    events/bruce_lee_100.jpg FREE!

    Hear award winning author Ken Mochizuki read his new book, Be Water, My Friend, about Bruce Lee’s early childhood, and also Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story, which tells the inspiring story of Chiune Sugihara.

    Be Water, My Friend will be available for purchase on the day of event.

    [Purchase a copy of Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story at the Museum Store Online]

    Thursday, October 15, 2009
    7:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Bringing the Circle Together: Looking Toward Home

    events/100colorturtlesmall_________________.jpg Free Screening of Looking Toward Home

    Looking Toward Home explains how government relocation programs in the 1950s enticed significant numbers of Native Americans to leave the reservation for life in major cities such as, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The life and times of urban Indians is shown primarily through the eyes of these individuals and subsequent generations as they maintain their tribal identity far away from the culturally nurturing climate of the reservation. Special guest artists Timo and the White Buffalo will perform and a short screening of Conversion by Director Nanobah Becker will begin the night (Conversion takes place in a remote corner of the Navajo nation, circa 1950, a visit by Christian missionaries has catastrophic consequences for a family.) br>
    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
    Nahui Ohlin
    InterTribal Entertainment

    For more information about the film series please visit www.myspace.com/nafilmseries
    or by email at nafilmseries@aol.com

    Friday, October 16, 2009

    Songs for a New World

    October 16-18
    8 PM shows on Friday/Saturday, 2 PM on Sunday
    Opening Night (Friday, October 16): $35 (includes post show reception); no special rates for this evening

    ALL OTHER NIGHTS:
    $25 general admission
    $20 seniors, students and groups of 10 or more


    YES AND…PRODUCTIONS proudly presents Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. With a small, passionate cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is about one moment---or rather, isolated moments in the lives of many characters---in a variety of eras.

    This musical will transport you from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. These are the stories and characters of today, the SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. For tickets or for more information, please call 800-838-3006 or go to

    www.brownpapertickets.com/event/78295.


    Songs for a New World: Oct. 23, 2009- Oct. 25, 2009, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Friday, October 23, 2009

    Songs for a New World

    October 23-25
    8 PM shows on Friday/Saturday, 2 PM on Sunday

    $25 general admission
    $20 seniors, students and groups of 10 or more

    YES AND…PRODUCTIONS proudly presents Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. With a small, passionate cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is about one moment---or rather, isolated moments in the lives of many characters---in a variety of eras.

    This musical will transport you from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. These are the stories and characters of today, the SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. For tickets or for more information, please call 800-838-3006 or go to

    www.brownpapertickets.com/event/78295.




    Kidding Around in the Kitchen Family Cooking Class: Fall into the JANM Comfort Foods: Oct. 24, 2009- Oct. 24, 2009, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Saturday, October 24, 2009
    11:00 AM—1:00 PM

    Kidding Around in the Kitchen Family Cooking Class: Fall into the JANM Comfort Foods

    events/KiddingLogo100_edited-1_.jpg Please note that this class has been canceled.

    In this hands on class we will make some family friendly comfort foods celebrating the change of season and weather (we hope). Come with an empty stomach and an appreciation of seasonal cooking. We will tackle soups and chowders, fall sandwiches and some quick but delicious desserts.

    $25 members (for one child & one adult); $35 non-members, includes Museum admission and supplies. Reservations are strongly encouraged, contact 213-625-0414.

    This cooking workshop is brought to you in collaboration with Kidding Around the Kitchen. To find out more about Kidding Around the Kitchen, go to http://www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com/

    2009 Target Free Family Saturday schedule

    November 14 – Merry Melodies

    December 12 – Let's Celebrate!


    Other Family Events at the National Museum

    December 5: Winter Family Breakfast Feast Cooking Workshop>

    CONVERSATIONS with Norman Mineta & George Takei: Oct. 24, 2009- Oct. 24, 2009, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Saturday, October 24, 2009
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    CONVERSATIONS with Norman Mineta & George Takei

    CONVERSATIONS is a new National Museum public program series featuring intimate conversations with prominent individuals about their personal and professional inspirations, discoveries, and influences. The program series is an ideal opportunity for our younger generation to develop a deeper understanding and connection with the Japanese American story and community.

    The series' first program is an exclusive opportunity to hear directly from two notable leaders from our community, Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Actor/Activist George Takei. Hear their personal journeys from being incacerated in camp during World War II to their prospective careers in the public eye.

    Cocktail reception to follow. Sponsorships and ticketed packages available. Click here for sponsor benefits and form. All proceeds to support the National Museum's educational programming and outreach.

    For more information call 213.625.0414, ext. 2249.

    This program is sponsored, in part, by Presenting Sponsor Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., with additional support by American Fish & Seafood, Manabi & Sumi Hirasaki, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Miyako Hotel LA & Miyako Hybrid Hotel Torrance.

    Reception sponsored by Bill & Sumi Hughes, Hakutsuru Sake, and Kirin and media sponsors The Rafu Shimpo.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America by Greg Robinson

    events/Robinson100.gif The confinement of some 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, often called the Japanese American internment, has been described as the worst official civil rights violation of modern U. S. history. Greg Robinson not only offers a bold new understanding of these events but also studies them within a larger time frame and from a transnational perspective.

    Drawing on newly discovered material, Robinson provides a backstory of confinement that reveals for the first time the extent of the American government's surveillance of Japanese communities in the years leading up to war and the construction of what officials termed "concentration camps" for enemy aliens. He also considers the aftermath of confinement, including the place of Japanese Americans in postwar civil rights struggles, the long movement by former camp inmates for redress, and the continuing role of the camps as touchstones for nationwide commemoration and debate.

    Most remarkably, A Tragedy of Democracy is the first book to analyze official policy toward West Coast Japanese Americans within a North American context. Robinson studies confinement on the mainland alongside events in wartime Hawaii, where fears of Japanese Americans justified Army dictatorship, suspension of the Constitution, and the imposition of military tribunals. He similarly reads the treatment of Japanese Americans against Canada's confinement of 22,000 citizens and residents of Japanese ancestry from British Columbia. A Tragedy of Democracy recounts the expulsion of almost 5,000 Japanese from Mexico's Pacific Coast and the poignant story of the Japanese Latin Americans who were kidnapped from their homes and interned in the United States. Approaching Japanese confinement as a continental and international phenomenon, Robinson offers a truly kaleidoscopic understanding of its genesis and outcomes.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009
    6:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Giant Robot: Opening Reception

    Join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition with live music by Goh Nakamura and attendance by many of the participating artists. Special merchandise and surprises planned!

    In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 Years
    Sunday, October 25, 2009

    Exhibition Opening

    Giant Robot Biennale: 15 Years opens.
    Saturday, October 31, 2009
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour_____________________.jpg Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with National Museum docents.

    $9 Members; $14 non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended. Weather permitting.

    Saturday, October 31, 2009
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    A Reading of No-No Boy by Ken Narasaki

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    Playwright and actor Ken Narasaki adapts John Okada’s story of Ichiro Yamada as he returns home from prison and struggles to come to terms with his decision to not join the U.S. Army.

    Read “Tackling No No Boy” by Ken Narasaki on DiscoverNikkei.org to learn more about this play >>

     

     

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