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Calendar of Events — June 2010

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 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.

Saturday, June 5, 2010
11:00 AM—1:00 PM

Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Making Workshop

events/bronze-earrings100.jpg Rio Grande Certified Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Instructor, Lee Takasugi, will teach you how to mold, shape, stamp, texture, sand and polish soft PMC copper and bronze clay into unique and beautiful pieces of wearable jewelry. PMC is a clay invented by Japanese scientists from the Mitsubishi Corp., that when fired to a certain temperature, transforms from its soft, pliable form into 99.9% pure sterling silver, 23.5 kt. Gold, copper and bronze. PMC has expanded the ease of jewelry-making, thus eliminating the more traditional and pain-staking methods of pounding, drilling and sawing hard metals.

It is like pottery for the jeweler! There is no limit to your imagination. Walk away from the very first class with a finished pair of earrings and a pendant. Enroll in more classes and learn how to use this wonderful art form to make other pieces like rings, bracelets, tie pins, broaches, bolo ties.

$55 members; $65 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 15 students max.

Saturday, June 5, 2010
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Quakers: Friends of the Japanese American Community

events/friends_journal100.jpg FREE!
The Society of Friends (Quakers) were one of the few groups to publicly defend and support the Japanese Americans during the Second World War. Learn more about their important social justice work and legacy that extends to today.

Program:
  • Remarks from Joe Franko, former AFSC Regional Director


  • Video clips of AFSC's "Spirited Engagement"


  • Keynote Speaker: Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Ph.D., George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of Japanese American Redress, Internment, and Community at UCLA


  • Moderated Conversation With: Esther Takei Nishio, first Japanese American student to return to the West Coast, and Jean Hibino, Executive Secretary, Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund



  • Presented in collaboration with Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, American Friends Service Committee, The George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA, and the National Museum.

    Sunday, June 6, 2010
    10:00 AM—12:30 PM

    Six Taste's Little Tokyo Food Tour

    events/sixtaste100__.jpg Little Tokyo is home to several restaurants, bakeries, and other historical eating establishments. Its 100-plus years of history provide some fascinating stories. Six Taste's Little Tokyo Tour will take you throughout Little Tokyo, from Fugetsu-Do, a confectionary shop and the oldest building in Little Tokyo to Chado Tea Room, where you'll get to taste some authentic Japanese tea, to several other restaurants and other eateries.

    Six Taste's food tours are more than just walking and eating. They hope to provide you with an entertaining, educational, and exciting experience. You'll learn about Japanese culture, the history of Little Tokyo, the art and science of tasting, and have great conversations over great food.

    The "Gastronaut Tour" includes a balance of history, culture, and delicious food. You'll stop at some of the most fascinating historical locations in Little Tokyo, meet owners of some of the longest running stores in Little Tokyo, try amazing food at seven different locations, and learn about Japanese culture and culinary customs. This tour is perfect for tourists or LA natives that have never ventured into Little Tokyo before.

    $50 members; $55non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and warm clothes recommended. Weather permitting.

    For more information about Six Taste, go to www.sixtaste.com.

    Saturday, June 12, 2010
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturday: Uniquely You!

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

    Enjoy a day of family fun where were we celebrate you! This month's Target Family Free Saturday is in conjunction with the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.

    Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together. Media Sponsors: Los Angeles Downtown News, KSCI-TV LA-18, and The Rafu Shimpo

    ALL DAY CRAFT ACTIVITIES:
  • Families are all unique and special. Create your with a paper portrait!

  • Have your picture taken and embellish it with a frame decorated by you

  • Hip hip hooray! Make a pennant flag all about you

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make your own Father’s Day card!

  • SCHEDULE:
    11 AM - Doors open

    12 PM – Teri LaFlesh will share tips for all ages on how to work with naturally curly hair, making it your 'unique trademark and friend.'

    1 PM – Storytellers Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts will read from their popular children's book series Amy Hodgepodge about a young girl who is Japanese, African American, Korean and White.

    2 PM – Hear educator (and President Obama's sister), Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, read from her unreleased book Ladder to the Moon. Followed by a book signing of Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by author Kip Fulbeck and contributor Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng.

    1 PM to 4 PM – Join Kidding Around the Kitchen in celebrating Asian, Jewish, and Italian flavors in making some chicken soup for the fusion soul

    3:30 PM – Urban dance performance and workshop for kids by Culture Shock®

    4 PM - Doors close

    ABOUT OUR FRIENDS:
    Teri LaFlesh, Curly Like Me: The Natural Way to Grow Your Hair Healthy, Long, and Strong
    Teri LaFlesh has been writing and illustrating since childhood. She created freelance botanical illustrations while earning a bachelor of science in botany from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Most of her life was spent fighting with her chemically damaged, short and crunchy hair—once accidentally dissolving it all with a relaxer. Through nearly thirty years of trial, error, and research, she finally discovered what her hair had needed all along. Finally understood, her natural curls now reach to her hips. Teri lives near Seattle with her husband, two cats, and grows giant houseplants.

    For more information, go to : BiracialHair.org

    Our Storytellers: Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts
    Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts are actors and writers (and wife and husband) who live in Los Angeles. Kevin was raised on a ranch in Oklahoma and Kim grew up in the heart of New York City. They were inspired to write the Amy Hodgepodge series by their beautiful nieces and nephews - many of whom are mixed race children - and by the fact that when you look around the world today, it's more of a hodgepodge than ever.

    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.co

    Maya Soetoro-Ng
    Maya Soetoro-Ng has a background in global and multicultural education. She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and later moved to Honolulu, Hawai'i. She has a Masters degree in Secondary Education from NYU and a Ph.D in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawai‘i. Her doctoral research explored narrative and the politics of multicultural education. Maya has taught and developed humanities curriculum for alternative public and private schools in New York City and Honolulu. She has also mentored many teachers and conducted teacher training workshops in the U.S. and Indonesia. From 2000 to 2006, she was a lecturer in the University of Hawaii's College of Education. Maya is currently an education specialist at the East West Center which promotes cooperation and exchange between the United States and Asia. Her picture book Ladder to the Moon is being illustrated and will be published in the Fall of 2010. She is also writing a book on one of her lifelong commitments, peace education.

    Culture Shock®
    Is a troupe of individuals who, through the power of music and dance, cultivate self-worth, dignity, and respect for all people.

    Culture Shock® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) hip-hop dance troupe dedicated to cutting-edge entertainment, dance education and outreach to diverse communities. Founded in 1993 by Nike Dance Trainer Angie Bunch, Culture Shock has grown from its home location of San Diego to cities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

    For more information about Culture Shock®, go to: www.cultureshockdance.org/

    2010 TARGET FAMILY FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE
    July – On the Go!

    Oct 9: Theme Martial Arts:
    "Just for Kicks"

    Nov 13: Theme Fall
    "Fall into Fall”

    Dec 11: Theme: Origami
    “Fold, Crease, and Crinkle”


    In conjunction with the exhibition Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck
    Saturday, June 12, 2010
    11:00 AM—3:00 PM

    Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival

    events/MRFLF_Logo100.jpg The Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and every year brings together film and book lovers, innovative and emerging artists, and Mixed families for two days of workshops, readings, film screenings, a children's event and a live performance.

    The Festival has showcased many talented filmmakers, writers, and performers including Rebecca Walker, Kip Fulbeck, Danzy Senna, Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts, Angela Nissel, Neil Aitken, Sundee Frasier, Karyn Parsons and many, many more.

    The festival dates coincide with Loving Day, a global network of annual events celebrating the 1967 Loving decision affirming the right of people of different races to marry. The Loving Prize, presented during the festival, is awarded annually to outstanding artists, storytellers and community leaders for inspirational dedication to celebrating and illuminating the Mixed racial and cultural experience. Past recipients of the prize are: James McBride, Kip Fulbeck, Angela Nissel, and Maria P.P. Root.

    11:00AM-12:30PM Short film program:
    Tokyo Equinox (Dir. Yuri Makino); Mixed Mexican (Dir. Thomas Lopez); Unreserved (Dir. Tracy Rector); Crayola Monologues (Dir. Nathan Gibbs); MiXeD Me & MASC (Dir. Kristen Lee)

    11:00PM-4:00PM Mixed Marketplace: featuring artworks, clothing, products and organizations promoting the Mixed experience

    1:00PM-2:00PM Readings, Q&A, book signing featuring
    Carleen Brice, Kevin Minh Allen, Jason Luckett, Kerina C. Pharr

    2:00PM-3:15PM “Black, White and Yellow” (Dir. Nicole Koschmann)
    Feature film screening and Q&A

    3:30PM-4:30PM Readings, Q&A, book signing featuring
    Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Tara Betts, Celina Martinez, Monique Fields

    4:30PM-6:00PM Biracial Not Black Damn It-Part 2 (Dir. Carolyn Battle Cochran)
    Feature film screening


    For schedule information, visit mxroots.org. The festival is free and is and open to the public!

    In conjunction with the exhibition Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck
    Saturday, June 12, 2010
    7:30 PM—10:00 PM

    Conversations & Loving Prize Presentation with Kip Fulbeck & Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng

    events/Maya100.jpg UPDATE: Please note that this program is now sold out. But we will be taking names for the waiting list. Please follow directions listed below.

    Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to hear directly from two notable individuals, artist/professor/writer/hapa activist Kip Fulbeck and President Obama’s sister/educator/author Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, as they discuss identity, family, and what it means to be multiracial in America. This program will be moderated by Amy Hill.

    $15 members; $20 non-members. Buying tickets in advance is recommended. To purchase tickets, go to the front desk of the Museum during open hours or call the Museum's main line at 213-625-0414. If no one answers, please leave a message with your name, what program you'd like to buy tickets for and your telephone number.

    There will be a book signing and light reception after program.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck
    Sunday, June 13, 2010
    11:00 AM—6:30 PM

    Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival

    events/MRFLF_Logo100_.jpg The Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and every year brings together film and book lovers, innovative and emerging artists, and Mixed families for two days of workshops, readings, film screenings, a children's event and a live performance.

    The Festival has showcased many talented filmmakers, writers, and performers including Rebecca Walker, Kip Fulbeck, Danzy Senna, Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts, Angela Nissel, Neil Aitken, Sundee Frasier, Karyn Parsons and many, many more.

    The festival dates coincide with Loving Day, a global network of annual events celebrating the 1967 Loving decision affirming the right of people of different races to marry. The Loving Prize, presented during the festival, is awarded annually to outstanding artists, storytellers and community leaders for inspirational dedication to celebrating and illuminating the Mixed racial and cultural experience. Past recipients of the prize are: James McBride, Kip Fulbeck, Angela Nissel, and Maria P.P. Root.

    11:00PM-4:00PM Mixed Marketplace: featuring artworks, clothing, hair products and organizations promoting the Mixed experience

    11:30AM-12:30PM Panel: “Exploring the Historical Context for Contemporary Stories of the Mixed Experience”
    Moderated by KTLA’s award-winning co-anchor Frank Buckley

    1:00PM-3:00PM “Off & Running” (Dir. Nicole Opper)
    Feature film screening and Q&A

    3:30PM-4:15PM Readings, Q&A, book signing featuring
    Heidi W. Durrow, Neil Aitken, & Susan Ito

    4:45PM-6:15PM “A Family is a Family is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration” (Dir. Amy Schatz)
    Feature film screening and Q&A

    For schedule information, visit mxroots.org. The festival is free and is and open to the public!

    In conjunction with the exhibition Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck
    Saturday, June 26, 2010
    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, June 26, 2010
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Kusudama

    events/ball_100.jpg Make kusudama (paper balls) inspired crafts for your friends and family. $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission and supplies.

     

     

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