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Calendar of Events — October 2010

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.

Saturday, October 2, 2010
10:00 AM—12:30 PM

Japanese American History Class (Part 1 of 2)

This comprehensive two-day overview by our knowledgeable docents covers Japanese American history from the 19th century to current day. FREE for members, $14 non-members.

Saturday, October 2, 2010
1:00 PM—3:00 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 2, 2010
1:00 PM—4:00 PM

Intermediate Shibori Class with Shibori Girl

events/Shibori100.jpg Bring along your sense of wonder and discover what further possibilities await you when we gather together again and build on shibori techniques presented in previous shibori workshops here at the National Museum. This intensive workshop will have you working on intricately stitched shibori designs and larger itajime pieces. A small indigo vat will be on hand for those who feel a little “blue”.

All ages- kids and adults alike from previous workshops are welcome. This is a hands on class- please wear studio attire.

$35 members; $40 non-members, an additional $25 materials fee (cash only) will be collected at the beginning of class, admission is included. RSVP early, 25 students max.

For more information about Shibori Girl or to see some of her work, go to www.shiborigirlstudios.com.

Saturday, October 2, 2010
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER: A WWII Scrapbook by Beverly Patt

events/BFF100.jpeg Award winning author Beverly Patt will read from this moving and powerful fictional scrapbook which features a friendship that even war could not tear apart.

In April of 1942, 14-year-old Louise Krueger starts a scrapbook when her best friend, Dottie Masuoka, must move to a concentration camp for Japanese Americans in Washington state. The elaborate scrapbook design includes historical photographs and recreated period objects from Louise’s life "on the home front" and Dottie’s letters and drawings from the concentration camp.

There will be a book signing after the program.

This book recently received a starred review in School Library Journal and named to the Alan County Mock Newbery list.

Sunday, October 3, 2010
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

Friends of the Museum: Kokoro Craft Affair

events/kokoro_craft_logo100_.jpg 10 AM - 4 PM
Come to a showcase and sale of unique, high quality, handcrafted items in a wide range of prices. Crafts for sale include: Contemporary Kokeshi Art - Ceramics - Jewelry - Handbags - Kimono Fabric Clothing - Silk Scarves - Paintings - Origami Art - Totebags - Cultural T-shirts - Packaged Treats - Glass Art and more!

Admission to the Boutique is FREE. A portion of the profits will support the National Museum's educational programs & outreach. For more information: 213/ 625-0414 Ext. 2222 or Kokorocraft@gmail.com

Friday, October 8, 2010
7:00 PM—11:00 PM

ID Film Festival Opening Night: Fog

events/IDFF2010avatar100.jpg The third annual ID Film Festival showcases films by Asian Pacific Islander (API) filmmakers for API filmmakers.

Fog, directed by Kit Hui, starring Hong Kong-based American actor Terence Yin and Eugenia Yuan. Director Kit Hui will present the Los Angeles premiere of her moody and artful debut feature. Ming Lai's "Journey of a Paper Son" will precede the feature. A reception will follow the screening in honor of directors Kit Hui and Ming Lai.

$5.00 for members; $10 for non-members for each program.

For tickets or for more information, go to the festival website www.idfilmfest.org/.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Just for Kicks!

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Enjoy a day of martial art activities and demonstrations. This month we are honored to partner with the internationally known Martial Arts 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:
  • Strike a pose, have your picture taken, and decorate a frame to go with it!

  • Make your own fun action figure out of clay.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make a karate figure out of origami paper.


  • SCHEDULE:

    11 AM: Doors open

    11 AM - 4 PM: A photo exhibition about the history of martial arts! Presented by the Martial Arts Museum

    12 - 2 PM: Try on an inflatable sumo suit and do battle

    12 - 4 PM: Come watch an exciting interactive play about the history of martial arts that includes demonstrations and a Hollywood stunt show spectacular! Presented by the Martial Arts Museum.

    12:30 PM: Take a beginner’s karate workshop with Tenshin-Kai (Class is first come, first serve. Limit 25 children)

    1 - 4 PM: Kidding Around the Kitchen will be helping our martial artist to chop up a rainbow of assorted veggies with a delicious homemade dip to fuel our young martial arts heroes with some kung food dippers

    2:30 PM: Take a beginner Tai Chi workshop with Tenshin-Kai (Class is first come, first serve. Limit 25 children)

    3 PM: Watch an Iaido and Aikido demonstration by the Aikido Center Los Angeles

    4 PM: Doors close

    ABOUT OUR FRIENDS:
    Martial Arts Museum
    The Martial Arts History Museum is an educational facility designed to inform children and visitors about the history, art, culture and music surrounding Asian forms of martial arts. The museum creates a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures and examines how Asian traditions became part of American history and how it continues to influences our films, animation and everyday life.

    For more information about Martial Arts Museum, visit www.martialartsmuseum.com/.

    Tenshin-Kai
    Grandmaster Hirakawa has an extensive knowledge of the martial arts, including dan rankings in Karate, Aikido, Judo, Iaido and weaponry. His studies in the martial arts span more than 30 years and include over 23 years of teaching in the United States. After receiving certification as a Taichi master, Grand Master Hirakawa founded Tenshin-kai in 1994.

    For more information about Tenshin-Kai, visit tenshin-kai.com/.

    Aikido Center of Los Angeles
    The Aikido Center of Los Angeles is dedicated to practicing Aikido and Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido as traditional Japanese martial arts.

    The Dojo was established in 1974 by Reverend Kensho Furuya, Aikido 6th Dan and Iaido 6th Dan Kyoshi. Furuya Sensei was a direct student of the late Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba and trained at the Aikido World Headquarters Hombu Dojo in 1969. We are directly affiliated with the Aikido World Headquarters, Hombu Dojo Aikikai.

    The Dojo is also the Headquarters for the Los Angeles Sword and Swordsmanship Society, which is dedicated to the study of Japanese swords and the discipline of Japanese swordsmanship, Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido and Toyama Ryu Iaido.

    For more information about the Aikido Center of Los Angeles, visit: www.aikidocenterla.com/.

    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

    Clowns4All.com
    Clowns4all.com offers clowns with a gentle look to present a fun & interactive comedy birthday party show and company event picnics. We now offer a wide variety of interactive entertainment, stage shows and party related rentals. We are here to help make your next event memorable with our skilled entertainment.

    For more information about, visit: Clowns4All.com/.

    2010 TARGET FAMILY FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE
    November 13 – Fall Into Fall

    December 11 – Fold, Crease, and Crinkle

    Saturday, October 9, 2010
    6:00 PM—8:00 PM

    ID Film Festival Shorts Program: Combination Platter

    events/IDFF2010avatar100_.jpg The third annual ID Film Festival showcases films by Asian Pacific Islander (API) filmmakers for API filmmakers.

    Combination Platter delivers an eclectic selection of short films that promises to make you laugh and think. Bay Area-based Kerwin Berk will world premiere his Japanese-American themed "The Virtues of Corned Beef Hash" in this program. James Huang's deliciously comedic shorts "Represent" and "Johnny Karate & Golden Delicious" will open and close the program. Chia-Chun Hsu's "Inter-View" treads the line between comedy, drama and the absurd. Directed by Kristina Sisco and written by Mark Niu, "Juche Rules" is a deftly told and contemporary short about a reporter traveling through North Korea who must decide between news worthy footage and human life. Not to be missed is William Lu's laugh-out-loud comedy pilot "Golden Boy," starring the very talented Feodor Chin, about an up-and-coming (or down-and-out) Hollywood screenwriter.

    $5.00 for members; $10 for non-members for each program.

    For tickets or for more information, go to the festival website www.idfilmfest.org/.
    Saturday, October 9, 2010
    8:00 PM—10:00 PM

    ID Film Festival Shorts Program: Queer & Sexy

    events/IDFF2010avatar100__.jpg The third annual ID Film Festival showcases films by Asian Pacific Islander (API) filmmakers for API filmmakers.

    Queer & Sexy presents a rare and edgy collection of queer and sexy shorts. Buckle down for a fun and fierce ride down the rainbow! Starring drag terrorist Christeene, two music videos, "Fix My Dick" and "slowly/easy," directed by PJ Raval will open and close the program. Jessica Sanders' fest favorite "George & Brad in Bed" is a queer homage to John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "bed-in" starring George Takei. Leon Cheo's "Swing" is a short drama two young lovers meeting up once more after breaking up. Quentin Lee's "Little Love" shows friendship doesn't mix with well with sex. Eunice Wu's "The Best Is Yet to Come" is a thoughtful and moving love story about two young lesbians, one Asian American and the other Latino. Kevyn Fong's "Beauty Brawl" is a sizzling comedy about a "beauty brawl" between two gay hairdressers. Last but not least, Brent Anbe's "Ajumma! Are You Krazy???" is the queer Asian festival hit of the year about the zany quest of three "Ajummas" (a Korean term for an adult female individual of married age) chasing after a Korean male pop star in Honolulu.

    $5.00 for members; $10 for non-members for each program.

    For tickets or for more information, go to the festival website www.idfilmfest.org/.
    Saturday, October 9, 2010
    10:00 PM—1:00 AM

    ID Film Festival Centerpiece Film: Air Doll

    events/IDFF2010avatar100____.jpg The third annual ID Film Festival showcases films by Asian Pacific Islander (API) filmmakers for API filmmakers.

    Air Doll , directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, is acclaimed Japanese director Koreeda's magical realist Cannes entry about a life-size blow-up doll developing a soul and falling in love with a video store clerk.

    $5.00 for members; $10 for non-members for each program.

    For tickets or for more information, go to the festival website www.idfilmfest.org/.
    Sunday, October 10, 2010
    5:00 PM—7:00 PM

    ID Film Festival Closing Night: The Things We Carry

    events/IDFF2010avatar100___.jpg The third annual ID Film Festival showcases films by Asian Pacific Islander (API) filmmakers for API filmmakers.

    The Things We Carry, directed by Ian McCrudder, is a moving drama about two siblings dealing with their drug addicted mother's death. This Lobit sisters production features a stellar performance by writer/actress Alyssa Lobit. Jessica Sison's short "Kuna ni Nanag" will precede the feature.

    $5.00 for members; $10 for non-members for each program.

    For tickets or for more information, go to the festival website www.idfilmfest.org/.
    Friday, October 15, 2010
    8:30 PM—10:30 PM

    Asian American Music Festival's Movement 1: Urbanisms

    events/AAMF100.jpg The Asian American Music Festival (AAMF) 2010 kicks off with west coast hip-hop star, Kero One, opening for Dana Leong's Milk & Jade project which fuses electronica and hip-hop. Movement 1's headliner is Japanese rapping sensation, Shing02.

    The AAMF is the world’s leading festival celebrating Asian American music: jazz, world, hip-hop and beyond. AAMF celebrates the artistic and creative achievements of Asian American, Asian, and Asian Pacific Islander (API) artists in all genres of music.

    Click here to hear music by Kero’s One.

    Click here to hear music by Milk & Jade by Dana Leong.

    Click here to hear music by Shing02.

    For more information or to buy tickets to this event, www.asianamericanjazzfestival.com.

    Saturday, October 16, 2010
    10:00 AM—12:30 PM

    Japanese American History Class (Part 2 of 2)

    This comprehensive two-day overview by our knowledgeable docents covers Japanese American history from the 19th century to current day. FREE for members, $14 non-members.

    Please note: You can take Part 2, even if you have not taken Part 1.

    Saturday, October 16, 2010
    11:00 AM—1:00 PM

    Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Jewelry Making Workshop: Sterling Silver

    events/ring100.jpg Precious Metal Clay is the newest jewelry-making material from Japan that has brought an ease and fun to metal work. Come learn cutting-edge jewelry-making techniques in two new PMC Classes, "Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Sterling Silver" and "Precious Metal Clay Sterling Silver Rings," offered from returning Rio Grande certified PMC teacher and artist, Lee Takasugi.

    Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Sterling Silver is the next class in the PMC jewelry-making series, offered by Rio Grande certified PMC teacher, Lee Takasugi. Come learn the very unique art-form of rolling, hydrating, molding, shaping, texturing, cutting, stamping, firing and finishing this very soft clay that goes into the kiln and becomes 99.9% pure silver! If you can roll a piece of clay into a ball, you can manage this class and walk away with a finished pair of sterling silver earrings and a pendant. Don't settle for mass-produced jewelry! Make something special for a friend, loved one, grand-daughter.... learn how to form a name or initial onto a pendant, add a stone into your design, layer your earrings with silver flowers, butterflies, lotus leaves.

    $95 members; $105 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 15 students max.

    For more examples of what you'll be making, please visit: www.loveleejewelry.com/. No experience needed. All materials provided.

    Saturday, October 16, 2010
    1:30 PM—3:30 PM

    Asian American Music Festival's Movement 2: Generations

    events/AAMF100__.jpg Asian American Music Festival's Movement 2 is a direct tribute to the Asian American jazz legacy and the API consciousness movement with performances by two generations of leading Asian American pianists, Gary Fukushima and Jon Jang. Movement 2 closes with the world premiere of "Concerto for Jazz Orchestra and Taiko" composed by Jon Jang, performed by The New Asian American Jazz Orchestra directed by Gary Fukushima.

    The AAMF is the world’s leading festival celebrating Asian American music: jazz, world, hip-hop and beyond. AAMF celebrates the artistic and creative achievements of Asian American, Asian, and Asian Pacific Islander (API) artists in all genres of music.

    Click here to hear some music by Gary Fukushima GF3 Trio.

    Click here to hear some music by Jon Jang Solo Piano.

    For more information or to buy tickets to this event, www.asianamericanjazzfestival.com.

    Saturday, October 16, 2010
    8:30 PM—10:30 PM

    Asian American Music Festival's Movement 3: Stars of the Islands

    events/AAMF100___.jpg Asian American Music Festival's Movement 3 is Hawaiian music night with international pop superstar Jake Shimabukuro headlining. Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Noel Okimoto open in their vibraphone and drums quartet.

    The AAMF is the world’s leading festival celebrating Asian American music: jazz, world, hip-hop and beyond. AAMF celebrates the artistic and creative achievements of Asian American, Asian, and Asian Pacific Islander (API) artists in all genres of music.

    Click here to hear music by Abe Lagrimas, Jr.

    Click here to hear music by Noel Okimoto.

    Click here to hear music by Jake Shimabukuro.

    For more information or to buy tickets to this event, www.asianamericanjazzfestival.com.

    Sunday, October 17, 2010
    1:30 PM—3:30 PM

    Asian American Music Festival's Movement 4: Angles

    events/AAMF100____.jpg Asian American Music Festival's Movement 4 features Japanese American pop-jazz superstar Emi Meyer opening for Undercover Culture recording group, Shanghai Restoration Project, in a multi-media hip-hop and electronic performance.

    The AAMF is the world’s leading festival celebrating Asian American music: jazz, world, hip-hop and beyond. AAMF celebrates the artistic and creative achievements of Asian American, Asian, and Asian Pacific Islander (API) artists in all genres of music.

    Click here to hear music by Emi Meyer.

    Click here to hear music by Shanghai Restoration Project.

    For more information or to buy tickets to this event, www.asianamericanjazzfestival.com.

    Sunday, October 17, 2010
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    An Afternoon With Allen Say

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    Come hear from award-winning author Allen Say as he reads from his new book The Boy in the Garden and discusses his upcoming projects.

    Purchase the book from the Museum Store Online >>

    Sunday, October 17, 2010
    6:30 PM—8:30 PM

    Asian American Music Festival's Movement 5: Identity

    events/AAMF100_____.jpg AAMF closes with two stars of unique artistic and cultural identities: singers Sachal Vasandani and Charmaine Clamor in two performances of jazz with world influence.

    The AAMF is the world’s leading festival celebrating Asian American music: jazz, world, hip-hop and beyond. AAMF celebrates the artistic and creative achievements of Asian American, Asian, and Asian Pacific Islander (API) artists in all genres of music.

    Click here to hear music by Sachal Vasandani Quartet.

    Click here to hear music by Charmaine Clamor & her Killin’ Sweethearts.

    For more information or to buy tickets to this event, www.asianamericanjazzfestival.com.

    Thursday, October 21, 2010
    8:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Cold Tofu presents The Armando Show!

    events/CT100.JPG The Armando Show is a long-form improv performance inspired by an audience suggestion. A special guest host (or “Armando”) interprets that suggestion through a personal and truthful improvised monologue. Inspired by that monologue, COLD TOFU performs scenes that, in turn, inspire a response from our Armando. This propels hilarious interchanges between the Armando’s monologues and the company’s scenes.

    "Pay-What-You-Can" (minimum $5) performance. Reservations can be made by calling 213-739-4142 or emailing coldtofu@hotmail.com.

    COLD TOFU is a non-profit arts organization and is dedicated to promoting diverse images of Asian Pacific Americans through comedy and to developing multiethnic talent through education and performance.

    For more information about COLD TOFU, visit www.coldtofu.com.

    Saturday, October 23, 2010
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    So Easily Lost, Too Nearly Forgotten: Pre-War Japanese American Photographers

    events/Dennis_Reed100.jpg Little Tokyo was home to a group of art photographers whose works were exhibited and published worldwide during the 1920s and 1930s. Sadly most of their photographs were lost or destroyed during the forced relocation of Japanese Americans.

    Professor Dennis Reed began searching for these lost photographs 30 years ago, a hunt he detailed earlier this year on National Public Radio’s The Story. He will discuss the photographer’s lives, show examples of their work, including actual photographs in the Museum’s collection, and describe the recovery of this nearly lost art. As Reed says, “The Japanese American photographers who worked in Los Angeles attained a level of accomplishment and influence that was unequalled by any other group of immigrants from a single nation. They must be remembered.”

    Thursday, October 28, 2010
    8:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Performance of Cold Tofu's The Armando Show!

    events/CT100_.JPG The Armando Show is a long-form improv performance inspired by an audience suggestion. A special guest host (or “Armando”) interprets that suggestion through a personal and truthful improvised monologue. Inspired by that monologue, COLD TOFU performs scenes that, in turn, inspire a response from our Armando. This propels hilarious interchanges between the Armando’s monologues and the company’s scenes.

    "Pay-What-You-Can" (minimum $5) performance. Reservations can be made by calling 213-739-4142 or emailing coldtofu@hotmail.com.

    COLD TOFU is a non-profit arts organization and is dedicated to promoting diverse images of Asian Pacific Americans through comedy and to developing multiethnic talent through education and performance.

    For more information about COLD TOFU, visit www.coldtofu.com.

    Saturday, October 30, 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, October 30, 2010
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority a film by Kimberlee Bassford

    events/Mink100.jpg Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority is a one-hour documentary by Kimberlee Bassford that explores the remarkable political story of Patsy Mink, an Asian American woman who, battling racism and sexism, redefined American politics.

    Small in stature but a giant in vision, she began her life on a Maui sugar plantation and rose to become the first Asian American woman and woman of color in the United States Congress. A firecracker and a fighter, she continually pushed the limits of what was acceptable, speaking out against the Vietnam War and entering the 1972 presidential primary, making her one of the first women to seek the nation’s highest office. She transformed America’s schools as the co-author of Title IX, the landmark legislation that opened up higher education and athletics to women.

    [Purchase a copy of Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority at the Museum Store Online]

     

     

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