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Calendar of Events — March 2011

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.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment Presents: The Legacy Series

events/CAPE100.jpg Please note that this event has been canceled.

An evening of candid conversations with the most successful and influential leaders in the entertainment industry, these seminars are an opportunity to gain first-hand insights and perspectives in a master class setting reminiscent of Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio.”

Keep checking back for program information!

Presented in partnership with the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment. For more information about CAPE, visit www.capeusa.org/.

Saturday, March 5, 2011
11:00 AM—1:00 PM

Sushi Chef Institute Presents: Make Your Own Sushi!

events/ChefAndy100_1.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. Max 20.

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

Saturday, March 5, 2011
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_2.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
Sunday, March 6, 2011
2:00 PM—5:00 PM

Border Crossings: An ongoing exploration of community and society through cinema and media arts Presented by Visual Communications

events/VCLogo.jpg Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, is pleased to inaugurate an ongoing series at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Select works ranging from politics to horror, from live-action to anime and everything else in between will be augmented with shoptalks and special guest appearances.

Nikkei Overseas (double-feature):

Overstay (1998) Director: Ann Kaneko
Overstay foregrounds the lives of foreign migrant workers in Japan. Four sets of young people from Iran, Pakistan, Peru, and the Philippines tell their unique stories—why they came to Japan, what struggles they have faced, and how they have adjusted to an unusually insular and traditional society.

Against the Grain: An Artist’s Survival Guide To Perú (2007) Director: Ann Kaneko
Spanning two decades of corrupt governments and inept leadership in Perú, Against the Grain tells the story of four inspiring artists—one displaced by rebel insurgents, another a Japanese Peruvian targeted by the regime, and others whose works comment on youth culture and religion—and their struggles to persevere and make art in Perú.

Presented in partnership with Visual Communications. For more information about Visual Communications, visit www.vconline.org/.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Exhibition Opening

Xploration Lab opens.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Exhibition Opens

Xploration Lab opens.
In conjunction with the exhibition Xploration Lab
Saturday, March 12, 2011
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Construction Zone

events/Target_05__75__PMS186_1.JPG FREE ALL DAY!

Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family. This month’s theme is building and architecture.

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:
  • Create a map collage of your neighborhood

  • Construct a wacky building out of a variety of materials. The crazier the better!

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make and decorate an origami skyscraper!

  • SCHEDULE:
    11 AM - Doors open

    11 AM – 5 PM – Participate, learn and have fun in our newest exhibition Xploration Lab. Be sure to check out the new kids corner!

    11 AM – 4 PM – Little Tokyo Model Building workshop with Place It!

    12:30 PM – 30-minute tour of our Historic Building, the former home of the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (15 max)

    1 – 2 PM – Interactive workshop with Place It (first come, first serve, limit 25 students)

    1 - 4 PM - Kidding Around the Kitchen will help you construct and build your own homemade trail mix.

    2 PM – An Intergenerational Book Reading: Making Home from War and My Dog Teny

    3 - 4 PM – Interactive workshop with Place It! (first come, first serve, limit 25students)

    3PM -An Intergenerational Memoir Arts Workshop

    4 PM - Doors close

    ABOUT OUR FRIENDS:
    Place It!
    PLACE IT! is a design-based urban planning initiative developed by urban planner James Rojas that uses model-building workshops and on-site interactive models to help engage the public in the planning and design process. Participants are able to translate conceptual planning ideas into physical forms, and learn about the value of planning and design in shaping how we live.

    For more information about Place It, visit: www.placeit.org//.

    Kidding Around The Kitchen
    WHAT WE DO:
    Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) brings a “hands on” cooking experience and lesson to the classroom in which the kids actively participate in the preparation of recipes. The result of their cutting, measuring cooking and then eating their creations is more than simply a lesson in health. They get to see, touch, smell and taste the fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, eggs, meats and other ingredients that they may never have previously see in their raw form. The classes reinforce math, science, reading and vocabulary all within a one hour lesson. Measuring cups and spoons help with fractions. Multiplication and division are used when recipes are reduced or increased. Solids become liquids, bread rises, pancakes expand, and science is suddenly edible. Pronouncing ingredient names and reading recipes help to enlarge vocabulary. Studying food labels promotes an awareness of natural and "not so natural" ingredients used in everyday items.

    WHY WE DO IT:
    At KATK we recognize that children often drive the eating habits of paring a meal, their choices instinctively move to more natural and less processed ingredients. At home, armed with a cookbook from each session, the kids ask to recreate what they’ve learned in class, (often using the same ingredients that only days before were “yuck!”).

    For more information on Kidding Around the Kitchen visit: www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com/.

    Making Home from War
    Making Home from War, edited by Brian Komei Dempster is the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning From Our Side of the Fence. Written by 13 Japanese American elders, it is a collection of stories about their exodus from concentration camps into a world that in a few short years had drastically changed.

    My Dog Teny My Dog Teny written by Yoshito Wayne Osaki and illustrated by Felicia Hoshino is a new children’s book based on the true story of a boy and the dog he left behind during evacuation. The story was first published in the anthology, From Our Side of the Fence.

    An Intergenerational Memoir Arts Workshop
    Join editor Brian Komei Dempster of Making Home From War and illustrator Felicia Hoshino of My Dog Teny in a creative collaboration workshop. Bring a friend or family member and a memory that may be in the form of a photo, a letter, an artifact, or short writing reflection. Come create a recollection of life before, during, or after WW II to share with others. No experience necessary. Reservations requested. Suggested material donation: $5 (paid to instructor).

    2011 TARGET FAMILY FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE
    May 14 Wild Things

    June 11: Take It to the Street

    July 09: Once Upon A Time

    October 08: Up in the Air

    November 12: Planet Power

    December 10: That’s a Wrap

    OTHER FAMILY EVENTS AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM
    March 26: Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop: Spring Rolls into JANM!

    May 28: Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop: WOK and ROLL Family Cooking Adventure

    13th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard!

    In conjunction with the exhibition Xploration Lab
    Saturday, March 12, 2011
    2:00 PM—3:00 PM

    An Intergenerational Book Pairing: Making Home from War and My Dog Teny

    events/My_dog100.jpg Making Home from War, edited by Brian Komei Dempster is the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning From Our Side of the Fence. Written by 13 Japanese American elders who gathered regularly at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, it is a collection of stories about their exodus from concentration camps into a world that in a few short years had drastically changed.

    My Dog Teny written by Yoshito Wayne Osaki and illustrated by Felicia Hoshino is a new children’s book based on the true story of a boy and the dog he left behind during evacuation. The story was first published in the anthology, From Our Side of the Fence.

    Purchase the books from the Museum Store >>
    Saturday, March 12, 2011
    3:00 PM—5:00 PM

    An Intergenerational Memoir Arts Workshop

    events/Felicia100.jpg Join editor Brian Komei Dempster of Making Home From War and illustrator Felicia Hoshino of My Dog Teny in a creative collaboration workshop. Bring a friend or family member and a memory that may be in the form of a photo, a letter, an artifact, or short writing reflection.

    Come create a recollection of life before, during, or after WW II to share with others. No experience necessary. Reservations requested.

    Suggested material donation: $5 (paid to instructor).

    Saturday, March 12, 2011
    4:00 PM—5:00 PM

    OMAYUMI: FLAT RED with special guests Lady Noise

    Osaka-based movement artist Omayumi, visual artist Steven M. Irvin and sound artist Alan Nakagawa will collaborate in a multi-media performance titled FLAT RED. What if you could hear everything in the City at once? The artists set a framework based on the senses and improvisation to create a series of "tone poems."

    Their work can be viewed at: http://www.transmuted.org/.
    In conjunction with the exhibition Xploration Lab
    Saturday, March 19, 2011
    1:00 PM—4:30 PM

    Introduction to Blue-Indigo Dyeing with Shibori Girl

    events/Indigo100.jpg This workshop is a hands-on experience of dyeing with indigo on various natural textiles—cotton, silk, linen, bamboo, and hemp. Various types of vats and their preparation will be discussed as well as many indigo samples will be on hand to inspect. Come dressed in studio attire, bring rubber gloves, and a love of the color blue!

    $35 members; $45 non-members, an additional $25 materials fee (cash only) will be collected at the beginning of class, admission is included. RSVP early, 20 participants max.

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

    Saturday, March 26, 2011
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___3.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, March 26, 2011
    11:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop: Spring Rolls into JANM!

    events/KiddingLogo100_2.jpg This workshop celebrates the coming of spring and the creation of an assortment of Asian foods, including sweet and savory spring and egg rolls, noodle soups and salads.

    All workshops are $25 for members (one child & one adult); $35 for non-members (one child & one adult), an additional $20 materials fee (cash only) will be collected at the beginning of the workshop, admission is included. RSVP early, 25 participants max. In addition, families will take home a special KATK recipes pamphlet as well as the official KATK kid’s kitchen utensil and safety knife set one per every.

    To find out more about Kidding Around the Kitchen, go to http://www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com/

    OTHER FAMILY EVENTS AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM
    May 28: Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop: WOK and ROLL Family Cooking Adventure

    13th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard!

    2011 TARGET FAMILY FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE
    May 14 Wild Things

    June 11: Take It to the Street

    July 09: Once Upon A Time

    October 08: Up in the Air

    November 12: Planet Power

    December 10: That’s a Wrap

    Saturday, March 26, 2011
    2:00 PM—5:00 PM

    Lt. Watada: A Matter of Conscience. Directed by Oscar Winner Freida Lee Mock

    events/Watada100.jpg He’s called a hero, a coward; a patriot, a traitor. How does an Army officer full of promise, praised by his commanders as exemplary with unlimited potential, come to face a felony conviction, a prison term and a dishonorable discharge?

    “Lt. Watada” tells the story of the first commissioned military officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq and to speak out about his belief that the war is illegal and a violation of his constitutional oath. It is a David and Goliath story as Lt. Watada demonstrates his willingness to face court-martial and eight years in prison rather than be a party to war crimes. And it is an intensely personal story as the film dramatizes what it means for a lone soldier to publicly challenge Presidential war policy in order to honor his oath to the Constitution, to fulfill his duty as an officer, and to follow the rule of law.

    There will be a Q&A after the screening with the filmmaker.

    Sunday, March 27, 2011
    2:00 PM—5:00 PM

    A Reading of: The Last of the Nisei Cougars. Written by Philip W. Chung and Directed by Jeff Liu

    events/Cougar100.jpg A FREE reading of a new play

    THE LAST OF THE NISEI COUGARS
    Written by Philip W. Chung (Lodestone's GRACE KIM & THE SPIDERS FROM MARS)
    Directed by Jeff Liu (EWP's WRINKLES)
    Produced by Koji Steven Sakai
    Stage Managed by Rosa Kwon

    With Emily C. Chang (COLIN HEARTS KAY), Lynn Chen (SAVING FACE), Ki Hong Lee (ABC Family's upcoming THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING) & Kim Miyori (ST. ELSEWHERE)

    FREE ADMISSION

    50-year-old Nisei widow Sashi Hirano hasn’t been with a man since her husband passed away 30 years ago. Until 19-year-old Korean adoptee Dennis Johnson unexpectedly enters her world. A new comedy about finding love at any age.

     

     

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