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Calendar of Events — June 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, June 2, 2011
6:30 PM—10:00 PM

Young Professionals Invited to Asian Jewish Initiative Comedy and Cocktails Evening at JANM

Young Professionals are invited to a special evening of “Comedy and Cocktails” and to see the nation’s premier Asian American comedy improvisation group, “Cold Tofu,” on Thursday, June 2, at the Japanese American National Museum. Cocktail reception is 6:30 p.m., followed by the 8 p.m. performance. The evening is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League Asian Jewish Initiative.

Admission is $15, which includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktail reception and performance.

Preregistration is required. RSVP by calling Oriane Nagel at ADL, 310-446-4257 or by email: onagel@adl.org.

The Asian Jewish Initiative is a partnership with Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Japanese American National Museum, Korean American Coalition, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans to advance alliances and partnerships between Asian and Jewish communities through constructive dialogue, exploration of common ground, joint community projects, and coalition building. Visit our website: www.adl.org/pacific-southwest.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
8:00 PM—10:00 PM

COLD TOFU Presents The Hiroshi Show!

events/Ct100.jpg COLD TOFU returns to the Tateuchi Democracy Forum with The Hiroshi Show. Starting with one suggestion from the audience, COLD TOFU creates a long form improv show full of comedy and hijinks based on the personal stories of its special guest hosts. Tonight's special guest host is actor and museum volunteer Rodney Kageyama.

Admission is $10 and a portion of the proceeds from both evenings will go to the National Museum. For reservations, please call 213-739-4142 or email 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, June 4, 2011
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_5.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, June 4, 2011
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

A Reading of All That Remains. Written by Mona Z. Smith and Directed by Traci Mariano

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In the autumn of 1969, a young Japanese American man makes a pilgrimage to an ancient forest on a mountain in France where his father was killed in action under mysterious circumstances 25 years earlier, in World War II. As the traveler enters this eerie forest, he is startled to encounter seven men who fought with his father in a celebrated battalion of Nisei soldiers. When the traveler begs to know the true story of his father's death, time flows backward as the ghost warriors tell a story of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and rivalry, courage and trauma, ghosts and demons, love and revenge.

The play’s title is from an English translation of the poem by Matsuo Bashō:

natsukusa ya/Summer grass:
tsuwamono domo ga/All that remains
yume no ato/Of warriors’ dreams.

All That Remains was inspired by the dreamlike ghost-warrior plays of Noh theater, especially Ikuta Atsumori by Zembo Motoyasu (1453-1532). While the play is a work of fiction, it has a rich historical context, drawing on the very real and harrowing experiences of troops in the 100th Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team -- celebrated but segregated units of Japanese Americans who fought with distinction in some of the bloodiest battles of WWII. Research for the play began in 1994, and sources have included the Japanese American National Museum as well as archives in Hawaii and California, which preserve a wealth of information about these soldiers, their families, and their communities.

The cast includes:
Aaron Aoki ∙ Jared Asato ∙ Cale Honda ∙ Blake Kushi ∙ Kiki Kusuma ∙ Thomas Isao Morinaka* ∙ Kipp Shiotani* ∙ Brian Takahashi

*Appearing courtesy of AEA

Sunday, June 5, 2011
1:00 PM—5:00 PM

Mottainai

events/Greatleap100.gif The Japanese American National Museum and Great Leap present MOTTAINAI, a fun-filled, informative day of performance, video screenings and participatory workshops celebrating World Environment Day. "Mottainai" is a Japanese word that loosely means “it’s a shame to waste nature." The day opens and ends with “ORDER TO GO”, a performance by members of Collaboratory, Great Leap's artist mentorship program. Directed by Dan Kwong, the show combines personal stories, poetry, puppetry and comedy to explore the conundrum of disposable containers and utensils. There will be a screening of Great Leap’s music video "B.Y.O.CHOPSTIX", about the 100 billion pairs of wooden chopsticks we throw away every year and what we can do about it. In addition there will be creative and informative workshops for young and old to offer ideas of how to change our wasteful habits. Nobuko Miyamoto will lead a new Obon song and dance to help us remember, share and pass on the spirit of "mottainai" for all generations. Finally, MOTTAINAI the music video will have its premiere public screening before its internet release. A full day for a great cause!

Kenyan Nobel Prize Winner, Prof. Wangari Maathai has introduced "mottainai" to the international community and adopted it in her Green Belt Movement. Nobuko and Great Leap want to share it with the Los Angeleno community. World Environment Day is an initiative of the United Nations. In 2010 it was hosted in Rwanda and celebrated in events around the globe.

For tickets, please go to: Click Here! or call 213-250-8800

Thursday, June 9, 2011
8:00 PM—10:00 PM

COLD TOFU Presents The Hiroshi Show!

events/Ct100_1.jpg COLD TOFU returns to the Tateuchi Democracy Forum with The Hiroshi Show. Starting with one suggestion from the audience, COLD TOFU creates a long form improv show full of comedy and hijinks based on the personal stories of its special guest hosts. Tonight's special guest host is ABC7 Eyewitness News David Ono.



Admission is $10 and a portion of the proceeds from both evenings will go to the National Museum. For reservations, please call 213-739-4142 or email 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, June 11, 2011

4th Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival

events/MRFLF_Logo100__1.jpg The Mixed Roots Festival is an annual event dedicated to sharing and nurturing storytelling of the Mixed and hapa experience. The Festival includes film screenings, readings, workshops, live performance and a special family event and the largest West Coast Loving Day celebration - all free and open to all!

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

Saturday, June 11, 2011
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Take It to the Streets

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Celebrate the exciting world of street art with fun activities and workshops for the whole family!

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:
  • Stencil and pencils and markers… oh my! Express yourself with a colorful poster that’s all about you!

  • Design stickers for yourself and to share.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Show someone you care by making a Father’s Day card!

  • SPECIAL EVENTS:
  • The Mixed Roots Festival (June 11-12) is an annual event dedicated to sharing and nurturing storytelling of the Mixed and hapa experience. The Festival includes film screenings, readings, workshops, live performance, and a special family event and the largest West Coast Loving Day celebration - all free and open to all!

  • The Mixed Roots will be joining in on the family fun by helping you “Define Your Voice.” Explore your family and yourself through Art! Make a statement! Examine where you come from, create a self-portrait or make a statement and wear it! Who are you? Be HEARD!!!

  • All Target Day kids are encouraged to visit our neighbor, The Museum of Contemporary Art’s, newest exhibition, "Art in the Streets," by using a museum pass provided by MOCA's Sunday Studio program. For more info about MOCA's education programs visit www.moca.org.

  • SCHEDULE:
    11 AM - Doors open

    12 – 3 PM – Live spray painting demonstration by ICU Art

    12 – 3 PM – Simple drawing and sketching workshop with ICU Art

    1 - 4 PM - Kidding Around the Kitchen will show you how to make citrus sunshine on a plate. A fun, delicious food art recipe sure to put a smile on your face and yummy fruit in your tummy

    1 - 4 PM - A Brush Art Artist will write your name!

    2 PM – Slide show + history of graffiti art in Los Angeles by ICU Art

    4 PM - Doors close

    ABOUT OUR FRIENDS:
    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

    ICU Art
    ICU Art or In Creative Unity is a Los Angeles-based art production company specializing in murals and live painting events. ICU Art is recognized as one of the nation’s premier “graffiti art” production studios, representing some of the most talented and well respected spray can artists in the country. ICU Art first began presenting large-scale graffiti art exhibitions in 1993 and public mural work in 1995. ICU Art now paints commercial and community-based murals all over the United States, with artists and crews in most major US cities. We pride ourselves on a combination of groundbreaking, cutting-edge design, as well as community sensitive mural work.

    For more information on ICU Art, visit: For more information, visit www.icuart.com .

    2011 TARGET FAMILY FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE
    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 @ JANM
    13th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard!

    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    Exhibition Closing

    events/XLAB-logo-100px.jpg Xploration Lab closes.
    In conjunction with the exhibition Xploration Lab
    Saturday, June 18, 2011
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Sumi-e Demonstration & Workshop with Nori Shirasu

    events/koi100.jpg Learn how to create a sumi-e painting, an art form that strives to distill the essence of an object in the fewest possible strokes.

    $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission and supplies.

    Saturday, June 18, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Vanished: Lompoc’s Japanese, Of One Hundred Families Only Two Returned by John V. McReynolds

    events/Vanished100.jpg The story of tiny Lompoc, California, where a vibrant and varied Nikkei community with 40 year roots was dispossessed in 1942 and denied return, it was pieced together from interviews with more than 80 survivors, uncommonly candid reports by a War Relocation agent on the scene, and from local newspaper accounts. “There are threats about burning my house if I have any more Japanese in my home,” wrote George Kimbel, a deeply religious groundskeeper. “Ordinarily it would be best not to pay any attention to this.” He changed his mind due to “the widespread terrorism which is being tried throughout the state.”

    Grassroots terrorism in rural California as Manzanar and other camps closed, remind the reader of the Jim Crow South. Anonymous threats, an unexplained fire at a Nisei-owned house, and racial exclusion clauses inserted into farm leases were three elements of an organized campaign to block return to Lompoc. Spearheaded by a packing shed owner, a deputy sheriff and a farm advisor, it was 98% successful. The few Nikkei who dared come back found their children harassed. By 1948 only two remained.

    “(C)lassic in terms not only of narrative force, organizational clarity, innovative research, and intellectual penetration but for what it contributes to diversity, civil liberties, and social justice. Reading it made an impact on me similar to Michi Weglyn’s classic Years of Infamy.” Dr. Arthur Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies, CS Fullerton.

    John McReynolds' wide range of investigative writing has appeared in twelve California Central Coast newspapers and magazines from the Santa Barbara Independent to the San Luis Obispo New Times. He retired from the Santa Maria Times/Lompoc Record in 2006. His sportswriting has been printed in The National Pastime, Grandstand Baseball Annual, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Mindprints, La Voz del Beisbol Latino, and the Viva Beisbol website. He received the 1997 MacMillan Award and the 1998 Robert Peterson Recognition Award from the Society for American Baseball Research. In 2009 he was named a finalist in the Environment and Agriculture category of the California Newspaper Publishers' annual competition. His first book: Lompoc: Padres to Pinot, was published in 2009. He has been married 41 years to Barbara Lepak McReynolds, senior speech pathologist with the Lompoc Unified School District.

    Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    National Asian American Theater Conference

    June 23 through June 26.

    The National Museum is honored to be one of the hosts the 3rd Annual National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival.

    For schedule information, visit www.caata.net/.

    Saturday, June 25, 2011
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___6.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 25, 2011
    11:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Introduction to Udon Making with Sonoko Sakai

    events/udon_class100.jpg Find out how to make real and delicious udon noodles! Wear close toes shoes with soft soles. Bring an apron and a tupperware to take home your udon. $75 members; $85 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 12 students max.

    For more information about Sonoko Sakai and her other workshops, visit www.cooktellsastory.com/.

    Saturday, June 25, 2011
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Floral Cards

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    Make floral cards for that someone special.

    $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP is required. Maximum 12 people.

     

     

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