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Calendar of Events — August 2011

All programs are free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Advanced reservations are recommended for most programs as seating/space may be limited. Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. When making a reservation, email rsvp@janm.org or call 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.

NEW: For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is now required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or download the pre-payment form. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

 

Thursday, August 4, 2011
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Summer Classic Anime Film Series (Part 3)

events/animedisc3100.jpg Pay-What-You-Can!

For four exciting nights, the Tateuchi Democracy Forum will screen vintage anime titles from the 1920s and 1930s, the Golden Age of Japanese silent film.

Please note: This screening is part of an on-going four part series. However, each program stands on its own and does not require you have seen the previous film(s).

The anime classics we will be screening:

  • Corporal Norakuro (1934)

  • Dekobo the Big Head's Road Trip (Unknown)

  • The Storm Troopers (1934)

  • Tengu Hunt (1934)

  • Tiny Chibisuke's Big Adventure (1935)

  • Why is the Sea Water Salty? (1935)

  • Ta-chan's Underwater Adventure (1935)

  • Ninja Fireball in Edo (1935)

  • Danemon's Monster Hunt at Shojoji (Benshi version) (1935)

  • Danemon's Monster Hunt at Shojoji (Original version) (1935)

  • Hatanosuke and the Haunted House (Unknown)

  • Hatanosuke Takes Down the Inazuma Gang (Unknown)

  • Over a Drink (1936)

  • The Monkey Fleet (1936)

  • The Sun and the Frogs (1936)

  • The Sparrows' Lodge (1936)



  • In conjunction with the exhibition Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo
    Saturday, August 6, 2011

    Anime Mini-Film Festival: POW! WHIZ! BAM!

    events/VCLogo_2_1.jpg Visual Communications in association with the Japanese American National Museum will present its first annual animation film festival.The day-long event titled POW! WHIZ! BAM! offers a gourmet set-menu of animation works.Screenings will include an intimate showcase with local animators; ICE, a sci-fi post-apocalyptic lesbian Romeo and Juliet; and TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE, the classic Japanese shoot-em-up caper now re-imagined as a feature film. This Mini-Film Fest is small and cozy. No cosplay, no singing robot concerts, just the toons.Tickets will be available next week - stay tuned for details! $8 Members; $10 non-members.

    For more information or to see the schedule, visit www.vconline.org/.

    PER PROGRAM (Sales Start July 16):
    General Admission: $10
    Discounted Admission: $8 Students, Seniors, Friends of Visual Communications and JANM members (with I.D.)

    SERIES PASS (all three programs):
    $25 general; $20 Students, Seniors, Friends of Visual Communications and JANM members (with I.D.)
    Special Series Promo (through July 15): $20 general; $15 Students, Seniors, Friends of Visual Communications and JANM members (with I.D.)

    All ticket sales will be handled through Tix.com; link will be: here.

    JANM members can purchase passes and single-program tickets using the following members-only code: JANM (NOTE: this code is case-sensitive). IDs will be checked at the door.

    Saturday, August 6, 2011
    1:00 PM—2:00 PM

    Exhibition Tour

    events/commonground100_7.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, August 13, 2011

    Annual Nisei Week Festival

    August 13 through August 21

    The 71st Nisei Week Japanese Festival, including Grand Parade, Street Fair and Street Ondo in Little Tokyo. For more information, please call 213.687.7193 or visit niseiweek.org
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    Saturday, August 13, 2011
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    13th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard

    events/kaeru_image100.jpg FREE!

    Celebrate summer with a day of family fun—crafts, music, and LA’s first tea festival!



    Fun Crafts & Activities for Families

  • Have your picture taken in a special cutout designed by artist Stan Sakai and decorate a picture frame to go with it!

  • Don’t leave a spot with your teacup! Decorate a coaster!

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Add to the rabbits (& Labbits) appearing around the museum by making your own origami rabbit!

  • Toddler Room: A cool place for toddlers to hang out.

    CONCERT: Ayagoromo - Mindful Transitions

    Traditional Japanese Folk songs assimilated within Modern World Music sensibilities. Yoko Fujimoto and Derek Nakamoto bring an eclectic ensemble of musicians to Tateuchi Democracy Forum.

    Vocalist Fujimoto, member of the internationally acclaimed Japanese group Kodo, and Composer/Arranger/Pianist Nakamoto will be joined by guest artist Kaoru Watanabe on Japanese Woodwinds & Percussion, Abe Lagrimas Jr. on Ukelele, Vibes & Percussion and Cameron Stone on Cello. Yoko beautifully exemplifies her mastery of singing Japanese folk songs.

    The songs will be “framed” with a modern twist of Impressionistic Jazz, Classical and R&B for which Derek is known. The concert will debut new works reflecting the goal of preserving the essence of traditional music with arrangements that make the songs relevant to the present generation.

    $10 members; $15 non-members. Tickets can be purchased here.

    Co-presented by Kodo Arts Sphere America.

    Los Angeles Tea Festival by Chado Tea lovers will experience a world of teas and tea cultures as they enjoy focused tastings of teas from many origins, meet new and established authors and tea company exhibitors inside the National Museum. Featured guest speaker will be James Norwood Pratt: Tea Author, Historian & Story Teller.

    The Tea Festival will be opened on August 13 & 14, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission to the tea festival will be $15.00 per person at the door and advance purchase before July 31 of $10.00 per person or $10.00 per person for all JANM members.

    Tickets can be purchased at any Chado Tea Room or online at www.TeaFestivalLA.com or www.LATeaFestival.net.

    Saturday, August 13, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Ayagoromo - Mindful Transitions

    events/Yoko_and_Derek100.jpg Ayagoromo - Mindful Transitions will present traditional Japanese folk songs assimilated within modern world music sensibilities.

    Yoko and Derek will be joined by guest artists to perform a selection of Japanese folk songs “framed” with a modern twist of Impressionistic Jazz, Classical and R&B for which Derek is known. The concert will debut new works reflecting the goal of preserving the essence of traditional music with arrangements that make the songs relevant to the present generation.

    Appearing
    Yoko Fujimoto (vocals)
    Derek Nakamoto (piano)

    Guests
    Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese flutes, percussion)
    Abe Lagrimas Jr. (ukelele, vibes & percussion)
    Cameron Stone (cello)
    Andrew Duckles (viola)

    For details & ticket sales, please visit $10 members; $15 non-members. Tickets can be purchased here.

    Co-presented by Kodo Arts Sphere America.
    Sunday, August 14, 2011
    1:00 PM

    California Hotel and Casino—Reading & Book Signing with Co-Authors Dennis Ogawa and John Blink

    events/CaliforniaHotel-bookcover-100px.jpg

    Join Dennis Ogawa and John Blink for an insightful discussion about California Hotel and Casino: Hawaii’s Home Away from Home, the book on which the display currently on view at the museum is based.

    Available for sale at the Museum Store and at janmstore.com. Co-presented with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i.

    Free admission for members of the Japanese Cultual Center of Hawai'i this weekend.

    In conjunction with the exhibition The California Hotel: Hawai'i's Home Away from Home
    Saturday, August 20, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story. A Film by Claire Mix

    events/Gilariver100.jpg A feature length documentary about a young Caucasian woman who volunteered as nurse’s aid at Gila River. There will be a Q&A after the screening with the filmmaker.

    [Purchase a copy of Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story at the Museum Store Online]

    Thursday, August 25, 2011
    7:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Summer Classic Anime Film Series (Part 4)

    events/animedisc4100.jpg Pay-What-You-Can!

    For four exciting nights, the Tateuchi Democracy Forum will screen vintage anime titles from the 1920s and 1930s, the Golden Age of Japanese silent film.

    Please note: This screening is part of an on-going four part series. However, each program stands on its own and does not require you have seen the previous film(s).

    The anime classics we will be screening:

  • Taro's Monster Hunt (1936)

  • Taro's Early Training Days (1936)

  • Mabo's Big Race (1936)

  • Mabo as Tokichiro Kinoshita (1938)

  • Swim, Monkey, Swim! (1939

  • Baby Kangaroo's Birthday Surprise (1940)

  • Sankichi the Monkey: The Bear Dodger (1948)

  • Gulliver's Great Activities (1950)

  • The Animal Village in Trouble ((Unknown)

  • Dankichi on a Tropical Island (Unknown)

  • 2nd Lieutenant Norakuro Sunday Magic (Unknown)

  • The Underwater Tyrant (Unknown)

  • The Duckling Saves the Day (Unknown)



  • In conjunction with the exhibition Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo
    Saturday, August 27, 2011
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___8.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, August 27, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Let’s Get It Right! Replacing World War II Euphemistic Language: The Retelling of the Nikkei Incarceration Experience

    The program will deal with the urgent need to promote the use of accurate terminology in describing the WW II incarceration experience of people of Japanese descent. Mako Nakagawa who promoted the JACL resolution from its inception with the Seattle JACL Chapter, and on to gaining unanimous support from the National JACL Board and overwhelming supportive vote from the National JACL Council. The primary goal of this resolution is to affect future learners of this episode of history with less distortion by misleading euphemistic terms, and concomitantly preserve and protect the essence of our United States Constitution so that this historical wrong is never again repeated. This session will be primarily devoted to explaining the need for this resolution, how this drive got it's momentum, and exploring possible avenues to promote it's prime educational objective. Audience questions will be welcomed.

    Just added, author and filmmaker Karen Ishizuka will also be attendance to talk about the importance of accurate terminology.

    Presented in collaboration with The George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA, and the National Museum.

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    Exhibition Closing

    Fighting for Democracy: Who is the "We" in "We, the People" closes.

     

     

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