Calendar of Events — March 2012
All programs are free for Museum members and free with general admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.
Reservations are recommended for most programs (RSVPs not needed for Family Festivals). Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 213.625.0414. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.
For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or purchase tickets online using the links below. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.
Exhibition and Performance: Visual artist Mineko Grimmer and music of composer John Cage
Sunday, March 4 at 5 PM
Each of the works, entitled One6 and One10, is an extended composition for solo violin. Written to be performed with a specific kinetic sound sculpture created by the visual artist. Part of Southwest Chamber Music’s Cage 2012, a three-year centennial celebration of the work of this seminal Los Angeles-born composer, whose music and thought were highly influential in the development of visual art and performance art from the 1950s through his death in 1992.
$28 for members or seniors over 65, $38 general admission, $10 for full-time students with ID (student rush at the door). The general/senior tickets may be purchased online at www.swmusic.org or toll-free at 1-800-726-7147. Museum members please call 1-800-726-7147 or purchase tickets at the door to receive your discount.
Keiro Senior HealthCare Class: Want to keep your memory sharp?
Class meets at 9:30 am on March 3, 10, 17. & 24
Memory Kai is an innovative education program that teaches practical techniques for enhancing memory. Developed by the UCLA Center on Aging and based on research conducted by Dr. Gary Small, it helps participants:
- Learn methods to improve their memory
- Remember names and faces
- Recall numbers
- Discover factors that affect memory
Who Should Attend: Adults, primarily 50 and older, who want to improve or maintain their memory ability. It is not for people with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia.
Classes meet for four consecutive weeks, two hours each week.
New Shibori Workshop with Shibori Girl
$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, 24 students max.
For more information about Shibori Girl or to see some of her work, go to www.shiborigirlstudios.com.
Professional Volunteers of the Japanese American Community
Learn how you can use your skills to help benefit Japanese Americans originations and keep the community strong. Hear from professionals and how they've done it.
Target Free Family Saturday: Folding Paper!
Help us celebrate our new exhibition Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami with a day of origami 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:
11AM – Doors open
1 - 4 PM - Kidding Around the Kitchen is going to help our little friends learn how to make their own lunch time wraps.
1 – 4 PM – Be amazed by a wandering “dollar bill” origami expert
1 PM – Take a guided gallery tour of Folding Papers with curator Meher McArthur
2 PM – Author Takayuki Ishii will talk about his book One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue, an inspirational story of the Japanese national campaign to build the Children's Peace Statue honoring Sadako and hundreds of other children who died as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima.
Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>
*Special! Help contribute to our 1000 Cranes for world peace by folding a crane
4PM – Doors close
ABOUT OUR FRIENDS:
Kidding Around The Kitchen
Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) brings a “hands on” cooking experience and lesson 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 seen in their raw form.
For more information on Kidding Around the Kitchen, visit:www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com.
One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue written by Pastor Takayuki Ishii
Ten years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Sadako Sasaki died as a result of atomic bomb disease. Sadako's determination to fold one thousand paper cranes and her courageous struggle with her illness inspired her classmates. After her death, they started a national campaign to build the Children's Peace Statue to remember Sadako and the many other children who were victims of the Hiroshima bombing. On top of the statue is a girl holding a large crane in her outstretched arms. Today in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, this statue of Sadako is beautifully decorated with thousands of paper cranes given by people throughout the world.
2012 TARGET FAMILY FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE
April 14: Monster Mash!
May 12: Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage
July 14: Faces + Places
OTHER FAMILY EVENTS
14th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard: Japanese American Olympics
Introduction to Soba Making with Sonoko Sakai
Wear closed-toe shoes with soft soles. Bring an apron and a tupperware container to take home your soba. $75 members; $85 non-members. Includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 12 participants max.
For more information about Sonoko Sakai and her other workshops, visit www.cooktellsastory.com/.
They Call Me Mr. Tofu
Product demonstration & free samples!!
When Yasuo Kumoda came to the United States, he was charged with popularizing the Morinaga Nutritional Foods tofu. Kumoda discovered that in 1987, most Americans considered tofu as the least appealing food product, but he persisted. He ran a marathon carrying a product sign, sent tofu products to the White House, and discovered different ways that Americans could consume tofu.
Come hear his story about how he overcame the odds to make tofu popular in the United States.
RSVP to 213.830.5648 or email@example.com
This program is part of the Tateuchi Public Program Series, organized in partnership between the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and the Japanese American National Museum.
It’s a Big World, Little Pig! By Kristi Yamaguchi
Come hear Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi read from her newest book, It’s a Big World, Little Pig! In this squeal to her best-selling debut book, Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her—the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris! She will be signing the book after the program.
Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Staples, Jr.
Few baseball fans know about the Japanese American Nisei Leagues, or of their most influential figure, Kenichi Zenimura (1900-1968). A talented player who excelled at all nine positions, Zenimura was also a respected manager and would become the Japanese American community's baseball ambassador. He worked tirelessly to promote the game at home and abroad, leading goodwill trips to Asia, helping to negotiate tours of Japan by Negro League All-Stars and Babe Ruth, and establishing a 32-team league behind the barbed wire of Arizona's Gila River Internment Camp during World War II. This first biography of the "Father of Japanese-American Baseball" delivers a thorough and fascinating account of Zenimura's life.
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
$9 Members; $14 non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended. Weather permitting.
Dark History: Santa Anita Park