Calendar of Events — May 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
2012 Gala Dinner & Silent Auction -- Transforming a Forgotten Story
SAVE THE DATE!
JW Marriott Hotel at L.A. Live
With a special tribute to The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, in recognition of his continuing fight for civil rights, including the critical leadership role that he played on and after 9/11.
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2012 Lexus Opportunity Drawing
Win an All-New 2013 Lexus GS 450h hybrid
Common Ground Exhibition Tour
Member Appreciation Days
Members receive 20% discount in the Museum Store & janmstore.com. Plus, free admission & 20% store discounts at 19 other Southland institutions!
Target Free Family Saturday: Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage
May is Asian Pacific Heritage month. Celebrate with fun arts, crafts, and food for the whole family. Keep checking back for more information.
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
11 AM - 4 PM - Mighty Boba Truck will be giving away mini-sized boba milk teas (For children only, while supplies last)
12 PM A sushi tasting with Toshi Sushi (For children only, while supplies last)
1 PM – A Hawaiian food tasting with Aloha Cafe (For children only, while supplies last)
1 - 4 PM – Make Asian Fusion Chicken noodle soup with Kidding Around the Kitchen
2 PM – A Korean roti (bread) tasting with Cafe Dulce (For children only, while supplies last)
3 PM – A Japanese pastry tasting with Mikawaya (For children only, while supplies last)
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.
The Mighty Boba Truck
The Mighty Boba Truck offers main dishes, known as Mighty Heroes, featuring Buttermilk Popcorn Chicken, Island Pork Chop, Taiwanese Sweet Sausage, and Marinated Tofu Steak. In addition, we serve sides (namely Sidekicks) such as Sweet Butter Toast, Consensed Milk Toast, and Honey Sweet Potato Fries. We also invent Specials of the Month items to add to the variety of flavors.
Most importantly, The Mighty Boba Truck delivers TASTE-omizable Mighty Concoctions, made-to-order tapioca Boba Tea beverages. Choose from Black Tea, Green Tea, several Milk Teas (Regular, Honey, Almond) and many Refreshing Teas (Passion Fruit, Honey, Mango), with or without sweet gummy boba balls. Yum…Special requests (less sugar/milk, etc) are welcome; if we can do it, we’ll do it. And just like our food selection, we introduce new Flavor of the Month to stimulate different taste buds. ^_^v
For more information on the Mighty Boba, visit www.mightyboba.com.
Owner Chef Toshihiko Seki is one of a few Edomae (traditional) sushi chefs. He was trained in Japan, and has more than 30 years of experience.
For more information on Toshi Sushi, visit:visit Toshi Sushi's Facebook page.
Aloha Cafe has been proudly serving Hawaiian food since 1996. Originally located in Monterey Park, Aloha Cafe prides itself on bringing you authentic island-style cuisine in a laid back atmosphere. Come visit our new location in Little Tokyo, inside Honda Plaza (across from Office Depot).
For more information on Aloha Cafe, visit www.eatatalohacafe.com.
Located in the Japanese Village Plaza, Cafe Dulce is one of Little Tokyo's newest coffee shops. For more information about Cafe Dulce, visit www.cafedulce.co.
Since 1910 Mikawaya has taken pride in the manufacture and sales of traditional Japanese pastries known as "Wagashi"
For more information about Mikawaya, visit www.mikawayausa.com.
2012 TARGET FAMILY FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE
July 14: Faces + Places
OTHER FAMILY EVENTS
14th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard: Japanese American Olympics
Asian Pacific Islander Festival: Conscience and the Constitution
Award-winning film by Frank Abe that provoked controversy nationwide for documenting the untold story of the largest organized resistance to the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans, and the suppression of that resistance by Japanese American leaders. Screening includes new featurette, “The JACL Apologizes.”
Q&A with the filmmaker and DVD signing will follow the screening.
Asian Pacific Islander Festival: Act of War—The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation
Asian Pacific Islander Festival. Fact to Fiction: API Authors Panel
Sogetsu Ikebana Workshop for Beginners
$30 members; $35 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 10 students max.
Great Grandfather’s Drum
This documentary celebrates Japanese American culture and history in Hawaii. Told through an intimate and joyful portrait of Maui Taiko, descendants of plantation workers, and by elders who lived this history. Experience Maui Taiko’s dynamic performances on the giant drums, and travel with them on a heartfelt journey back to rural Japan to seek their ancestral roots. Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.
From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern Science of Origami. A Lecture by Robert Lang
The last decade of this past century has been witness to a revolution in the development and application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding. The techniques used in mathematical origami design range from the abstruse to the highly approachable. In this talk, I will describe how geometric concepts led to the solution of a broad class of origami folding problems – specifically, the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and arrangement of flaps, and along the way, enabled origami designs of mind-blowing complexity and realism, some of which you’ll see, too. As often happens in mathematics, theory originally developed for its own sake has led to some surprising practical applications. The algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems. I will discuss examples of how origami has enabled safer airbags, Brobdingnagian space telescopes, and more.
Co-sponsor: Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
Special: Robert Lang will lead an informal gallery talk after his lecture.
Robert J. Lang is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding. With a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, he has, during the course of work at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spectra Diode Laboratories, and JDS Uniphase, authored or co-authored over 80 papers and 45 patents in lasers and optoelectronics as well as authoring, co-authoring, or editing 12 books and a CD-ROM on origami. He is a full-time artist and consultant on origami and its applications to engineering problems but keeps his toes in the world of lasers, most recently as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics from 2007–2010. He received Caltech’s highest honor, the Distiguished Alumni Award, in 2009.