Calendar of Events — January 2013
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.
Common Ground Exhibition Tour
Oshogatsu Family Festival
Start the New Year and the Year of the Snake with fun arts and crafts, games, and exciting cultural activities and performances.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES: 11AM-5PM:
• Slither into the celebrating the Year of the Snake by making some of your own!
• Make a decorative wreath of all the zodiac animals
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold your own origami snake
• Toddler Room
• Jump around in our fun snake jumper!
• Special fukubukuro (lucky bag) sale at gift shop
11:30AM-1PM: Taste and purchase different varieties of rice. Sponsored by Common Grains.
12-3PM: Omikuji (sacred lottery) will let you know what kind of year you’ll be having!
12-5PM: Watch world-renowned candy artist Shaun Ichiyanagi make snake sculpture candy! (For children only. Candy snakes will be raffled off at the start of every hour.)
1-3PM: Reptacular Animals presents a Reptile Petting Zoo! Come meet real snakes and other cool reptiles!
1-3PM: Learn how to make onigiri rice balls in our Onigiri Contest. Sponsored by Common Grains.
1-4PM: Party Faces will paint your face like your favorite zodiac animal!
1-5PM: Start a lucky new year by making and eating zaru soba (buckwheat) noodles with Kidding Around the Kitchen.
2&3:30PM: Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums with Bombu Taiko!
2:30&4PM: Mochitsuki (traditional rice cake pound ceremony) performance and demonstration by Kodama Taiko.
3:30PM: Winners for the Onigiri Contest will be announced.
ABOUT OUR FRIENDS:
Each contestant is given one cup of cooked rice to make onigiri. We will show you how to make onigiri and provide you with ingredients to decorate the onigiri. No other ingredients and tools other than what we provide you with can be used in the contest.
If you are participating in the contest as a family, only one adult and one child can participate in each section.
Time: 10 minutes is allowed for each contestant.
How to enter: Sign up and enter on the day of the festival.
The Jury will consist of Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's Good Food, Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times food writer, Naoko Moore, Japanese cooking instructor of Toiro Kitchen, Josh Lurie, Food GPS blogger, and Roxana Jullapat and Daniel Mattern of Cooks County.
Children's section: (must be 13 and under)
1 Kawaii onigiri prize
1 Artistic onigiri prize
1 Original onigiri prize
1 Humorous onigiri prize
1 Original onigiri prize
1 Cool onigiri prize
About: Common Grains is a Japanese food and culture project to promote and celebrate Japanese grains, featuring rice and soba (buckwheat) produced by Shinmei, leading Japanese rice miller with local food writer/cooking teacher Sonoko Sakai.
Candy Sculpting is an ancient Oriental folk art that originated in China and has been known in Japan for over 1000 years. A dying art, only a few performers exist in the world today.
Utilizing old Japanese scissors, this World Renown artist can magically transform a block of molten corn syrup into a beautiful sculpture of almost any shape and size, in 4-5 minutes.
For more information about, Mr. Ichiyanagi, visit: thecandyartist.com.
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.
Kodama is a group of percussionists from the greater Los Angeles area who are dedicated to performing both traditional and contemporary pieces through the sounds of taiko. The group is primarily composed of working professionals who enjoy spending their "off" time learning and creating entertaining performance pieces.
Kodama is well known for their unique Mochitsuki (rice cake pounding) performance which combines the age-old tradition of hand-pounding mochi (sweet rice) with the sounds of taiko. This energetic custom is typically performed during the Japanese New Year's, but has lately been expanded to include any celebratory occasion. Makoto Fujii of the Japan based group Medetaya instructed Kodama in combining the art of taiko and Mochitsuki.
For more information, visit: www.kodamataiko.com.
Party Faces brings an exciting, and colorful contribution to any event. For more information, visit: For more information, visit: http://www.partyfaces.com/.
Reptacular Animals was started by two friends, Lauren and Jennifer, whose lifelong passion for animals brought them together. Home to 230+ animals, Reptacular Animals travels across Southern California and provides animal shows and Animal Encounters classes. Together, Lauren and Jennifer have introduced tens of thousands of children to their wide variety of animals.
For more information, visit: www.reptacularanimals.com.
Edible Adventures in Little Tokyo: Little Tokyo Rice Delights
Giant Robot & JANM YPN Closing Party for Giant Robot Biennale 3
This event is free!
Celebrate another successful Biennale with Giant Robot, the JANM Young Professional Network, and many of the artists featured in Giant Robot Biennale 3 and experience the art (again) before the exhibition closes. For more information and reserve your space, please visit grb3closingparty.eventbrite.com
Giant Robot Artists’ Entourage Workshop with Rob Sato
Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi by Dr. Amy Sueyoshi
Click here to read an interview with Dr. Sueyoshi about Queer Compulsions.
In September 1897 Yone Noguchi (1875–1947) contemplated crafting a poem to his new love, western writer Charles Warren Stoddard. Recently arrived in California, Noguchi was in awe of the established writer and the two had struck up a passionate correspondence. Still, he viewed their relationship as doomed—not by the scandal of their same-sex affections, but their introverted dispositions and differences in background. In a poem dedicated to his “dearest Charlie,” Noguchi wrote: “Thou and I, O Charles, sit alone like two shy stars, east and west!” While confessing his love to Stoddard, Noguchi had a child (future sculptor Isamu Noguchi) with his editor, Léonie Gilmour; became engaged to Washington Post reporter Ethel Armes; and upon his return to Japan married Matsu Takeda—all within a span of seven years. According to author Amy Sueyoshi, Noguchi was not a dedicated polyamorist: He deliberately deceived the three women, to whom he either pretended or promised marriage while already married. She argues further that Noguchi’s intimacies point to little-known realities of race and sexuality in turn-of-the-century America and illuminate how Asian immigrants negotiated America’s literary and arts community.
As Noguchi maneuvered through cultural and linguistic differences, his affairs additionally assert how Japanese in America could forge romantic fulfillment during a period historians describe as one of extreme sexual deprivation and discrimination for Asians, particularly in California. Moreover, Noguchi’s relationships reveal how individuals who engaged in seemingly defiant behavior could exist peaceably within prevailing moral mandates. His unexpected intimacies in fact relied upon existing social hierarchies of race, sexuality, gender, and nation that dictated appropriate and inappropriate behavior. In fact, Noguchi, Stoddard, Gilmour, and Armes at various points contributed to the ideological forces that compelled their intimate lives. Through the romantic life of Yone Noguchi, Queer Compulsions narrates how even the queerest of intimacies can more provocatively serve as a reflection of rather than a revolt from existing social inequality. In unveiling Noguchi’s interracial and same-sex affairs, it attests to the complex interaction between lived sexualities and socio-legal mores as it traces how one man negotiated affection across cultural, linguistic, and moral divides to find fulfillment in unconventional yet acceptable ways.
Giant Robot Biennale 3: Project Remix Panel
This panel will discuss Project Remix. Curated by Eric Nakamura, Project Remix is a custom vinyl show that features figures designed by Uglydoll creator David Horvath and customized by over 80 artists from seven countries—including the rare combination of both established customizers and fine artists. Artists Luke Cheuh, David Horvath, Scott Tolleson, and Yoskay Yamamoto will be participating in the panel.
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Sogetsu Ikebana Workshop: Basic Slanting Style Moribana