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Calendar of Events — April 2015

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.

Saturday, April 4, 2015
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

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Tour the ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with JANM’s knowledgeable docents.

Free with general admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, April 4, 2015
2:00 PM

A Conversation with Yuko Yamaguchi

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This program is sold out.

Yuko Yamaguchi, who has been Hello Kitty’s head designer since 1980, will discuss her work with the global icon. Yamaguchi is the most influential figure in Hello Kitty’s world and has guided her visual evolution. Credited with integrating contemporary fashion trends into her aesthetic, she has been quoted as saying, “What she does, I do, and what I do, Hello Kitty does.”

Yamaguchi will sign copies of the Hello! exhibition catalog following the program. $16 members, $20 non-members.

Same-day admission to Common Ground and Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty are included.

RULES FOR PROGRAM:
-One copy of the exhibition catalog can be signed per ticketed guest
-No substitutions (i.e. Yuko cannot sign other books, posters or products)
-Each autograph will be personalized with the recipient's name. Autographs without personalization cannot be given.
-No personal photographs with Yuko will be allowed, although photographs of Yuko may be taken while in line.
-No flash photography
-No videos
-No re-entry after leaving the building where the program is held.
-Entry to the Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty exhibition will only be permitted between 11am-4pm on 4/4/15. One entry per ticketed guest.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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This program is sold out.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986), whose title inspired that of this film series, is an action-adventure film set in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Kurt Russell plays a truck driver who gives a ride to a friend and suddenly finds himself embroiled in a supernatural battle between good and evil.

Directed by John Carpenter, the film received mixed reviews when first released but has since become a cult classic. Rated PG-13. Q&A with writer Gary Goldman and actors George Cheung, Peter Kwong, Al Leong, Gerald Okamura, James Hong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, and Lia Chang to follow screening.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Saturday, April 11, 2015
11:00 AM—2:30 PM

Discovering Your Japanese American Roots

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Additional spaces added!

In this popular workshop led by genealogy buff Chester Hashizume, participants identify their ancestral Japanese hometowns, uncover the meanings behind family crests and surnames, and more.

$44 members, $55 non-members. Supplies and admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, April 18, 2015
2:00 PM

Hello Kitty and Kawaii Culture

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Join Hello! curators Jamie Rivadeneira and Christine Yano for a lively discussion of Hello Kitty and her place in Japan’s kawaii (cute) culture.

Free for members; free with Hello! admission; $5 general.

If you are purchasing tickets for Hello! and would like to attend this program, please RSVP to rsvp@janm.org or call 213.625.0414.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Saturday, April 18, 2015
5:00 PM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

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Hello! curators Christine Yano and Jamie Rivadeneira lead an exclusive gallery tour.

Limited to 20 participants. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

This event has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Sunday, April 19, 2015
9:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

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Hello! curator Christine Yano leads an exclusive gallery tour.

Limited to 20 participants. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

This event has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Sunday, April 19, 2015
12:00 PM—5:00 PM

Hello Kitty Crochet Workshop

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This program is sold out.

Learn the art of amigurumi (miniature toy crochet) and make your own Hello Kitty-inspired charm to decorate your keychain, zipper pull, or purse. Instructor Cheryl Cambras will cover chain stitch, single crochet in the round, and increase/decrease crochet techniques.

For all skill levels. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Class includes a one-hour break to view Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

$36 members, $45 non-members. Prices include museum admission and cost of materials. Limited to 10 participants.

Cheryl Cambras is an artist who creates textile works, abstract paintings, and unique knitwear items. Based in Los Angeles, Cambras has shown her work at Royal/T Gallery, Arena 1, and The Hive. She created an art installation of 102 crocheted birds at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
8:00 PM—10:00 PM

Fresh Off the Boat Season 1 Finale

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Please join us for the Season Finale of FRESH OFF THE BOAT, Ep. 13 "SO CHINEEZ." Jessica worries that her family has lost their Chinese identity and wants everyone to reconnect with their culture.

Stay after the screening for FRESH OFF THE SHOW—a web chat collaboration between Angry Asian Man, Comedian Jenny Yang, Visual Communications, and other special guests!

Following the panel there will be a reception sponsored by Coedo Brewery.

Pre-sale: $4 JANM and Visual Communications members, $5 general.
At the door (if available): $8 JANM and VC members, $10 general.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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Friday, April 24 – Wednesday, April 29

Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to JANM for encore showings of feature-length favorites as well as special programs that offer a focused window on the perspectives of the APA creative community. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in intimate Q&A sessions with audiences.

Celebrating its 31st edition in 2015, the festival brings the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences. $13 general; $11 students, seniors, VC/DGA/JANM members with valid ID.

For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit vconline.org/festival.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
10:00 AM—2:30 PM

Navigate Networking with Vanna Novak

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The JACL National Youth/Student Council and Japanese American National Museum are proud to present, Navigate Networking with Vanna Novak. This unique program is perfect for eager Japanese American and Asian Pacific Islander college students and young professionals, entering the workplace in any and all work industries. Vanna Novak is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and seminar leader on persuasive presentation skills and steps to building quality work relationships. Based in Seattle, Washington, she is President and CEO of Speak to Persuade and Co-Founder of the Executive Development Institute. She has been in the business of speaking and training for over 20 years, working with cross-industry teams and individuals from non-profits to major corporations.

Navigate Networking, will be a day to enhance your interpersonal networking skills, discover new ways to communicate effectively, expand your connections, and engage in conversation with leaders in the Japanese American community.

This program is made possible by sponsorship and support of State Farm, Southwest Airlines, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and the Fukui Mortuary. The JACL National Youth/Student Council is thankful to our generous sponsors.

Early Registration: Students $10, Professionals $25 After April 3rd: Students $15, Professionals $30 Admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included. Obento lunch provided by Maison Akira. Limited to 40 participants.

To reserve your seat online, visit https://www.jacl.org/nysc-psw-summit-registration/.

For more details about panelists and registration check-in time, visit the Navigate Networking Facebook page.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Children's Day Cards

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Make a special card to celebrate Children’s Day or Boy’s Day.

$8 members, $10 non-members. Supplies and admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included. Limited to 10 participants.

 

 

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