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Calendar of Events — March 2016

All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Please note that general admission rates are increasing as of August 16, 2019. 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.

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, March 5, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Making Waves

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Join independent historian and curator David F. Martin for an exclusive gallery tour entitled “Surviving Art History: Artistic Reputation and the Seattle Camera Club.”

Martin will discuss the idea of artistic reputation as it applies to the Seattle Camera Club in the early part of the 20th century. Many of the photographers involved in the club had significant international success during their lifetimes but their work languished in obscurity for decades after their deaths because of racial, gender, and institutional bias.

Limited to 25 members. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Photo: F.A. Kunishige, 7:15 a.m., c. 1921. Collection of David Martin and Dominic Zambito.

Saturday, March 5, 2016
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 museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, March 5, 2016
1:00 PM—4:00 PM

CANCELLED: Bunny Basket Crochet Two-Day Workshop

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THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Saturday, March 5 and Saturday, March 12

Learn the art of crochet while making an adorable bunny basket for Easter.

Artist and crochet specialist Cheryl Cambras will go over the basics, including how to chain stitch and single crochet in the round, plus techniques for increasing and decreasing stitches. Ages 14 and up, all skill levels welcome.

$44 members, $55 non-members. Supplies and museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, March 5, 2016
2:00 PM

Rediscovering Japanese American Photography

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In conjunction with Making Waves, historian and exhibition curator Dennis Reed will introduce and lead a panel discussion on the recovery of Japanese American photographs.

Panelists will include David F. Martin, author and curator; Robert Hori, Cultural Curator, Huntington Library; and Stephen White, writer and dealer, all of whom have played a role in saving once-lost works by Japanese American photographers. Each is also a lender to Making Waves.

Discussion will include the back stories of works in the exhibition, from items found in dumpsters to those held in family archives, and conclude with an audience Q&A.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Photo: Taizo Kato, Untitled (Woman with Fan), before 1924. Stephen White Collection II.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Asians on Film Festival

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Thursday, March 10–Sunday, March 13

The Asians on Film Festival grew out of the website asiansonfilm.com, now a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting under-recognized Asians and Asian Americans working in the film industry.

The annual festival, hosted by JANM, showcases nearly 100 of the best short films submitted to the website over the past year.

Visit asiansonfilm.com for more information and to buy tickets.

Friday, March 11, 2016
12:15 PM—1:15 PM

Members Only Learning at Lunch: Japanese American Photographers

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In this special edition of Learning at Lunch, bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy an intimate hour with Frank Sata, son of J.T. Sata, a featured artist in our current exhibition, Making Waves. Frank will present and discuss photographs from JANM’s collection that are not on display in the exhibition.

RSVPs recommended to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Photo: J.T. Sata, Untitled (Man Walking Out of Tunnel), c. 1930. Partial and promised gift of Frank and Marian Sata and family, Japanese American National Museum.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Smithsonian Institution Museum Day Live!

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Free admission to JANM all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, JANM is once again participating in the annual Museum Day Live! event.

Inspiring Women and Girls of Color

This year, JANM joins the Smithsonian Institution in encouraging all people, particularly women and girls of color in underserved communities, to explore their nation’s museums, cultural institutions, zoos, aquariums, parks and libraries. Admission will be free for all visitors.

JANM will present a Women’s History Month event on March 26 (included with regular JANM admission). Click here for details.

Saturday, March 12, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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March 12, 19, and 26—JUST ADDED!

New dates have been added due to popular demand!

Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don't be wasteful” in Japanese. In this 3-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as gentle, strength-building standing and balancing poses. Come cultivate and explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

May be held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. 3-session pricing: $20 members, $25 non-members. Single session: $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

3-session:

March 12 only:

Saturday, March 12, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Making Waves

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Join exhibition curator Dennis Reed for an exclusive gallery tour entitled “Tender Views, Modern Expressions.”

Reed will provide an overview of Making Waves while focusing on the photographers who worked in Los Angeles, several of whom he knew personally. He will discuss the character of their work, which ranged from gentle scenes of lily pads to progressively modern abstractions, and their wide influence. Reed will also touch on photographs not included in the exhibition.

Limited to 25 members. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Photo: Hiromu Kira, The Thinker, c. 1930. Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, gift of The Annenberg Foundation and Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

2016 Gala Dinner, Silent Auction, and After Party

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Moving Images, Telling Stories

Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
(Please note new venue.)

Film and video are powerful tools used for generations to document, reflect, and influence people and culture. The Japanese American National Museum’s 2016 Gala Dinner will focus on the museum’s significant collection of moving images and how these compelling first-person resources have helped portray the Japanese American story as an integral part of the broader American narrative.

Honorees will include Karen L. Ishizuka and Robert A. Nakamura, who founded the museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center and pioneered its unparalleled collection of home movies and video life histories, and Ken Burns, the award-winning filmmaker who has made extensive use of JANM’s media assets while reaching a mass worldwide audience.

Win an All-New 2016 Lexus RX 450h F SPORT!
Enter the 2016 Lexus Opportunity Drawing, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

Visit janm.org/dinner2016 for more details on the Gala, information about sponsorship opportunities, and to purchase Lexus Opportunity Drawing tickets and individual Gala Dinner tickets.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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March 12, 19, and 26—JUST ADDED!

New dates have been added due to popular demand!

Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don't be wasteful” in Japanese. In this 3-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as gentle, strength-building standing and balancing poses. Come cultivate and explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

May be held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. 3-session pricing: $20 members, $25 non-members. Single session: $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

March 19 only:

Thursday, March 24, 2016
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading—The Piano

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FREE

In this edition of A Writer’s Gallery, East West Players presents a reading of The Piano, written by Robert Kuang.

An Asian-Jewish-American family collides with music, food, and identity crises, as the death of a Chinese patriarch forces three generations of Asian American women to live under the same roof for the first time. A powerful multigenerational drama about the complexities of the Asian American experience, The Piano was the second place winner of East West Players’ 2042: See Change playwriting competition.

For more details, visit eastwestplayers.org.

Saturday, March 26, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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March 12, 19, and 26—JUST ADDED!

New dates have been added due to popular demand!

Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don't be wasteful” in Japanese. In this 3-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as gentle, strength-building standing and balancing poses. Come cultivate and explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

May be held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. 3-session pricing: $20 members, $25 non-members. Single session: $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

March 26 only:

Saturday, March 26, 2016
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. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.

Saturday, March 26, 2016
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Discover Your Japanese American Roots

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Explore your roots in this comprehensive workshop led by genealogy buff Chester Hashizume. Identify your ancestral Japanese hometown, uncover the meanings behind family crests and surnames, and learn about conducting research in Japan.

$44 members, $55 non-members. Supplies and museum admission included. Limited to 16 participants.

Saturday, March 26, 2016
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Panel Discussion—To Climb a Gold Mountain

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In honor of Women’s History Month, JANM presents To Climb a Gold Mountain (2015), a documentary that tells the story of Los Angeles through the eyes of four immigrant Chinese women.

Covering a span of 160 years, each woman featured in the film faced a different set of challenges, fighting in her own unique way to make a difference. Included are Anna May Wong, a groundbreaking actress who achieved success and fame, and Sing Ye, a little-known prostitute who lived in the 1800s and fought for freedom.

A thought-provoking film, To Climb a Gold Mountain seeks to address contemporary issues of immigration, violence against women, and cross-cultural relations by reflecting on the struggles of the past. Panel discussion with the filmmakers to follow the screening.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
7:00 PM

#LITinCOLOR: Celebrating Writers of Color

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FREE

#LITinCOLOR will celebrate the invention and imagination of writers of color who seek to represent realities that lie outside of the mainstream imagination, be it the lasting impact of American concentration camps or the navigation of racially profiled notions of sexuality. Poets and novelists from various communities and generations will come together to honor the ways in which writers of color have changed how we think, feel, and live.

Featured writers will include, April Naoko Heck, author of the poetry collection A Nuclear Family; Naomi Hirahara, author of the forthcoming Sayonara Slam; traci kato-kiriyama, founder of Tuesday Night Project; Leza Lowitz, translator of Ayukawa Nobuo’s American & Other Poems; Japanese/Kiwi singer songwriter Kat McDowell; David Mura, poet and author of The Last Incantations and Turning Japanese; and Gene Oishi, the renowned Nisei journalist who published his first novel, Fox Drum Bebop, when he was in his eighties. Fox Drum Bebop is the winner of the 2016 Association of Asian American Studies Award for Best Book in Prose.

This event is co-sponsored by Kaya Press, Kundiman, Tia Chucha Press, Writ Large Press, and Tuesday Night Project.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Learn more about this event on First and Central: The JANM Blog.

 

 

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