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Calendar of Events — November 2016

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.

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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
12:30 PM—2:00 PM

Time After Time Capsule Workshop with Kawaii Artist Sebastian Masuda

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FREE (museum admission not included)

Help kawaii artist Sebastian Masuda fill a gigantic Hello Kitty time capsule! Bring a cherished personal item or write a letter to your future self, which you will work on and decorate at the workshop before adding it to the capsule. Masuda is organizing a total of 10 translucent time capsules as part of a long-term art project that will culminate in Tokyo in 2020. The capsules will all be returned to their cities of origin and reopened in 2035.

If you’re not able to attend the workshop, you can still bring a personal item to add to the capsule during regular museum hours (11 a.m. to last admission at 4:30 p.m.) on November 1.

After November 1, JANM visitors will be able to view the capsule as part of paid admission to the museum through January 29. There will be another workshop with Masuda on January 8, 2017, in conjunction with JANM’s Oshogatsu Family Festival.

Presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

In conjunction with the exhibition Time After Time Capsule
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading

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FREE

East West Players presents a reading of Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race!, written by Christopher Chen and directed by Rodney To.

The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race, so it decides its best chance for success in the 2016 presidential election is to back a candidate who is a mixture of every race on earth. A one-night performance produced as part of the company’s Politics in Play series, Mutt is a wild and surreal sketch-comedy-infused satire that skewers all political parties and burns down the entire racial house of cards.

Following a sold-out run in New York, The New York Times called Mutt an “intricately constructed, unrelentingly destabilizing puzzle of a play about the anatomy of truth and the provocative power of illusion.”

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Saturday, November 5, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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—PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME—

Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this 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 the one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included.

Saturday, November 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
Friday, November 11, 2016

Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference

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Friday, November 11 – Saturday, November 12

At the EMPOWER Conference, young Asian Pacific Islander professionals from all over the country are invited to learn directly from some of the community’s most inspirational leaders. Attendees will be able to explore a variety of creative career paths and industries, as well as best practices to apply toward making their dreams a reality.

The conference will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, mentoring sessions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. This unique experience is aimed at bridging communities, generations, industries, and innovative minds.

Visit empower.kollaboration.org for more information and to register.

Saturday, November 12, 2016
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Incredible Inks

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FREE ALL DAY

In conjunction with our current exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, join us for a day of crafts, workshops, and performances that celebrate Polynesian culture and the art of tattoos.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Get a cool custom JANM temporary tattoo.

  • Try designing your own tattoos and motifs using traditional Samoan techniques such as the upeti board.

  • Learn to fold origami sharks with patterned paper at Ruthie’s Origami Corner
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Face Painting Station
    Before getting your cool temporary tattoo, be sure to stop by our face painting station for a complete “inked” look, courtesy of Party Face Magic. Line ends at 1:30 p.m.

    11:30 a.m.: Story Time with Tasi’s Gift: A Tale of Samoa
    Join us for an entertaining reading of the children’s book, Tasi’s Gift: A Tale of Samoa. Set on Samoa’s Upolu Island in the distant past, Tasi’s Gift is a touching story about Tuala, a young girl who learns the value of selfless giving from her grandfather Tasi, with the help of a surprising assortment of creative animals.

    12 p.m.–12:30 p.m.: Samoan Slap Dance Workshop
    Learn fa‘ataupati (Samoan slap dance) in a workshop with performer Diamond. This energetic dance is traditionally done by boys only, but the workshop is open to everyone.

    1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Hula Dance and Fire Knife Workshops
    Join Lopati for beginning lessons in hula dance and fire knife dance.
    *Please note we will NOT be using actual fire or knives.

    2 p.m.: Samoan Cultural Performance
    Kanana Fou Church Youth Group will perform traditional Samoan dances.

    3:15 p.m.: Samoan Siva Dance Workshop
    Learn to do the Siva (the Samoan word for “dance”) with Moana Sulu‘ape. This slow dance is traditionally for girls only, but the workshop is open to everyone.

     

    Plus, free admission all day to see Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II, and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
    Friday, November 18, 2016
    12:00 PM—1:00 PM

    Members Only Learning at Lunch: Iwao Takamoto

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    If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

     

    Join JANM’s collections staff for an exploration of the work of animator, TV producer, and film director Iwao Takamoto.

    As a teenager, Takamoto and his family were sent to Manzanar, where he learned basic illustration. After the war, he was hired by Walt Disney Studios as an assistant animator. He eventually became a character designer for such Disney classics as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Lady and the Tramp. Takamoto later worked at Hanna-Barbera Productions, where he became known for designing the characters of Scooby Doo and the Jetson family’s dog, Astro.

    RSVPs recommended to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Image: Gift of Iwao Takamoto.

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

    Mottainai Yoga with traci

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    —PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME—

    Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this 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 the one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

    Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included.

    Saturday, November 19, 2016
    10:00 AM—4:00 PM

    National Conversation on Immigration: Barriers and Access

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    FREE

    On the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives is hosting a series of conversations across the country to explore the complex issues around human and civil rights in the modern era. JANM is proud to host this free daylong conversation on immigration.

    10 a.m.: David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, and Ann Burroughs, Interim President and CEO of JANM, will open the National Conversation, followed by a keynote conversation with author and activist Julissa Arce and author and cultural critic Jeff Yang.

    1 p.m.: Ann Burroughs will moderate “Coming to America,” exploring past and current immigration barriers, with a panel of activists and experts, including Stewart Kwoh, Asian Americans Advancing Justice; Allen Orr, attorney; Karthick Ramakrishnan, UC Riverside School of Public Policy; and Paul Spickard, UC Santa Barbara.

    2:15 p.m.: Irene Hirano Inouye, U.S.-Japan Council, will moderate a discussion on “Becoming an American,” looking at the varied experiences of immigrants—at work, at home, at school, and in the community—with Nahla Kayali, Access California Services (AccessCal); Cynthia Buiza, California Immigrant Policy Center; Rocio Diaz Gonzalez, California State University, Los Angeles; and Luz Borjon Montalvo, California State University, Los Angeles.

    3:15 p.m.: Irene Hirano Inouye will deliver closing remarks.

    Visit archivesfoundation.org/attend for more information and to register. All details are subject to change.

    Presented in part by AT&T, Ford Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, Toyota, and the National Archives Foundation.

    Photo courtesy of National Archives.

    Saturday, November 19, 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. Limited to 20 participants.

    Saturday, November 19, 2016
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Holiday Spirit

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    Make holiday-themed origami for your family and friends.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Supplies and admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Member Appreciation Days

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    Friday–Sunday, November 25–27, 2016

    JANM members always enjoy a 10% store discount and free admission to JANM. On this special weekend, take advantage of a 20% discount at the JANM Store and janmstore.com, plus free admission and a 20% store discount at 17 participating Southern California institutions.

    New participants this season will include Palm Springs Art Museum, who will join returning favorites such as MOCA, California Science Center, Skirball Cultural Center, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and many more.

    Visit janmstore.com/membershopping in November for details, restrictions, and a complete list of participants.

     

     

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