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Calendar of Events — May 2018

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, May 5, 2018

34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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Saturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6

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 a series of special event screenings and select encores of festival favorites. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the experience. Celebrating its 34th edition, the festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

For schedule and to purchase tickets, visit festival.vconline.org. JANM members are eligible for discounts.

Note: The festival runs May 3–12, with screenings at JANM taking place May 5–6 and 10.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, May 5, 2018

C3: The Conference for Creative Content

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This media arts conference features panels and seminars on new media technologies, platforms, and distribution. C3 aims to connect creative individuals through a forum of pioneers in entertainment, academia, and professional guilds.

For details and to purchase tickets, visit vconline.org.

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, May 5, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Jewelry Workshop—The World of Washi: Beginner Class

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Saturday–Sunday, May 5–6
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

The World of Washi workshop series continues with two projects demonstrating that hand-made washi beads can be unique and elegant: a delicate necklace crimped on a gold/silver chain and a memory-wire bracelet of semi-precious stones and washi danglies. The technical challenges will be crimping and looping.

All materials will be provided. Bring a shoebox for supplies, a snack, and a willingness to learn. $64 members, $80 non-members; museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.

$25 materials fee has been graciously covered by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

Saturday, May 5, 2018
12:15 PM

Members Only Learning at Lunch: Kodomo no Hi

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Bring a brown bag lunch and join JANM collections staff as they look at a selection of artifacts focused on the history and traditions of Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day).

Space is limited. RSVP by May 1 using the link below. You can also contact memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, May 5, 2018
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.

Included with museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Sunday, May 6, 2018
11:00 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese

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日系移民と日系アメリカ人の歴史を紹介する常設展「コモン・グラウンド」を日本語でご案内します。

ツアーは無料(入館料のみ)、予約不要です。

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Thursday, May 10, 2018

34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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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 a series of special event screenings and select encores of festival favorites. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the experience. Celebrating its 34th edition, the festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

For schedule and to purchase tickets, visit festival.vconline.org. JANM members are eligible for discounts.

Note: The festival runs May 3–12, with screenings at JANM taking place May 5–6 and 10.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Friday, May 11, 2018

Member Appreciation Days

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Friday–Sunday, May 11–13, 2018

Members enjoy a 20% discount at the JANM Store and janmstore.com, plus free admission and a 20% discount at other SoCal institutions, including the Museum of Neon Art, The Library Store, Heritage Square Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, California Science Center, the Fowler Museum, LA Plaza De Culturas y Artes, the Museum of Latin American Art, Kidspace Children’s Museum, and more.

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

Saturday, May 12, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Identity, My-dentity

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FREE ALL DAY

Join us for a celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and JANM’s exhibition, hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project. Crafts, performances, storytelling, and other activities will explore themes of identity and personal heritage.

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Koinobori Kite: Color and put together a koinobori (carp kite), a traditional symbol of Kodomo no hi—Children’s Day in Japan.

  • Kabuto (Samurai Hat): Fold a samurai hat—another symbol of Children’s Day—out of newspaper.

  • Identity Bento: Make your own colorful bento box by drawing in foods that are part of your culture or just among your favorites.

  • Diorama: Make a tiny self-portrait diorama that is all about you.

  • Button Making: Design a small button to show off your individuality.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold a paper heart to share with someone.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES

    11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.: Storytelling Theater
    Multicultural theater troupe We Tell Stories performs Proud to Be Me, a series of interactive stories geared toward reinforcing self-esteem. Reserved seating for members.

    12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Poetry Writing Workshop
    Spoken word artists and community organizers Stephanie Sajor and Eddy M. Gana, together known as Steady, will help you learn to express yourself through poetry. Space is limited; please sign up at the information table.

    1 p.m.–2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Amy Tangerine Scrapbook Workshop
    Create colorful pages that save and share your memories in this scrapbooking workshop with Amy Tangerine. Bringing photos from home is optional. Mini booklets will be supplied. Space is limited; please sign up at the information table. Reserved seating for members.

    2 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Improv with Cold Tofu
    Enjoy a performance by Cold Tofu as they improvise scenes and games based on audience suggestions. Reserved seating for members.

    3 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Infinite Flow Dance
    Infinite Flow – An Inclusive Dance Company and Infinite Flow Kids will perform and invite families to dance along with them. Reserved seating for members.

    JANM Free Family Day: Identity, My-dentity is presented in partnership with Kizuna. American Sign Language interpreters will be present for select performances.

    In conjunction with the exhibition hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project
    Saturday, May 12, 2018
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Citron Trunk Show

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    FREE ADMISSION

    Citron Clothing creates elegant, timeless apparel for all body types using the finest fabrics, artisanal techniques from around the world, and vintage motifs sourced from Asia and Europe. On the day before Mother’s Day, bring Mom in to peruse these wearable works of art!

    Member’s discount does not apply to Citron products.

    In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

    Saturday, May 12, 2018
    1:00 PM

    Scrapbooking Workshop with Amy Tangerine

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    1 P.M. and 2:30 P.M.

    FREE

    Join crafty YouTube star Amy Tangerine for a one-hour session where she will lead participants in putting together a fun scrapbooking page. Bring your own photos or memorabilia.

    Limited to 25 participants each session; sign-ups begin at 11 a.m. on the day of the event. RSVPs will be released 15 minutes before the workshop time.

    This free workshop is made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

    In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

    Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Exhibition Opening: What We Carried

    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    What We Carried Members Preview

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    All JANM members are invited to preview What We Carried: Fragments & Memories from Iraq & Syria before it opens to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

    RSVPs required by May 15 using the link below. You can also contact memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    10:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Edible Adventures: Japanese Sweets and Street Art Walk

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    This walk will introduce you to the many sculptures, murals, and other public artworks in Little Tokyo. Interspersed with the art will be a sampling of Asian sweets such as imagawayaki, dango, and mochi ice cream.

    $24 members, $30 non-members; museum admission included. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Limited to 15 participants.

    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Two-Day Workshop: Shibori On! Continuing Explorations in Shibori and Indigo

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    Saturday–Sunday, May 19–20
    11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

    In this two-day workshop, participants will continue working with indigo and shibori dyeing using a broad selection of beautiful vintage and one-of-a-kind fabrics. Shibori techniques of itajime, arashi, nui, and more will be practiced with both new and continuing students. Bring scissors and a seam ripper.

    $72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

    In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

    Saturday, May 26, 2018
    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, May 26, 2018
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting

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    The Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) promotes, encourages, and shares Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. NikkeiGen’s general meetings are open to anyone who is interested in researching their family trees, learning more about their Japanese roots and heritage, and participating in group discussions and networking. Meetings occur approximately once a month from January to October, with the location alternating between JANM and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank.

    The meeting is included with museum admission. RSVP is required.

    To RSVP or for more information, email info@nikkeigenealogicalsociety.org or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/nikkeigen. Limited to 35 participants.

    In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

     

     

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