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Thursday, October 23, 1997
7:30 PM—8:30 PM

Cold Tofu Improv: Halloween Show

Boo! Cold Tofu will scare you silly in this special Halloween show! This talented, energetic, multicultural comedy improv group has an amazing assortment of entertainment techniques that will keep you laughing all night. Free. Reservations suggested. Limited seating.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department.

Thursday, October 16, 1997
7:30 PM—9:00 PM

Fresh Off the Page Series presented by AT&T / East West Players

Play Reading

Karaoke Series by Euijoon Kim

A nasty, scatalogical comedy about two Asian American independent film makers crafting a story involving sex, flatulence, and a sushi chef’s love affair with a mermaid named Maguro. Yet another winner of the New Voices Playwriting Competition. Reserv ations required. Free. Limited seating available.

Sunday, October 12, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Sumo USA: Video Play-by-Play

Learn about the ceremony and technicalities of the art of sumo competition. Gordon Berger, professor of history at the University of Southern California and sumo radio commentator, will take us frame by frame through sumo video footage to explain this ceremonial sport for a deeper understanding and appreciation of sumo wrestling. Free with Museum admission. Reservations suggested.

In conjunction with the exhibition Sumo U.S.A.: Wrestling the Grand Tradition
Saturday, October 11, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

The Other Side of Tokyo Rose: The Japanese American Voices of WWII

Hear the little known story about a small number of Japanese American civilians who served the Allies’ cause as translators and radio broadcast announcers to countermeasure the heavy propaganda by the Axis countries. This panel will include former members of the Office of War Information (OWI) of the United States and the British Political Warfare Mission (BPWM) of England, who shared the same radio station facility in Denver, Colorado doing radio propaganda broadcasting. Free with Museum admissi on. Reservations suggested.

Thursday, October 9, 1997
7:30 PM—9:00 PM

AT&T East West Players New Voices Writers Gallery Series: Rancho Grande by Eugenie Chan

Thursday Evenings at the Museum
Play Reading

The 11th installment in this successful series of new play readings presented by East West Players. Moon Lady and Oxboy cavort in the desert, and Ma and Pa get closer together, while Sammy seduces Mamie as Chinese mythology collides with desert culture in Rancho Grande by playwright, Eugenie Chan. Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Saturday, October 4, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Personal Reflections: Kenjiro Nomura & Minidoka Camp

Artist Kenjiro Nomura captured his experiences in camp visually using whatever materials he could find. His landscapes and portraits of daily rituals have always been treasured by his family for their artistic and historic value. George Nomura, Kenjiro’s son, will share his personal reflections and memories with us. Mitsuye Yamada will read her poetry bringing to life the experiences of Minidoka. Please join us for a light reception that will follow. Free admission as part of the Los Angeles C ounty Arts Open House Day. Reservations required.




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