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Thursday, September 18, 1997
7:30 PM—9:00 PM

AT&T East West Players New Voices Writers Gallery Series

Thursday Evening at the Museum
New Play Reading

This program features the winners of the New Voices Play writing Competition sponsored by East West Players. The plays of these talented young playwrights were selected from entries collected from throughout the country in a contest that EWP hopes to make international in scope in the near future. Follow the development of these plays that may someday progress to the East West Players mainstage and beyond. Free with museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Friday, September 12, 1997
7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Horticulture in Southern California

Join Bruce Asakawa, host of the San Diego radio talk show West Coast Gardenline as he speaks about Southern California geography, climate, and soil conditions. Mr. Asakawa is a landscape architect who has worked in California’s retail nursery and landscape industry for over 40 years and whose popular radio program reaches more than 1.2 million listeners each weekend. A definite treat for all gardener enthusiasts and fans of the West Coast Gardenline radio show. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, September 11, 1997
7:30 PM—9:00 PM

Asian American Writers' Workshop Readings Series

Thursday Evening at the Museum

The third in the series presented by the New York-based literary collective features writers from the Japanese American community. Writers Jeff T. Matsuda, Denise Uyehara, and Amy Uyematsu will read from their works. Besides organizing readings, the Asian American Writer’s Workshop publishes the Asian Pacific American Journal, explanAsian, and anthologies by Asian American writers. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Saturday, September 6, 1997
9:30 AM—3:00 PM

Little Tokyo Guided Tour

Historic Tour Series

PART A: Walking Tour
9:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.

Once a thriving residential, business and cultural center, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles was one of the largest Japanese American communities in the United States until World War II. Take a walking tour, relive history, and learn about present day Little Tokyo with Museum docents at this very popular program.

PART B: The Historic Nishi Building
1 p.m.–3 p.m.

In Part B of the Historic Little Tokyo Series, James McElwain, AIA, Preservation Architect, will conduct an architectural history tour of the Museum building, formerly the Nishi Hongwanji, the first Buddhist temple built in the Los Angeles area. Learn about the building’s history through its architectural features and about Edgar Cline, the architect who designed the temple. In 1993, the Museum received the National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the restoration of his historic building. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and the California State Historic Register.

Fees: Full day program: Members $8, non-members $15. Individual programs (Part A or Part B only): Members $5, non-members $9. Reservations for this day-long program are required by September 1, 1997. Limited space available. Bring your own lunch or enjoy lunch at one of several Little Tokyo restaurants. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Saturday, August 30, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Japanese American Funerals: Christian and Buddhist

Featuring: Rev. Grant Hagiya of Centenary United Methodist Church, Rinban Noriaki Ito of Higashi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and Michael Motoyasu of Kubota Nikkei Mortuary

What is the meaning behind the rituals performed at Japanese American funerals? What is koden and is it still appropriate? What are the responsibilities of family members and friends? Learn the answers to these and other questions about Japanese American funerals. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, August 28, 1997
7:30 PM—8:30 PM

Cold Tofu Improv: More Soy of Sex

Cold Tofu looks at love & relationships, the expanded version! 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.




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