Art, Culture & Identity Past Events
Spotlight on Four Angelenos: Illuminating History Through Ordinary Lives
Performance and Discussion
Last of a three-part series co-sponsored by the Playrights Project, the Angeles Plaza, California Afro American Museum, and the Japanese American National Museum. This project features professional theatre artists who will perform monologues based on the lives of Los Angeles area senior citizens. One of the featured Angelenos is Kimi Kawamura, a dance instructor who lived through the atomic bomb in World War II in Hiroshima. Her recollections, as dramatized by Denise Uyehara, crystallize one aspect of the Japanese American experience. Along with Kimi's story, the story of Sam Ortega, a Mexican American Angeleno, will be spotlighted. Sam, a former World War II (?) veteran and former psychology scholar, will be dramatized by Leo Garcia. Associate Curator Glen Kitayama of the Japanese American National Museum will explore the interactions between these two communities of Los Angeles. This project is made possible by a grant from the California Council on the Humanities. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.
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. The program repeats on Thursday, September 18. Free with museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Series
The first in a year-long series of programs highlighting projects recently funded by the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. Dale Shimasaki, Executive Director of the CLPEF, will talk about the goals of the Board of Directors for the CLPEF, the work that has been completed, and the plans for future programs. In addition, Museum staff members, Gary Kawaguchi, Acting Director of Program Development, and Darcie Iki, Life History Curator, will speak about Museum projects funded through the CLPEF grants. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission.
Asian American Writers' Workshop Readings
Thursday Evenings at the Museum
The second program in this series will feature readings by lesbian and bisexual Asian Pacific Islander women. Among those reading from their works will be Liz Bahn, Diep Tran, and Denise Uyehara.
Asian American Writers’ Workshop is a non-profit organization based in New York City. Founded in 1991 by a collective of writers, its mission is to facilitate the creation, publication and dissemination of Asian American literature. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Cold Tofu Improv: Wide World of Tofu
See the world through the eyes of tofu lovers. 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.
The History of Taiko in the Japanese American Community
Lecture and discussion
Just thirty years ago there was not a single taiko (Japanese drumming) group in the United States. Today nearly one hundred groups exist in North America and new groups continue to emerge. People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds enjoy listening to and performing taiko and it will continue to be an important element in the community.
Join the Museum for a presentation and discussion of the history and development of Japanese American taiko. This event is being presented in conjunction with the 1997 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Taiko Conference. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.