Art, Culture & Identity Past Events
Cold Tofu Improv: Tofu Vision
Cold Tofu presents television parody and its own vision of TV past and present. This talented, energetic, multicultural comedy improv group has an amazing assortment of entertainment techniques that will keep you laughing all night. A guest artist and musician will also perform. Free. Reservations suggested. Limited seating available.
Capturing History: Incarceration Narratives in Fiction and Nonfiction
Two generations of writers have struggled to recover and present stories of the Japanese American incarceration; their work in history and in fiction has been at the core of the movement for redress. A panel of distinguished novelists and historians of the incarceration experience share their work, discuss their sources for materials, and address questions of how they used or interpreted these materials. Join us for an exploration of how writing has shaped and continues to reshape a country’s understanding of its historical experiences.
Co-presented by PEN Center USA and made possible in part by a grant from the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund.
The Kona Coffee Story: Portraits of a Community
Kona coffee is known world-wide as one of the premier quality coffees on the market, yet little is known about the industry or the people who labor to produce this aromatic coffee. Join life history curator Darcie Iki as she presents a historical portrait of the coffee farmers of Kona by sharing her research and oral history recordings that she conducted in Kona. This lecture includes a slide show of historical photos and audio clips of the voices of the farmers themselves. Hear about their struggle for independence, their determination to succeed and the spirit of community cooperation that existed in the past and that continues into the present.
AT&T East West Players New Voices Writers Gallery
Thursday Evenings at the Museum
New Play Reading
Award-winning playwright, short-story writer, and painter, Wakako Yamauchi (And the Soul Shall Dance, The Music Lesson) brings two brand new one-act plays for debut readings at the Museum. The plays, For What? and Tuesdays are both about exploring memory and healing.
This is the sixth program in the Writers Gallery series. The play is directed by veteran stage, film, and television actor Rodney Kageyama. Join writer Yamauchi, director Kageyama, and the entire cast in readings of these exciting new plays. This program is funded in part by AT&T. Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Tango No Sekku (Boy's Day) at the Museum
Celebrate Tango No Sekku (Boys’ Day) at the Museum. Traditionally observed on May 5 in Japan, it predates Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day). Learn about the meaning of Boys’ Day and some of its traditions. Make a paper kabuto (helmet worn by samurai) and your own koi (fish) and then join in on a taiko (drum) workshop. Children of all ages are invited.
Free with Museum admission. Reservations are required.
Jon Shirota's Enlightenment
Thursday Evening at the Museum
New Play Reading
Well-known Japanese American author and playwright Jon Shirota (Lucky Come Hawaii and Pineapple White) debuts his newest play entitled Enlightenment. The entire play takes place in a small shiatsu center in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
Taka Okamoto, a horseplayer “Pineapple” from Maui, Hawaii, frequents the center which is operated by Reverend Cathy Takahashi, a young, attractive Buddhist priest. Taka tries to help Rev. Cathy become a full-time priest with a temple of her own. He elicits advice from famous Judge Cal Wada, struggling soap actress Flo Sumida, and wealthy church board president Frank Watanabe, who offers to help Rev. Cathy, but at a price.
Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.