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Sunday, April 6, 2008
3:00 PM—5:00 PM

MOCA Talk: Allan Kaprow -- Art as Life

In conjunction with Allan Kaprow -- Art as Life, art historian and writer Jeffy Kelly will discuss his close friend Allan Kaprow and the artist's work in a talk entitled, Memory of Happenings.

For more information, please call 213-621-1745 or

This program is in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
2:00 PM

Neglected Legacies: Japanese American Women and Redress: Organizing the Community

(Part 2 of 3)

This program will feature first-hand accounts from participants in the major Redress/ Reparations organizations that held pride of place during the 1980s.

The current list of speakers include:

  • Chizu Omori, Seattle, on JACL/ Pacific Northwest region;

  • Aiko Herzig on her work with NCJAR, CWRIC, and Coram Nobis;

  • Lillian Nakano, on her work in NCRR

  • Susan Nakaoka (California State Dominguez Hills) will moderate.

    Presented in collaboration with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and Dr. Lane Hirabayashi, George & Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress and Community, Asian American Studies, UCLA.

  • Sunday, March 9, 2008
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM


    2 pm. Please see March 8 for program details.
    Saturday, March 8, 2008
    2:00 PM—7:00 PM


    events/Leaps-Front-200px.jpg Three special performances: 2 pm, 7 pm on March 8 and 2 pm on March 9.

    Ten artists of different faiths and spiritual paths boldly jump into the swirling waters of interfaith collaboration in this work-in-progress performance of personal stories, dance, poetry and song.

    Come witness their plunge into the deep as they question:

    How can multi-dimensional religious identities live side by side?

    How do we navigate religious conflicts with intelligence and compassion?

    How can we create progressive and respectful visions for the future?

    Creator/performers: George Abe, Aisha Cain, Saria Idana, Danielle Licht, Ameena Mirza, Shyamala Moorty, Waliya Perkins, Marie-Francois Theodore, Monk Turner, Carla Vega.

    Project Director/Lead Mentor: Dan Kwong
    Co-facilitator: Young Ae Park
    Producer/Artistic Director: Nobuko Miyamoto
    Production Assistant: Luke Patterson

    Guest mentors: Shishir Kurup, Andrea Hodos, Dorit Cypis, Krishna Kaur, Yuval Ron
    Co-sponsors: Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, Council on American Islamic Affairs Three Cousins, Metivta, PJA, MPAC, Hyphen Magazine

    Suggested donation $5

    Q & A follows each performance

    RSVP 213/250-8800 or email

    LEAPS OF FAITH is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Southern California Edison, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Japanese American Community Services, Cecilia Nakamura Fund, Hyphen Magazine, and individual donors.
    Thursday, February 21, 2008
    7:30 PM

    Ruby, Tragically Rotund by Boni B. Alvarez, Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera

    The story of Ruby Salazar, a full-figured Filipina American, whose battle with weight and self-image intensifies when her mother takes a refund on Ruby’s tuition in order to fund her sister’s blossoming beauty pageant career.

    Presented in collaboration with East West Players.

    Saturday, February 16, 2008
    2:00 PM

    Community Day of Remembrance


    The Day of Remembrance marks President Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which authorized the unconstitutional forced removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast and Hawai'i during World War II.

    On August 10, 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which legislated monetary reparations and an offical apology to thousands of individuals whose rights had been violated almost 50 years earlier. The Civil Liberties Act was won through a grassroots campaign and the efforts of the entire community along with many justice minded people.

    This 2008 Day of Remembrance program celebrates the grassroots activism starting with Japanese Americans testifying at government-sanctioned hearings in 1981, through letter writing and lobbying for redress, to the current demand for compensation for Japanese Latin Americans. Day of Remembrance programs are part of the continued need to educate and remember and it is a tradition for many colleges to hold Day of Remembrance events on their campuses.

    "Unleashing Community Voices-Performance Art created by Traci Kato-Kiriyama - Video Highlights from the 1981 Commission Hearings and the Redress Campaign"
    Japanese Latin American Redress: Rep. Xavier Becerra, Congressman 33rd District
    Collegiate Days of Remembrances: USC, UC San Diego, UC Riverside
    Light refreshments following program
    Arrive early - limited seating
    For more information: NCRR (213)680-3484, JACL (213)626-4471

    Presented in collaboration with the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, the Japanese American Citizen’s League–Pacific Southwest, and the National Museum.




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