Seattle artist Nin Truong is the co-curator of a group show entitled “Pushin’ 5” that looks at contemporary skateboard art. The work of Yoshi Obayashi, Iosefatu Sua and Chikayoshi Satomi is included. Through Nov. 4 at Blvd Gallery at 2316 Second Ave. www.blvdart.com.
Susi J. Lee presents her video installation, “Fermata,” which looks at the tension in human relationships between hanging on to one another and letting go. At the Lawrimore Project through Nov. 11. 831 Airport Way S. (206) 501-1231.
Gallery4Culture presents work by 23 regional artists that are represented through their on-line registry for Artist Make Building Parts TM. The show entitled “Art Parts: Artist Made Building Parts TM Registry Artists” includes the work of Yuki Nakamura & Craig Miller and Erin Shie Palmer. Opening reception on Nov. 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. On view through Dec. 1. 101 Prefontaine PL. S. (206) 296-7580.
“Stripes” is the title of a new show of functional glass by Boyd Sugiki through Oct. 31 at Vetri International Glass. 1404 First Ave. (206) 667-9608.
“Dim Sum at the On-On Tea Room – The Jewelry of Ron Ho” is a long overdue retrospective of the work of this creative jewelry artist and local Northwest treasure who has crafted personal stories out of carefully gathered antiques and folk art pieces. Each piece tells a story that resonates with history – that of the object itself and that of its creator. A walking tour of the show takes place on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 has a jewelry workshop at noon. Call (425) 579-0770 for pre-registration. On view at the Bellevue Art Museum through Feb. 18, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., (425) 519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org.
Puget Sound Sumi Artists present “Enduring Voices of Sumi Art,” a group show through Dec. 30. Opening reception is Oct. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. Karpeles Manuscript Museum at 407 South “G” St. in Tacoma. (253) 383-2575.
Nha Vuu in her show, “Twilight,” captures the moment when clarity is imperfect and the imagination is stimulated by intuition. On view through Oct. 22 at Fenomena Gallery at 200 Roy St. #104, (206) 213-0080. www.NhaVuu.com
The work of Kazue Taguchi is included in the group show entitled, “Pilchuk Glass School: 16th Year of Emerging Artists in Residence” in the east wing of the Friesen Gallery. Through Oct. 31. 1200 Second Ave. S. (206) 628-9501.
Oregon-based artist Harold Hoy is in a two-person show, “All Too Human” at Gallery IMA through Nov. 1. 123 South Jackson. (206) 625-0055.
“Bite Size” is the title of a new show by Junichi Tsuneoka at Hipposchemes through Oct. 31. 1510 – 12th Ave. (206) 234-2342.
Saya Moriyasu creates tiny universes within the branches of her wooden chandeliers in a show of new work influenced by Japanese woodblock prints called “The Floating World.” Gallery4Culture in October – 101 Prefontaine Pl. S., (206) 296-8674.
“A Circular Route,” sculptural paintings that explore pattern within a cultural and personal context by June Sekiguchi at Vidya Gallery. On view through Oct. 31, 619 Western, second floor, (206) 624-7966.
“Breath-Memory” is the title of a show by Etsuko Ichikawa in the SOIL Backspace through Oct. 28. The artist captures the moment by blowing and capturing her own breath on molten glass, 112 Third Ave. S., (206) 624-8061.
Women Beyond Borders is an international arts organization that promotes the cross-cultural education of women’s and girl’s issues through traveling exhibitions. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this important organization, artists will honor extraordinary women by collaborating with them through the creation of an art box. Local artist June Sekiguchi will work in collaboration with noted political activist Yuri Kochiyama who was active in the African American and human rights movements and a close friend of Malcolm X. The group show will open with a reception on Oct. 25 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the World Trade Center at 2800 Alaskan Way, #410. [email protected].
911 Media Arts Center present Yuki Nakamura and Robert Campbell’s “Floating Plaster/City Motion,” a work that integrates formal aesthetics with architectonic video projections of animated imagery. Through Oct. 27, 402 Ninth N., (206) 682-6552.
Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints is showing “Katagami – Japanese Paper Stencils from the John Huston Collection” in October. The Web site features illustrations from “The Tale of Genji” all fall – 2001 Western Ave., #320, (206) 621-1888, www.carolynstaleyprints.com.
Kensuke Yamada is a young Japanese ceramic sculptor. His work exudes a whimsical charm bordering on the surreal that grows on you. “Dwell” is the new show he shares with painter Colleen Haywood at the Catherine Person Gallery. An informal gallery talk by the artists takes place Oct. 21 at noon. On view through Nov. 11, 319 Third Ave. S., (206) 763-5565, www.catherinepersongallery.com.
The work of Gerard Tsutakawa is included in the West Edge Sculpture Invitational on view through Oct. 29 in Benaroya Hall and the Harbor Steps on University Ave. between Western & Third downtown, www.westedgesculpture.com.
“These Walls Can Speak: Untold Stories from Three Historic Buildings” is on view through Dec. 10. In conjunction with this show, historic walking tours of the Chinatown/International District are being offered on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. To register, call (206) 624-5124×114 or e-mail [email protected]. “Voyage of the Barangay – Filipino Currents in King County” is a new show on display through Dec. 10. The show highlights the presence of Filipinos in King County and the contributions of Filipino culture to the region. Produced by the Filipino National Historical Society (FAHNS). Wing Luke Asian Museum, 407 Seventh Ave. S., (206) 623-5124.
KOBO at Higo. An opening night reception for artist Toni Yuly takes place on Oct. 28 from 6 – 8pm. Yuly will show watercolor/egg tempura paintings of everyday objects in nature. Ceramic artist Hiro Yoshihara shows his new work through Nov. 11. 604 S. Jackson, (206) 381-3000.
The Burke Museum presents a pair of connected shows together. “Vanished Kingdoms: The Wulsin Photos of China, Tibet, & Mongolia, 1921 – 25” present rare images of that part of Asia along with “Sacred Portraits – Eleven Tibetan Thangkas” (large painted portraits on cloth from the Museum’s own collection). Both shows open on Nov. 4. The Museum is located on the UW campus at N.E. 45th & 17th N.E., (206) 543-5590.
Toshiko Hasegawa shows “Fruits And Flowers”, a series of paintings in oil as well as her whimsical ceramics. Through Nov. 5. Parkland Gallery at 130 Park Lane in Kirkland. (425) 827-0606.
Huun Huur Tu, the amazing Mongolian throat singers/musicians from Tuva perform Nov. 2 at the Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell. Tickets online at www.ticketswest.com or charge-by-phone at (800) 992-TDOX. For information, call (425) 489-6018.
SIS Productions returns with the NW premiere of Michael Golanco’s “Cowboy Versus Samurai.” It’s a romantic comedy that explores the sexual dynamics that surface around race when an attractive Korean American woman moves to town. Oct. 20 – Nov. 8 at Hugo House at 1634 11th Ave., (206) 325-6500.
The Porkfilled Players perform their unique brand of Asian American sketch comedy in a new program entitled “Go East, Young Ham” which probes the eternal battle of East vs. West – the Geisha vs. the saloon girl: Oct. 27 – Nov. 17 at the Hugo House. Free tickets available for the Oct. 28 performance by logging on to www.seattleperforms.com. Hugo House is at 1634 – 11th Ave. (206) 325-6500 for reservations.
The International Examiner presents their annual showcase of Asian American talent with “Arts Etc. 2006” on Nov. 4 from 7 – 10 p.m. Features the Buttersprites Seattle’s all-girl Japanese pop band, Le Soleil Fashion Show with Tuan Nguyen, NW magician Don Darryl Rivera and visual artists Diem Chau, Michael Curato, Joby Shimomura and Nha Vhu. Port of Seattle Atrium at Pier 69 at 2711 Alaskan Way. www.myspace.com/asian_arts or www.brownbagtickets.com/event/7108. (206) 624-3925.
JSA presents “Matsuri – Japanese Festival 2006” with live performances, Japanese food and games. Free. Nov. 5 from noon – 4 p.m. The HUB East Ballroom on the UW campus.
Tacoma Buddhist Church presents their Fall Food & Crafts Bazaar on Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. (253) 627-1417.
“Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls” takes place in a pet store in New York, the beaches of Hawai’i and Xmas in Alaska and is Naomi Iizuka’s latest play to surface in Seattle. Plays Nov. 7, 8, 9 and 11 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Cornish College of the Arts’ Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave., (206) 726-5011 or log on to www.cornish.edu.
Diversified International Cultural Entertainment (DICE) presents a concert entitled “Voice & Strings II” featuring some of the Puget Sound’s premiere Filipino American artists. Singer Stephanie Reese, guitarist Angelo Pizzaro and jazz pianist Victor Noriega join forces to perform Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Benaroya Hall downtown, (206) 850-2010 for information. For tickets, call (206) 292-arts. www.ticketmaster.com.
Jazz pianist Keiko Matsui performs at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Nov. 2 – 5. 2033 – 6th Ave. (206) 441-9729.
SouthEast Effective Development: Arts Gumbo 2006. Experience the music, food and crafts of the Hmong culture in November on Friday, Nov. 3 with a Hmong celebration, including a vocalist performance by Laotian artist Paj Zaub Lauj. The series is held at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S. Alaska St.), in Columbia City. 7 p.m. vocalist; 8 p.m. Hmong Cuisine, 9 p.m. Workshop: Hmong Money Bags. Tickets will be available at the door: $8 Adults, $5 Children & Seniors. For event information, please call SEED Arts & Event line at (206) 760-4285, or visit www.seedseattle.org/arts/rvcc/index.htm.
Ragamala presents a veena recital by Sreevidya Chandramouli on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. St. John United Church. 5515 N. Phinney Ave. Log on to www.Ragamala.org for details.
The Seattle Chinese Garden Society will host the Soaring Dragon Celebration and Auction on Nov. 5 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Features a “Sichuanese Marketplace” filled with goods and entertainers followed by a dinner and auction. Proceeds benefit the Seattle Chinese Garden. Seattle Pier 66 at 2211 Alaskan Way. (206) 282-8040.
Elliot Bay Book Company has the following readings in their on-going series: Meg Tilly, best known for her roles in films such as “The Big Chill” and “Agnes of God” comes to Seattle to read from her latest novel, “Gemma”(Syren Book Co.) on Oct. 21 at Elliott Bay Book Co. in Seattle and Oct. 22 at Village Books in Bellingham (see related article). Tilly is Chinese Canadian and her new book looks at the case of a young girl who becomes the obsession of an older man. Michael Zielenziger will read from “Shutting Out The Sun: How Japan Treated Its Own Lost Generation” on Oct. 23. This particular reading is at Town Hall on Seattle’s First Hill at 6:30 p.m. The book examines the rash of suicides by today’s youth in Japan and its causes. Nell Freundenberger reads from her first novel, “The Dissident” (Ecco) in which the protagonist is a young Chinese artist teaching in a California girl’s school on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. All other readings at Elliott Bay Book Co. in Pioneer Square, 101 S. Main, (206) 624-6600.
The University Book Store presents the following. Katherine Min reads from “Secondhand World” (Knopf), a coming-of-age novel of a daughter who struggles to negotiate between her parents’ Korean past and her American present Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. – 4326 University Way N.E. Most readings are held on the second floor, (206) 643-3400.
Lawney L. Reyes, the recent author of his own autobiography on UW Press will read from his latest book, “Bernie Whitebear: An Urban Indian’s Quest for Justice.” This book is a biography of his own brother and famed local NW Indian leader, an early advocate of native rights. Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Burke Room of the Burke Museum on the UW campus, N.E. 45th & 17th Ave. N.E., (206) 543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org.
Lee & Low books’ presents their 7th Annual New Voices Award for a children’s picture book story by a writer of color. Manuscripts will be accepted through Oct. 31. For guidelines, visit www.leeandlow.com/editorial/voices.html.