The art collective, SOIL celebrates their 10th anniversary with a group show of past and present members and a book release. “SOIL 1995-2005: A Retrospective” features the work of Etsuko Ichikawa, Saya Moriyasu, Yuki Nakamura and Tuan Nguyen and others. Opens concurrently with the release of a full color book, “SOIL Artist-Run Gallery, 1995 – 2005.” Through Oct. 30. 112 Third Ave. S. (206) 264-8061.
Photographer Young Lee presents color aerial photographs taken through airplane windows at 36,00 feet. Through October. Café Paloma. 93 Yesler Way. (206) 405-1920.
A show of recent acquisitions includes the work of Japanese painter Toshi Shimizu, who for a time lived and worked in Seattle at the turn of the century. On view till Nov. 2. Martin – Zambito Fine Art. 818 East Pike St. (206) 726-9509.
Nha Vuu takes a contemporary approach to Chinese art and traditional brushwork in her new show at Nha Vuu Studio and Design. 2211 – 4th Ave. (206) 730-1433. Through October.
“Here And There” is the title of a group show of works of art created by artists living in refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border, and in military-occupied Burma. Through Oct. 31. Presented by the Vidya Gallery in partnership with the Borderline Gallery of Mae Sot, Thailand. 619 Western Ave., 2nd Floor. (206) 624-7966.
“A Soldier’s View: Pictorial Reflection of the War in Iraq” contains some powerful images as taken by former army civil affairs sergeant Jeff De la Cruz. The show will raise money for the family of an interpreter assassinated while returning home to his family. Through Nov. 2. Zeitgeist. 161 S. Jackson St. (206) 583-0497.
“Journey in to the Forest” is a series of new paintings by Teruko Wilde at artforte Gallery. Through October. 213 First Ave. S. (206) 748-0187.
Bellevue Art Museum has “Looking Forward Glancing Back: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at 50” which features the work of Seattle jewelry artist, Ron Ho from Oct. 27 – Feb. 26. 510 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue. www.bellevuearts.org.
A group show of contemporary prints from the 20th century Japanese creative print movement, “Sosaku Hanga.” Through Oct. 29 at Davidson Galleries. 313 Occidental Ave. S. (206) 624-7684.
William Traver Gallery has a show for mixed media artist Masami Koda through Oct. 30. Her uncanny knack for combining disparate materials into a poetic whole can work magic. The massive ceramic sculptures of Jun Kaneko fill the room Nov. 4 – 27. 110 Union St. (206) 587-6501.
“Paper” is the medium of choice this time for sculptor Kazuo Kadonaga who often takes time to investigate a particular medium until the inherent qualities of that material reveals itself. Nov. 2 – Dec. 9. Opening is Nov. 3 from 5 – 8 p.m. Solomon Fine Art. 1215 First Ave. (206) 297-1400.
Wing Luke Asian Museum. Two new shows open in October. “Sikh Community: Over 100 Years in the Pacific Northwest” is one of the first looks at this community through photos, oral history collections and historic & educational materials. Oct. 21 – April 16, 2006. Opening & reception on Oct. 20 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. RSVP required by calling (206) 623-5124×106. “30 Years After the Fall of Saigon” looks at how the end of the Vietnam war affected both old and young. Oct. 21 – Dec. 18. 407 – 7th Ave. S. (206) 623-5124.
Korean’s “National Living Treasure” artist Kim Man Hee has a show of his shamanistic inspired work through Nov. 30. His style preserves the traditional “folk art” style of Korea. On view at both Ming’s Asian Galleries in Seattle at 519 – 6th Ave. S. and in Old Bellevue at 10217 Main St. In addition, certified feng shui consultant Bobbie Izuo will give a seminar on ‘Feng Shui – Balance & Harmony” on Nov. 5. She will discuss the history and philosophy of feng shui and how it can improve your personal life. RSVP at (425) 462-4008.
“Frank Okada: The Shape Of Elegance” is a long over-due retrospective of this late N.W. abstractionist whose paintings shimmer and resonate with the pure beauty of color. Through Jan. 8, 2006. Museum Curator Susan Parke gives a tour of the show on Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner. (360) 466-4446.
Tacoma artist Fumiko Kimura shows new work entitled “Connecting the Past and Present.” Oct. 20 – Nov. 20. The artist appears at the opening on Oct. 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. American Art Company. 1126 Broadway in Tacoma. (253) 272-4327.
L.A. based-jazz pianist Keiko Matsui plays Jazz Alley Oct. 27 – 30. 2033 -6th Ave. (206) 441-9729.
Seattle jazz pianist Deems Tsutakawa plays the IKEA restaurant on Oct. 25 from 5 – 8 p.m. Just off Highway 167 in South Renton. (425) 656-2980.
Don’t miss the Earshot Jazz Festival Oct. 20 – Nov. 6. Some highlights include the duo of Vijay Iyer on piano and Rudresh Mahanthappa on sax re-tooling jazz with the music of their ancestral South Asia. This smoking double-bill also features Art Ensemble veteran Roscoe Mitchell performing a solo set. Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Consolidated Works. Cuong Vu, the superbly talented trumpeter who came out of a Bellevue jazz program, returns home with a jazz rock trio that should burn the house down much like his previous visit at the Tractor. Nov. 1 at Edmonds Woodway High School and again on Nov. 2 at Consolidated Works at 8 p.m. Also catch inventive local violinist Eyvind Kang as he joins the stage with some of the best NW improvisors entitled “Seattle Chamber Players: Seattle Mavericks” on Nov. 6 at Benaroya Hall at 7 p.m. For complete details on this amazing music festival, call (206) 547-9787.
“Satiailemoa: Searching Between the Stars” is a new production based on Maori myths and folktales. Directed by Nancy Calos Nakano. Performances through Oct. 30. 3515 S. Alaska St. (206) 725-7517.
The continuing mis-adventures of Asian American singles in Seattle is back for more fun and mirth, this time stumbling on the way to the altar. “Sex in Seattle, Episode 12: My Ultra Quirky Asian American Wedding” Oct. 28 – Nov. 19. Get your tickets early. At Richard Hugo house. 1634 – 11th Ave. (206) 325-6500. www.sexinseattle.org.
Seattle Symphony presents violin virtuoso Sarah Chang performs with the Seattle Symphony Oct. 27. For tickets, call (206) 215-4747 or log on to www.seattlesymphony.org.
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of guest conductor Marcus Tsutakawa on Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. Benaroya Hall. 200 University in Seattle. (206) 362-2300. www.syso.org.
Mei-Ann Chen conducts the Orchestra from Planet X in a “Sci-fi” inspired program featuring music of composers Copland, Anderson and Williams as performed by Seattle Symphony and Magic Circle Mime Company. For children 5 – 12 years of age and their caregivers. This “Sci-fi” inspired program features music of composers Copland, Anderson and Williams. Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. and Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. (This performance specifically designed for secondary-school students. Teachers, to reserve seating, call (206) 215-4784.) Benaroya Hall. 200 University.
“Kunisada’s Shunga, Kuki’s ‘Chic,’ and the Construction of a National Erotics in Japan.” Oct. 27 at 3 – 4 p.m. Speaker: Joshua Mostow, Professor of premodern Japanese literature and art, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. Sponsored by the East Asia Center, Dept. of Art History. UW Art Building, Room 3 (lower level).Contact [email protected]. (206) 543-6938. http://depts.washington.edu/eacenter/events2005.shtml.
Film & Video
One of the best kept secrets and best deals in town for learning about Japanese film is the Japanese Film Association’s free Japanese film series. Oct. 20 brings Okamoto Kihachi’s samurai thriller, “Sword of Doom” with an authoritative performance of demented power by by a young Tatsuya Nakadai. Oct. 27 brings Masamura Yasuzo’s “Manji” that examines the excesses of love in 60s Japan with fast cut sequences and brilliant color. Nov. 3 brings a modern teenage love flick by Iwai Shunji entitled “Hana and Alice.” Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Gowen 201 at UW campus. http:///students.washington.edu/japanflm/calendar.html.
Northwest Film Forum presents “SEOUL TRAIN” (54 min.), by Jim Butterworth and Lisa Sleeth. SEOUL TRAIN is a gripping documentary exposé into the life-and-death struggle faced by North Korean refugees as they flee their homeland through China—which does not recognize their legal status as refugees. Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. at 1515 12th Ave @ Pike.
The Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch on partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company brings Amy Tan to read from “Saving Fish From Drowning” (Putnam), her new novel of a group of American tourists who disappear while on a tour of Burma. Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Microsoft Auditorium. As part of “Faces – Filipino American History Celebration,” Peter Bacho reads from his latest novel, “Entrys,” (UH Press) about a returning “Indipino” (half Yakima Indian/half Filipino) Vietnam War veteran who must face his demons back home on Oct. 28 at noon.
Jung Chang and Jon Holliday read from their new biography, “Mao: The Unknown Story” on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. University Book Store. 4326 University Way N.E. (206) 634-3400.
Newberry Award winner Linda Sue Park reads from her delightful new children’s book, “Bee-bim Bop!” on Oct. 24 at a 7 a.m. breakfast reading at Tacoma Main Library at 1102 – Tacoma Ave. S. (253) 591-5666. She reads at Park Place Books at 348 Park Place Center in Kirkland at 10 a.m. (425) 828-6546. She reads at 6:30 p.m. at Lynnwood Barnes & Noble at 19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway. (425) 771-2220.
There will be a reading and booksigning by David Niewert from his book, “Strawberry Days,” a history of Japanese Americans in Bellevue on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. Wing Luke Asian Museum. 407 – 7th Ave. S. RSVP to [email protected].
Anjali Banerjee reads from “Imaginary Men” and “Rani and the Fashion Divas” while Bharti Kirchner reads from her novel, “Pastries” on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Bellevue. 626 – 106th N.E. (425) 451-8463.
“Trapdoor 62: The Dream Interpretation Panel.” Using words, a guitar and a charcoal pencil – as panel of writers, musicians and artists will interpret the meaning of your dream. Emceed and produced by Anna Marie Hong featuring artist Saya Moriyasu and others. $13. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave. www.brownpapertickets.com (206) 354-8371. a[email protected]. www.trapdoor62.org or www.schmeater.org.