Pinay SA Seattle, a Filipina American women’s organization in association with Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) and Youth Speaks Seattle, present a Seattle first-of-its-kind, all-women’s hip-hop event entitled “INDAYog: The Rhythm in the Movement” on Dec. 7 at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. Both local and out-of-town female artists will present all of the elements of hip hop. The purpose of this event is to put the spotlight back on the amazing female hip-hop artists out there. Proceeds benefit Pinay SA Seattle’s work in ending human rights violations in the Philippines – 4408 Delridge Way S.W. at 8 p.m., (206) 661-2006.

Visual Arts
KOBO at Higo has two new shows in place. “KOBO Jewels” is a group show highlighting the work of 12 Northwest jewelry artists in a variety of forms from wearable sculpted pieces, gemstones, to necklaces make of cloth and felt. Includes work by Linda Hoshide, Dana Cassara, Lisa Kinoshita, Susan Connole, Yoko Nomura, Chuck Domitrovich, Yuki Nakamura, Jessi Taylor, Victoria Takahashi and Ikuyo Tsunoda. Famed former Seattle Times photojournalist Barry Wong has a show of still life images of Asian food and vegetables. Wong will give a talk about his work on Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. followed by a reception. On view through Dec. 30 – 604 S. Jackson, (206) 381-3000.

Collograph intaglio prints by Eunice Kim are in a group show entitled “Introductions 2006” on view at Davidson Galleries Contemporary Prints Gallery Dec. 8 – 23. Opening reception on Dec. 7 from 6 – 8 p.m., 313 Occidental Ave. S., (206) 624-1324 or log on to www.davidsongalleries.com.

Work by Louise Kikuchi and Gerard Tsutakawa is included in the group exhibition entitled “Small Works” on view at Foster/White Gallery in Pioneer Square (220 Third Ave. S.) and Rainier Square (1331 Fifth Ave.) through Dec. 23. Opening reception is Dec. 7 from 6 – 8 p.m. at both galleries, (206) 622-2833. www.fosterwhite.com.

Kirkland Arts Center presents its 44th Annual Holiday Arts Sale through Dec. 21. The exhibit will feature art, fine craft jewelry and gifts by Kirkland Arts Center faculty and Resident Ceramic Artists and members including noted Northwest artists. Work by Jason Huff and Lois Yoshida is included – 620 Market St. in Kirkland, (425) 822-7161.

Holiday Trunk Show featuring photography by Carina A. del Rosario, soaps by Christine Lam, knits by Paola Maranan, jewelry by Banu Sekendur and treats by Lila Yin Yin Waing: Café Vega, 1918 E. Yesler, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Elements Holiday Art/Craft Sale presents one-of-a-kind works by Vivian Yamakoshi & IH Kuniyuki & others on Dec. 16 from noon – 5 p.m., 320 Second Ave. S., (206) 622-3001.

Sandy Lew-Hailer a.k.a. Grrdog Metalworks presents “Tweaking the Edges,” her 25th Annual Party Showing & Sale of Jewelry & Sculpture every Saturday through December from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., 3814 Fourth Ave. S., Space 14. Bring friends, and see some funky & whimsical functional art & sculpture which might make the perfect Xmas gift surprise, (206) 903-0222.

Oil paintings by Pham Quoc Hong at Halo Salon through December, 1919 Third Ave. www.halosalon.com.

Self-taught Vietnamese artist Tu Duy evokes memories of village life in “Tu Duy: Empty Space” on view through Dec. 30 at Art Xchange. 512 First Ave. S., (206) 839-0377. www.artexchange.org.

The work of Reid Ozaki is included in “Mingei Tradition in The Northwest – The 8th Annual Pottery Invitational 2006” which features Asian-inspired folk pottery by Northwest artisans. On view through Dec. 30 at Glenn Richards at 964 Denny Way, (206) 287-1877. www.glennrichards.com.

The Children’s Museum of Seattle presents “Festivals of Light” through Dec. 31. The show showcases different cultural festivals and holidays around the world. Dec. 16 – 22 will highlight Philippine Christmas. Performers, dancers and musicians from each culture will highlight each holiday and activities for children will be available – 305 Harrison St., (206) 441-1768. TheChildrensMuseum.org.

The work of Amy Lin and Lun-Yi Tsai is included in a “New Members Exhibition” through Dec. 16 at Shift Studio in the Tashiro-Kaplan Arts Complex #105 at 306 S. Washington, (206) 547-1215. www.shiftstudio.org.

Wessel And Lieberman Booksellers Inc. present “Shinsuke Minegishi: An Exhibition of Wood Engravings, Prints & Limited Edition Books.” This Japanese artist pays homage to “Nomi No Kai,” a contemporary woodblock printer’s group that revitalized and energized an ancient art form in the ‘70s. This Seattle show marks the occasion of his first personal exhibition in the United States. Through Dec. 30. Opening reception is Dec. 7 from 6 – 8 p.m., 208 First Ave. S., (206) 682-3545 or log on to www.wlbooks.com.

“New Works Laboratory” pairs visual artists with digital media artists. The collaboration between Yiku Nakamura and Robert Campbell is on view through Dec. 31 in the Media Gallery. Henry Art Gallery at 15th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 41st St. on the UW campus, (206) 543-2281. www.henryart.org.

The work of Emma Oh, Mizu Sugimura and Miyoshi Tsuji is included in the “Arts Alive Juried Exhibition” through Jan. 8 at the Federal Way City Hall Art Gallery, 33325 Eighth Ave. S., (253) 835-6901. www.cityoffederalway.com.

Puget Sound Sumi Artists present “Enduring Voices of Sumi Art,” a group show through Dec. 30 – Karpeles Manuscript Museum at 407 South “G” St. in Tacoma, (253) 383-2575.

An appropriately entitled show, “fresh! – contemporary takes on nature & allegory” curated by Julie Cho Bailer features the work of younger artists from around the world, many making their Seattle or American debut. The work of Takagi Masakatsu and Saeko Takagi, Gordon Cheung and Xiaoqing (Jenny) Ding is included. Through Dec. 31. Museum of Glass/International Center for Contemporary Art in Tacoma, (253) 284-3009.

Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints is showing recently acquired ukiyo-e and modern prints including the fine triptych by Hiroshige from the series “Views of the Four Seasons at Famous Places in Edo.” The Web site features illustrations from “The Tale of Genji” all fall – 2001 Western Ave., #320, (206) 621-1888, www.carolynstaleyprints.com.

KOBO at Higo has the following. KOBO in partnership with Seward Park Clay Studio presents “The 2nd Annual Simple Cup Invitational” which features 45 North American and 16 Japanese artists. Through Dec. 31 – 604 S. Jackson, (206) 381-3000 or www.koboseattle.com.

“Brown Rivers, Green Tea” is the title of a show of photographs by Jeff Kietzmann taken in Kerala, India. Through Dec. 15. Distant Lands at 109 First Ave. S., (206) 340-2868.

The work of the late sculptor/painter George Tsutakawa is included in a group show entitled “Retrospective 20: Part 1” through Dec. 30 – Port Angeles Fine Art Center at 1203 Lauridsen Blvd, (360) 417-4590.

Performing Arts
Seattle Children’s Theatre presents the world-premiere production of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” inspired by an ancient Greek Fable. Through Jan. 27. Khanh Doan is in the cast as Miss Grapevine. The set design is by Carey Wong – 201 Thomas St. at Seattle Center, (206) 441-3322.

For the holidays, REACT presents a special storytime reading of the Chinese folktale, “The Seven Chinese Brothers” as part of Winterfest at the Seattle Center Centerhouse on Dec. 22 at 12:15 p.m., (206) 234-3283.

R.J. Tancioco is part of the cast for ArtsWest’s production of “Voices of Christmas,” a multicultural celebration of holiday memories through Dec. 24, 4711 California Ave. S.W. in West Seattle, (206) 938-0339 or log on to www.artswest.org.

Written Arts
Elliott Bay Book Company has the following readings in their on-going series: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is an Igorot indigenous activist in the Philippines. She will appear with co-editor Jerry Mander and contributor Jeanette Armstrong on behalf of the book, “Paradigam WARS: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Globization 2nd Edition” (Sierra Club.) REACT Theatre presents Holiday Storytime on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. & Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. The cast will read perennial holiday favorites. For more information, contact www.reacttheatre.org. Elliott Bay Book Co. in Pioneer Square, 101 S. Main, (206) 624-6600.

Sunamita Lim talks about her book, “Chinese Style: Living in Beauty and Prtosperity” (Gibbs Smith) on Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m. at Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., (425) 462-4500.

Poet Kevin Minh Allen joins others in a group reading around the theme of “Politics, Power and Passion” on Dec. 12 at 8 p.m., Richard Hugo House at 1634 11th Ave., (206) 322-7030.

Film & Video“The Cave of The Yellow Dog” is Director Byambasuren Davaa’s follow up to the successful “The Story of the Weeping Camel” and tells the story of a Mongolian nomad family in conflict over a child’s adoption of a stray dog. Dec. 8 – 14. Varsity Theatre, 4239 University Way N.E., (206) 781-5755.

In the December 2006 issue of COLUMNS, The University of Washington Alumni Magazine, the editors asked 14 faculty, alumni and book publishing professionals to choose 100 outstanding books by 100 UW authors. Included are “Cebu” by Peter Bacho, “Growing Up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipino American” by Peter Jamero, “George Tsutakawa” by Martha Kingsbury, “Social Solidarity Among the Japanese in Seattle” by S. Frank Miyamoto, “Baseball Saved Us” by Ken Mochizuki, “No-No Boy” by John Okada, “White Grizzly Bear’s Legacy: Learning to Be Indian” by Lawney Reyes, “Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy For Democracy” by Thapa Manjushree and “A Life in Architecture” by Minoru Yamasaki.

L.A.-based theatre company, Cedar Grove Productions on Stage is seeking play submissions by Asian American playwrights. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

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