Visual Arts
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 printers’ group that revitalized and energized an ancient art form in the ‘70s. Minegishi presently lives in Vancouver, B.C. He received the Grand Prize at the 4th Kyoto International Woodprint Association Exhibition in 2003. This Seattle show marks the occasion of his first exhibition in the United States. Nov. 2 – Dec. 30. Opening reception is Dec. 7 from 6 – 8 p.m., 208 First Ave. S., (206) 682-3545. www.wlbooks.com.

The work of Junichi Tsuneoka is included in the Cornish Design Department’s “Design Department 2006 Faculty Exhibition,” Nov. 2 – 30. Cornish College of the Arts Main Campus Center Gallery, 1000 Lenora St., First floor, www.cornish.edu.

The work of Lun-Yi Tsai is included in a group show entitled “Aesthetics/Analytics,” a look at the intersection of art and science from Nov. 9 – Dec. 9. Opening reception Nov. 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. SAM Gallery Art Sales And Rental, 1220 Third Ave., (206) 343-1101. [email protected]

Tomiko Jones’ photographic installation, “What Could It Mean to Say Yes?” is on view at the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) through Nov. 12, 410 Dexter Ave. N., (206) 728-1980. www.cocaseattle.org.

Necklaces by Michelle Kumata and plate ladies by Saya Moriyasu are on view at the Square Room at 1316 E. Pike on Capitol Hill, (206) 267-7120.

Union St. Electric Gallery shows sculptor Yuki Nakamura’s “White Vanishing: Light And Shadow” through April. The 14-foot by 100-foot vinyl mesh mural features a two-dimensional representation of an original porcelain sculpture by the artist. The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs manages the galley, which is currently accepting submissions from Seattle artists working in two- and three-dimensional media. Applications must be delivered by 5 p.m., Nov. 17 or postmarked by midnight that day. Only digital images accepted for review. Call (206) 233-3930 or log on to www.seattle.gov/arts for details.

Susie 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.

“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. Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. features a talk with the artist. Admission fee charged for this event. On view at the Bellevue Art Museum through Feb. 18, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., (425) 519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org.

Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints is showing “Kuchi-e” during November. This art form refers to the woodblock printed frontispieces of novels and magazines in the late Meiji-era Japan. The Web site features illustrations from “The Tale of Genji” all fall – 2001 Western Ave., #320, (206) 621-1888, www.carolynstaleyprints.com.

Davidson Contemporary in the Tashiro/Kaplan Building presents “Outsourced: Donald Fels in India.” Fels, a local artist spends part of every year living with his family in a foreign country. This show presents the controversial issue of outsourcing observed first-hand by the artist when he lived in India. Opening reception is Nov. 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. On view through Dec. 2, 310 S. Washington St., (206) 624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com.

Port Townsend artist Lockwood Dennis visited Japan as part of a sister-city delegation. “Nine Days in Kobe” presents his observations in a series of recent colored woodcuts and new paintings. Nov. 3 – Dec. 2. Opening reception is Nov. 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. Davidson Galleries Contemporary Prints Gallery, 313 Occidental Ave. S., (206) 624-1324.

Davidson Galleries Antique Prints presents “SHUNGA – Erotic Japanese Prints: 1780-1900” from Nov. 3 – Dec. 2. Opening reception is Nov. 2 from 6 – 8 p.m., 313 Occidental Ave. S., (206) 624-6700.

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. On view through Nov. 11, 319 Third Ave. S., (206) 763-5565, www.catherinepersongallery.com.

KOBO at Higo has the following: Ceramic artist Hiro Yoshihara shows his new work through Nov. 11. KOBO, in partnership with Seward Park Clay Studio, presents “The 2nd Annual Simple Cup Invitational” which features 45 North American and 16 Japanese artists. Nov. 11 – Dec. 31. Reception is Nov. 11 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., 604 S. Jackson, (206) 381-3000 or www.koboseattle.com.

The Burke Museum on the UW campus 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 on view from Nov. 4 – Feb. 4. On Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., activities will include a lecture by the daughter of explorer Janet Wulsin (Mabel Cabot, author of the exhibit’s accompanying book), gallery tours of Tibetan thangkas by art historian Ben Brinkley, and an opportunity to visit with Tibetan artist Dhawa Shondup Ngoche. N.E. 45th & 17th N.E., (206) 543-5590.

Performing Arts
REACT presents a staged reading of Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen’s “The Exonerated” on Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. at Elliott Bay Book Co. in Pioneer Square.

SIS Productions returns with the NW premiere of Michael Golanco’s “Cowboy Versus Samurai” (see related article in this issue). It’s a romantic comedy that explores the sexual dynamics that surface around race when an attractive Korean American woman moves to town. Through 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. Through Nov. 17 at the Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. (206) 325-6500 for reservations.

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.

“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.

Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2006 Concert features choreography by Cornish dance instructor Pat Hon & others Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Broadway Performance Hall at 1625 Broadway, (206) 726-5011.

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.

Written Arts
Elliot Bay Book Company has the following readings in their on-going series: Galstan Tschinag reads from “The Blue Sky” (Milkweed Editions) on Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. This is the debut novel in English of a writer from Tuva who writes originally in German. Noted writer Maxine Hong Kingston and other Bay Area teachers and participants in the Veterans Writers Workshop have met since the early days of the first Gulf War. Now they present a group reading entitled, “Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace” on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. All readings at Elliott Bay Book Co. in Pioneer Square, 101 S. Main, (206) 624-6600.
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