Visual Arts


Seattle artist Kamla Kakaria’s new series is “Strange Flowers” inspired by impaired walks in Kubota Gardens. She uses beeswax pigment, wire and fiber to fashion her floral creations. On view with Cynthia Hibbards “Off Walls” series from comes from images found on ancient walls. Opening reception is on Nov. 7 from 5 – 8pm. On view through Nov. 23rd. Shift Gallery in the Tashiro-Kaplan complex. #105 at 306 S. Washington. Open on First Thursdays. Regular hours are Fri. – Sat. from 12 – 5pm or by appointment. Go to for details.

“La Influencia – The influence of Oaxacan master artists Fulgencio Lazo, Enrique Flores Gonzalez, & Shinzaburo Takeda” is a group show that examines the steady exchange of artists between Seattle and Oaxaca. This show highlights the contribution of contemporary Oaxacan culture to the Northwest as well as the growing connections between our two regions as exemplified by the inclusion of Seattle artists Manuel Bernal, Romson Regarde Bustillo, Isidro Fabian, Eva Isaksen, and Kamla Kakaria. It also sheds light on a small but steady group of Japanese immigrants who have made Mexico their home throughout the years including artist Shinzaburo Takeda. On view through Oct. 25.  Co-presented by Pratt Fine Arts Center and the M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central Community College.  1701 Broadway on  Capitol Hill.  Free. (206) 934-4379 or go to

“Drawn From The Olympics” is a site specific installation now on view at Suyama Space created by Wade Kavanaugh & Stephen B. Nguyen.  Inspired by the temperate rain forest’s textures and meshing the relationship between seeing and memory, the two Brooklyn-based artists create a fetid environment of twisted three-dimensional paper that turns drawing into environmental sculpture. It is up till Dec. 13, 2013. M – F from 9am – 5pm with free admission. 2324 Second Ave. (206) 256-0809 or go to for details.

“RACE: Are We So Different?” is an exhibit developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the American Anthropological Association that helps viewers understand what race is and more important, what race is not. It focuses on   the everyday experience of race the history of race in America and the science that is challenging some commonly held ideas about race. Through Jan. 5th, 2014 at Pacific Science Center. 200 Second Ave. N. (206) 443-2001.

Kirkland Arts Center hosts another group exhibition entitled “Observations from the New Gold Mountain”. This show features the figurative work of Lu Yansheng, a visiting painter from Beijing and a collection of work by local Seattle artists Alan Lau, MalPina Chan, Kathy Liao, Barry Wong and Ron Ho.  It was curated by Cheryll Leo-Gwin.  On view through Nov. 2, 2013. 620 Market St. in Kirkland. (425) 822-7161 or go to

“Facets Of Life” is a group show featuring local ethnic artists Humaira Abid, Stewart Wong, Sabah Al-Dhaher, Esther Ervin and Gail Tremblay currently on view till June 29, 2014. Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery on the 6th Floor Plaza of Seattle Municipal Tower located at 700 Fifth Ave. For details, go to

“Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities”. All over the world, female artisans are creating grassroots cooperatives to reach new markets, raise living standards and transform lives. This exhibit looks at ten such enterprises in ten countries   including India, Thailand and Mongolia.   At the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the Seattle UW campus.  On view till Oct. 27, 2013.  17th Ave. NE & NE 45th St. (206) 543-5590 or go to

Though IDEA Odyssey Collective lost their physical gallery space in the ID, they continue to do interesting projects all over town.  “This Place Called Home” is a collaborative art project with Asian elders from Legacy House, an assisted living care facility. Artists Kathy Liao and Darius Morrison worked with the elderly to use their memories to create art. On view  during regular business hours from M – F. SCIDpda’s  IDEA Space is  at 409 Maynard Ave. S., Plaza Level.  Want to know more about what IDEA Odyssey Collective is up to? Log on to

New and recent shows due to open at the Wing include the following – “SWEET”  explores the role of sweets in the traditions. On view through Jan. 5, 2014. There will be an “Asian Sweet Tour” of the neighborhood. Offered at 3pm on Oct. 19th. RSVP required. Call (206) 623-5124 to purchase tickets.  On view till Jan. 19, 2014 is “War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art” co-curated by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis. “Under My Skin – Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century” continues at the Wing. Work was selected from 27 artists after months of discussions and viewing.  Artists in this show include John Armstrong, Jenny Asamow, Wanda Benvenutti, Jasmine Brown, Kathy Budway, Minh Carrico, Lemuel Charley, Ling Chun, May Coss, Carina del Rosario, Tatiana Garmendia, Erin Genia, Ronald Hall, Chau Huynh, Akiko Jackson, Laura Kina, Naima Lowe, Fumi Matsumoto, Kathleen McHugh, Darius Morrison, Cahn Nguyen, Polly Purvis, Jennifer Smith, Joseph Songco and Tim Stensland.  On view till Nov. 17, 2013. Opening Sept. 5 is “#iconic: Power and Pop Culture” which explores how Asian American pop icons are made and what it means to look up to – or challenge – these figures. Upcoming are two more interesting shows. “Hometown Desi: South Asian Culture in the Pacific Northwest” is a semi-permanent display that opens Oct. 3. It will explore the history of South Asians in this area up to the present.  Bandhan does a performance piece exploring love and marriage in South Asian culture. The piece incorporates dance, poetry, music and spoken word. Free. Sat. Oct. 19th at 6pm. An Arts Crush event held in partnership with Tasveer. Family Fun Day on Oct. 19th from 1 – 3pm is taught by artist Romson Regarde Bustillo. Learn how to create mixed media portraits. Free.  There will be an all-day workshop for teachers entitled ”Under My Skin Teacher Workshop: Bringing Race & Social Justice Issues into Your classroom” on Sat., Oct. 26th from 8:30am – 2:3opm.  To register, contact [email protected] or (206) 623-5124 x 110. Registration fee of $30 includes lunch. Opening Dec. 13 and remaining on display through Oct. 19, 2004 is “Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest”. Stories of pioneers and trailblazers who persisted through challenges of natural disasters, racial discrimination and violence to carve out a home in this new territory. 719 South King St. (206) 623-5124 or visit Closed Mondays. Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm. First Thursday of each month is free from 10am – 8pm. Third Saturday of each month  is free from 10am – 8pm.

“Patti Warashina – wit and wisdom”   is a not-to-miss retrospective of this Northwest treasure known for her witty, satiric and immaculately crafted figurative sculpture that looks at the politics and foibles of life.  Hurry! Ends Oct. 17th. Bellevue Arts Museum. 510 Bellevue Way N.E. Go to for details.

Currently on view at Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park –On view through April 13, 2014 is “A Fuller View of China, Japan And Korea” which shows how museum founding director Dr. Richard Fuller, his family and friends built up SAM’s celebrated Asian art collection. On view through June 29, 2014 is “INKED – Wan Qingli”.  This artist trained during the Cultural Revolution, uses a sharp wit and brush to match to address contemporary social ills with playful brush strokes full of humor and universal themes. On view till June 28, 2014 is “Hometown Boy: Liu Xiaodong”. Now heralded as one of China’s renowned contemporary artists, Lui grew up in a small industrial town before moving to Beijing. As a mature artist he returns to his hometown to find childhood friends still struggling, undeveloped rice paddies and his parents’ house still the same. Now an outsider, he captures the nuances of small town life in a typical Chinese town.     A Fall Saturday University Lecture Series entitled “Empires That Changed Asia” runs through Dec. 7th   at 9:30am at Stimson Auditorium. Speakers investigate empires from ancient to 20th century Asia. Co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company. Oct. 19th brings “The Mongol Empire between Ecology and History: Environmental Quests about the Rise of Chinggis Khan” by Nicola di Cosmo. Oct. 26th is UW Professor/author Vincete Rafael on “Amid three Empires: The Philippines Under Spain, the United States and Japan 1565 – 1946”.  UC Berkeley Professor Penny Edwards speaks on “Cultures of Nationalism and Colonialism in Cambodia and Burma on Nov. 2. UC Berkeley Professor Patricia Berger talks about “China on the Global Stage: Arts of the Qing Empire” on Nov. 9th. UC Berkeley Professor Mary Elizabeth Berry speaks on “Retreat from Empire: Japan’s  Changing Choices in the Age of Encounter.” Series tickets on sale now.  (206) 654-3210 or visit  1400 E. Prospect St. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays. (206) 654-3100 for general information.

Artist Mira Kamada has work in the group show entitled “Putting Things in Their Best and Proper Place” at Arts West Gallery in West Seattle. Show remains on view through Nov. 16th, 2013. (206) 938-0339 or go to

The work of Aaliyah Gupta is included in Columbia City Gallery’s 8th Annual Juried Exhibit on view through Nov. 17th, 2013. Juried by Juan Alonso-Rodrigues, Randy Engstrom & Yoko Ott. 4864 Rainer Ave. S. (206) 760-9843 or go to

Local artist Junko Yamamoto’s colorful abstract paintings explore the space between things. She likes to push and pull two -dimensional spaces with paint to bring them light and atmosphere. See her work displayed at TASTE, the restaurant at Seattle Art Museum downtown. Remains on view through Feb. 9, 2014.  Presented by SAM Gallery. 1300 First Ave. (206) 903-5291.

Modernist horse oil paintings from Mongolia is what’s in the show entitled “Chimeddorj: Mongolian Modernism” opening Oct. 18th and running through Nov. 14th. Gage Academy at 1501 10th Ave. E. (206) 323-4243 or go to Open Mon. – Sun.

Kathy Liao shows some bold new oil paintings in a show at Core Gallery which opens Oct. 30th and runs till Nov. 30th, 2013. 117 Prefontaine Pl. S. (206) 467-4444 or go to Open Wed. – Sat.

The Henry Art Gallery is having a party and you’re invited. Open House on Friday, Oct. 25th at 8pm. An evening of art viewing, music, activities and drinks.  15th Ave. NE & NE 4lst on the UW campus, Seattle. Go to for details.

Kim Sooja is an acclaimed contemporary Korean installation artist who over the past thirty years has drawn on traditions of her homeland, especially that of “bottari” (Korean colorful bed covers) to bring up issues of migration, social change and shifting cultural identity. Locally you can see her performance piece on film in Seattle as she stands motionless as a crowd swirls past her in large metropolitan cities across the world in front of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Office across from Seattle Center. Oct. 11 – Jan. 26th, 2014. Vancouver Art Gallery. 750 Hornby St. in Vancouver B.C. Canada. Go to or call (604) 662-4719.


The work of local Seattle photographer Carina del Rosario can be seen in the following exhibitions around town. In the group show, “Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century through Nov. 17th at the Wing. “An Ocean Apart: The Philippines and Madagascar” is a solo show on view till Nov. 17th at Geraldine’s Counter at 4872 Rainier Ave. S. In the group show, “A Sense of Place” presented by IDEA Odyssey and curated by Juan Alonso at Seattle City Hall & Anne Foecke Gallery opening Nov. 6th and on view through Jan. 3, 2014. In the group show “IDxID: New Identities” presented by IDEA Odyssey Collective and curated by C. Davida Ingram on view Jan. through March 2014 at Washington State Convention Center, downtown Seattle. For more information, visit

“Stir Fry” is a show by Jean Chen described as a “feast of nature and cultural diversity”. On view till Dec. 20th, 2013. UW School of Social Work Gallery (1st floor) at 4101 15th Ave. NE. Gallery hours are M – F from 8am – 6pm.

The work of Jill Beppu,  James Kurihara, Ken Morisawa and Nguyen Ly Phuong Ngoc is included in a group show entitled “SURFACE TREATMENT” which explores surface through texture, ranging from the physicality of material to tromp l’oeil effects in a wide array of art from realistic to abstract. On view till March 3, 2014. University House Issaquah at 22975 SE Black Nugget Rd. (425) 557-4200.  Curated for Era Living by June Sekiguchi.

Issei Artists is a group show of three artists from Japan, – Teiko Shimazaki, Hiroko Seki and Naoko Morisawa. On  view till Dec. 11th.  Aljoya Thornton Place at 450 N.E. 100th St. in Seattle. Curated for Era Living by June Sekiguchi.

“Turning Point: Transformative Experiences” is a group show that has art that conveys transformations of life changing experiences from the simple to the profound. The work of Kazie Good and David Ko is included in this show. Opens Oct. 17th from 5:30 – 7:30pm. On view till Feb. 8, 2014. University House Wallingford at 4400 Stone Way N. in Seattle. RSVP (206) 545-8400 if you plan to attend the opening. Artist talk set for Nov. 19th at 7:30pm. Curated for Era Living by June Sekiguchi.

“Salon de ArtXchange is a gallery wide re-design and installation of the gallery’s local and overseas artists such as June Sekiguchi, Donald Cole, Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, Marcio Diaz, Cong Khanh, Hai & Thanh, Gillchun Koh, Yang Bai Ping & others. Opens in late Nov.  ArtXchange Gallery at 512 1st Ave. S. (206) 839-0377 or go to

The City of Auburn has the following shows in their gallery at city hall. Students of watercolor instructor JoAnne Iwasaki display their art  work from Oct. 3 – 31st.  Nov. 4 – Dec. 3rd brings “Time and Place: Indian Women’s Ornamentation and Globalization”, photographs by Christine Beaderstadt that captures the beauty of women’s ornamentation and tradition in India while at the same time commenting upon changes over time that have occurred largely due to Western contact.  The City Hall Gallery is at 25 Main and is open M – F from 8am – 5pm. Call (253) 931-3043 or go to for details.

“Samurai!” is an exhibit of ancient pieces of armor and weaponry from the 14th-19th centuries in Japan. This exhibition highlights the functionality, variety and evolution that came with the increased demand during wartime. Opens Oct. 5 at Portland Art Museum and runs through Jan. 12, 2014. This is the only West Coast stop for this show. Portland Art Museum’s Curator of Asian Art, Maribeth Graybill speaks on the topic of “Samurai in Myth, History, and Art” on Dec. 8th at 2pm. Portland State University History Professor and Director of The Center For Japanese Studies” will address the topic of “What Became of the Samurai in Modern Japan?” on Jan. 12 at 2pm. 1219 S.W. Park Ave. (503) 226-2811. Closed Mondays. Go to for details.

The Art Stop features handmade American craft representing Northwest artists as well as those from around the country. “Vases and Vessels” is a solo show featuring new work by Reid Ozaki complete with his own floral arrangements to compliment his stoneware vases. Remains on view through Oct. 31. 940 Broadway in Tacoma. (253) 274-1630 or go to

KOBO Gallery at Higo in Japantown/International District has the following – “Signs of Life, evidence of a human experience” is the title of a collection of photographs by Adam Collet that look at human artifacts illuminated by decommissioned X-ray viewers. On view till Oct. 17th. Graphic designer and illustrator Junichi Tsuneoka has a show entitled “Chibi Pocket Toy Sculptures” on view through Oct. 26th.  Come see his new series of art toy collectibles made from recycled materials and the latest printing techniques. “Celebrating Nuno Japanese Textiles” is an exhibition by a Tokyo-based design and production studio led by artistic director and co-founder Reiko Sudo. Where traditional techniques and recycled materials are re-interpreted with cutting edge technology.  On view Oct. 19 – Nov. 23rd.  On Oct. 18th from 5 – 7pm, there will be a “Preview Night: Happy Hour with NUNO Evening for Designers and Architects.” Chad Patton of NUNO will give a presentation on how NUNO textiles are used in a variety of commercial and residential application. This event is open to the public and a portion of opening day sales will be donated to support the Wing Luke Museum’s educational and community programming. Opening reception is Oct. 19th from 5 – 7pm.  At 5pm, Chad Patton, NUNO’s North American distributor, will be giving a gallery talk at 5pm. He will be joined by Catherine Roche in a discussion about NUNO, its historical context and role in the modern textile industry. Roche was formerly the Interim Curator of Japanese & Korean Art at Seattle Art Museum. Nov. 2 through end of Dec. is the “7th Simple Cup Invitational Show” with the best cups from ceramic artists from the U.S. & Japan.  Opening Nov. 2 from 6 – 9pm. Designer Mieko Mintz from Kyushu, Japan is a designer based in New York. Her signature designs are reversible jackets and garments made from vintage sari kantha. She has a trunk show of her work on Nov. 15th from 4 – 7pm and again on Nov. 16th from noon – 5pm. Go to to see more.  Nov. 30 – Dec. 14th features the work of Geidai instructor Kou Kitago who is “Artist-in-Residence” at Tacoma Community College’s Art Department.604 S. Jackson.  Go to for updates. 604 S. Jackson St.

Pacific Northwest Nikkei  WWII veterans  are featured in a special exhibition entitled “Our Humble Heroes: Stories of Service and Sacrifice during WWII.” Through Jan. 5th. Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center at 121 NW 2nd Ave. in Portland. (503) 224-1458 or visit

At the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery they have the following – “Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880 – 1930” is currently on view till Jan. 5th, 2014. Includes examples of hand-colored souvenir albumen prints and delicate glass alntern slides from the Meiji and Taisho eras plus a selection of vernacular portrait photography taken by unknown photographers. An intimate and compelling look at Japan’s cultural history.  Catherine Roche, guest curator of this show gives a talk on Dec. 5 at 7pm. Opening Oct. 15 will be the first solo museum exhibition given to Korean-born artist Haegue Yang who presents “Towers on String”, a series of sculptures constructed with venetian blinds. 15th Ave. NE & NE 4lst St. on the UW Seattle campus. (206) 543-2280 or go to [email protected].

When the Museum of the City of New York wanted something to decorate the rotunda plaza of their building and bring visitors in, they turned to architectural designers.  Manhattan-based Cooper Joseph Studio envisioned a light installation “Starlight” which would have a celestial array of brilliant LEDS suspended from the dome ceiling of the rotunda. They selected Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn of Studio 1 Thousand in New York to collaborate with on this project. He designed clear, plastic circuit boards resembling guitar picks. The completed sculpture has been a great success bringing visitors from off the street. Tsutakawa-Chinn shows locally at Artxchange Gallery and is the son of Mayumi Tsutakawa and Glenn Chinn and sculptors George Tsutakawa and Gerard Tsutakawa are his grandfather and uncle, respectively.

If your travels take you to the Bay Area and you like Chinese ink painting, then don’t miss this – “The Moment for Ink” is a massive group show designed to promote the awareness of the ink painting tradition in America. One of the curators was struck by a remark made by noted Chinese art historian Michael Sullivan that many of the greatest Chinese painters in the latter half of the 20th century lived in the U.S. Thus the genesis for this show that looks at the history of ink painting in this country as it grew and blossomed and changed. It represents one of the first times so many institutions of art have collaborated on presenting one show.  On view through Oct. 27 at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco  (415-581-3500 or at 200 Larkin St.

The late Alfonso Ossorio,  one of the first  Filipino American modern abstract painters and a  contemporary and friend of Jackson Pollock will have a show of his work till October, 2013 in New York at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery  at 100 Eleventh Ave. at 19th. (212) 247-0082 or go to

Internationally acclaimed Bay Area artist Ruth Asawa passed away this August. She was 87. Considered one of the first Asian American women in the country to achieve recognition in the male-dominated field of sculpture, her public art was beloved by many. Notable examples include “Hyatt on Union Square Fountain” downtown which survived an attempt by Apple to demolish the piece for a new store, the “Andrea Mermaid Fountain” at Ghirardelli Square and the “Japanese American Internment Memorial” in San Jose. Her signature works are wire sculptures  which consist of lattices of woven or entwined wire. She was honored with an exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco in 2006. She came from a Japanese American truck farming family in Norwalk. California. She was 16 when her whole family was interned during WW II.   When her Japanese ancestry prevented her from graduating with a teaching credential from Milwaukee State Teachers College, she was undeterred and went on to Black Mountain College which would prove to be a legendary innovative institution for art visionaries. Coming out of this school were people like Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, Franz Kline, Charles Olsen and Bauhaus exile Josef Albers. She was known for her focus on arts advocacy, especially for children in public schools and worked long and hard to ensure that it remained an important part of the curriculum. She explained to an interviewer in 2006 the role of the artist. “An artist is not special. An artist is an ordinary person who can take ordinary things and make them special. An artist looks at a juice bottle, an egg carton or a newspaper and sees something valuable in them.”

In commemoration of Asian Heritage Month, an exhibit entitled “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story” opened in May at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. and remains on view there through June 18. The exhibit celebrates the history of Asian Pacific Americans. The exhibit travels to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in September and continues on a 13-city national tour. Closest Northwest stop will be in Ontario, Oregon.  The exhibit was curated by Lawrence-Ming Bui Davis, coordinator of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Initiative. On December 21, it opens at the Four Rivers Cultural Center at 676 SW Fifth Ave. in Ontario, Oregon. Call (541) 889-8191 or go to For information about the exhibit, go to

Chinese artist/activist Ai Wei Wei has his first show in Southeast Asia at Michael Janssen Singapore. Entitled “Baby Formula” the show criticizes the Chinese Government’s 2008 Melamine milk scandal in which thousands of children consumed tainted milk and fell ill or died. The show is composed of prints selected from his tweets about the safety of mainland produced baby milk formula and one installation which is a map of China composed of more than 1,800 cans of baby formula. For more information, email Pamela Ng at [email protected].


“Meet Me at Higo” permanent exhibit- Part Two” presented and sponsored by the Wing  is a multi-media presentation and self-guided tour that tells the origins and history of the store as a Japanese American five and dime. At Kobo at Higo, 604 South Jackson. E-mail [email protected] or call (206) 381-3000.

Bryan Ohno, former Pioneer Square gallery owner is back in business. His new gallery is now in the ID at 521 S. Main St.

Performing Arts


“Bat of No Bird Island” is a new song cycle by Seattle composer and sound artist Paul Kikuchi. The piece is inspired by the memoir of his late great-grandfather who farmed in the Yakima Valley. The chamber-jazz ensemble performs this original piece of music followed with a Q & A session. Free. Thurs., Nov. 7 at 6pm. At The Wing.  719 S. King St. (206) 623-5124 or go to

SIS Productions presents “Revealed: In Search of Bruce Lee”. This one-of-a-kind theatrical walking tour of Seattle’s Chinatown/International District focuses on exploring iconic Asian American, Bruce Lee.  Savor the stories, snacks and culture of a unique neighborhood as you learn the real stories behind this famous action hero and kung-fu artist and his time in Seattle.  With special guests along the way. Meet in Hing Hay Park at 423 Maynard Ave. S. A final performance on  Oct. 19 at 10am. Event is free but you must RSVP by going to  Part  of the October series of Arts Crush arts events all around town, a program of Theatre Puget Sound.

Celebrate India’s Festival of Lights, the 6th Annual Diwali Ball at Seattle Art Museum Downtown on Oct. 19th from 7:30pm – 12:30am. With Bollywood dancing, Indian snacks, henna and fortune-telling. To purchase tickets, go to or call (206) 654-3184.

Seattle composer/performer Byron Au Yong has been busy composing music for his recent contemporary operas that took him to the Bay Area and the East Coast. Oct. 19th gives folks in Seattle a chance to see what he’s been up to when he performs a set of original music as part of Nonsequitar’s “Wayward Music Series”.  You may have got a peek when he recently contributed a piece in a group show at Frye Art Museum about how the writings of James Joyce have inspired local artists in various mediums.  “Welladay! Welladay!” looks at 36 love poems by the Irish master from “Chamber Music” published in 1907. Au Yong also takes inspiration from the fact that the performance space was once an orphanage and home for unwed mothers and “at risk” girls. Performing will be singing children, soprano Betsy Baeskins and a trio consisting of violinist Tari Nelson-Zagar, cellist Lori Goldston and pianist Tiffany Lin.  8pm. $5 – $15 donation suggested (cash/checks only). The Chapel Performance Space.  4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. on the fourth floor of the old Good Shepherd Center. Go to for details.

Earshot Jazz Festival 25 brings musicians from all over the country and all over the world from Oct. 1 – Nov. 17 at various venues all over Puget Sound. Local musicians like Cuong Vu, Eyvind Kang and Paul Kikuchi are featured at several concerts. Also includes concerts at local clubs and institutions like the Royal Room, Tula’s and Seattle Art Museum.  Catch Cuong Vu with Bill Frisell and Robin Holcomb on Nov. 1st at Jones playhouse Theatre on the Seattle UW campus at 7:30pm. Paul Kikuchi’s Bat of No Bird Island perform Nov. 2 at 8pm at Chapel Performance Space.  The Cuong Vu Trio with Dave Douglas and UW Jazz Students perform Nov. 9th at 7:30pm at UW’s Jones Playhouse Theatre. Eyvind Kang appears as part of Bill Frisell’s Big Sur Quintet and also responding musically to the art of Jim Woodring on Nov. 10th at UW’s Meany Hall at 7:30pm. Another interesting feature is the film component where films on jazz and their intersections with cinema will be screened at Northwest Film Forum. Go to for tickets and information on that series. For details on the Festival, go to or call  the Festival Hotline at (206) 547-6763.

API Chaya’s Second Anniversary event held in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month takes place on Oct. 19th at 2:30pm at Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. 1414 South Weller St. in Seattle. Go to for details.

David Hsieh’s ReAct Theatre is back with a special presentation of Shakespeare’s “Star Wars” by Ian Doescher.  Oct. 20th at 2pm at Elliott Bay Book Company. This is the official retelling of George Lucas’ epic tale done in the style of the Bard of Avon. Doescher will participate and sign books. Free but donations are accepted. To make a reservation, go to For information, call (206) 364-3283 or go to

Seattle Shakuhachi Matsuri features Kaoru Kakizaki and Larry Tyrrell in performance on Oct. 26th. 10am – 6:30pm. There will be a free 2:30pm matinee recital and a 5pm  longer evening concert with tickets at $15.00. 1414 South Weller St. Go to for details.

The Edmonds Center for the Arts has a concert for lovers of world music. Taken from the PBS Special, it features “Malamako Aloha: Keep Your Love” with an all-star cast including Hawaiian singer/guitarist Keola Beamer, Native American flautist R. Carlos Nakai, jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer and hula dancer Moa Inalani Beamer in a celebration of cultures and the island tradition of Hawai’i. Oct. 25th. 410 Fourth Ave. N. in Edmonds. (425) 275-9595.

If music from the Pacific islands is what you like, keep these in mind. The 5th Annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival entitled “Fall Ho’olaule’a 2013”  presented by Lokahi Foundation takes place from 11am – 9pm on Oct. 19th. Chief Leschi Schools at 5625 52nd St. East in Puyallup. The 5th Annual Seattle Slack Key Festival takes place on Nov. 10th at 2pm with Cyril Pahinui, Jeff Peterson, Roland Cazimero and Nathan Aweau at Town Hall Seattle.

There are a myriad of choices at Benaroya Hall and not all of them involve classical concerts by Seattle Symphony although even there is a wide mix of genre and style. The “Live@Benaroya Hall” series has a wide selection of popular music for all tastes. Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden has an Oct. 20 concert at 7:30pm that has already sold out. But what’s also interesting is the opening act, Sri Lankan American singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman who performs with just acoustic guitar and voice with original songs about living in America. On Nov. 7 at 7:30pm, internationally acclaimed slack key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher and activist Makana performs. His music was featured in the Grammy-nominated soundtrack to the film, “The Descendants” starring George Clooney. For this series, go to or call 1-866-833-4747 toll-free for tickets. Classical musicians Ingudesman and Joo have grabbed audience attention with their unique and funny theatrical shows which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. (206) 215-4747 or go to

UW WORLD Series features extraordinary performances from around the world in the fields of dance, music, piano and chamber music. Some highlights include the following – Anda Union is comprised of 10 singers and instrumentalists from Inner Mongolia They create a new form of music based on Mongol traditions using indigenous instruments and sung in “khoomii” throat-singing style. The group makes their Seattle debut on Nov. 8 at 8pm. Call (206) 543-4880 or toll-free at 800-859-5342 or go to for details.

Theatre Puget Sound presents the fourth annual Arts Crush event which takes October and turns it into an every day adventure in art, literature, music, theatre, dance, film and more. There will be many free events, special discounts and more. For a full schedule, go to

There is a program on “The Arts Of Chinese Shadow Puppetry” on Nov. 7th at 7pm at Seattle Asian Art Museum auditorium in Volunteer Park. Grant Hayter-Menzies, author of “Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton” will talk about Benton as a student, performer and advocate of shadow puppetry. Mary Hirsch will give an introduction to SAM’s own Chinese shadow puppet collection. Film clips of the Red Gate Shadow Theater with composer Lou Harrison will also be screened. RSVP to [email protected] for tickets.

“Hold These Truths” (formerly known as “Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi”), a play by Jeanne Sakata featuring Joel de la Fuente gets a rare one-time staging by Theatre Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.  Oct. 25th at 7:30pm at M. Lee Pelton Theatre on campus. The play centers around Hirabayashi’s challenge to the U.S. Government re: Executive Order 9066, the order for forced removal and mass incarceration of all Japanese Americans on the West Coast. Hirabayashi was posthumously awarded the Presidential Metal of Freedom in April 2012 for his efforts. Call (503) 370-6221 or email [email protected] or go to for details. For those planning to make the trip, Travel Salem is a hotel in downtown Salem and their # is (503) 581-4325.

During October, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) celebrates the history and contributions of Filipinos in America with a whole host of talks, art and music.  If you want to know what it was like “growing up brown in white Bremerton” or “teenage Americanization in the Central District” or like a glimpse at Filipino art and music, check this out. Email fanhsnational@gmail .com or call (206) 322-0203 for details.


Northwest Folklife presents a free “Cultural Dance Series” at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. Every third Saturday from May to October at 7pm, experience different types of folk music, learn a few dance steps and spend the evening with family and friends. On Oct. 19th, learn the “Dances of India”. 15600 NE 8th in Bellevue. For details, go to or call (425) 644-1111.

Prashant has been hosting his Bollywood dance parties regularly at Chop Suey for quite some time. On Oct. 19th, he presents a special Halloween edition entitled “Jai Ho! Bollywood THRILLER – Halloween Dance Party. There will be a costume contest and a Bollywood Thriller flash mob and dance lesson at 10pm. Register to get in free till 10pm. 1325 E. Madison St. For details, go to

“TurkFest” presents the cultural roots of Turkey through live performances, visual arts, foods, an authentic Turkish teahouse and a lively bazaar. Free.  Oct. 19-20th. Seattle Center Armory. (206) 684-7200 or go to

White River Buddhist Temple Fall Bazaar takes place Oct. 20th from 11am – 3pm. Features seasonal vegetables, crafts and Japanese foods. 3625 Auburn Way N. in Auburn. (253) 833-1442 or visit

A stage adaptation of Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club” comes to Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma on Nov. 1 at 7:30pm.  901 Broadway. Call (253) 591-5890 for details.

Margaret Cho’s new stand-up comedy tour entitled “Nothing Is Sacred Least Of All This MOTHER” comes to Seattle’s Moore Theatre on Sat., Nov. 16th.  Tickets at STGPRESENTS.ORG or call (877) 784-4849. Tickets on sale at the Paramount Theatre Box Office 7 24 hour kiosk.

The Second Annual Musical Bridge Benefit Concert takes place on Sat., Nov. 13rd from 1 – 3:30pm. Japanese Community Service of Seattle’s second annual benefit concert features a mixture of Japanese and Western entertainment. Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center at 400 S. 2nd St. in Renton. Tickets for this event can be purchased by calling Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington at (206) 568-7114.

Congratulations to musicians/composers Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenny who received the Stranger Genius Award in music for 2013.

If you want to learn how to break, pop or lick or just need some help with your moves, go to The Beacon, the Massive Monkees Dance Studio where world famous dance instructors can teach you hip-hop choreography, creative movement and more. All ages and skill levels welcome. 664 S. King St. Go to MASSIVEMONKEES.COM and for information.

Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu unveil a new production entitled “MU” in the Bay Area.  It’s a magical fable based on a Japanese legend about a fisherman who rescues a mermaid.This production features their son, KK as well. Written & directed by  Brenda Wong Aoki, music by Mark Izu and choreography by Kimi Okada. A CD soundtrack is also available. For details email [email protected] or go to

Noted jazz musician/composer/author Fred Ho was featured in a recent “Weekend Arts” section of the New York Times. Currently battling cancer, Ho played a vital role in researching the history and role of Asian American musicians in jazz. “Sweet Science Suite” is his choreographed musical tribute to boxer Muhammad Ali that is having its staged premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Art.

Film & Media


Hokubei Hochi Foundation, The North American Post, and Soy Source present a film series entitled “Nikkei Heroes”. Local filmmaker/producer Frank Abe will introduce  his award-winning PBS documentary “Conscience and the Constitution” which details the largest organized resistance to the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans, a movement many people don’t even know about to this day. Shown in English with Japanese subtitles. Sat., Nov. 2nd from 2 – 4pm. For information on this film and project, go to or “KASH – The Legend and Legacy of Shiro Kashino” is the second film  to be screened in this series. This documentary is a tribute to a war hero and a member of the famed Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team who fought so valiantly in WWII. Kashino was born and raised in Seattle. Producer Vince Matsudaira will be present with the widow and daughter of Kashino. Nov. 16th from 2 – 4pm. Donations for both events are gratefully accepted in advance or at the event. Nagomi Tea House at 519 6th Ave. (the old Uwajimaya store) in the  Chinatown/ID neighborhood. For more information, email [email protected] or call (206) 623-0100.

To complement their show on early Japanese photography, Henry Art Gallery presents the film “Hausu”,  a cult classic about a teenage girl in a haunted house. From 1977. Screens Nov. 8 at 7pm. Both in the Henry Art Gallery’s theater.  15th Ave. NE & NE 45th Street in the University District. (206) 543-2280 or go to

“American Rimpoche: A Tibetan Lama in the 21st Century” is a documentary film that tells the story of a Tibetan monk forced to flee the country in 1959 when China invaded Tibet and how his life changed abroad. Screens Oct. 27th at 7:30pm. Kirkland Performance Center.

Northwest Film Forum has some interesting screenings coming up. The last few years have seen an increasing popularity in Korean popular culture through their music and television melodramas.  One of the most popular is “Flower Boy Drama Club” (co-presented with JK Pop), a series about a handsome playboy who hires someone to be his lover in order to sabotage his family’s attempts to marry him off only to gradually fall in love with who he’s hired. Episodes will screen weekly on Thursdays at 9pm until Nov. 21. The NWFF also screens documentary films on jazz as part of Earshot’s annual jazz festival. From Oct. 18 – 24th. One to keep your eye on is the Seattle premiere of “The Girls In the Band” which tells the untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists some of which included Asian Americans like Willie May “Rabbit” Wong who played saxophone in the all-girl band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Oct. 25 – 31st brings Joao Rui Guerra da Mata & Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ “Last Time I Saw Macao”. Ostensibly about a protagonist returning to his hometown to track down a friend in trouble, it ends up as a love song to the city itself. Go to for details.

Portland’s Northwest Film Center has a “SAMURAI! CINEMA SERIES” in conjunction with the show on Samurai armor at Portland Art Museum. Samurai films and the Western films they inspired are in the line-up. They screen the following through Dec. 21st. Some screenings come with pre-screening introductions by scholars. Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran”, Masaki Kobayashi’s “Samurai Rebellion” & “Harakiri”, Kaneto Shindo’s “Onibaba”, Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”, John Struges’ “The Magnificent Seven”, Toshiya Fujita’s “landy Snowbird, Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Volume 1”, Jim Jarmusch’s “Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai” , Akira Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo” and Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful Of Dollars”. For details, go to

Chinese activist/artist Ai Wei Wei now under “house arrest” in China has completed his first music video entitled “Dumbass” with the assistance of cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Based on Ai’s 81 days in jail, almost everything was replicated exactly as it was in jail. Doyle has also completed the video portion of Beijing Rocker Cui Jian’s film entitled “Blue Bone” and will start directing his own film about Hong Kong entitled “The White Girl” very soon.

The Japanese Cultural & Community Center presents a Japanese film series entitled “Matinee Eiga” every Sunday at 2pm.  A futuristic action film entitled “Rurouni Kenshin” is set for Oct. 20th.  $5 for non-members and $3 for JCCCW members. 1414 S. Weller St. (206) 568-7114 or go to Call (425) 369-1012 for details.

The Written Arts


Jaime Ford, award-winning author of  “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” returns for a reading of his new Seattle-based novel, “Songs of Willow Frost” on Sat. Nov. 9 at 1pm. This Depression-era tale follows a young Chinese boy’s search for his movie star mother. Tickets are $5 with limited availability.  At the Wing. 719 S. King St. (206) 623-5124 or go to

Noted Northwest poet/educator Lawrence Matsuda (“A Cold Wind from Idaho”) gives a reading and conducts a basic poetry writing workshop on Oct. 19th from 1 – 4pm at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington at 1414 Weller St.  JCCCW Bldg #1, Conderence Rm #1. For details, email [email protected].

University Bookstore  presents these events. Simon Singh reads from “The Simpsons & Their Mathematical Secrets” on Nov. 7 at 6pm. The book reveals how the show’s writers (all with advanced science degrees) slip in chunks of number theory and mathematical concepts into one of television’s most widely watched programs.  Seattle Arts & Lectures co-hosts this event entitled “An Evening with Madhur Jaffrey”. Nov. 19 at 7:30pm. Jaffrey is a noted food writer on Indian food and actress. Her latest book is “Curry Nation”. All events held at Town Hall Seattle.  1119 Eighth.  Call (206) 652-4255 or go to for details.

The University Bookstore hosts author Amy Tan reading from her new novel entitled “The Valley of Amazement” on Dec. 5th at 7pm.  The novel tells the story of three generations of women connected by blood and history and the mystery of an evocative painting. Please note the reading is at a different location than the bookstore. University Temple Methodist Church at 1415 N.E. 43rd St. in the University District. For more details, call (206) 634-3400 .

Seattle poet Shin-Yu Pai has a new book out that documents her years working in Texas and Arkansas. Since Asian Americans are a distinct minority in the South, her poems reflect that experience and a longing for place that stretches beyond boundaries. The book features over a dozen photographs by the author as well reminding us of her dual interests in art and the word.  Pai reads on Dec. 5 at the Wing. Free. The book is available at local stores or by mail order from the publisher or Small Press Distribution.

Elliott Bay Book  Company sponsors and co-presents fascinating readings by authors in venues across the city and in their own bookstore as well.  Events take place at the bookstore unless otherwise noted. Award-winning photographer/activist Subhankar Banerjee’s first book drew attention to the dire consequences of global warming and pollution to the deep north. Now he’s back with a talk about his new edited volume entitled “Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping point” (Seven Stories Press) on Wed., Oct. 16th at 7pm.  On Nov. 7th, noted California peach farmer /author David Mas Masumoto reads with Nikiko Masumoto from a new book entitled “Perfect Peach” (Ten Speed Books). Cookbook recipes and a performance are part of the event. The Elliott Bay Book Company is at 1521 Tenth Avenue in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. (206) 624-6600 or visit

Reading events at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park include the following – Local author Indu Sundaresan reads from her new novel entitled “The Mountain of Light” based on the tumultuous history of a legendary large carat diamond and the men and women who come to possess it. Oct. 16 at 7pm. On Oct. 28th at 7pm, Raghavan Iyer will talk about his new book entitled “Indian Cooking Unfolded”.  Jung Chang who wrote  “Wild Swans”, the searing, powerful  memoir of the women in a family living in China during the Cultural Revolution is back with a new book entitled “Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China”. Nov. 20th at 1pm. 17171 Bothell Way NE. (206) 366-3333.

Ray Hsu is one of several poets reading in this live group presentation of poetry affected by the new realities of digital composition and distribution entitled “Affect and Audience in the Digital Age”. Henry Art Gallery Auditorium. Oct. 18th at 6pm.  (206) 543-2280 or go to

The Man Booker Prize has traditionally been given out to authors from Great Britain and countries who are part of the British Commonwealth. For the first time, they have decided to open up the award to American authors as well. This year’s award  which will be announced October 15th has American writers Colm Toibin, Eleanor Catton, Ruth Ozeki, Jim Crace, NoViolet Bulawayo and Jhumpa Lahiri in the running.

Seattle-raised poet Brian Komei Dempster has a new book of poetry out entitled “Topaz”. He is also the editor of “Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement”. Look for him do some Northwest readings in the future. Dempster is the son of noted local composer/performer and UW Professor of Music Emeritus, Stuart Dempster and visual artist/performer Renko Dempster.

Before noted fiction writer Karen Tei Yamashita became a novelist, her first love and passion was theatre/performance art. Her next book “Anime Wong – Fictions of Performance” due out on Coffee House Press in Feb. of 2014 fills that gap. Edited with an afterword by Stephen Hong Sohn, the book is a memory book of performances produced collaboratively that reflect questions of gender, identity, Orientalism, and racial politics. One of her productions entitled “GiLARex” had a limited run at Seattle’s Northwest Asian American Theatre back in 1992. For details, go to

Since it’s Filipino American History Month, here are a couple titles to check out. “The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons” edited by Jorge Emmanuel and Abraham Ignacio, Jr.  The book uses over 200 political cartoons to chronicle a little known war between the United States and the Philippines from 1898 – 1906.“Twenty-five Chickens and a Pig for a Bride” by Evangeline Buell. The title refers to the dowry the author’s Buffalo Soldier grandfather paid to her grandmother’s family in the Philippines. The book details the author’s grandfather and his experiences in the U.S. army Black segregated unit in the Philippin-American war and her growing up as one of the few Filipinas in West Oakalnd in the 30’s and 40’s. Buell was born in 1932 and remembers seeing “No Filipinos or Dogs allowed” signs in restaurants. Today, she is the co-founder of the Filipino American National Historical Society’s East Bay Area Chapter.


Artist Trust presents “Digital Details: How to Format Your Artwork Images”, a webinar for artists on Oct. 21 at 6pm. Taught by Marisa Vitiello, a Seattle-based educator and international designer. For details, call Artist Trust Program Manager Nichole DeMent at (206) 467-8734×20.

Uwajimaya celebrates their 85th Anniversary with an “Uwajimaya Favorite Photo Contest.” Enter a photo of your favorite thing about Uwajimaya and you could win a $200 gift card. See for details.

“EXPOSED: JAPANTOWN 2013 – The International Districts Longest Running Photo Contest” issues a call to all photographers.  Sponsors are looking for images that best capture the re-emerging Japantown or “Nihonmachi” centered at 6th Ave. S. and S. Main St. Categories include food, culture, spaces & places and shops. Deadline is Oct. 31, 2013. Open to all ages and skill levels. All photos will be exhibited in the International District in December, 2013.  Winners work will be on view at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival in April 2014.  For entry rules, go to

Washington Lawyers for the Arts presents “Estate Planning for Artists”. This workshop for artists and their lawyers is set for Nov. 6th from noon – 1:30pm.  In the third floor conference room of the Saturn Building in Fremont. 3417 Evanston Ave. N.  Call 800-838-3006 to register. For more information, go to

Aki Con, the annual fall convention for fans of anime, manga and other Japanese cultural phenomena holds court at the Doubletree Hotel in  Seattle Oct. 25 – 27th. Go to

SOIL is currently accepting show proposals for April 2014 – March 2015 for local, national and international artists including three or more artists. Go to for details.

The City of Enumclaw issues a call for artists to show in their gallery at City Hall in 2014. Deadline is Oct. 31, 2013. For more information, call (360) 802-0239 or email Gary LaTurner at [email protected].

Hokubei Hochi Foundation and SCIDpda present “Vintage Craft and Flea Market” on Oct. 26th from 11am – 4pm. With kid’s activities and refreshments. Don’t miss this pre-holiday event. Nagomi Tea House at 519 Sixth Ave. S.  The beautiful Nagomi Tea House Space is also  available for special events rentals. For details, contact Keiko Okada at [email protected] or call (206) 623-0100.

The 2013 Seattle Interactive Conference takes place Oct. 28 – 30th at the WSCC Conference Center at 8th & Pike downtown. Learn more at

Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts has begin a small scholarship fund for Washington State Filipino artists  and writers with Artist Trust, a state-wide arts agency. This fund will help reduce costs for participation in a number of Artist Trust-run workshops and development programs that are greatly beneficial for artist’s careers.  To see fellowships available, go to To see workshops available, go to For details, email Robert Flor at [email protected].

EMP Museum presents the 13th Annual “Sound Off!”,  a Northwest battle of the bands for those 21 or under. To apply, go to by Nov. 4, 2013. Win recording time, gear, radio airplay, festival performances and more.

Applications for 2014 Jack Straw Residencies are now available and deadline is Monday, Nov. 4th. Residencies available in the following programs – Jack Straw Writers, Artist Support and New Media Gallery. Artists may apply to one program a year. For complete details, go to

4Culture is seeking site-specific proposals from King County-based artists, individuals and organizations. Site-specific projects explore creative partnerships with one or more King County historic sites, resulting in public presentations or installation in 2014. For a list of sites, go to Deadline  is Oct. 9th.

Congratulations to journalists Nancy Matsumoto, Hedi Chang, Adela Uchida, Mina Kimes and Frederick Katayama who all received 2013 National Journalism Awards from the Asian American Journalists Association. In addition, Chang who used to live and work in Tacoma had her radio profile of Gabe Baltazar, pioneer jazz musician from Hawai’i aired on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” program with Scott Simon recently.

Northwest Folklife seeks performers and instructors for the 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival. Deadline is Dec. 1, 2013. This festival is the largest free community arts festival in the United States. Call (206) 684-7300 for details.

Grant opportunities are available for Seattle-based individuals from the New Foundation Seattle for visual artists, curators, and arts writers. The Residency Program Funds will provide funds to out-of-state residencies.  Go to New Fellows Grants are a merit-based fellowship grants for Seattle-based visual artists, curators and art writers to use to travel out of state. Go to

The National Art Gallery which will focus on displaying Southeast Asian art from the nineteenth century to the present day, is seeking a Curatorial Assistant/Assistant Curator to join the gallery in 2015 when the gallery officially opens. Go to for details.

The Artist Residency Programme at IOAM in Bejing is welcoming applications from emerging artists who can communicate in both Mandarin and English. For details, go to

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