Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. Working in partnership with the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and guest curator Michiko Olson, BAC presents — Exhibition: “Intersections: Contemporary Work by Japanese American Artists” Oct. 6-31. Reception: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m. Lecture: Mira Nakashima, on the life and work of George Nakashima: Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Bainbridge Public Library. Donation requested. Gallery Demo: Fumiko Kimura, sumi painting, Oct. 8, 1-4 p.m., at BAC. Includes a number of Japanese American artists. Raised funds will go to continuing work on the Memorial. 151 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Contact Victoria Josslin at (206) 842-3132 or [email protected]
Diem Chau, visual artist and Cornish alumni returns to her alma mater to have a show of new work in the Cornish School main gallery on the first floor. Through Oct. 20. 1000 Lenora St. Also meet the artist and see her work at the International Examiner’s Arts, Etc. event on Nov. 4 (see backpage for details).
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.
David Choe has shown his art on every surface imaginable from human bodies to canvases to war-torn walls. His art dispenses with the notion that there is a separation between “street” and “fine” art. On view through Oct. 13, BLVD Gallery at 2316 Second Ave., www.blvdart.com.
“A Circular Route,” sculptural paintings that explore pattern within a cultural and personal context by June Sekiguchi opens Oct. 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Vidya Gallery. On view through Oct. 31, 619 Western, second floor, (206) 624-7966.
The SAM Gallery – Art Sales & Rental, has a group show entitled “Structures – Patterns of Organization in a Built Environment” including the work of Tram Bui. Also in the show is Etsuko Ichikawa whose window installation entitled “Floating Geometry” integrates architectural and geometric structures. On view through Oct. 14. 1220 Third Ave., (206) 343-1101.
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. Opening reception on Oct. 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. On view through Nov. 11, 319 Third Ave. S., (206) 763-5565, www.catherinepersongallery.com.
“Voyage of the Barangay – Filipino Currents in King County” is a new show opening Oct. 6 and 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. On view now is a group show featuring the work of Oregon potter Hiroshi Ogawa and his associates through Oct. 7. Ceramic artist Hiro Yoshihara shows his new work Oct. 14 – Nov. 11 with the opening reception on Oct. 14 from 6 – 8 p.m. Reception is Nov. 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., 604 S. Jackson, (206) 381-3000.
The Seattle Asian Art Museum. Video artist Shirin Neshat’s “Tooba” installation will be on view at the museum through Oct. 15 (see related article). A new program this fall entitled “What Makes A Masterpiece?” has different curators talking about specific works of art. Yukiko Shirahara addresses “The Story of White Path between Two Rivers: a 14th Century Masterpiece” on Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Each talk followed by a reception. Call (206) 332-1341 for reservations. This art history lecture series is for members only – 1400 E. Prospect St. in Volunteer Park. (206) 654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org.
Pilchuck Glass School hosts a one-night juried exhibition featuring over 250 original artworks in glass. “Pilchuck on Display: An Exhibition of International Glass Art” will be held Oct. 12 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. in the Westin Seattle’s Grand Ballroom at 1900 Fifth Ave. A highlight of this show will be the work of nine Korean artists. Free. All works will be auctioned off the following night, Oct. 13. Tickets for the auction at (206) 621-8422×50.
Ed Pien’s “Promise of Solitude” is on view through Oct. 21 at Centre A, The Vancouver Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – 2 West Hastings, (604) 683-8326, www.centrea.org.
4Culture is pleased to announce “Ishquoh: Where Sounds Meet,” a site-responsive musical work by Byron Au Yong happening Saturday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. in a traveling performance from the intersection of Front Street, Dogwood and Rainier Boulevard to the Issaquah Train Depot at 50 Rainier Boulevard North along the train tracks, in Historic Downtown Issaquah. More information about SITE-SPECIFIC and 4Culture programs is available online at www.4culture.org, or by calling (206) 296-7580.
Colleen Hayward & Kensuke Yamada: “DWELL.” Oct. 5 – Nov. 11. First Thursday Artist Reception: Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m. Informal Gallery Talk with the artists: Saturday, Oct. 21, Noon, free. Catherine Person Gallery. 319 Third Ave South. [email protected] (206) 763-5565.
Catch the world premiere of the REACT production of Jean Davies Okamoto’s “Uncle Hideki And the Empty Nest” which will benefit NWAAT. The play is a charming sequel to NWAAT’s hit play about retirement, family love and the ties that bind. Through Oct. 8, Theatre Off Jackson. (206) 234-3283.
Fall is time for the annual Earshot Jazz Festival with a multitude of local, national and international jazz and world music acts coming to town Oct. 19 – Nov. 5 at various venues around the Puget Sound area. Already booked is Paris-based Nguyen Le who will bring his group, Tiger’s Tail, the wonderful composer/pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, local rising piano talent Victor Noriega and his trio and dozens of others – (206) 547-9787 or www.earshotjazz.org.
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 “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.
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.
Are you a hip but poor fashionista dying to see the latest fashions from Japan but can’t afford the airfare? Then check this out: The 2006 Fashion Show – “Eyes-Reflections” by the Bunka Women’s University International Fashion And Cultural Studies Department from Tokyo, Japan gives their students a chance to strut their latest fashions down the runway. Oct. 8 with two different shows at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Seattle Central Community College’s Broadway Performance Hall. Free. (425) 483-5974.
Deems plays jazz piano as part of the Argosy Cruises new “Sunday Brunch Jazz Cruise Series” Oct. 8. Boards at 11 a.m. at Pier 56. Through Oct. 22, (206) 623-1445, www.sct.org.
Brudda Dem will be playing at Kona Kitchen on Friday, Oct. 20, celebrating Aunty Lei Dela Santos birthday and of course all other October birthdays, 6 to 9 p.m. RSVP at (206) 517-5662. Kona Kitchen, 8501 5th Ave. NE, www.konakitchen.com.
Internationally-known master of Chinese martial arts, T. Y. Pang performs “A Dance of Spiritual Life” on Oct. 7 at Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., www.brownpapertickets.com.
Elliott 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). 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. Other readings at 101 S. Main, (206) 624-6600.
The University Book Store. Marjorie Pivar reads from “Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam” (St. Martins) on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Emily Wu and Larry Engelman discuss “Feather in the Storm: A Childhood Lost in Chaos” (Pantheon), a compelling account of growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution. On Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Bharti Kirchner, Kim Barnes and Claire Davis read from “Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes From The Midlife Underground by 25 Women Over 40” (Doubleday) on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. 4326 University Way N.E., (206) 643-3400.
Film & Video
As part of the educational activities accompanying the show “Henry Darger: Highlights from the American Folk Art Museum” (on view till Oct. 29), the Frye Art Museum presents a screening of Jessica Yu’s “In The Realms of The Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger,” a sensitive, haunting study of the world of this “outsider” artist on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The filmmaker will be in attendance to introduce her film and answer questions – 704 Terry, (206) 622-9250 or log on to www.fryemuseum.org.
2006 Taiwan Film Festival celebrates contemporary Taiwanese Filmmaking. University of Washington, Oct. 5-8. Showcases feature and documentary films that reflect the quality, range, and vitality of contemporary Taiwanese filmmaking. Schedule: http://jsis.washington.edu/eacenter/taiwanfilm.htm. Free.
NWFF’s 9th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival Oct. 6-11: A Celebration of Northwest Filmmaking — “BEACON HILL BOYS” (Dean Hayasaka, Ken Mochizuki & William Satake Blauvelt, Seattle, 1985, 16mm). Beacon Hill Boys is about the life of Japanese Americans in the 1970s, revealing the social pressures, politics and racism of the era. Monday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122. (206) 329-2629. Showtimes (206) 267-5380. www.nwfilmforum.org.
“The First Battle: The Battle for Equality in War-Time Hawaii,” a one-hour PBS documentary that goes behind-the-scenes of the battle that prevented the mass incarceration of Japanese in Hawaii, premieres at Bellevue Community College Theater on Friday, Oct. 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. Panel discussion and pupus to follow. Free. contact Alan Yabui at (425) 654-3083. [email protected]