Award-winning local photographer Subhankar Banerjee whose coverage of our arctic area drew attention to the fragile beauty of that endangered region, gives a slide/talk on “America’s Arctic: Is it for Sale?” on Nov. 30 at UW’s Kane Hall 130. Free.

Visual Arts
Sandy Lew-Hailer a.k.a. Grrdog Metalworks presents “Tweaking the Edges,” her 25th Annual Party Showing & Sale of Jewelry & Sculpture on Nov. 17 from 3 – 8 p.m. 3814 – 4th Ave. S. – Space 14. Bring friends, enjoy munchies and see some funky & whimsical functional art & sculpture. (206) 903-0222.

Paul Yoshiyuki Komada, who as a UW art student received the George Tsutakawa Memorial Scholarship Award in 1999 is back from Tokyo with a show of new paintings entitled “Topology of Internal Light.” In the back room gallery of SOIL until Nov. 26. 110 Third Ave. S. (206) 264-8601 or log on to www.soilart.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. Opening reception: Nov. 18 from 6 – 9 p.m. 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. Some highlights include the following – Until Nov. 17 is the Thai festival of Loi Krathong. Nov. 18 – 24 will highlight the popular festival of Diwali as celebrated in India. 305 Harrison St. (206) 441-1768 or log on to 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 or log on to www.shiftstudio.org.

A group show featuring the work of Hiroki Morinoue, Setsuko Watanabe, Miho Morinoue and Jeera Rattanangkoon is on view through November at Mikijio Arts at 114 1/2 First Ave. S., Studio #4. (206) 624-2588. www.mikijio.com.

The work of Yasumasa Morimura is included in “Up to Date: Monsen Collects Contemporary – Photographs from the collection of Joseph and Elaine Monsen” through Feb. 11. “New Works Laboratory” pairs visual artists with digital media artists and is co-sponsored by 911. The collaboration between Yuku Nakamura and Robert Campbell was selected for presentation in the Henry Gallery’s Media Gallery through Dec. 31. Nakamura’s intricate structures and surfaces are rained on with sound and light and texture by Campbell’s innovative digital media. Henry Art Gallery at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St. on the UW campus. (206) 543-2281. www.henryart.org.

The work of Junichi Tsuneoka is included in the Cornish Design Department’s “Design Department 2006 Faculty Exhibition” Through Nov. 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. On view through Dec. 9. Opening reception Nov. 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. SAM Gallery Art Sales And Rental. 1220 Third Ave. (206) 343-110. www.seattleartmuseum.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.

Gallery4Culture presents work by 23 regional artists that are represented through their on-line registry for Artist Make Building Parts TM. The show, “Art Parts: Artist Made Building Parts TM Registry Artists” includes the work of Yuki Nakamura & Craig Miller and Erin Shie Palmer. 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. 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.

“Youth in Focus – Advanced Class Photography Show” is on view from Nov. 20 – Dec. 14. M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery located at the north end of the Seattle Central Community College atrium cafeteria in the main building at the corner of Broadway and Pine. (206) 344-4379 or log on to www.seattlecentral.edu/artgallery.

Zen Buddhist Priest Richard Kirsten Daiensai shows his prints & paintings influenced by his residence and travel in Japan and Korea through November at Two Vaults Gallery in Tacoma. 602 S. Fawcett. (253) 759-6233. www.twovaults.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. 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. Till Dec. 2. Opening reception is Nov. 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. Davidson Galleries Contemporary Prints Gallery. 313 Occidental Ave. S. (206) 624-1324.

KOBO at Higo has the following. Award-winning jewelry artist Ron Ho, whose show is currently on view at Bellevue Art Museum, will make a special appearance in the ID store on the afternoon of Dec. 2 for a slide/talk and book signing. Call the store for exact time. 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. 30. 604 S. Jackson, (206) 381-3000 or www.koboseattle.com

The Seattle Asian Art Museum presents “What Makes A Masterpiece?” has different curators talking about specific works of art. Chiyo Ishikawa’s talk is “When the Avant-garde Looked Backward: Paolo Uccello and Episodes from ‘the Aeneid’” on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. 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.

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 until Feb. 4. Nov. 26 from 1 – 3 p.m. will have a program entitled “Focus on Mongolia.” Nov. 26 is Mongolian Independence Day and the museum will celebrate the holiday with Mongolian performers Altanhuyag, Mongonchuluun and Saikhnaa in a program of traditional Mongolian long songs, yatag, and dance. Free with admission. N.E. 45th & 17th N.E., (206) 543-5590.

The work of Zhang Huan is included in a photography & video group show entitled “Shoot The Family” on view through Dec. 1 at the Western Gallery in the Western Washington University Fine Arts Complex located on the campus of Western Washington University at 516 High St. in Bellingham. (360) 650-3900 or log on to www.westerngallery.wwu.edu.

The work of Yuki Nakamura and Mark Takamichi Miller is in a group show, “Building Tradition: Contemporary Northwest Art,” from Nov. 19 – April 29. Whatcom Museum at 121 Prospect in Bellingham. (360) 676-6981. www.whatcommuseum.org.

Seattle sculptor Gerard Tsutakawa has a show of “Studio Bronzes” at Edmonds Arts Festival Museum through Dec. 1. 700 Main St. in Edmonds. (425) 771-6412. www.edmondsartsfestival.com.

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
Last chance to catch the romantic comedy, “Cowboy Versus Samurai” presented by SIS Productions at Richard Hugo House through Nov. 18. 1634 – 11th Ave. www.sis-productions.org.

SIS Productions presents a day-long festival of new readings, “Insatiable! Seattle’s First Asian American Playwright’s Festival” (see related article) on Dec. 2 from noon to 10:45 p.m. Northwest Actors Studio at 1100 East Pike St. 2nd Floor (on 11th Ave. off of Pike St.) on Capitol Hill. (206) 323-9443 or email [email protected]. www.sis-productions.org.

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. (206) 234-3283.

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.

R.J. Tancioco is part of the cast for ArtsWest’s production of “Voices of Christmas,” a multi-cultural celebration of holiday memories from Nov. 30 – Dec. 24. 4711 California Ave. S.W. in West Seattle. (206) 938-0339 or log on to www.artswest.org.

Paris-based “butoh”-inspired performance group, Sankai Juku has a long history with this city and are a perennial favorite. They return to move your senses with a new piece set for Nov. 21 at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., (206) 292-ARTS or www.theparamount.com. Presented by Seattle Theatre Group.

Written Arts
Examiner Assistant Editor & local author Ken Mochizuki reads from “Be Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee” (Lee & Low Books) at the Wing Luke Asian Museum on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Free. 407 Seventh Ave. S. (206) 623-5124.

Elliott Bay Book Company has the following readings in their on-going series: 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. Wilia Schneeberg and Anita Feng read Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Schneeberg reads from her book of poems entitled “Storytelling in Cambodia” (Calyx) and Feng reads from two books of poetry, “Sade And Mendee” (Backwaters Press) and Internal Strategies” (University of Akron Press). Seattle-raised MIT Professor and computer artist /graphic designer John Maeda will read from his new book entitled “The Laws of Simplicity” (MIT Press) on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Maeda’s folks ran the deeply missed “Star Tofu” store in the ID for years. All readings at Elliott Bay Book Co. in Pioneer Square, 101 S. Main, (206) 624-6600.

Karen Ishizuka reads from “Lost And Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration” (University of Illinois Press) on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at Theater Off Jackson. Noted Asian American historian Roger Daniels will introduce. Presented by Densho and Japanese American National Museum.

The photography of I. H. Kuniyuki is included in the latest issue of Raven Chronicles magazine with the theme of “Obcessions.” A publication party takes place on Nov. 20 from 7 – 9 p.m. Richard Hugo House at 1634 – 11th Ave. on Capitol Hill. (206) 364-2045 for information.

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