The cover of Seattle poet Arlene Kim’s (see related article elsewhere in this
issue) new book beckons to us like a dark fairy tale hidden in a part of the
woods one would like to get lost in. Entitled “What have you done to our ears
to make us hear echoes?” (Milkweed Editions), the poems explore language
and memory and how we become exiles from our own true histories. The
author writes, “In this collection, I wanted to explore the ways that exiled
and immigrant diasporas end up with tangled roots, with forked and hybrid
histories. I wanted to create a space for the ghost of ‘home,’ the idea of home
and where we come from, ways we run from it and reasons we leave.” Hear
Kim spin her word magic in a reading with equally compelling Portland
poet Emily Kendal Frey on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Open Books at 2414
N. 45th St. in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. Call (206) 633-0811 or go to
Celebrate “Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month” on Sunday, May 6 from
11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. Headliners include the popular local soul/funk band of the
70’s, Nine Lives and the local reggae band, Kore Ionz plus many other groups
reflecting the diversity of API culture throughout the day. There will also be
displays by the API Women and Family Safety Center, Art Contest Winners,
Asia Pacific Cultural Center and the Wing. Free Admission. Seattle Center’s
Center House. Visit www.seattleapi.com and facebook.com/apiheritage for
Spring perks up with play offerings by local brother and sister, Kathy and
David Hsieh who between the two of them have done much to enliven our
local theatre scene with their companies – SIS Productions and React
Theatre. Kathy finally brings a regretful closing curtain to her “Sex in
Seattle” series, a popular look at the joys and foibles of Asian American
single women dancing around those scary words such
as “relationship,” “commitment” and “marriage.” See how it plays out as the
characters you have known to grow and love walk off into the distance one
last time. “Sex in Seattle 20:Happily Ever After…” was written by Hsieh,
directed by Lisa Anne Glomb and stars Leilani Berinobis, Audrey Fan,
Henry Drew, Tom Falcone or Don Fleming, Gordon Hendrickson, Kathy
Hsieh, Mike Premo, Serin Ngai or May Nguyen and Moses Yim. Opening
night gala with party and reception on April 27 and play runs through May
26 on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. Q & A sessions follow every
Friday/Saturday night from April 28 – May 25. Please note that this last
production is at a new venue in Fremont. The West of Lenin space at 203 N.
36th St. Advance tickets at Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or go to
http://www/brownpapertickets.com. For reservations, call (206) 323-9443 or
go to [email protected]. Group rates available. More information
at (206) 323-9443 or go to www.sis-productions.org. After too long an
absence, David Hsieh beings his commitment to multi-cultural casting to
theatre with the beginning of a regular season again. For the opener, he has
chosen Chay Yew’s “A Language of Their Own,” the award-winning play on
the complexity of relationships, gay or otherwise to the Seattle stage. The
play, directed by veteran director Victor Pappas and starring Joseph Steven
Yang, Hsieh himself, Trevor Cushman and Alex Adisorn with live music
played by Evan Crockett. Starts April 20 and plays Friday and Saturday
evenings through May 12. Purchase early and save up to 25% off your
tickets. Order tickets at ReAct’s website or through Brown Paper Tickets or
email [email protected]. For details, go to www.reacttheatre.org. At
Richard Hugo House at 1634 Eleventh Avenue on Capitol Hill.
“Along the Silk Road” is a program series presented by Seattle Asian Art
Museum to accompany the present exhibit entitled “Colors of the Oasis:
Central Asian Ikats.” Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader give a performance
of Afgan Music on Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Free but RSVP requested
by going to [email protected]. The Silk Road Dance
Company perform May 5 at 6 & 8 p.m. They perform traditional and fusion
dances, dress and music from the Middle East and Central Asia. Seattle Asian
Art Museum’s Stimson auditorium in Volunteer Park. Call (206) 654-3121 or
Tasveer presents the annual Aaina Festival which showcases the artistic
work of South Asian women through performance, film and art. Special
performances of Yoni Ki Baat (adapted from The Vagina Monologues) which
shares stories celebrating sexuality while documenting oppression takes place
on Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 3
p.m. For full festival schedule, go to seattleartmuseum.org/gardnercenter or
M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central Community College
presents a group show entitled “Traditions” curated by Seattle artist
Romson Regarde Bustillo. Bustillo writes that the show presents “established
and emerging artists with ties to the Puget Sound whose works purpose culture, technologies, and aesthetic traditions as current articles and contemporary concepts.” A chance to see the work of Marita Dingus, Meghan Trainor, Jite Agbro, Rusty Oliver, Kamla Kakaria, David Roberts, Romson Bustillo, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Carina del Rosario and Degenerate Art Ensemble all in one room. On view through April 26. Following this is an intriguing look at Chinatown through three distinctly different lens. “Three Wongs: Chinatown Photographs” will showcase the work of Dean Wong,
Rick Wong and Barry Wong. Through unrelated, these three photographers
share the same touchstone of inspiration for their work. Opening on
Wednesday, May 2 from 5 – 7pm. On view through May 24. Gallery hours
are M-F from 9:30am – 3:30pm with evening hours on T & W from 5 – 7 p.m.
1701 Broadway on campus across from the cafeteria. Call (206) 934-4379 or
go to www.seattlecentral.edu/gallery.
A concert reading of Byron Au Yong’s “Stuck Elevator” will be shown
at The Wing’s Tateuchi Story Theatre on Friday, April 20 from 4 – 5 p.m.
Free with museum admission. Inspired by a real-life Chinese restaurant
deliveryman stuck in a Bronx elevator for over eighty hours. This piece
involves eight musicians and singers for a look inside the mental/physical
trap of a deliveryman’s world. This comic rap/music-theatre work features
excerpts and a discussion with creators Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis.
The full production will have a 2013 production. 719 S. King in Seattle. (206)
623-5124 . To see an excerpt, go to http://www.hearbyron.com/2012/03/stuck–
Japanese installation artist Motoi Yamamoto who works with salt, an element
associated with death in Japanese culture has work in the group show
entitled “Making Mends” which explores the healing power of art. Seattle
artist Margot Quan Knight has work in this show as well. On view through
May 27. Bellevue Arts Museum at 510 Bellevue Way NE. Call (425) 519-0770
or go to www.bellevuearts.org.
“Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” is a fascinating photo exhibit that
takes 10 families from around the world and looks at what they eat, day
in and day out. Remains on view through June 10. UW’s Burke Museum
at 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th in Seattle. Call (206) 544-5590 or go to
“Soaring Voices, Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan” is a group
show presenting 85 ceramics by 25 contemporary artists. Through May 12.
Western Gallery in the Fine Arts Complex at Western Washington University
in Bellingham. Call (360) 650-3963 or go to www.westerngallery.wwu.edu.
“In The Middle, On The Edge” is a charming showcase of ceramic work
from artists in Hawai’i. Work by DianKW Chen, Yoko Haar, David
Kuraoka, Shigeru Miyamoto, Esther Shimizu, Maile Yawata and others.
Through April 27 at Patricia Cameron Gallery at 234 Dexter Ave. N. Go to
www.patriciacamerongallery.com for details.
The work of Hibiki Miyazaki is included in a group show entitled “Refable:
Graphic Works Inspired by Jacob Lawrence and His renditions of Aesop”
now through April 28 at Cullom Gallery at 603 S. Main St. Call (206) 919-8278 or
“Dreams of Fire and Ice” is a show inspired by visits to Iceland by
photographer/writer SuJ’n Chon on view with photographs of the Philippines
by Carina del Rosario at IDEA ODYSSEY Gallery through April 28. Also
included is “Past Exhibitors Spring Clean Sale” from April 5 – 28 which
includes work by Minh Carrico, SuJ’n Chon, Carina del Rosario, Anita
Feng Jon Moniz, Darius Morrison and Star Rush. All works sold at 20% or
more off their original prices. Proceeds go to support the artists and the non-
profit artist collective. Opening reception is April 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. Hours are
Thursday – Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment. IDEA Odyssey
Gallery, 666 S. Jackson St., Seattle.
I “Where We Meet: Encountering Nature” is a global group show that
contemplates our human relationship with nature as part of “Earth Day”
activities. Includes four artists from China, Korea, Japan and the US. See the
work of Wang Jiang, Yuko Ishii, Gillchun Koh and Jane Alden Stevens. In
addition, Gillchun Koh will be visiting Seattle and presents an artist talk on
April 21 at 3 p.m. He will address his art and activism as well as providing an
introduction to the arts and culture of Jeju Island. ArtXchange Gallery, 512
First Ave. S. Call (206) 839-0377 or visit: www.artxchange.org.
Aljoya presents an art exhibition featuring the work of ZZ Wei and Alfredo
Arreguin. Show will be on view through June 25, 2012. 450 NE 100th St. in
“Ocean in a Cup” is a NCECA group exhibition of contemporary sake ware
by Japanese & American potters as curated by John Dix based in Japan.
Represents a wide range of approaches from traditional to contemporary. On
view through April 21. Also on view through April 21 is “What’s the Use?”
ceramic work from traditional to modern from students and faculty in the
University of Montana Ceramics Program put on the map by the late, great
ceramic sculptor Rudy Autio. Includes the work of Beth Lo and many others.
Kobo at Higo, 604 South Jackson. Email [email protected] or call (206)
Noted Seattle ceramic artist Patti Warashina has work in the group show
entitled “Around The Bend And Over The Edge: Seattle Ceramics 1964 –
1977” through May 6. Henry Art Gallery on the UW campus located at 15th
Ave. NE & NE 41st. Call (206) 543-2280 or visit www.henryart.org for details.
“Gauguin Polynesia – An Elusive Paradise” (see related story in this issue)
is on view till April 29. The work couples the artist’s work in the South
Seas with indigenous work from the islands. Kids activities for this show
include the following. “ Earth Day for Kids” in Olympic Sculpture Park
on Sat., April 21 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Artmaking, tours and performances
with an ecological message. On the second floor see an offering of Toshiko
Takaezu’s large ceramic jars in the “New Acquisitions” show along with
Brendan Tang’s send-up of Chinese Ming dynasty vessels meets techno-pop
shapes inspired by Japanese anime and manga. On the third floor, explore
a new show entitled “The Seattle Art Museum & Seattle Artists in the 1930s
and 1940s” which celebrates the work of Northwest artists whose careers
were fostered by the director and patrons of the museum. Includes work by
Mark Tobey, Morris Graves and Emilio Amero. SAM Next series is Seattle
Art Museum’s contemporary art exhibition program intended to shed light
on cutting-edge contemporary young artists and the work they are doing.
Selected sixth in the series is New York-based multi-media artist Mika
Tajima. Tajima combines painting, sculpture, design, performance, video and
sound to create immersive installations that expand the possibilities of each
medium. Early warning – Tajima will make an appearance at the museum on
April 28. On view through June 17, 2012. SAM,1300 First Ave., Seattle. Call
(206) 654-3100 or visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org for details.
On view till August 5, 2012 will be a show entitled “Colors of the Oasis,
Central Asian Ikats” which features 40 colorful robes created during the 19th
century using the labor intensive process known as ikat. All at the Seattle
Asian Art Museum, 1400 Prospect Ave., Seattle. For more information, call
(206) 654-3100 or visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.
The Wing has a new show “I Am Filipino” which looks at Filipino identity
through personal stories and photographs. “Asian American Arcade” is
a new exhibition. Follow video games out of the arcade and into the art
gallery where related artworks explore questions of identity, community,
imagination, learning and the power of play in our lives. Through June
17, 2012. “Meet Me at Higo: An Enduring Story of a Japanese American
Family” is a new show of a famous neighborhood general store on view
until May 27, 2012. Accompanied by a catalogue with essay written by Ken
Mochizuki. “From Fields to Family: Asian Pacific Americans and Food”
is a show which explores the traditions, techniques and mouth-watering
stories of food through culture and cooking techniques passed on through
home and restaurant over the years. Through July 15, 2012. “New Years All
Year Round” on view till July 1. “Vintage Japantown: Through the Lens of
the Takano Studio” on view through Sept. 16. Family Fun Day on April 21
features “Filipino Cut Paper Traditions” taught by Seattle artist Romson
Regarde Bustillo from 1 – 3 p.m. Enjoy the First Thursday Historic Hotel
Tour on April 5 from 10am – 8pm at a discount. For information on all of the
above, go to www.wingluke.org or call (206) 623-5124.
Photographer Carina del Rosario’s work is included in two group shows this
spring. “Shadows and Reflections” curated by sculptor June Sekiguchi at Ida
Culver House in Seattle through July 16. 12505 Greenwood Ave. N. (206)
452-3206. “Contemporary Traditions” curated by Romson Regarde Bustillo
opening in April at M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery at Seattle Central Community
College in room 2BE2116 at 1701 Broadway. Call (206) 934-4379.
Artists Susie J. Lee, Henry Tsang and Jin-Me Yoon were selected to
participate in “The 10th Northwest Biennial” which will be on view
through May 2012. Work was selected by TAM curator Rock Hushka and
independent art curator Renato Rodrigues da Silva. Call (253) 272-4258 or go
The Museum of Northwest Art in La Connor, Washington has a group show
entitled “Tulipieres: The Tulip Vase Revisted” on view through June 10. The
work of Makiko Ichiura, Saya Moriyasu and Patti Warashina is included.
Also on view is a group show entitled “Works on Paper from the Permanent
Collection” which includes the work of Paul Horiuchi, Norie Sato and George
Tsutakawa. 121 South First St. in La Conner. Call (360) 466-4446 or go to
“Emer’gence From Place” showcases the work of 8 indigenoius artists from
around the Pacific Rim. The work of three Maori artists and two Native
Hawaiian artists are included. Clatsop Community College Art Gallery through May 11. (503) 325-2449 or go to www.clatsopcc.edu/community/art-gallery/pacific-rim-art-exhibit-emergence-place-new-traditional-indigenous-art for information.
Roger Shimomura’s work is in a group show at the National Portrait
Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. entitled “Portraiture Now:
Asian American Portraits of Encounter.” Through Oct. 14, 2012. Go to
www.npa.sl.edu. After the show closes, it will tour including venues in
Coverage of early Japanese American history in the region is included in
the permanent exhibit at White River Valley Museum, 918 “H” St. S.E. in
Auburn. Call (253) 288-7433 or go www.wrvmuseum.org.
The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center preserves the history and culture of
Japanese Americans in the area. Their permanent exhibit is “Oregon Nikkei:
Reflections of a Community.” “Forthcoming shows will be “Kokeshi: From
Tradition to Tools,” “Coming Home: Japanese Americans in Portland After
WWII” and “Roger Shimomura: Shadows of Minidoka.” Oregon Nikkei
Legacy Center, 121 NW 2nd Ave. in Portland. Call (503) 224-1458 or e-mail:
The Portland Japanese Garden offers the serenity of a Japanese garden plus
numerous classes, art shows and workshops year around. Portland Japanese
Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave. Call (503) 233-1321.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the campus of the University of
Oregon in Eugene has the following exhibits. Coming spring is a show
entitled “Visions of the Orient: Western Women artists in Asia, 1900 – 1940.”
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane, Seattle. Call (541) 346-
The Seattle Pacific University Theatre Department presents “Rashomon”
on April 19 – 21 and 26 – 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the E. E. Bach Theatre inside
McKinley Hall with an additional matinee show on Saturday, April 28
at 2pm. The play adapted from a short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
examines the nature of human weakness, human virtue and the nature
of truth as told through the eyes of three characters when a samurai is
murdered, his wife assaulted by a bandit. Call (206) 281-2959 for tickets.
“Epic Masala: A Hindu Musical Comedy” ends April 20. 8pm. At
Historic University Theater at 5510 University Way N.E. Go to
www.wingitpresents.com for details.
“Matsuri 2012” is a Japanese festival open to the public on April 28 from 3 –
7 p.m. There will be food, activities and performances by singer/songwriter
Emi Meyer, Kaze Daiko and the UW Kendo Club and more. On the Seattle
UW campus in Red Square. Go to www.uwmatsuri.org for details.
Circus performer/contortionist Ling Rui appears in the new Teatro
ZinZanni show, “Caliente!” through June 10, 2012. 222 Mercer St. near
Seattle Center. For tickets, call (206) 802-0015 or buy at the box office in
front of the theatre.
Ragamala presents a North Indian Classical Vocal Concert with Manjusha
Patil-Kulkarni with Rajiv Paranjpe on harmonium and Mayank Bedekar on
Tabla. Sunday, April 29 at 7 p.m. Mountaineers Building, Cascade Room at
7700 Sand Point Way N.E. Please visit www.ragamala.org for details.
“Hanggang Sa Mulii: Homecoming Stories for the Filipino Soul” is the title of a new book by Reni Roxas. This local author will talk about her book and
do a booksigning on Wednesday, April 18 at Seattle University’s Community
Room located in the Admissions and Alumni Building on campus. 6 p.m. 401
– 12th Ave.
Director’s Kinji Fukasaku’s “Battle Royale” is a cult classic about young
students learning how to kill each other in a battle of survival on a distant
island. Presaging “The Hunger Games” by almost 10 years, this film never
had a U.S. theatrical release until now. Starring Beat Takeshi. April 20 &
April 26 at 9:30 p.m. and also April 26 at 8 p.m. at the Uptown, 511 Queen
Anne Ave. N. Call (206) 324-9996 or go to www.siff.net.
Kid’s activities tied in with art shows and a screening of a children’s film take
place at the “Free First Saturdays + Kids Flicks” program at Seattle Asian
Art Museum every first Sat. of the month from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Wonderful
Wardrobe” on May 5 lets kids explore the show “Colors of the Oasis: Central
Asian Ikats” and design their own wearable art. The 1:30 p.m. screening
is “Little Women.” Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect. Visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org for details.
“South Seas Dreams: Tahiti As a Cinematic Paradise” looks at the South
Seas from various perspectives. On Fridays at 7:30 p.m. in the Plestcheeff
Auditorium of the downtown Seattle Art Museum. April 20 is the 1935
version of “Mutiny on the bounty.” April 27 is “Oviri aka The Wolf at the
Door.” Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave. Visit seattleartmuseum.org.
“Lost Years” is a documentary film from Canada that deals with the history
of Chinese immigration from Asia to North America. Produced by Kenda
Gee and Tom Radford. It has already won a host of awards in Canada and
screens May 23 & 24 at this year’s SIFF. Some scenes were shot in Seattle.
Go to www.lostyears.ca for a look.
While Tarsem Singh’s modern take on “Snow White” is harmless, light-
weight fun – the real stars of the show are the fanciful set design and
wonderful eye-popping costume design by Eiko Ishioka.
The Written Arts
Dori Yang, author of “Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in
Seattle” will read from the book on Saturday, April 21 at 4 p.m. Informants
for this book like Dr. Peter Ku, Dr. Paul Liano, and Maria Koh will be
present. Free. At the Wing. Go to www.wingluke.org for details.
New York Times bestseller, “Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See is now in a Random
House trade paperback edition. Visit: www.LisaSee.com for details.
Seattle Kokon Taiko will hold a four-hour workshop entitled “Play a
Different Drum: Taiko Novice Workshop” on Sunday, April 22 from 1
– 5 p.m. NVC Memorial Hall at 1212 S. King St. Register by April 20 at
Engaging speakers are wanted to spark conversations around the state for
Humanities Washington’s 2012-14 Speakers Bureau. The program offers free
public presentations across the state on topics including history, social issues,
politics and culture. Speakers are paid $300 for each program and negotiated
travel costs are covered. Call or email program manager Zaki at (206) 682-
1770×102 or email [email protected].
Former Examiner Editor and Wing Luke Museum Director Ron Chew was
profiled by Mike Dillon regarding his new book entitled “Remembering
Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The Legacy of Filipino American Labor
Activism” published by the Alaskero Foundation with the UW Press in the
March 28 issue of Seattle City Living. Go to www.CityLivingSeattle.com for
King 5 news anchor Lori Matsukawa is the cover story in the Paril 2012 issue
of Northwest Prime Time newspaper.
Seattle-area teenagers are invited to apply to the YMCA’s Global Teens
Program which has programs in Columbia, Japan, Senegal or Taiwan. For
details, call Monica Quill Kusakabe at (206) 382-4362.
Washington State artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply
for the 2012 Grants for Artists Projects (GAP). Each grant will provide
support for individual artist projects up to $1,500 per project. There will be
a free workshop on how to apply on April 25. Go to www.artisttrust.org for
details on this and many other grants and opportunities.
Photographers are invited to apply for the exhibition “Where Are We Going?
– Our Destiny Through the Eyes of Photojournalists” (Exhibit dates are set
from May 18 – June 29.) Submission deadline is April 30, 2012.C Art Gallery
at 855 Hiawatha Place South in Seattle. Email: [email protected] for
Lead Pencil Studio (the artist/architectural team of Annie Han & Daniel
Mihalyo) was commissioned through a national call-to-artists program,
organized by STart & Sound Transit Public Art Program to create public art
at Sound Transit’s future Brooklyn Link Light Rail Station in Seattle’s “U”
District. For details, go to www.soundtransit.org/start.
Photo Center Northwest is busy. “Long Shot – 24 hours, Hundreds of
Photographers, One Photo Center” is a 24-hour marathon set for June 1 – 2
and the exhibit of the results set for July 28. Also a call for entries for their
17th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition with juror W. M. Hunt with
a deadline of May 18. And finally two Printing Sponsorships for 2012 are
offered which includes 100 hours of free printing. Deadline for that is May 1.
For details on all of these and their programs and classes, go to pcnw.org or
call (206) 720-7222.
Lisa Hasegawa, Boyd Sugiki, Romson Regarde Bustillo, Kamla Kakaria and
Tina Koyama are just some of the talented local artists listed as teaching at
Pratt Fine Arts Center ‘s Spring 2012 sessions. If you want to see a schedule
or more information on how to sign up, go to www.pratt.org.
Seattle Metals Guild sponsors a program called “The Women’s Shelter
Jewelry Project”. The Guild collects used jewelry which is cleaned and
repaired and then passed on to women in shelters and the Dress for Success
program at the YWCA. Donations can be made at the Bellevue Arts Museum
at (425) 519-0770 and Seattle Art Museum at (206) 654-3100.
Columbia City Gallery is an artist-run collective that represents over
30 local multi-media artists. The space has a Guest Gallery which
showcases artists that reflect an ethnically diverse neighborhood.
Do you have a great exhibit idea to propose or need more information, email: [email protected] or Lauren Davis at [email protected].
Poets & Writers’ Readings/Workshops Program offers small grants for
literary events taking place in Seattle and covers writers’ fees for public
readings and workshops. Go to www.pw.org funding for details.
“Enemies of The People,” the award-winning documentary film by Rob
Lemkin and Thet Sambath that interviews living architects of the “Killing
Fields” is now available on DVD with additional footage and extras. Go to
[email protected] for details.
Novelist Julie Otsuka won the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for her
latest novel. It was selected from over 350 submitted works.
Artists, writers, scientists, and musicians can apply for this Art and Ecology’s
Artist-in-Residency offering up to 3 ½ months stay in Sitka, Alaska. Go to
www.bit.ly/ha9p4C for details. Deadline of April 20, 2012.
NEA Challenge America Fast-Track Grants support small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Go to www.bit.ly/zQBw66 for details. Deadline is May 24, 2012.