Visual Arts
Facere Jewelry Art Gallery will showcase international contemporary jewelry artists featured in the Lark Publication entitled “1000 Rings.” Jewelry artists from Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Korea are included. Jan. 25 opening with a lecture slated for 4 p.m. (RSVP (206) 624-6768 and a reception to follow. Show on view through Feb. 15. 1420 – 5th Ave. in Suite # 108.

The work of the late sculptor George Tsutakawa and his son, Gerard, is included in a group show entitled, “Northwest Legacy” on view through Jan. 28 at Foster/White Gallery in Rainier Square. 1331 – 5th Ave. (206) 583-0100.

“Hardline Organics- Part One” is a group show of collaborative sculpture and drawings with Yuki Nakamura, Etsuko Ichikawa, Jenny Heishman, Mark Johnson, Saya Moriyasu and Craig Miller. Through Jan. 29. SOIL Backspace. 112 Third Ave. S.

The scrolls, stone-cut prints and surrealist oil paintings of Long Gao are on view at Jeffrey Moose Gallery through Jan. 31. 1333 Fifth Ave. in Rainier Square. (206) 467-6951.

The Seattle Asian Art Museum reopened on Jan. 14 after time off for roof repåir. To celebrate, there will be a day of live music, dance and theatre from Asian cultures around the world as well as artist demonstrations and art activities for old and young alike. Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. As part of this celebration, Qianshen Bai who is a calligrapher and professor of Chinese art history at Boston College will give a talk at 4 p.m. Marshall Wu, curator of “The Orchid Pavillion Gathering” will talk about the show on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. RSVP by calling (206) 654-3226. 1400 E. Prospect St. in Volunteer Park.

“Erotica – The Art Of Love” is a group show showcasing the erotic art of Asia in various forms and media. On view Jan. 26 – Feb. 26 at Ming’s Asian Gallery at both the Seattle (519 – Sixth Ave. S.) and Bellevue (10217 Main St.) locations. Over 18 only. (206) 748-7889.

Works in felt by Yoko Nomura and Jean Hicks are on display Jan. 21 – Feb. 19. Reception Jan. 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. KOBO is at 814 E. Roy off Broadway. (206) 726-0704.

The work of Seattle artist Cathy Woo is included in a new group show by the Women Painters of Washington entitled “CELEBRATION II” on view at the Columbia Center Gallery (3rd floor) at 701 Fifth Ave in Seattle. Feb. 1 – March 31. (360) 373-7741.

“The Beauty & The Actor” highlights two popular themes in Japanese woodblock prints: beautiful women and Kabuki actors. Prints range from the late 1800s to the 1950s. Through Jan. 31. Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints. 314 Occidental Ave. S. (206) 621-6493.

Wing Luke Asian Museum. “Sikh Community: Over 100 Years in the Pacific Northwest” is one of the first looks at this community through photos, oral history collections and historic & educational materials. Through April 16. “Home Grown: Asian Pacific American New Years.” Through Sunday, April 2. Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team performance. Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. Family Saturdays presents creator Vishavjit Singh. Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. RSVP required at [email protected] or (206) 623-5124 x 114. Singh will lead a short lesson in comic design. Ages middle school and up. March 12 is WLAM’s 40th anniversary dinner & auction. WA State Convention Center. 800 Convention Place. March 18 is Khmer New Year with the Rajana Society. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. $3 plus museum admission. RSVP required at [email protected]. Wing Luke Asian Museum is at 407 – 7th Ave. S. (206) 623-5124.

Performing Arts
The Warren Chang Music ensemble perform traditional Chinese music on Jan. 19 as part of the “Seattle Presents” concert series. Noon to 1 p.m. in Seattle City Hall lobby. (206) 684-7171.

Stan Shikuma plays taiko in a new opera by Garrett Fisher entitled “Stargazer.” Jan. 19 – 21 at 8 p.m. In the Stuart Room at All Pilgrims Church at 500 Broadway E. (206) 860-1826.

Pianist Yuka Sasaki performs Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 4. Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. (206) 292-2787.

“En: Koto and Shakuhachi” is a concert by John and Elizabeth Falconer. Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. Floating Leaves Tea. 2213 N.W. Market. (206) 529-4268.

Historian Key Donn gives a talk on Wong Tsu, Boeing’s first engineer and pioneer of the Chinese Aerospace industry. Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. 9404 East Marginal Way South in Seattle. (206) 764-5700.

UW School of Music faculty pianist Regina Yeh performs with visiting Brazilian violinist Carmelo de los Santos. Jan. 25. 7:30 p.m. UW Music Building’s Brechemin Auditorium. (206) 685-8384.

Richard Solomon, UW Professor of Asian Languages & Literature, gives a talk entitled “In Search of The Words of Buddha” on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. UW Kane Hall 110.

The “Winter Festival At Benaroya Hall” presented by Seattle Chamber Music Society takes place Jan. 30 – Feb. 5 at Ilsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. Performers include Joseph Lin and Amos Yang. (206) 283-8808.

Heading to Portland? Don’t miss the 10th Annual Japanese American New Year Celebration, “Mochitsuki 2006” on Jan. 29 at Portland Community college’s Sylvania campus located at 1200 SW 49th Ave. See mochi pounded the traditional way with wooden mallets or see it being made in modern electric machines. Hands-on activities for all and delicious food. Kagami Kai, a mochi pounding performance group from San Francisco perform “Mochi Madness” at 1 and 3 p.m. Also entertainment by Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Portland Taiko and Japanese dance by Sahomi Tachibana and Fujinami-Kai. (503) 224-8499 or (800) 992-8499.

The UW World Series presents Warabi-za, a celebration of Japan’s folk history in a night of taiko, costume, song and dance. Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. UW’s Meany Theatre. (206) 543-4880. Or Pre-show lecture at 7:15 p.m. in the west lobby.

KBCS presents the Tuvan ensemble known as Hun Huur Tur on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. This legendary group from Tuva in the Asian steppes perform and sing about life in the villages of their home country. Town Hall. (425) 564-2418.

Seattle Symphony and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center presents a Community Concert on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Langston Hughes P.A.C, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle. Christian Knapp, conductor, Christina Castelli, violin. Call (206) 684-4757.

Written Arts
Kinokuniya Bookstore presents a booksigning and discussion with Toshiko Shoji Ito, author of the novel, “Endure” which is part fiction and part memoir. The book draws on her memories of growing up Nisei in Seattle before and after the war and the effects of internment at Minidoka. Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. At the Panama Hotel Café. 607 S. Main. RSVP at (206) 587-2477 or email [email protected].

James Yee, the Muslim U.S. Army Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay who was falsely accused of spying comes to Seattle to read from his memoir entitled “For God’s Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire” (PublicAffairs) on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at UW Kane Hall 120. Sponsored by the University Bookstore.

Nic Dunlop reads from “The Last Executioner: A Story of the Khmer Rogue” (Walker & Co.) on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. University Bookstore. 4326 University Way N.E. (206) 634-3400.

Kiana Davenport (“Shark Dialogues”) returns with her third novel, “House of Many Gods” (Ballantine). This story of a family in conflict provides the lens through which we see the beauty and contradiction of native Hawai’ian culture. Jan. 29 at 4:30 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company. 101 South Main. (206) 624-6600.

Film & Video
Wing Luke Asian Museum presents: A film screening of “Continuous Journey,” a documentary from Ali Kazimi about the Komagata Maru, a ship carrying Sikh immigrants. Wednesday, Jan. 25 7 p.m. Theatre Off Jackson. 409 – 7th Ave. S. Free. (206) 623-5124.

Yutaka Tsuchiya’s “Peep ‘TV’ Show” looks at today’s lost Japanese youth in the wake of Sept. 11. Screens Jan. 27 – Feb. 2. Takeshi Shimizu’s “Marebito” follows a fear-obsessed cameraman’s exploration of the mysterious spirits that haunt the Tokyo subway. Feb. 3 – 9. The Grand Illusion Cinema. 1403 – N.E. 50th. (206) 523-3935.

“Tales From the Japanese Cinema” will screen Yasujiro Ozu’s “What Did the Lady Forget?” On Jan. 29, Akira Kuosawa’s “Drunken Angel” on Feb. 5, Kenji Mizoguchi’s “Ugetsu” on Feb. 12 and Akira Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood” on Feb. 19. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in the Stimson Auditorium in the Seattle Asian Art Museum. (206) 654-3121.

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