“From Hiroshima To Hope” (see related article elsewhere in this issue) is the annual ceremony of remembrance for victims of all war as well as those of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bombings in 1945. Lantern preparation starts at 6 p.m. with a program of musical performances & speakers starting at 7 p.m. Lantern floating ceremony followed by Japanese music and a prayer starting at 8:30 p.m. Sat., August 6 from 6 – 9:30 p.m. At the Northwest Shore of Green Lake. Free. Call (206) 453-4471 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
“When the de la Cruz Family Danced” (Signal8Press) is the debut novel of Seattle writer Donna Miscolta (see related article elsewhere in this issue) that turns a single incident of passion into an engrossing cross-generational family saga that winds its’ way from the states to the Philippines and back. She reads from the book with Bellingham Professor and poet Oliver de la Paz (“Requiem for the Orchard) on Thurs., August 11 at 7 p.m. Nationally-known playwright, David Henry Hwang is in town to attend a performance of his play “Yellowface” (see below for details). He will sit down for a “Question & Answer” session with Mayumi Tsutakawa on Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. Could you write a novel in three days and get it published as a book? Local Bellevue author & software engineer Jennifer K. Chung did just that with “Terroryaki!” (3 Day Books/Arsenal Pulp Press) where a quest for a prize-winning teriyaki snakes its’ way through a maze of complex human relationships. Chung reads Sun., August 28 at 2 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave. on Capitol Hill. Call (206) 624-6600 or go to www.elliottbaybook.com for more information.
“One Love” is a show of multimedia sculptures by Yun Hong Chang on view through August 27. Using porcelain, hair, fabric and string, the artist visualizes the fragility and vulnerability of love and loss. Opens on August 4 — “First Thursday”at Shift Collaborative Studio, 306 S. Washington, Suite 105. Go to www.shiftstudio.org for details.
The Blue Scholars launch their first national headlining tour on Sept. 17 at ShowboxMarket in Seattle. Entitled, “Finally, The Blue Scholars And Bambu Tour”, this show promises some new surprises and fresh music/lyrics from the duo. Go to http://bluescholars.com/blog/tour-dates/ for all details.
“Talking To Ghosts – Waiting In The River Between Worlds” is an installation by Nari Baker. The piece is a collection of messages from Korean transnational adoptees to their imagined birth families. Viewers are invited to listen to these messages through rotary telephones. Through this community process, it is hoped that people cam explore the intersections of truth and fantasy, the human and spirit world. Nari Baker will give an artist talk on Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m. Jack Straw Productions is at 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E. Open M – F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call (206) 634-0919, e-mail [email protected], or log on to www.jackstraw.org for more information.
Icicle Creek Theatre Festival and ACT Theatre present Mia Chung’s “You for Me for You”, a new play in workshop that explores the lives of two sisters who escape from North Korea only to enter another foreign world. Tues., August 23. 7 p.m. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St. Call (206) 292-7676 or go to www.acttheatre.org or www.iciclecreekact.com.
The Bollywood Panorama Film Series screens on Fridays through August 5 at 9:30 p.m. Shown outdoor at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater (in case of rain, in the SAAM Auditorium). Free with English subtitles. July 23 brings “Dor” directed by Nagesh Kukunur in which an unlikely friendship develops between two women whose paths cross after an accident. July 29 brings “Chandni Bar” directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Tabu stars as a displaced village woman forced to become a dancer in a Bombay bar. Finally August 5 brings ‘The Namesake” directed by Mira Nair and starring Kal Penn as the son of Indian immigrants struggling with his parents and his own identity. Visit www.seattleartmuseum.org for more details.
Fox Searchlight Pictures production of “Snow Flower And The Secret Fan” (see elsewhere in this issue for related story) adapted from the popular novel by Lisa See and directed by Wayne Wang (“The Joy Luck Club”) opens in Seattle at a Landmark Theatre on July 22. Go to www.foxsearchlight.com/snowflowerandthesecretfan for details.
The Wing sponsors “Jamfest”, a summer music festival that combines music, discounts on food, outdoor art and cinema all summer long. The event runs every third Saturday from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. through August in Chinatown. Tickets are available at the Wing Luke Museum. Coming Sat., August 20 is the Toy Box Trio who will play new classical music with a carnival flair at the Wing. Alma Vellegas y Azucar offers sultry Latin rhythms at Four Seas and Dirty Ice Cream plays jazz standards at Phnom Penh Noodle House. Also on August 20, catch the feature film, “Newsies” showing at dusk in Hing Hay Park with activities before the movie. For full details, go to www.wingluke.org/jamfest. For details, call (206) 623-5124×119.
Pork Filled Players and ReAct present the Northwest premiere of “Yellow Face,” a comic “mockumentary” by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang inspired by his experiences trying to protest the “yellow face” casting of Miss Saigon on Broadway. August 5 – Sept. 3 at Richard Hugo House, 1634 – 11th Ave. Call (206) 221-5621 for more information.
A show of Shigaraki ceramics by husband and wife team, Momoko and Tetsuya Ootani. On view through August 7. Closing reception and gallery talk with the Otani’s on Sunday, August 7 at 4 p.m. KOBO at Higo is at 602-608 South Jackson St., Seattle. Call (206) 381-3000 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
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. She has a record of extensive collaboration with other artists and is also a founding member of Brooklyn-based noise band, New Humans. Her show will be on view through June 17, 2012. Also check out the group show entitled “Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Turns 40” on view through Oct. 23, 2011. This show celebrates the diverse collection of art owned by this city institution. Work by Dhawa Dhondup, Victor Gardaya, Paul Horiuchi, Etsuko Ichikawa, Frank Okada, Joseph Park, Roger Shimomura, Akio Takamori, George Tsutakawa, Patti Warashima, Kina Watanabe and many others is included in this show. SAM is located at 1300 First Ave. in Seattle. Call (206) 654-3100 or go to www.seattleartmuseum.org for details.
“Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar” features the photos this famous American nature photographer was allowed to take inside a Japanese American internment camp during WWII. Some have called this series, a sanitized and less than revealing portrait of life in the camps. See for yourself. On view at Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. Open 1 – 4 p.m., Wed. through Sun. Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Ericksen Ave. N.E. Call (206) 842-2773 or go to www.bainbridgehistory.org.
Sculpture by Wanxin Zhang is included in a group show entitled “Colors of Summer” on view Through Sept. 3, 2011. Pacini Lubel Gallery, 207 Second Ave. S. Call (206) 326-5555 or go to www.pacinilubel.com.
Opening reception for “Collective Reflections II, Contemporary Asian Art” takes place on Fri., August 5 from 5:30 – 8pm. C Art Gallery at 855 Hiawatha Place S. (206) 22-9374 or go to [email protected]
Work by Liz Tran is part of a group show entitled “Synthetic” on view through Sept. 2 at Winston Wachter Fine Art. Call (206) 652-5855 or go to www.winstonwachter.com.
“Life Out Loud” is the title of a show by new work by photographer Carina del Rosario at Salon Armand through August 27. Salon Armand, 1416 Boylston Ave. Call (206) 323-9262 for more information.
A group show entitled “Contemporary Asian Prints and Paintings” is on view through August 7 at Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery located at 800 Bellevue Way N. E. in Bellevue. Call (425) 827-2811 or go to www.gunnarnordstrom.com.
The deconstructed, re-weaved bibles of Bo Young Choi and the kite-like sculptures of kite maker Greg Kono are in the group show entitled “Paper Works” in the Guest Gallery of Columbia City Gallery through August 7. “Contemporary Korean Art” by the Korean-American Art & Cultural Association of the Pacific Northwest is in the Guest Gallery. Opens with a reception on Sat., August 13 from 5 – 8 p.m. On view from August 10 – Sept. 25. Columbia City Gallery, 4864 Rainier Ave. S. Call (206) 760-9843 or go to www.columbiacitygallery.com for more information.
“Firmness, Commodity, and the Lies” is a show of photographs by artist/architect Shohei Yokoyama. These photographs of buildings through digital alterations seem to reveal true essences – or plain lies. On view from August to September. SRG Gallery at 110 Union St., Suite 300 in Seattle. Call (206) 973-1700 or go to www.srgpartnership.com.
“Itadakimasu!” introduces the history of local Japanese restaurants through photos and memorabilia at Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. At the turn of the century, over 70 restaurants were owned by Japanese immigrants including one of the oldest still surviving, the much beloved Maneki Restaurant. On view until the end of August. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays. Call (206) 568-7114 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
“The Talent Show” examines a range of complicated relationships that have emerged between artists, audiences and participants’ competing desires for notoriety and privacy. The exhibit includes work by Tehching Hsieh and Shizuka Yokomizo. Organized by Peter Eleey for the Walker Art Center. The exhibit is on view through August 21 at UW Henry Art Gallery located between 15th Ave. N.E. and NE 41st streets. Go to www.henryart.org for details.
Tina Koyama has work in a group show entitled “CIRCLES: Artistic Interpretations of this Universal Shape. On view through Oct. 16, 2011. University House Wallingford is located at 4400 Stone Way N., Seattle. Koyama’s work can also be seen in the group show “Connecting Threads” with fiber artwork by 55 alumni from the UW Certificate in Fiber Arts. Continues on view through Sept. 30, 2011. UW Tower Mezzanine is located at 4333 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle. Go to www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/feiber-arts.html for more information.
“Folding/Unfolding” is a show of new work by Vashon Island fabric artist Joan Wortis with a First Thursday event on August 4. The show continues through August 27, 2011. First Ave. S. For more information, call (206) 839-0377 or go to www.artxchange.org.
The Cullom Gallery specializes in Japanese prints and modern artists influenced by them.
Their latest show “Walls” features the work of Francesco Lohman and Agata Michalowska. On view through August 27. Another show entitled “Ukiyo-e: Recent Acquisitions” opens August 4 and is ongoing. Located at 603 S. Main Street. Call (206) 340-8000 for more information or e-mail [email protected].
“Bridge: East/West” is a show of new paintings by Robert Connell which are a contemporary blend of plein-aire and Japanese sumi painting. On view August 5 – 27. And coming September 2 – Oct. 1 – recent etchings by Tomiyuki Sakuta and pyrograph and aquagraph works on paper by Etsuko Ichikawa. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S. Call (206) 624-1324 or go to www.davidsongalleries.com.
Watercolors by Hung Nguyen are on display in the Edmonds Arts Commission Case from August 1- Sept. 15 as part of the Edmonds Arts Festival. Edmonds Arts Commission Case, 700 Main St. Call (425) 771-0228 or go to www.eaffoundation.org.
The work of Diem Chau is all over the map. She recently did the cover art for Gescha’s new album entitled “Crayon Politics”. Her work is also in Rijswijk Textile Museum Biennale in the Netherlands till Sept. 11, 2011. KSAT is a Paris-based zine that is built upon the idea of collaboration between artistic genres. In the latest issue, Chau responds visually to the music of Biggies Flys Again, a Dublin-based musician.
Together with Nicholas Nyland and Maki Tamura, Saya Moriyasu has created a collaborative installation work entitled “A Clearing in the Clouds”. Works may be viewed at Seattle’s ACT Theatre, 700 University Street. This event is ongoing.
“Modern Elegance: The Art of Meiji Japan” remains on view through Oct. 9. At the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 Prospect Ave., Seattle. For more information, call (206) 654-3100 or visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.
The Wing opens a new exhibit entitled “Vintage Japantown through the lens of the Takano Studio” which looks at portrait photography from one studio active from the 1930’s to the early 40’s. Studios like this once thrived in the neighborhood and captured the everyday life of its’ inhabitants. Through Feb. 12, 2012. Another new exhibit is “Epic Tails: Legendary Animals and Creatures” through Dec. 23. “Dual Nature – Contemporary Glass and Jewelry” with work by Cynthia Toops, Vina Rust, Midori Saito, Ron Ho, Boyd Sugiki, Jeffrey Sarmiento, Masami Koda and Eunsuh Choi continues on view through January 15, 2012. “Cultural Confluence: Urban People of Asian & Native American Heritages” will also be on view through September 18. A group show entitled “From The Ground Up” which features artwork of teenagers involved in the Museum’s YouthCAN program will also be on view. Enjoy the ‘Wing’s historic hotel tour at a discount on “First Thursday”, August 4 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Family Fun Day on Sat., August 20 from 1 – 3 p.m. is a workshop entitled “Creating with Paperfolding” taught by Puget Area Paperfolding Enthusiasts Roundtable (PAPER). Free. For details on all of the above, go to www.wingluke.org or call (206) 623-5124.
The Sun May Company hosts the Canton Alley Art Exhibit on August 20 during the JAMFest in Chinatown/I.D. from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. See the work of Dean Wong, Jeff Wendland, Eun-Yong Wan, Carina del Rosario, Gary Tang and others. Music provided by “Sometimes Astronauts” Located next to the Wing off King St. between 7th Ave. S. and Eighth Ave. S. Call (206) 695-5692 or go to www.wingluke.org/jamfest.
The work of Hawai’i-based artist Kloe Kang is included in “Summer Group Exhibit 2011” at Patricia Cameron Fine Art until Sept. 9. Patricia Cameron Fine Art, 234 Dexter Ave. N. Call (206) 342-9647.
The work of Paul Horiuchi is included in a group show of work entitled “Velocity” from the permanent collection on view through Oct. 2, 2011. Museum of Northwest Art at 121 South First St. in La Connor Wash. Call (360) 466-4446 or go to
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 to ww.wrvmuseum.org.
Naoko Morisawa and other Japanese artists are in an annual art show at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, WA. August 5 – 29. Northwind Arts Center, 2409 Jefferson St. Call (360) 379-1086 or go to www.northwindarts.org.
Seattle artist Etsuko Ichikawa keeps busy with various activities. She is “Into The Fire”, a documentary short by filmmaker, Allstair Griffin as part of his “Anthropoligist” series that seeks to support the work of inspiring individuals. You can download this film online at http://theanthropologist.net. The artist also has a public art installation commissioned by Washington State Arts Commission in which she will create a hanging installation inspired by rainbows for Frederickson Elementary School in Puyallup. “NACHI” is a multimedia large-scale installation inspired by the artist’s journey to a sacred Japanese waterfall currently on view through August 6 at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. Go to http://www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/explore/exhibitions/archive/2014/nachi-etsuko-ichikawa.html for details. A large-scale triptych glass pyrpograph entitled “Traces of the Molten State” remains on view at Bellevue Arts Museum. Go to http://www.bellevuearts.org for details. “Firebird,” a work created for a glass performance with dancer at the Museum of Glass has become a part of Henry Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Go to http://www.henryart.org for details.
A retrospective show of Ken Lum, one of Canada’s well-known modern conceptual artists is on view through September 25, 2011 at Vancouver Art Gallery located on 750
Hornby. For more information, call (604) 662-4719 or visit www.vanartgallery.bc.ca.
Asia Society Museum presents an exhibition of 227 photographs taken by Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei, capturing the history, culture, and atmosphere of the 1980’ New York from his unique perspective. This is the first time these photos have been shown outside China. Now on view through August 14, 2011. The artist was recently released by the Chinese government after a 3 month detention. The government charges that the artist was arrested for not paying his taxes but many feel it was a punishment meted out to the artist for his outspoken criticism of government actions. Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Ave., New York, NY. Call (212) 288-6400 or visit www.asiasociety.org.
“Tibet Fest” celebrates Tibetan cultural activities for music, performance, food and children’s activities and workshops. Join in a group dance or create a sand mandala. August 20 – 21 at Seattle Center. Go to www.seattlecenter.com/events/festivals/festal/detail.asp?EV…13
There will be a dedication ceremony for the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Wall. August 6 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. At the intersection of Taylor Ave. and Eagle Harbor Dr. on the south shore of Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island Call (206) 842-4772 for more information.
“Celebrating the Stars and the Moon” is a cultural celebration featuring three students of noted Japanese buyo dancer, Kazuko Yamazaki. Fri., August 12 at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton. RSVP by August 5 to [email protected] or call (360) 908-3202.
Auburn’s Artrageous Art Festival takes place on Sat., August 6 from 11a.m. – 4 p.m. at Les Gove Park. With hands-on art activities, demonstrations, art vendor booths, food & more. Call (253) 931-3043 or go to www.auburnwa.gov/arts.
“TAIKO: Beat a Different Drum” is a series of four session workshops for those interested in learning how to play taiko. Workshop sessions are in September and October. Register by Sept. 2 for the first series and by Sept. 30 for the second series. Space is limited and fees are $75. For details, go to www.seattlekokontaiko.org.
“Trigun: Badlands Rumble” (see related article in this issue) opens on July 29 for a one week run at Grand Illusion Cinema. The film comes from a popular sci-fi action anime series with original storyline by Yasuhiro Nighttow. This Japanese animated feature is said to be full of fighting scenes filled with action and meticulous design. Grand Illusion Cinema, 1403 N.E. 50th. Call (206) 523-3935 for details.
Three film screenings held in conjunction with the Wing’s current exhibit, “Cultural Confluence: Urban People of Asian and Native American Heritages” takes place on Thurs., August 4 at 6 p.m. First up is Diana Leung & Kamala Todd’s “Cedar and Bamboo” that looks at how Chinese people in Canada have created unique relationships with indigenous people. “Maria Tallchief” focuses on the life of the famous prima ballerina who came from an Oklahoma Indian community. “Princess Angeline” explores the story of the Duwamish community and their unrecognized tribal status through the eyes of the daughter of Chief Seattle. The last two documentary films are by the husband and wife team of Sandra and Yasu Osawa. Go to www.wingluke.org for details.
“Nihonmachi Nites – Seattle’s Japantown, Rising” is a combination community open house/ outdoor movie series all rolled into one. From 6 p.m. to late, enjoy extended evening hours in Japantown’s shops, galleries and restaurants. And at dusk on the corner of S. Main St. and Maynard Ave. S., catch the following films. Akira Kurosawa’s “Dreams” on August 13. This is one of Kkurosawa’s masterpieces in the autumn of his life. The procession through a peach orchard is simply poetic magic. Hayao Miyazaki’s animated classic, “Howl’s Moving Castle” screens on Sept. 10. Go to www.nihonmachinites.com for details.
The Written Arts
The Haiku North America Conference takes place at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., from August 3 – 7. There will be panels, workshops, presentations, readings and performances. Seattle registration is available at www.haikunorthamerica.com/ or contact Michael Dylan Welch at [email protected].
Former Seattle resident Timothy Wang is the author of a new novel entitled “Slant – A Novel about a Gay Asian American (Lethe Press). Go to www.lethepressbooks.com for more information.
Former Seattle resident, poet Garrett Hongo is currently teaching at the University of Oregon. He has a new book of poetry set for fall release entitled “Coral Road”. The book follows his literary explorations into the history of an impermanent world his immigrant ancestors found in Hawai’i. Look for a reading date at Elliott Bay Book Company this Nov. when the book officially comes out.
Musicians Paul Kikuchi and Susie Kozawa are among many working in partnership with Arts for Visually Impaired Audiences, the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind and the Washington State School for the Blind to help students create and record music and gather field recordings at Jack Straw Studios this summer.
Museum Conservation Project Grants can be up to $150,000 to support projects, including treatments, improvements of environmental conditions in storage or exhibition areas and staff training. Deadline is Oct. 1, 2011. Go to http://1.usa.gov/aan2gl for details.
Bay Area artist Masayuki Nagase has been chosen to design an installation for the public plaza in Bud Clark Commons, a 90-bed transition shelter for men in Portland. A Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) panel selected the artist. Go to www.racc.org for details.
NEA’s Art Works Grants support the creation of art that meets high standards of excellence, public engagement, lifelong learning in the arts, and strengthens communities through the arts. Deadline is August 11, 2011. Go to http://bit.ly/f2sF7t.
WESTAF Visual Arts Touring Grants support high quality exhibitions proposed for touring through Sept. 30, 2011. Deadline is 9/30/11. Go to http://amp.cgweb.org for details.
Temporary Assistant Preparators are sought by Portland Art Museum for help with mounting exhibitions. Ongoing. Go to http://bit.ly/gll4zS.
Are you an arts innovator? Then apply for the 2011 Arts Innovator Awards. A $25,000 grant to be given to two artists. Deadline is July 25, 2011. Log on to http://artisttrust.org for complete information on all the grants available from Artist Trust.
The Northwest Film Forum Fund is a new grant program for Northwest filmmakers of promise and vision. Documentary film projects in the Northwest at any stage of completion are eligible. Includes a $10,000 grant and a package of services. Deadline is August 20, 2011. Go to www.nwfilmforum.org for details.
A 2011 Jack Straw Writer, Larissa Min, recently received funding by 4Culture for a 2011 Individual Artist Project.
Eastwind Books of Berkeley announces a new website: www.AsiaBookCentre.com. This store is one of the few in the U.S. that focuses on books by or about Asian Pacific Americans and new titles on Asia.