Highlights

Paul Kikuchi’s Portable Sanctuary performs in the century-old Union Station on Sept. 18 from 1 – 3 p.m. 401 South Jackson St. Admission is $5 – $15 on a sliding scale and the first 30 guests receive a free copy of the new Portable Sanctuary album. The compositions and improvisations the group does here is designed specifically for the unique acoustics of the space. Visual artist Suiren creates spontaneous, large-format works in dialogue with the music. For more information, visit www.paulkikuchi.com.

Aki Matsuri is the annual Japanese fall festival at Bellevue College on Sept. 10 -11. Enjoy a two-day program of Japanese cultural and educational events for all ages. Highlights include a leather crafts exhibit by leather artist, Keiko Murakami. A Kimono Presentation on Sat. at 4:30 p.m. and a Yukata show on Sunday at 2 p.m. A full-scale Omikoshi from Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America will be on display. Also the 20th Annual Koi Show by Washington Koi & Water Garden Society will be held over the weekend. Event venues are at different sites on the college campus. 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. in Bellevue. Admission and parking are free. To learn more, go to www.enma.org or call (425) 861-7865.

Oregon-based author George Estreich talks about his book, “The Shape of The Eye” (SMU Press), a recently published memoir about raising a half-Japanese daughter with Down syndrome. The book explores the way we talk and think about this disease and ultimately the history of race beneath our current thinking. On Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 – 10th Ave. on Capitol Hill. Call (206) 624-6600 or visit www.elliottbaybook.com.

SIS Productions present Michael Golamco’s play entitled “Year Zero” directed by Mike Premo. What do you do if you’re a bright Cambodian American teenager that is beat up by Black and Latino kids in the neighborhood and even fellow Cambodian kids that think you’re not “Cambodian” enough. And how do you face the challenge of being the first Cambodian American daughter in your family that will go to college? These are issues that playwright Golamco navigates in this family comedy. Sept. 30 – Oct. 22. Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. Richard Hugo House, 1634 – 11th Ave. For tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/185586.

“Beyond Boundaries: Three Transcendent Practices” is a Space City event at Seattle Design Festival set for Mon. Sept. 19. The event looks at three intriguing young partnerships that defy established roles of designers. The team of Annie Han & Daniel Mihalyo known as “Lead Pencil Studio” from Seattle joins other teams from L.A, and Portland to share their experiences in design. Happy Hour at 5 p.m. with presentations to follow at 6 p.m., concluding with discussion led by John Boylan. At FRED Wildlife Refuge, 127 Boylston Ave. E. Go to www.spacecityseattle.org for details.

“The Hedgehog”, (see related story in this issue) a French hit of last year’s SIFF returns to Seattle for an extended run at the Egyptian theater. The movie is inspired by a NY Times best –selling book that tells the story of a young girl bent on suicide before her 12th birthday because she can’t stand the hypocrisy of the adult world that surrounds her. Along the way, she makes friends with the grumpy building concierge (Josiane Balasko) and her unlikely Japanese gentleman suitor (Togo Igawa). Opens on Friday, Sept. 9. Landmark Egyptian theater, 805 East Pine, Seattle, WA. Call (206) 781-5755. Another hit of this year’s SIFF was Tsui Hark’s “Detective Dee And The Mystery of The Phantom Flame”. Stars Andy Lau as an exiled detective who must use his wisdom and martial art skills to save an empress-to-be’s dynasty from ruin. This epic thriller is inspired by the incredible true story of a famous Tang Dynasty official. Opens Sept. 23 at the Varsity Theater, 4329 University Way N.E. Call (206) 781-5755.

Take Me America” is a musical about seven refugees from various countries seeking political asylum in the U.S. and the agents who measure the worthiness of their claims. When read at Village Theatre’s Annual Festival of New Musicals in 2009, it received a standing ovation. Plays Sept. 14 – Oct. 23 in Issaquah and again from Oct. 28 – Nov. 20 in Everett. Both are produced by The Village Theatre. Call (425) 257-8600 or go to www.villagetheatre.org.

Want to see what fashion design students in Japan are up to these days? Then follow the runway to Bunka Gakuin University’s 10th Annual Fashion show which takes place Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The university is a famous Japanese design school in Tokyo. For this event, the students do it all from designing, modeling, stage preparation, lighting and planning the program. Seattle Central Community College Broadway Performance Hall at 1625 Broadway. The event is free but seating is limited so reservations are encouraged. Call (425) 483-5974 or e-mail: [email protected].

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 www.bluescholars.com/blog/tour-dates/ for all details.

“Talking To Ghosts – Waiting In The River Between Worlds” is an installation by Nari Baker (see related article this issue). 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 can explore the intersections of truth and fantasy, the human and spirit world. Jack Straw Productions, 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.

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 Warashina, 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.

Visual Arts

The Pacific Coast Origami Conference for 2011 takes place Sept. 29 – Oct. 3 at the Westin Bellevue. Nation-wide origami groups will have their artworks on display to the public. Includes workshops, demonstrations and activities relating to the world of origami around the world. 600 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue. For details, go to www.origami-usa.org/pcoc2011.

Members of the Ikenobo Lake Washington Chapter hold their annual ikebana exhibition at the Kirkland Library Sept. 17 – 18 . 308 Kirkland Ave., in Kirkland. Call (425) 803-3268 or email [email protected] for information.

Seattle artist Jill Beppu painted a mural for the Lake City Pioneer Days Salmon Bake. It can be seen at Lake City Community Center at 12531 – 28th Ave. N.E. Call (206) 362-4378.

Game Theory” is a group show that examines chance, strategy, participation, and play in art practices. Inspired by the inquiries of Cornish legends, the show features work by Jason Hirata, Brent Watanabe and others. Opens Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. Continues on view through Oct. 19. 1000 Lenora St. Call (206) 726-2787 or go to www.cornish.edu.

The signature Northwest landscape work of Z. Z. Wei is featured in a show of new work at Patricia Rovzar Gallery during Sept. Wei gives an artist talk and does a book signing (“Z.Z. Wei – Light and Shadow, A 20 Year Journey of American landscape”) on Sat., Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. Ends Oct. 3. 1225 Second Ave. Call (206) 223-0273 or go to www.rovzargallery.com.

“Contemporary Korean Art” by the Korean-American Art & Cultural Association of the Pacific Northwest is in the Guest Gallery. On view through 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 through September. SRG Gallery at 110 Union St., Suite 300 in Seattle. Call (206) 973-1700 or go to www.srgpartnership.com.

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.

“Chado” is a show by Miya Ando, a Japanese Russian American artist who was raised among sword smiths-turned Buddhist priests in a Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan. Her work uses burnished sheets of rolled steel in a “post-minimalist” style. Opens Sept. 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. and remains on view throughout the month. ArtXchange, 512 First Ave. S. For more information, call (206) 839-0377 or go to www.artxchange.org.

“PATHS: The Heart/The Mind” is a show of linocut monoprints by Ana Karina Luna through Sept. 10. A group show entitled “Sen-nin-bari: 1000 stitches” follows the tradition of Japanese women who stitched red thread on cloth for soldiers as protective amulets as they were going off to war. This is a group show by local Japanese & Japanese American women artists with 10 percent of sales going to a Japanese charity. Opens Sept. 17 from 5 – 7 p.m. and remains on view through Oct. 9. On Oct. 15 from 5 – 7pm is the opening reception for Seattle ceramic artist George Rodriquez’s show of new work inspired by his round the world travels. KOBO Gallery at Higo, 604 S. Jackson. Call (206) 381-3000 or www.koboseattle.com.

The photographs in Gary Oliveira’s project “Half Life” were made during a stretch of time living in Japan. Moments of stillness viewed from the perspective of an outsider. Sept. 1 opening from 6 – 8 p.m. On view through Oct. 1. Gallery 110, 110 Third Ave. S. Call (206) 624-9336 or go to www.gallery110.com.

The Cullom Gallery specializes in Japanese prints and modern artists influenced by them. Opening for a run throughout the month of Sept. is a show entitled “Paper Cuts”. Seattle favorite, Tokyo artist Ryohei Tanaka joins guest artist Qiao Xiaoguang of Beijing in a showcase of new work stretching in contemporary directions the traditional art of folded and cut paper. Themes of urban life global warming, Japanese monsters, Chinese folklore and underground culture are some of the subjects. Located at 603 S. Main Street. Call (206) 340-8000 for more information or e-mail [email protected].

September 2 – Oct. 1 – Davidson Galleries present recent etchings by Tomiyuki Sakuta in a series entitled “Visitors” is in the Contemporary Print & Drawing Center. (206) 624-1324. In the Painting, Sculpture & Multimedia Gallery, two series entitled “Pyrograph/Aquagraph”, works on paper by Etsuko Ichikawa are on view. Also being shown is a short film showcasing her process in the glass studio. Ichikawa gives a gallery talk on Sat., Sept. 10 at 2:30pm. 313 Occidental Ave. S. Call (206) 624-7684 or go to www.davidsongalleries.com.

Watercolors by Hung Nguyen are on display in the Edmonds Arts Commission Case through 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 “Schooled” which is an interactive exhibit that explores education within the Asian Pacific American communities and how it continues to be a diverse and varied experience. “Vintage Japantown through the lens of the Takano Studio” is another show 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. Family Fun Day on Sat., Sept. 17 from 1 – 3 p.m. is a workshop led by Kathleen Gray entitled “Epic Bookmaking.” Free. Sam Ung, owner of Phnom Penh restaurant reads from his memoir entitled “I Survived the Killing Fields” also on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. For details on all of the above, go to www.wingluke.org or call (206) 623-5124.

“The Fragile Skin” is a group show curated by Michael Endo, Steve Klein and Bullseye Gallery that explores the theme of the human form in kiln-formed glass. Through Oct. 15. Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. in Everett. Call (425) 259-5050.

The finely woven silks and wools of Jan Harada raise wearable art to a new level. On display at Verksted Gallery in Poulsbo. On view during Sept. 18937 Front St. Call (360) 697-4470 or go to www.verkstedgallery.com.

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 www.museumofnwart.org.

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 www.wrvmuseum.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. 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.

Seattle born and raised, artist Roger Shimomura is in the following exhibits. “Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI through Dec. 2011. “Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter” on view through Oct. 14, 2012 at National Portrait Gallery – Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. For more information on this show, go to: www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/encounter/index.html. To see a BBC news clip in the exhibit, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14501196.

Performing Arts

ACT’s Central Heating Lab presents Collecktor’s production of the Sam Shepard play, “A Lie of the Mind” starring versatile Seattle actor Ray Tagavilla. Set in the American West with conflicting characters from two families caught in the endless cycle of violence. Sept. 8 – Oct. 1. ACT Theatre is at 700 Union St. downtown. Call (206) 292-7676 or visit www.acttheatre.org.

NEPO House presents NEPO 5k Don’t Run event on Sept. 10, 2011. Start at Occidental Park at 2pm and finish at NEPO House at 1723 South Lander (a block from Beacon Hill’s light rail station). Along the way, over 80 artists will prepare site-specific installations for participants to see. There will also be live music and refreshments on the route. In the Chinatown/ID neighborhood, you can stop by the Wing Marketplace at 719 S. King and say “Don’t Run!” to get a 10 percent discount on a drink/snack and a free temporary tattoo. Other ID sites to see include a “Pitstop” at Cullom Gallery at 603 S. Main where a team of artists will draw on the “non-runners” and hand out drawings. At Hing Hay Park at Maynard Ave. S. and S. King there will be a Herzog-inspired encounter for those people competing as a team. Also see art storefronts at IDEA Odyssey Gallery at 666 S. Jackson, check out Sun May’s 5k sale at 5 Canton Alley and see Chinese calligraphy & paintings at Deng’s Studio at 670 S. King. Go to http://www.nepohouse.org/nepo5.html for details.

Come to the event, “Celebrate Little Saigon” on Sat., Sept. 17 from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. At 12th & S. King streets across from Lam’s Seafood Market. There will be food, drinks, performances by local Vietnamese performing artists, a photo exhibit and a movie screening of “Three Seasons” at dusk. Go to http://exposedlittlesaigon.blogspot.com/ for details.

Japan-America Society’s 88th Anniversary Celebration will be a traditional moon viewing event at Russell Investments on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. 1301 Second Ave., 17th floor in Seattle. Registration needed. Call (206) 374-0180.

Bonnie Soshin Mitchell of Urasenke Foundation Seattle Branch gives a tea ceremony demonstration at the third floor teahouse of Seattle Art Museum on Sept. 15 at 6:30pm. Registration required. 1300 1st Ave. Call (206) 654-3180 or visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.

“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. 30 for the second series. Space is limited and fees are $75. For details, go to www.seattlekokontaiko.org.

“Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival” takes place on the weekend of Sept. 10/11 at Seattle Center from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. With performances, food, workshops and demonstrations from the islands. Call (206) 684-7200 or visit www.seattlecenter/festal.com.

The 2011 Tet Trung or Autumn Moon Festival takes place at Thoa’s on Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. 96 Union St. in Seattle. For information, e-mail [email protected].

The Portland Japanese Garden presents “O-Tsukimi, a Japanese moon-viewing event. Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Reservation required. 611 SW Kingston Ave. in Portland. Call (503) 223-1321 or visit www.japanesegarden.com/events/celebrations/ikebana.

Early warning – The Nisei Veterans Committee Foundation will sponsor two of six East Coast Swing dance lessons on Oct. 7 and 21 at NVC Memorial Hall. 1212 S. King St. To register e-mail Bev Kashino at [email protected]

Film/Media

The AMC Theatre at Pacific Place has hosted a number of new films from China as of late. Coming Sept. 9 are two new ones. “Love in Space is the sequel to“Hot Summer Days”, a hit film in Asia. An ensemble romantic comedy that follows a mother and her three grown daughters that are successful in everything but love. Includes a cast of young talent plus veteran actors Xu Fan and Liu Jin Shan. “My Kingdom” directed by Hung Jingbo is a martial arts thriller of revenge set in 1920’s Shanghai and stars Han Geng and Wu Chun. 600 Pine St. Call (888) 262-4360.

Herman Yau’s “The Legend is Bron: IP Man” (see related story in this issue) tells the story of this Wing Chun master and mentor to Bruce Lee as he struggles to find his own path amidst challenge and adversity. Sept. 23 – 29. Grand Illusion Cinema. 1403 N.E. 50th St. Call (206) 523-3935 or e-mail [email protected].

“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. Hayao Miyazaki’s animated classic, “Howl’s Moving Castle” screens on Sept. 10. Go to www.nihonmachinites.com for details.

The Written Arts

Grace Lin’s “Where the Mouintain Meets the Moon” has been nominated for a 2012 Young Reader’s Choice Award in the “Junior” category.

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.

Coffee House Press list of recently published books include a number of Asian American authors. Out of Minnesota come two poets influenced by the generation of slam poetry, hip hop and performance art. “Whorled” by Ed Bok Lee is his second book after his amazing debut of “Real Karaoke People”, winner of the PEN Open Book Award. “Song I Sing” by Bao Phi marks the publishing debut of this National Poetry Slam finalist and brings back the sizzling energy of community, politics and commitment. In this book, he explores immigration, race and class in a most elegant and rhythmic fashion. “Leche” is the new novel by R. Zamora Linmark that looks at the odyssey of a gay Filipino American who goes back to the Phillippines and finds surprise after surprise in a country that refuses to stay the same as it was. For details, go to www.coffeehousepress.org.

Art News/Opportunities

PATH employee and gifted photographer Michael Wang died recently while on his bicycle by a hit-and-run driver. Our thoughts go out to his family. A memorial fund has been established at BECU credit union. Donations can be made in his memory to: Mike Wang Family c/o BECU, P.O. Box 34044, Seattle. Donations can also be dropped off at any BECU location. To donate online, contact [email protected] for details. For more information, go to http://www.path.org/news/an11081-wang.php.

Wing Luke Museum issues a call for artists for “Asian American Arcade – The Art of Video Games”. Deadline is Sept. 30, 2011. Go to http://www.wingluke.org.

A Public Art Program Coordinator is sought by Sound Transit in Seattle. Deadline is Sept. 9, 2011. Go to http://bit.ly/r2flyS for details.

A Membership And Annual Fund Manager for Portland Japanese Garden is sought. No deadline. Go to http://bit.ly/p4LCRL for details.

The Rome Prize 2012 is open to American artists. Winners reside at the American academy’s center in Rome with room and board, a studio and a stripend. Deadline is Nov. 1, 2011. Go to aarome.org for details.

The Denali Artist-In-Residence Program in Alaska is now accepting applications for residencies through the Summer of 2012. Deadline is Sept. 30, 2011. Go to http://1.usa.gov/pk7TYc.

Help Gallery 110 celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a juried exhibition of national and international art works. Deadline is Nov. 2, 2011. $35 submission fee. Go to http://gallery110.mosiacglobe.com/page/31024.

Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth issues a call for artists and residencies. Deadline is Oct. 20, 2011. $25 application fee. Go to http://icicle.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2028catid=35&ltemid=54.

The Museum Employment Resource Center provides a database of positions available in U.S. museums and other cultural resource institutions. Go to http://www.museum-employment.com.

The Vilcek Foundation seeks submissions of work created by foreign-born artists living permanently in the U.S., using computer based and new media technologies. Deadline is Oct. 21, 2011. Got to http://www.vilcek.org/gallery/dart/index.html.

Artspire is an online community network for artists and art organizations. Go to www.artspire.org/ for details.

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 www.1.usa.gov/aan2gl for details.

The MAP Fund supports artistic projects that contain or will contain a live performance component in dance, music, performing arts and theatre. Deadline ongoing. Go to http://apply.mapfund.org/index_anonymous.php 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.

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.

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.

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