Visual Arts
“Japanese Paper Stencils from the John Huston Collection” opens Oct. 6 and remains on view through Nov. 16. Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints. 314 Occidental Ave. S. (206) 621-6493. www.carolynstaleyprints.com.

The Senke School of Japanese Flower Arrangement Exhibit takes place Oct. 8 – 9 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Hall at 1610 S. King. St. Free. (206) 850-1342.

“Studios Part 2: International District” is part of a series that spotlights Seattle neighborhoods. This show includes work by Tram Bui, Yuki Nakamura & other artists from Noodleworks and the Rainier Oven Building, two artist buildings in the I.D. Through Oct. 15. SAM Rental/Sales Gallery. 1220 Third Ave. (206) 343-1101.

Seattle photographer Ron Reeder shares his images of “Timeless Kyoto” at the Wall Space Gallery. Through Oct. 15. 121 Prefontaine Place. S. (206) 624-7059.

Tashiro Kaplan Artists Lofts present their Second Annual Open Studios and Invitational Art Auction on Oct. 15 from 4 – 10 p.m. Participants include Gerard Tsutakawa, Keven Furia and Chrissy Wai-Ching. www.tklofts.com.

A group show of contemporary prints from the 20th century Japanese creativeprint movement entitled “Sosaku Hanga” is on view through Oct. 29 at Davidson Galleries. 313 Occidental Ave. S. (206) 624-7684.

Painter Hiro Yokose is part of a group show from Oct. 19 – Dec. 3 at Winston Wachter Gallery. 203 N. Dexter Ave. (206) 652-5855.

William Traver Gallery has a show for mixed media artist Masami Koda Oct. 7 – 30. Koda’s work gets better with each show. Her uncanny knack for combining disparate materials into a poetic whole can work magic. The massive ceramic sculptures of Jun Kaneko fill the room Nov. 4 – 27. 110 Union St. (206) 587-6501.

Wing Luke Asian Museum. Two new shows open in October. “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. Oct. 21 – April 16, 2006. Opening & reception on Oct. 20 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. RSVP required by calling (206) 623-5124 x106. “30 Years After the Fall of Saigon” looks at how the end of the Vietnam War affected both old and young. Oct. 21 – Dec. 18. Opening is Oct. 13 from 5 -7 p.m. RSVP required. Wing Luke Asian Museum. 407 – 7th Ave. S. (206) 623-5124.

Howard House starts the fall off strong with the work of painter, Mark Takamichi Miller and sculptor Yuki Nakamura. Miller pushes paint around like cake frosting, almost sculpting out the human shapes that seem to lift off from bare canvas. Nakamura puts a bare bones poetic sheen to her forms. Oct. 6 – Nov. 12. 604 Second Ave. (206) 256-6399.

Korean’s “National Living Treasure” artist Kim Man Hee has a show of his shamanistic inspired work Oct. 18 – Nov. 30. His style preserves the traditional “folk art” style of Korea. On view at both Ming’s Asian Galleries in Seattle at 519 – 6th Ave. S. and in Old Bellevue at 10217 Main St. In addition, certified feng shui consultant Bobbie Izuo will give a seminar on ‘Feng Shui – Balance & Harmony” on Nov. 5. She will discuss the history and philosophy of feng shui and how it can improve your personal life. This seminar is RSVP. Call (425) 462-4008 to make a reservation.

“Frank Okada: The Shape Of Elegance” is a long over-due retrospective of this late N.W. abstractionist whose paintings shimmer and resonate with the pure beauty of color. Opens Oct. 8 – Jan. 8, 2006. Former student, friend and painter, Victor Sandblom speaks about the artist on opening day, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. followed by a reception from 2 – 5 p.m. Museum Curator Susan Parke gives a tour on Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner. (360) 466-4446.

Performing Arts
ReAct Theatre has extended to Oct. 8, its current production of “The Last Five Years,” the Jason Robert Brown award-winning musical love story. Directed by David Hsieh. East Hall Theatre, 2nd floor of the Oddfellows Building at 1525 Tenth. (206) 364-3283.

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents Ping Chong’s “Cathay: Three Tales of China” performed in collaboration with the Shaanxi Folk Art Theater of Xian China ongoing through Oct. 9. Just opened ad running through Oct. 22 is Carlo Gozzi’s “The King Stag,” a fairy-tale romance directed by Andrei Belgrader. Kelly Mak is part of the cast. 155 Mercer St. at Seattle Center. (206) 443-2210.

The Empty Space Theatre opens their season with Bryon Lavery’s drama “Frozen,” a look at three lives changed by the disappearance of a young girl. Directed by playwright/director Chay Yew who was last in Seattle as Artistic Director of NWAAT. Through Oct. 22. 3509 Fremont Ave. N. (206) 547-7500. www.emptyspace.org.

In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, four Hawaiian children ponder the future in “Nothing Is The Same” which opens Oct. 7 at Seattle Children’s Theatre at Seattle Center. Honolulu Theatre for Youth. (206) 441-3322. www.sct.org.

The Pork Filled Players return with a slam at the media in their new sketch comedy show, “K-SPAM: Yellow Journalism and Other Jaundiced Media” through Oct. 8. Targets this time around include Seattle’s first South Asian superhero, singing Zen Buddhist monks, Asian American new anchors and the Bush Administration’s final solution for NPR funding. NW Actors’ Studio Cabaret Space. 1100 East Pike St. (206) 325-6500.

“Satiailemoa: Searching Between the Stars” is a new production based on Maori myths and folktales. Performances Oct. 13 – 30. 3515 S. Alaska St. (206) 725-7517.

SouthEast Seattle Arts Council presents as part of their “Arts Gumbo” series, a concert by Gloria Fujii’s Halau Hula’O’Napualani perfoming Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori dances and rhythms. After performing, Fujii will teach tapa-cloth making and provide a pupu-style luau to give audiences a real flavor of Polynesia. Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Rainier Valley Cultural Center at 3513 S. Alaska St. (206) 725-7517.

UW Women’s Center & Planet Guru in association with Center for Orissa Performing Arts for Americans presents a recital entitled “Sensation Odissi 2005” on Oct. 16 at UW’s Kane Hall at 6:30 p.m. (206) 229-1155 or log on to www.planetguru.com.

The Bellevue Philharmonic under the baton of Fusao Kajima perform “Unfinshed Business,” a concert of Weber, Schubert and Tchaikovsy on Oct. 22-23 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. 11100 N.E. Sixth St. (425) 455-4171. www.bellevuephil.org.

Film & Video
The Northwest Film Forum has the following. Come help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival running Oct. 14 – 23. “Formula 17” by Taiwanese Director Yin-jung Chen follows a group of friends from happiness to heartbreak and back again. Screens Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at Cinerama. “Butterfly” by Hong Kong director Yan Yan Mak screens Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Cinerama. A woman with a secret past awakens from a lifeless marriage when she is pursued by a sexy female nightclub singer. ticketwindowonline.com. seattlequeerfilm.com. 1515 – 12th. (206) 267-5380.

One of the best kept secrets and best deals in town for learning about Japanese film is the Japanese Film Association’s free Japanese film series. Ongoing through Dec. 8. Oct. 13 brings a heartwarming episode of the famous Tora san series, the second in the series to be exact as directed by Yoji Yamada. Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Guggenheim 224 on the UW campus. http:///students.washington.edu/japanflm/calendar.html.

Written Arts
The Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch downtown along with the Washington Center for the Book is an exciting venue for literary readings this fall. Anu Garg reads from “Another Word a Day: An All New Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English” (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium. Co-presented with The Elliott Bay Book Company. Explore “The Journey of Writing.” Join award-winning writers, Kien Nguyen (“The Unwanted”) and Aimee Pham(“We Should Never Meet”) who will do readings in English and Vietnamese as well as conducting writer’s workshops. Nguyen’s fiction workshop runs 10:30 a.m. to noon and Pham’s fiction workshop runs 1 – 2:30 p.m. on Level 4. The readings start at 4 p.m. in the auditorium on Level 1. Workshops are free, advance registration is required (206) 624-3925×3 or emailing [email protected] James Yee, the former U.S. Army muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay will read from “For God And Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire” written with Aimee Molloy (Public Affairs) on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Microsoft Auditorium. The reading series at Elliott Bay Books presents Ha Jin reading from “War Trash,” his award-winning novel about stranded Chinese soldiers in Korea after a war on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. 101 South Main. (206) 624-6600.

Soyon Im reads from “Dreaming of Houston,” her novel-in-progress about a mentally ill Korean American Air Force pilot. Other featured readers are Susan Casey, Frieda Cramer and Lisa Noble. Open mike follows. ProseWest Reading. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. Epilogue Books, 2005 NW Market, Seattle. Contact (206) 682-1268 or [email protected]
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