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"Ghost Stories" est le titre d'une exposition sur les nouvelles œuvres de l'artiste céramiste Sam Chung du 3 octobre au 2 novembre 2019. Réception d'ouverture le 3 octobre 2019 de 18h à 20h. Galerie IMA au 123 South Jackson à Seattle. . 206-625-0055 ou allez à www.galleryima.com.
L’artiste de Seattle, Jean Bradbury, dans son émission intitulée "On My Head. In My Heart ”décrit les personnes avec qui il a parlé et explique en quoi le vêtement est un langage de sa propre expression entre la tradition et le fruit de sa propre individualité. Exposée jusqu'au 18 octobre 2019. La galerie d'art M. Rosetta Hunter, à l'extrémité nord du café du Central Community College à Seattle, est le bâtiment principal du campus de Broadway et de Pine. 206-934-4379.
L'artiste chinois Soo Hong présente une nouvelle série de peintures gestuelles à l'étage supérieur dans l'espace BLUR Gallery de la galerie Linda Hodges du 3 octobre au 2 novembre 2019. 316 1st Avenue S. 206-624-3034 ou lindahodgesgallery.com.
"Leonard Suryajaya: le moment est-il venu" présente le travail de cet étrange artiste indonésien immigré et d'un groupe d'étudiants alors qu'ils "exécutent des gestes de résistance devant la caméra" en réponse à la tourmente américaine après 2016. Jusqu'au 23 novembre 2019 à la Galerie des spécialistes. 300 S. Washington. Les heures sont le samedi 12h à 16h ou sur rendez-vous. [email protected].
L'artiste de Seattle, Romson Bustillo, était l'un des finalistes des Neddy Art Awards de 2019 en 2019 et son travail sera présenté lors d'une exposition à la Neddy At Cornish de 2019 intitulée "Inherent Visions". La réception d’ouverture aura lieu le vendredi 1er novembre à 18 h 30 au Cornish Playhouse du Seattle Center. Le spectacle restera visible jusqu'au 22 décembre 2019. Pour plus de détails, visitez le site www.cornish.edu/neddy.
"UnWedged" est l'exposition nationale annuelle consacrée aux céramiques contemporaines assermentées du nord-ouest de la poterie, présentées par des artistes canadiens et américains. Assermenté par Tip Toland. Jusqu'au 25 octobre 2019. ClayFest Northwest, l'exposition de décembre, est une exposition de plus de 40 artistes du nord-ouest travaillant dans l'argile. Soirée d'ouverture 13 décembre 2019 de 18 à 21 ans. Jusqu'au 20 décembre 2019. 226 1st Avenue N. 206-285-4421 ou par courrier électronique [email protected]
"Fused: A Festival Of Glass" fait partie du festival Retract Glass et célèbre le Pratt Fine Arts Center. Musique live, un bronze en direct et des démonstrations d'artistes locaux comme Etsuko Ichikawa et d'autres. Vendredi 18 octobre au Pratt Fine Arts Center. 1902 S. Main. 206-328-2200 ou test pratt.org.
Le travail de l'artiste Yoshiko Yamamoto de Washington fait partie d'une exposition de groupe intitulée "Gravure sur bois de la côte ouest: gravures en relief contemporaines d'artistes régionaux" exposée jusqu'au 15 novembre 2019. Maryhill Museum à 35 Maryhill Musée de Goldendale, WA. 509-773-3733.
Un KOBO a Higo dans le CID est le suivant: 13e Le spectacle annuel de la Simple Cup ouvrira le 2 novembre 2019 à 18h30. Des œuvres de 75 céramistes d'Amérique du Nord et du Japon sont exposées et en vente. Comme d'habitude, les gens peuvent s'inscrire pour acheter au moins une tasse. KOBO à Higo est au 604 South Jackson St. 206-381-3000 ou [email protected]. Kobo a également un site jumeau à Capitol Hill, 814 East Roy St., 206-726-0704.
L'exposition du sculpteur June Sekiguchi "Le pouls de l'eau" est basée sur un voyage qu'il a effectué le long du Mékong il y a plusieurs années. Dans sa déclaration, il déclare: "Il y a 14 ans, je voyageais pour la première fois sur le Mékong. Flotter le long de la rivière dans un long bateau étroit ralentit le rythme de la vie. Les tourbillons et les tourbillons indiquent que quelque chose est invisible sous la surface de l'eau. Nous, êtres humains, sommes le produit de nos histoires invisibles, mais cela fait de nous ce que nous sommes. Il est possible de détecter une suggestion à la surface, mais ci-dessous est l'endroit où nos histoires sont immergées. "Les nouveaux papiers découpés de Lauren Iida sont également exposés. Une réception a lieu le 7 novembre de 17h00 à 20h00. L'exposition reste ouverte jusqu'au 30 novembre 2019. Galerie ArtXchange au 512 First Avenue. S, 206-839-0327 o [email protected].
Ahree Lee, basée à Los Angeles, est une artiste multimédia qui travaille dans la vidéo, la photographie, les installations audio et interactives. Il possède une installation vidéo intitulée "Permutations" actuellement exposée devant le campus de la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates au 500 Fifth Avenue. N. su vista 7: 00-22: 00. Cette même installation apparaît également dans la Storefront Media Gallery de 4Culture au 101 Prefontaine Pl. S. Elle sera exposée pendant un an. Cela fait partie de la galerie multimédia Storefront sponsorisée par 4Culture. 206-263-1588 pour plus de détails.
Le célèbre artiste d'Olympia Mal & Pina Chan co-organise une exposition de groupe avec Debbi Commodore et Victoria Bjorklund intitulée "Le livre en tant qu'art: la page et au-delà" jusqu'au 10 novembre 2019. Le travail de Shu-Ju Wang est inclus dans ce spectacle. Il y aura une table ronde avec Jane Carlin le 19 octobre 2019 de 16 à 18 heures, Columbia City Gallery. 4864 Rainier Ave. S. 206-760-9843 ou testez www.columbiacitygallery.com ..
L'artiste de Seattle, Ko Kirk Yamahira, expose une nouvelle œuvre montrant ses processus déconstructifs dans le but d'exposer "la relativité de la perception et du temps" à la galerie 4Culture. 7 novembre – 5 décembre 2019. 101 Préfontaine Place South. 206-263-1589 ou allez à www.4culture.org.
Le Centre culturel Asie-Pacifique présente chaque mois un artiste local américain d'origine asiatique dans sa galerie. Ce mois-ci, consultez "Enigma en soixante nuances de gris" de Noel Bote Bautista. Et pour l’avenir, le Centre pour ses 22Dakota du Nord La célébration annuelle du nouvel an présente "Vietnam – Pays et culture", prévue pour le 8 février 2020 de 11h00 à 18h00. Le parc des expositions Tacoma Dome situé au 2727 E. "D" St. APCC est situé au 4851 South Tacoma. Chemin à Tacoma. 253-383-3900 ou allez à asiapacificculturalcenter.org.
Le Seattle Art Museum a: ouverture à la John McCone Gallery le 3e le sol est "Le guerrier de maître: l'art du samouraï", qui comprend deux ensembles complets d'armures de samouraïs, des sérigraphies et une empreinte de la bataille légendaire entre les clans Taira et Minamoto. Présentée jusqu'au 1er décembre 2019. "Exceptionnellement ordinaire: Mingei (folkart) 1920-2020. Du 14 décembre 2019 au 11 juillet 2020, l'exposition présente «Un pur divertissement: richesse, loisirs et culture dans la Chine impériale tardive». La "Série de conférences universitaires du samedi à l'automne" se déroule du 12 octobre 2019 au 18 janvier 2020 (avec des pauses prévues en novembre et en décembre). Le thème est "Les routes de la soie, passé et présent: un trésor antique afghan pour la ceinture et la route de la Chine". Les pourparlers sont à 10 heures dans l'auditorium de Plestcheeff. Le 12 octobre 2019, Sanjyot Mehendale de l'UC Berkeley parle de "Les routes de la soie révélées: l'Abriamand de Begram". Le 19 octobre, Jun Hu de l'UC Berkeley parle de "Imaginer le dernier moment du Bouddha". Le 26 octobre 2019, Derek Heng de la Northern Arizona University a évoqué "La voie de la soie maritime: marchandises, navires et diversité culturelle". Le 2 novembre 2019, Hseuh-Man Shen, de l'Université de New York, parlera des "répliques authentiques de l'art bouddhiste dans la Chine médiévale". Le 7 décembre 2019, Zasuzasanna Gulacsi, de l'université du nord de l'Arizona, parle des "arts zoroastriens et manichéens des routes de la soie". Le 11 janvier 2020, BuYun Chen, du Swarthmore College, s'exprimera sur le thème "La soie et la mode sous la dynastie Tang en Chine". Et finalement, le 18 janvier 2020, David Bachman de UW parlera de "The 21st Century Silk Road: La ceinture chinoise et l'initiative routière ". Jeudi 3 octobre à 18h30, Thomas D. Conlan de l'Université de Princeton prononce un discours intitulé" Le pinceau et l'épée: des façons d'écrire and Fighting "dans la Nordstrom Lecture Hall. L’écrivaine Karthika Nair commente l’épopée du Mahabharata racontée à travers les voix de femmes et de personnages en marge tirées de son livre" Up to the lions "de dimanche 8 décembre à 14h00. dans l'auditorium de Plestcheeff, la série de conférences "Samedi d'hiver" propose une série de conférences sur le thème "Qu'est-ce qui est précieux?" avec les spécialistes Yukio Lippit de Harvard sur la sculpture sur bois, Emma Flatt de l’Université de Caroline du Nord sur les parfums, l’artiste Xiaoze Xie sur les livres interdits et autres. La série explorera la manière dont les objets d’art, les relations et les savoirs ont été très appréciés à différents moments et endroits en Asie La série se poursuit à partir du 1er février – Le 28 mars 2020 à 10 heures au Seattle Art Museum. Le coût est de 73 $ ou 46 $ pour les membres SAM. Billets individuels à la porte et gratuits pour les étudiants munis d'une pièce d'identité. Les billets pour toute la série seront en vente à partir de novembre 2019. Au troisième étage du SAM, les démonstrations de la cérémonie du thé se poursuivent le troisième jeudi à 17h30 et le troisième dimanche à 14h30. Gratuit avec entrée. Visitez visiteam.org/performs pour plus de détails. Le Seattle Art Museum est situé au 1300 First Avenue. 206-654-3210 ou testez www.seattleartmuseum.org.
Henry Art Gallery présente les ouvrages suivants: "Recto / Verso" présente jusqu'en octobre 2019 des œuvres de l'artiste de carrie Yamaoka de New York. Elle rassemble des œuvres des débuts des années 90 à nos jours, mettant en lumière des thèmes récurrents de ( dans) la visibilité et la perception. Les premières œuvres sont des explorations textuelles utilisant des photographies modifiées chimiquement. Travaux en cours réalisés avec du mylar et de la résine réfléchissants. Travaux récents chevauchant les médias de la peinture, du dessin et de la sculpture. Yamaoka est un membre fondateur du collectif d'art queer connu sous le nom de Fierce Pussy. Situé sur le campus UW de Seattle à 15he Avenue NE + NE 4lst Street. 206-543-2280 ou essayez henryart.org.
La SAM Gallery présente une exposition collective intitulée "Under the Influence", qui présente des œuvres d'artistes locaux influencés par l'Asie, à l'occasion de la réouverture du Musée d'art asiatique de Seattle à Seattle en 2020. Le travail de Junko Yamamoto est inclus dans ce spectacle. 14 novembre – 8 décembre 2019. 1300 1st. 206-343-1101.
Le Pacific Bonsai Museum bouleverse cette tradition japonaise avec LAB (Living Art of Bonsai), une collaboration expérimentale pour l’innovation du bonsaï. Ce projet est une séquence dans l’ordre d’influence entre l’artiste du bonsaï, le céramiste et le créateur de stand. Le projet commence en 2018 et se poursuit jusqu'en 2020. Une bande-annonce vidéo d'un film sur ce nouveau procédé est disponible sur http://www.bonsaimirai.com. Pour plus d'informations, visitez le site http://www.pacificbonsaimuseum.org. Le Pacific Bonsai Museum est au 2515 de S. 336e St. à Federal Way, WA. 206-612-0026 pour information.
Les expositions / activités récentes et récentes à The Wing incluent: "Where Beauty Lies" est une exposition qui explore la relation entre le Pacifique américain et l'apparence physique et la présentation personnelle, l'histoire des standards et produits de beauté et les façons dont nous redéfinissons la beauté. 10 octobre 2019 – 19 septembre 2021. "Woven Together" présente une fenêtre sur la Birmanie / le Myanmar avec des récits personnels reflétant son histoire, sa diversité et sa persévérance. En spectacle du 6 décembre 2019 au 8 novembre 2020. Cinq artistes originaires des îles du Pacifique, «Shining Through: réflexions sur un avenir océanique», créent des visions du futur dans divers médias. Ouvre le 7 décembre 2019 et se poursuit jusqu'au 10 novembre 2020. "Le réveillon du Nouvel An" est l'examen annuel des aspects familiaux et culturels du nouvel an lunaire en vue jusqu'au 2 février 2020. "Exclus, tous & # 39 "Inside the Lines" est exposé jusqu'au 23 février 2020. Découvrez l'histoire du redlining et son impact sur les communautés minoritaires. "A Dragon Lives Here", la quatrième partie de la série d'expositions de Bruce Lee est en cours Cette dernière partie se concentre sur les racines de Bruce Lee à Seattle et sur le rôle clé joué par cette région dans la formation de Lee. Sa carrière révolutionnaire "L'exposition Je suis philippin" est en cours. il a toujours des événements consacrés au livre pour enfants puis à une activité artistique pour le jeudi à 11 heures. Une nouvelle addition à la visite quotidienne du Wing's Tour est "APT 507", qui raconte l'histoire d'Au Shee, une immigrante chinoise qui a aidé à construire le Chinatown of S eattle: son salon est interactif avec des objets conçus pour être ressentis, ouverts et vécus. Du 10 mai 2019 au 19 avril 2020, Carina del Rosario organise une exposition intitulée "Grand angle / Gros plan: autoportrait des îles américaines du Pacifique-Pacifique". Elle comprend des photographies, des vidéos et des installations photographiques réalisées par des photojournalistes documentant la communauté de l'intérieur et de l'extérieur. . Mis en place pour la galerie George Tsutakawa. "Chinatown dans les années 70 recrée le quartier chinois de Seattle dans les années 70 et explore les valeurs et les coutumes qui continuent à façonner le quartier aujourd'hui. 20 juillet 2019-5 janvier 2020 dans la galerie KidPLACE. Le musée est situé au 719, rue King King (206) 623-5124 ou visitez le site www.wingluke.org. Fermé le lundi, du mardi au dimanche de 10h00 à 17h00. Le premier jeudi de chaque mois est gratuit de 10h à 20h. Le troisième samedi de chaque mois est gratuit de 10h à 20h.
Le mois des arts Tacoma couvre le mois d’octobre avec des manifestations artistiques et culturelles, des expositions et des ateliers pour tous les âges. Profitez de l'art et de la culture de la ville avec de la musique, de la danse, du théâtre, des expériences pratiques, des expositions d'art plastique, des lectures littéraires, des conférences, des séminaires, des projections de films et des manifestations culturelles. Voir tacomaartsmonth.com pour plus de détails.
Les artistes de Puget Sound Sumi présentent: "The World of Sumi", une exposition collective présentée du 26 au 19 mai 2020. Réception gratuite le vendredi 27 mars à 18h. Ouvert aux visiteurs pour voir les billets une heure avant un événement ou sur rendez-vous. Tenue au Centre des arts de la scène de Washington au 512, rue Washington d'Olympia.
"Terre de joie et de chagrin: les pionniers japonais de la vallée de Yakima" est une exposition en cours qui retrace l'histoire des familles japonaises installées dans la vallée de Yakima. Yakima Valley Museum à 2105 Tieton Dr. à Yakima, WA. 509-248-0747.
Le musée Chinatown de Portland présente les éléments suivants – Dans la galerie permanente se trouve "Au-delà de la porte: Un conte de Chinatowns historiques de Portland". 127 NW Third Avenue. 503-224-0008 ou par courrier électronique [email protected].
La Blackfish Gallery à Portland présente les éléments suivants: Robert Dozono présente une exposition personnelle avec des œuvres anciennes et nouvelles. Sa série en cours "Upper Clackamas Garbage", extraite des ordures trouvées dans la rivière pendant la pêche et appliquées à des peintures à grande échelle, sera exposée avec des peintures et des dessins de choses qu'il a trouvées dans son atelier et son jardin. Jusqu'au 2 novembre 2019. L'heure normale est le mardi. – de 11 à 17 h. 420 NO 9e 503-224-2634 ou rendez-vous sur blackfish.com.
Le Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center est situé au 121 NW Second Avenue. à Portland. 503-224-1458. Pour les activités en cours et les expositions, visitez www.oregonnikkeilr.org.
Le Centre d'art et de culture contemporains du PNCA présente "Un corps dans les lieux" d'Eiko Otake (Eiko et Koma). L’artiste japonaise dévoile une exposition d’art en deux dimensions au sujet de son bilan de la catastrophe post-nucléaire de Fukushima. Il y aura de nouveaux tirages et vidéos, y compris une projection de "Un corps à Fukushima" avec des photos de William Johnston. Présentée jusqu'au 24 octobre 2019. 511 NW Broadway. 503-226-4391 ou aller à ccac.pnca.edu.
Le jardin japonais de Portland présente les éléments suivants – Ouverture le 5 octobre et exposé jusqu'au 1er décembre 2019 – "Noritaka Tatehana: Refashioning Beauty", une exposition contemporaine et multidisciplinaire inspirée par la tradition. esthétique et sensibilité japonaise à la nature. 611 SW Kingston Avenue. à Portland, Oregon. 503-223-1321 ou allez à japanesegarden.org.
Le Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, situé sur le campus de l'Université d'Oregon à Eugene, présente les caractéristiques suivantes: – Les expositions programmées comprennent les suivantes: "Kwang Young Chun: Agrégations" exposées jusqu'au 28 juin 2020. Cet artiste sud-coréen combine des centaines de colis emballés pour créer des compositions sculpturales rappelant les formations cristallines, les astéroïdes de la surface de la lune. "Ombres évocatrices: l'art du mezzotint japonais" est présenté du 26 octobre 2019 au 2 août 2020. 1430 Johnson Lane à Eugene, Oregon. 541-346-3027.
Le Portland Art Museum présente "Le choix du conservateur – Acquisitions d'estampes japonaises de la dernière décennie" 19 octobre 2019-12 avril 2020. 1219 SW Park Ave. 503-226-2811.
Le jardin classique chinois de Sun Yat-Sen, à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique, présente les caractéristiques suivantes. "Chaji" est la première exposition de la résidence d'artiste d'un an de Lam Wong. Regardez la philosophie du thé et l'aspect du respect. Il comprend le travail des artistes invités Don Wong (le père de l'artiste), Arthur Cheng, Bryan Mulvihill et Chuck Rice et le travail du défunt artiste / compositeur John Cage. L'exposition reste ouverte jusqu'au 10 janvier 2020. 578 Carrall St. 604-662-3207 ou prova compartimentuverchinesegarden.com.
Le Centre A du Centre international d'art asiatique contemporain de Vancouver présente "Tout est une façade" avec des œuvres de Tom Hsu et de Lin Xin. Il intègre des vidéos, des photographies et des installations qui s’appuient sur des gestes et des décisions impulsifs mais délibérés. 268 Keefer St. 604-683-8326 ou allez à centrea.org.
"Promised Land" est un spectacle de Geoffrey Fung qui combine des peintures à l'huile à petite et grande échelle représentant des paysages de la Colombie-Britannique et les événements historiques de la patrie natale de l'artiste, la Chine. Jusqu'au 15 novembre 2019. De la Schindell Gallery du UBC Regent College au 5800 University Blvd. à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. 604-224-3245 ou essayez lookoutgallery.ca.
"A Study in Restraint, Nanlaban" est la réponse de l'artiste céramiste Aanton Cu Unjieng aux récentes actions politiques dans son pays natal, les Philippines, ainsi qu'aux massacres de Duterte officiellement classés dans la catégorie "nanlaban". Le travail présente des céramiques entrelacées, cuites et empilées. Sur l'affichage tout au long du mois. Grunt Gallery à 116 – 350 E. 2Dakota du Nord Avenue à Vancouver, BC. 604-875-9516 ou allez à grunt.ca.
La VISUAL SPACE Gallery présente une exposition intitulée Gwangju Diary – Into Blue ». L’exposition de dessins, d’installations mixtes et de vidéos animées de Tomoyo Ihaya raconte ses résidences et ses expositions à Gwangju, en Corée, et sa réponse à l’histoire d’une révolte étudiante violemment réprimée dans cette ville en 1980. L’exposition est exposée jusqu'à 21 octobre 2019. 3352, rue Dunbar à Vancouver, C.-B. 604-559-0576 ou visitez visualspace.ca.
"Up a Lemon Tree" est une exposition personnelle d'œuvres abstraites de l'artiste basée à Vancouver, Angela Teng. Jusqu'au 3 novembre 2019. Galerie d'art du Centre culturel Evergreen au 1205 Pinetree Way à Coquitlam, Canada. 604-927-6550.
Le musée d'art et d'histoire Nelson Touchstones, à Nelson, au Canada, présente des œuvres de Gu Xiong intitulées "Les vestiges inconnus" exposées jusqu'au 3 novembre 2019. L'exposition des archives présente des portraits de la communauté chinoise locale, des dessins de la collection du L'artiste et des pages de carnets de croquis de l'artiste quand il était adolescent en Chine, qui vivait dans un camp de travail. Il possède également un porte-conteneurs de 1 500 boîtes en carton et un mur de 1 500 portraits d'immigrants travailleurs de l'Ontario et de la Colombie-Britannique. 502 Vernon St. 250-352-9813 ou aller à touchstonesnelson.ca.
La Richmond Art Gallery à Richmond, Canada, a ce qui suit: jusqu'au 17 novembre 2019, c'est "Cindy Mochizuki: Cave To Dream". L'artiste considère le passage du temps, la vie et la mort et le pouvoir du rêve. Présenté comme une performance en direct et une installation multimédia avec des animations dessinées à la main, des séquences audio et vidéo en direct. Le 28 septembre 2019 à 18 heures, Jon Sasaki présentera "Nous avons tout d'abord besoin d'un bateau pour la marée montante", documentant une exposition dans laquelle l'artiste tente de construire un bateau dans le fleuve Fraser en afin que vous puissiez pagayer. La documentation de la performance et des éphémères sera incluse dans cette exposition. Porta Minoru 180-7700. 604-247-8300.
Le Musée du Centre culturel chinois accueille l'exposition "De génération en génération – Histoire des Canadiens d'origine chinoise en Colombie-Britannique". 555 Columbia St. Vancouver, BC. 604-658-8880. Admission par donation.
La galerie d'art du Grand Victoria est située au 1040, rue Moss, à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique. 250-384-4171 ou allez à aggv.ca.
Dans les œuvres exposées tant dans la galerie que dans les jardins Explanade, l'artiste Sarindar Dhaliwal utilise des fleurs, des meubles, des plumes et des céramiques pour explorer «l'immigration, la migration, la famille et la diaspora». Jusqu'au 12 octobre 2019. Galerie d'art Esplanade 401, rue First SE, à Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Aller à [email protected]
Michael Jang, photographe de la région de la baie de San Francisco, présente une exposition majeure intitulée "La Californie de Michael Jang" jusqu'au 18 janvier 2020. Présenté et organisé par Sandra S. Phillips, conservatrice de la photographie à la SFMoMA. Explorez la carrière de l'artiste en Californie en tant que photographe portraitiste, en mettant l'accent sur ses premiers travaux au moment où il découvrait les médias. À la Fondation McEvoy pour les arts située entre 1150 et 25e St., bâtiment B à San Francisco. 415-580-7605 ou essayez [email protected]. Un livre sur son travail intitulé "Qui est Michael Jang?" Il sera publié par Atelier Editions.
Le Museum of Asian Art de San Francisco propose: "Changer et changer des choses: Noguchi et Hasegawa dans le Japon d'après-guerre" exposés jusqu'au 18 décembre 2019. Il s'agit d'un moment crucial pour les deux artistes. Noguchi rentrait au Japon après de nombreuses années et Hasegawa avait passé de nombreuses années en Europe. Ensemble, ils ont discuté des nombreuses possibilités de combiner la tradition japonaise avec des influences extérieures découvertes au cours de leurs voyages. Noguchi aurait continué à concevoir les principales installations sculpturales permanentes à travers le monde et Hasegawa aurait eu une forte influence sur le "Beat Movement" inspiré du zen américain. Ouvert le 26 novembre 2019 et présenté jusqu'au 22 mars 2020, il porte le titre "Perdu en mer: œuvres d'art retrouvées des naufrages." 200 Larkin St. 415-581-3500.
Le musée d'art de Berkeley et la Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) présentent les éléments suivants: le musée organise la toute première exposition nord-américaine sur le travail de 18 artistese Sakaki Hyakusen, peintre japonais du siècle dernier et de l'école de Nanga. Jusqu'au 2 février 2020, l'exposition intitulée "Charnières: Sakaki Hyakusen et la peinture de la naissance du nanga" mettra en lumière une rare paire de peintures sur six écrans. L'exposition présente trente-cinq œuvres rarement exposées de Hyakusen et de ses disciples de l'école Nanga, intégrant notamment les styles de peinture chinois à l'art japonais de la période Edo. Le travail sera juxtaposé en contraste avec les travaux remarquables d'artistes chinois qui ont influencé leur style. L'exposition sera organisée en trois sections. Deux tableaux récemment restaurés de Hyakusen, les liens de Hyakusen avec les peintres paysagistes traditionnels chinois et son influence sur les peintres de l'école Nanga, tels que Yosa Buson et Ike Taiga, seront exposés. L'émission est accompagnée d'un catalogue sur UC Press publié par la conservatrice en chef de l'art asiatique de BAMPFA, Julia M. White. "Femmes divines, sagesse divine" est exposée jusqu'au 12 janvier 2020. Elle présente des œuvres d'art d'Asie du Sud et de la région himalayenne qui célèbrent la sagesse, le pouvoir et la compassion des femmes dans le contexte des traditions hindoues. et bouddhistes. "Meditation in Motion: La calligraphie zen de la collection Stuart Katz", exposée jusqu'au 20 octobre 2019, présente d'importantes œuvres de moines chinois d'Obaku immigrés au Japon et les travaux de moines japonais qui ont enrichi leurs exemples. 155 centre rue à Berkeley, CA. 510-642-0808 ou aller à [email protected].
"Future IDS At Alcatraz" est un projet, une exposition et une série de programmes publics mensuels présentés dans le nouveau bâtiment industriel de l'île d'Alcatraz jusqu'en octobre 2019. L'installation comprend des œuvres inspirées de créé par et avec des personnes qui ont des histoires de croyances alors qu’elles conçoivent et développent une vision pour leur avenir. Contrastant avec les cartes d'identité publiées par la prison, ces œuvres d'art représentent des histoires de transformation individuelles. L'artiste Gregory Sale dirige une équipe de collaborateurs qui traduisent les efforts des réformes de la justice pénale en un langage visuel permettant de faire avancer la réflexion sur la réadaptation, la réintégration et la réintégration. L'équipe comprend les Drs Luis Garcia, Kirn Kim, Sabrina Reid, Jessica Tully, Sale et bien d'autres. Présenté en collaboration avec le programme Art in the Parks du Service des parcs nationaux, le Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy et le Headlands Centre for the Arts. Le projet et l'espace d'exposition ont été conçus pour fonctionner comme une plateforme d'engagement à travers des spectacles, des séminaires et des expériences de dialogue citoyen co-organisées avec les partenaires de la communauté. Le troisième samedi de chaque mois, il y aura un programme d'une journée de programmes participatifs. L'entrée de cette exposition est fournie avec le billet pour la croisière en bateau vers l'île. Le ferry part du quai 33 d’Alcatraz Landing. Pour les billets aller à AlcatrazCruises.com. Pour plus d'informations sur le projet, visitez GregorySaleArt.com ou FutureIDs.com.
LACMA ou le musée d'art du comté de Los Angeles a le texte suivant: "Muneo Mizuno: Harmony" est exposé jusqu'au 11 novembre 2019 sur la pelouse de Resnick. L'artiste a construit un salon de thé naturel avec la présence puissante d'un environnement naturel. Il comprend des sculptures dans lesquelles des gouttes d'eau en céramique et des tasses à thé sont affinées avec des représentations méditatives de caractères japonais tels que "connect" et "harmonie". Celles-ci reflètent l'intérêt de longue date de l'artiste pour les propriétés communicatives des arbres et de l'eau. "L'attrait de la matière: l'art des matériaux en provenance de Chine" rassemble les travaux des quatre dernières décennies au cours desquels le choix conscient des matériaux est devenu un symbole de l'expression individuelle des artistes. Certains des artistes chinois les plus influents d'aujourd'hui sont inclus dans les œuvres de Xu Bing, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmao et Ai Weiwei. Cette exposition itinérante est présentée ici avant de se rendre au Smart Museum of Art de Chicago, au Seattle Art Museum (25 juin – 13 septembre 2020) et au musée Peabody Essex à Salem, dans le Massachusetts. Living Thing: Les animaux dans l'art japonais. ”L'artiste de l'installation, Do Ho Suh, revisite l'appartement / studio qu'il avait quand il vivait à New York dans“ Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22Dakota du Nord St ", qui ouvrira ses portes le 10 novembre 2019 et restera visible jusqu'au 25 octobre 2020." Fidji: Art & Life in the Pacific "est exposé du 15 décembre 2019 au 19 juillet 2020." Où se trouve la vérité "L'art de Qiu Ying" présenté du 9 février au 17 mai 2020. L'artiste japonais emblématique Yoshitomo Nara, connu pour son travail figuratif naïf, a une rétrospective du 5 avril au 2 août 2020. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6010.
Le Musée national américain japonais présente les spectacles suivants: "Common Ground: The Heart of Community". Cet aperçu de l'histoire japonaise américaine est en cours. Jusqu'au 20 octobre 2019, c'est "À la première lumière: l'aube de l'Amérique du Pacifique asiatique". Cette exposition multimédia célèbre et explore l'émergence d'une conscience et d'une identité politiquement définies de l'Asie-Pacifique. Il s'inspire des archives de Visual Communications et du musée lui-même. Lutte pour la démocratie: qui est le "nous"? dans "Nous, le peuple"? examine la vie de sept personnes réelles recensées durant la période d'avant-guerre, la Seconde Guerre mondiale et la période d'après-guerre. Présentée jusqu'au 5 janvier 2020. 100 N. Central Avenue. à Los Angeles. 213-625-0414 ou allez à http://www.janm.org
La galerie Freer / Sackler sur le Smithsonian Mall montre comment religion et art se mêlent dans "Rencontre avec le Bouddha: art et pratique en Asie jusqu'au 29 novembre 2020". Dédicace sacrée: un chef-d'œuvre bouddhiste coréen "présente une statue en bois millénaire du bodhisattva coréen de compassion jusqu'au 22 mars 2020. 202-633-1000 ou visitez le site FreerSackler.si.edu pour plus de détails.
Le Metropolitan Museum of Art présente: jusqu'au 27 octobre 2019 une grande exposition de sculptures du 18ème sièclee E 19e siècle des îles du Pacifique intitulé "Atea: nature et divinité en Polynésie". "Les enfants aux immortels: représentation figurée dans l'art chinois" jusqu'au 23 février 2020. "Kyoto: Capitole de l'imagination artistique" est exposé jusqu'au 2 août 2020. "Sita et Rama: le ramayama dans la peinture indienne" reste exposé jusqu'au 23 août 2020. 1000 Fifth Avenue. New York, New York. Allez à metmuseum.org pour plus de détails.
Le Rubin Museum of Art présente les expositions suivantes: "Shahidul Alam: de la vérité au pouvoir" est une nouvelle exposition de ce photographe bengalais tourné vers le sud du monde. Exposé du 8 novembre 2019 au 4 mai 2020. "Chargé des bénédictions du Bouddha – Les reliques d'un ancien stupa" est exposé jusqu'au 8 juin 2020. "Chefs-d'œuvre de l'art himalayen" est en exposition jusqu’au 23 mars 2020. "Le pouvoir de l’intention – Réinventer la roue de prière" rassemble des exemples choisis d’art traditionnel et contemporain afin d’éclairer le rapport entre nos intentions, nos engagements et nos actions. Présentée jusqu'au 14 octobre 2019. "The Wheel of Intentions" est une installation interactive présentée jusqu'au 6 janvier 2020. "Gateway to Himalayan Art" est visible jusqu'au 8 juin 2020. "The Shrine Salle du sanctuaire bouddhiste bouddhiste "est visible jusqu'au 16 septembre 2019. 150 W. 17e St. New York, New York. 212-620-5000 × 344 ou allez à rubinmuseum.org.
La Japan Society présente les éléments suivants – Ouverture le 11 octobre 2019 et exposée jusqu'au 6 janvier 2020, intitulée "Made in Tokyo: architecture et vie, 1964/2020", qui décrit comment Tokyo a changé d'architecture depuis les Jeux olympiques d'été. de 1964 à sa préparation pour l'événement 2020. 333 East 47e St. New York, New York. 212-263-1258.
La designer Anna Sui, qui a grandi à Detroit mais s'est fait connaître à New York, se voit proposer une exposition rétrospective intitulée "Le monde d'Anna Sui" au Museum of Arts & Design. È in mostra ora fino al 23 febbraio 2020. 2 Columbus Circle a Manhattan. 212-299-7701 o vai su madmuseum.org.
Il Museum of Chinese in America ha il seguente: "With a Single Step: Stories in The Making of America" racconta la storia del museo fino al 31 dicembre 2020. 215 Centre St. New York, NY. 855-955-MOCA o vai su mocanyc.org.
Il MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) ha una completa ristrutturazione che includerà più artisti etnici e donne di colore quando riaprirà il 21 ottobre 2019. Include uno spettacolo delle sculture cinestetiche di Haegue Yang. 11 ovest 53rd Vai a moma.org per i dettagli.
L'Asia Society Museum di New York presenta quanto segue – In apertura il 10 settembre 2019 sono i seguenti spettacoli – "Xiaoze Xie: Objects of Evidence" che esamina il suo lavoro concentrandosi su libri vietati. Wang Dongling: Ink in Motion "è un lavoro di calligrafia su larga scala di uno dei più celebri calligrafi viventi in Cina". "In Focus: Lakshmi" esamina l'importanza e il culto di questa amata dea che fa parte di una complessa cultura indù. Per saperne di più, vai su AsiaSociety.org/NY. 725 Park Ave. New York City, New York. 212-327-9721 o vai su www.asiasociety.org per maggiori dettagli.
"The Pencil is the Key: Drawings by Incarcerated Artists" è una mostra collettiva di opere prodotte da prigionieri. Include le opere dell'artista della Bay Area Ruth Asawa, Gustave Courbet e dei detenuti del complesso industriale carcerario americano oggi. In mostra fino al 5 gennaio 2020. “To See From A Distance” è la prima grande retrospettiva sull'opera dell'artista cinese Guo Fengyi. I suoi intricati disegni a inchiostro fanno riferimento alla mitologia cinese, alla medicina tradizionale e alla filosofia dell'I Ching. 14 febbraio – 3 maggio 2020. Presso il Drawing Center al 35 Wooster St. di New York City. + 1-212-219-2166 o prova www.drawingcenter.org.
Yto Barrada e Michael Wang hanno installazioni site specific presso The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council sull'isola del Governatore a partire dal 19 settembre 2019. Visita lmcc.net per i dettagli.
The Noguchi Museum has the following – “Noguchi: Body-Space-Devices” looks at how the artist implicates his body in his work. Artist Brendan Fernandes has made a version of Noguchi’s non-rocking rocking chair that Noguchi created for Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring” dance piece. Dancers will perform with the chairs and Noguchi’s sculpture throughout the exhibition. On view through May 3, 2020. “Models For Spaces” on view through Feb. 2, 2020 offers a selection of designs from lesser known projects. “In Search of Contoured Playground” on view through Feb. 2, 2020 has a design for a never built Noguchi playscape, a 10 foot square enlargement of Noguchi’s model. 9 – 01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, NY. 718-204-7088
Tallur L. N. is an Indian sculptor who combines Indian craft traditions and novel sculptural techniques to infuse ancient iconography with contemporary meanings. “Multiplicity” is a show that has around thirty works in a variety of mediums, from carved stone and wood to cast bronze and concrete to found objects. Through Jan. 5, 2020. Grounds for Sculpture at 80 Sculptors Way in Hamilton, New Jersey.609-586-0616 or [email protected] for sculpture.org.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston has the following – “Conservation In Action: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture In a New Light” is a rare look at the conservation of seven Buddhist sculptures. On view through June 30, 2020. 465 Huntington Ave. Go to mfa.org or call 617 -267-9300.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston has a group show entitled “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration Through Contemporary Art”. Twenty artists respond to the global refugee crisis. Includes work by Do Ho Suh. Oct. 23, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020. “Yayoi Kusama: Love Is Calling” is the most immersive and kaleidoscopic of this internationally know Japanese artist’s Infinity Rooms. Tickets sold out through the end of Oct. 2019 so get yours now. On view through Feb. 7 2020. A companion show to this includes “Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art After Kusama” in which 15 works in various media by the artist throughout her career will be shown along with works by her contemporaries. 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100 or go to [email protected] for details.
“Painting the Classics: Japanese Screens” through Nov. 17, 2019. “Power in S.E. Asia” is ongoing. “Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece” is on view through March 22, 2020. “My Iran: Six Women Photographers” is on view August 10, 2019 through Feb. 9, 2020. All at the Freer/Sackler Gallery on the Smithsonian Mall in Washington D.C.
The Peabody Essex Museum has the following – “Japanomania! Japanese Art Goes Global” through Jan. 3, 2021. “Mega City: India’s Culture of the Streets” on view through June 28, 2020. “Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art” through Jan. 3, 2020. On view through Jan. 19, 2020 is Kimsooja’s “Archive of Mind.” This is a participatory installation with visitor assistance that builds over the course of the exhibit. Museum visitors are encouraged to sit at the space and form a ball of clay with their own hands. Thousands of clay spheres will be generated through small individual gestures that reveal the emotional traces of their makers and cumulatively generate a complex array of texture, scale and tone. On view through May 17, 2020 is “A Lasting Memento: John Thomson’s Photographs Along the River Min”. Scotsman John Thomson is considered to be one of the first photographers to document East and South Asia. This exhibit takes us back to an earlier time. It features more than 40 landscapes, city views and portrait studies. The show is complemented by a selection of photographs by contemporary artist Luo Dan who was inspired by Thomson to undertake his own journey in Southwestern China in 2010. 161 Essex St. in Salem, Massachusetts. 816745-4876 or go to pem.org.
A show of over 50 prints displayed along with his poems by the late Seattle artist Munio Makuuchi entitled “Defiant Vision: Prints & Poetry by Munio Makuuchi” is on view through December 8, 2019. This is the first major show to focus on this artist. Art historian Margo Machida will write the catalog essay. 20 Elm St. at Bedford Terrace in Northhampton, MA. 413-585-2760 or go to [email protected].
“Kogei-Kyoto” brings more than a dozen artists from Kyoto as part of an exhibition of traditional pieces and new works made with traditional methods all from Kyoto. Includes ceramics, textiles, metal and wood working, glass, lacquer and fabric dyeing. This is the first American showing for the Artists Group Kogei-Kyoto. At Seaport Gallery at 100 Pier Four Blvd., Suite 200 in Boston, MA. On view through Nov. 10, 2019. Free and open to the public. 617-216-1810 or try [email protected]
The Minneapolis Institute of Art has the following – “An Art as Lyrical as Poetry: Recently Acquired Chinese Paintings through Nov. 24, 2019. “All Flowers in Bloom: Porcelains from China’s Last Dynasty through Nov. 10, 2019. “Nature in Monochrome: Birds And Flowers in Japanese Ink Paintings through Oct. 27, 2019. “Living Rooms Made in China: The McFarlane Room Wallpaper on view through Dec. 29, 2019. “Artists Respond: American Art And The Vietnam War, 1965 – 1975 through Jan. 5, 2020. Minneapolis Institute of Art. 2400 Third Ave. S. Call toll free at 888-642-2787.
“Invisible Cities” is the title of a double- venue exhibition of Beijing-based artist Liu Wei in Cleveland. It marks the first US exhibition for this multi-media artist specializing in architectural geometries. One show is at the Museum of Contemporary Art through January 5, 2020. Go to mocacleveland.org for details. The second show is on view through Feb. 16 2020 at Cleveland Museum of Art at 11150 East Boulevard. 216-421-7350 or try clevelandart.org.
“Waking Dream” includes major works by Do Ho Suh and Christian Marclay on view through 2022. Suh’s work is a major sculptural recreation of the apartment he rented when he lived in London. A piece by Maya Lin is also on view. At Ruby City located at 150 Camp St. in San Antonio, Texas. Go to Rubycity.org.
“Mapa Wiya” is an incredible group show from the Menil collection of Aboriginal art. On view through Feb. 2, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Go to menil.org for details.
Anila Quayyum Aghai, a Pakistani American artist has a show entitled “Between Light And Shadow” in which she mimics the shadows as seen in the intricately pierced screens of Islamic and Middle Eastern architecture. On view Oct. 19, 2019 – Feb. 9, 2020. Toledo Museum of Art at 2455 Monroe St. in Toledo, Ohio. 419-255-8000 or try toledomuseum.org.
The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby BC Canada has undergone some renovation and restructuring and presents a show entitled “Nikkei” which juxtaposes archives and artworks and includes stories, personal items, digitized “heritage” film footage and Cindy Mochizuki’s video installation to examine what it means to be a person of Japanese ancestry. 6688 Southoaks Cres. 604-777-7000. Go to centre. nikkeiplace.org.
A retrospective of over 200 works by the Korean American inventor of video art, Nam June Paik from Oct. 17, 2019 – Feb. 9, 2020. At The Tate Modern in London. Bankside in London. +44 (0) 20-7887-8888 or go to tate.org.uk.
The Tate St. Ives has a show by Haegue Yang from May 22 – Sept. 6, 2020. Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives, Cornwall, England. Go to tate.org.uk for details.
On view through Oct. 27, 2019 is “Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa” at Japan House in London. It explores the work of one of Japan’s greatest children’s book illustrators and authors, best known for his picture books, with few or no words. The exhibition illustrates his life and creative journey with samples of varied work. 101-111 Kensington High St. 44-20-3972-7100 or try [email protected]. In addition, the Embassy of Japan in London will host an exhibition of his landscape paintings through Sept., 2019.
“Legendary Kyoto Painting from Maruyama Okyo to the Modern Era” is on view Nov. 2 – Dec. 15, 2019 at National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. Go to www.momak.go.jp/english/.
The National Museum of Modern Art Osaka presents “Vienna On The Path To Modernism” and “NMAO Collection with Alberto Giacometti II” both on view through Dec. 8, 2019. 4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka. Go to nmao.go.jp for details.
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics has the following – “Ceramic Lighting Devices of the Tsujii Collection – Shedding a Flickering light” is on view from Oct. 26, – Dec. 8, 2019. “Japanese bamboo Art from New York: The Abbey Collection, Gifts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art” is on view Dec. 21, 2019 – April 12, 2020. 1-1-26 Nakanoshima, Kita Ku in Osaka. 81-06-6223-0055 or go to moco.or.jp..
“Arita x Tokolo Exhibition” remains on view through Nov. 24, 2019. Asao Tokolo was a name relatively new in the world of design until he became known as the man behind the distinctive indigo checkered emblems for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokolo worked with ceramicists at Arita, a pioneering porcelain town utilizing his designs. Also opening on Oct. 5, 2019 is a show of porcelain made in Arita during the 18esimo – 19esimo centuries from the Kichiro Imaizumi Collection. The Kyushu Ceramic Museum. 3100-1 Toshaku-Otsu, Arita, Saga Prefecture. 0955-43-3681.
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery has the following shows. A Camille Henrot installation entitled “Stepping On A Serpent”, a Lee Ufan show entitled “Dialogue With Materials” and a piece by Yamada Nanako are on view Oct. 16 – Dec. 15,2019. From Jan. 11 – March 22, 2020 includes shows by Kazuo Shiraga, “Pietas” group show and “Ulala” by Imai. 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan. +81- (0)3-5353-0756.
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo has a show of works from their collection on view until Oct. 20, 2019. The show features currents in Japanese modern and contemporary art from the beginning of the 20esimo century to the present. 1-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan. +81 3-5777-8600.
The Mori Art Museum has the following – Coming up is the highly anticipated exhibition for Berlin-based installation artist Shiota Chiharu entitled “Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles” which is on view through Oct. 27, 2019. A show tentatively entitled “The Future And Arts” is set for Nov. 19, 2019 – March 29, 2020. T106-6108, Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 6 Chome – 10-1 Japan. +81-3-5777-8600.
“teamLab*Borderless” houses works by this hi-tech art group in the Mori Building Digital Art Museum. With computer-graphic projections of animals, plants and objects from nature to light sculptures and a forest of lamps. On view indefinitely. Aomi Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan. 03-6406-3949.
New York artists Heidi Lau and Baseera Khan were included as winners in the first Colene Brown Art Prize given out by the Brooklyn art non-profit BRIC. A $10,000 grant was given to each artist selected that the jury deemed as “under-recognized New York-based artists.”
The Japan Art Association announced the recipients of the prestigious Praemium Imperiale Prize, and the award in architecture went to Americans, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. Their thoughtful award-winning designs include the American Folk Art Museum, The Barnes Foundation and the Obama Presidential Center. Japanese kabuki actor Bando Tamasaburo won in the Theatre/Film category. The awards ceremony takes place Oct. 16, 2019 in Tokyo. Each recipient receives a grant of $140,000.
The Seattle Asian Art Museum is reimagined, reinstalled and newly renovated and extended. It reopens on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2020. Tickets to opening events will be available online starting in December of 2019. New features include improvement to critical systems, expanded gallery and education spaces and a new park lobby that connects the museum to the surrounding Volunteer Park. Instead of dividing cultures by country alone, works of art from different countries will be on display side by side. Opening shows include “Boundless: Stories of Asian Art” and “Be/longing: Contemporary Asian Art.” A free weekend long celebration is planned for Feb. 8 & 9, 2020 from 9am – 9pm with performances, art making, tours and live music. An interactive map and digital art activities in every gallery will get the viewer involved. A new Asian Paintings Conservation Center is planned the future on the grounds. New additions include a community gallery and community meeting room.
Chinese Canadian artist Matthew Wong has died at 35 of suicide. He was a self-taught painter of vibrant landscapes whose compositions seemed influenced a little by the work of American painter Milton Avery. Trained as a photographer and a practicing poet, Wong had a facebook page to engage artists, dealers and collectors on the nature of painting. By 2014, he was painting himself. His debut at Karma Gallery in New York in 2018 received high praise.
The Rainier Arts Center presents “Arts Gumbo Samoa” on Sat., Oct. 19, 2019 from 6 – 9pm. Celebrate Samoan culture through traditional music, food, dance, arts and children’s crafts. 3515 South Alaska in Columbia City. Go to brownpapertickets.com or get tickets at the door. Tickets are $15 regular and $10 for students and seniors. Free for kids under 7.
Kima Hotta performs a dramatic recitation (with English subtitles) of one of the most famous stories in Japanese samurai lore entitled “Benkei at the Barrier”. Presented by Washin Kai (Friends of Classical Japanese at UW) and the UW Department of Asian Languages and Literature. Wed., Oct. 16, 2019 at Seattle campus of UW’s Kane Hall. 4069 Spokane Lane. 7pm.
Local actor Christian Quinto is in the cast of “White”, a play by James Ijames as Directed by Corey McDanile and assisted by Tato Talabi. This Theatre-22 production rotates with another play “Revolutionaries” Oct. 18 – Nov. 9, 2019. What happens when a promising white male artist uses a black actress to pitch his proposal to a major art museum and their roles become entwined? At 12th Ave. Arts Studio Theatre. 1620 – 12esimo Ave. 206-257-2203.
Bob Antolin’s jazz group “Comfort Food” plays every third Thursday of each month at Seamonster in Wallingford. 2202 N. 45esimo. Next performance is on Thurs., Oct. 17, 2019 from 8 – 9:30pm. Go to reverbnation.com/comfortfood for details.
Catch Cory Wong on Oct. 18, 2019 at The Crocodile at 2200 2ND Ave. in Seattle’s Belltown. Tickets at thecrocodile.com. Details at www.thecrocodile.com.
Seattle Women in Jazz & The Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association present “International Women in Jazz: A Concert & Conversation”. It features Jessica Heaven from Vancouver BC, jazz vocalist Yukino from Kobe Japan and Seattle-based group, Lulu Swing. On Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3pm. Poncho Recital Hall at Cornish College of the Arts. $12 advance & $15 at the door regular admission. Students & seniors are $5 advance or $7 at the door. Go to https://[email protected]
A black comedy by Prince Gomolvilas entitled “The Brothers Paranormal” gets a world premiere from Pork Filled Productions on Oct. 26 – Nov. 16, 2019 at Theatre Off Jackson. Directed by Mimi Katano. The plot concerns two Thai American brothers who see a market opportunity in the surge of “Asian-looking” apparitions happening throughout the nation. Go to www.theatreoffjackson.org for details.
Another touring production of the musical “Miss Saigon” comes to the Paramount Oct. 29 – Nov. 3, 2019. Go to stg.org for details.
Future Seattle Opera productions include the following – “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird – The Man Behind A Legend” with music by Daniel Schnyder and libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly. Plays Feb. 22, 23, 26, 29 AND March 1, 4, 6 & 7, 2020. Kelly Kuo will make his Seattle Opera debut as conductor for the orchestra for this production.
In the fall, Seattle Symphony begins a new season under new conductor Thomas Dausgaard. Some highlights include the following – Masaaki Suzuki conducts Seattle Symphony in a concert of the “Mozart Requiem” on Oct. 17, 19 & 20, 2019. The program also includes Takemitsu’s “Requiem for String Orchestra”. Beatrice Rana is the concert pianist on a performance of “Schumann Piano Concerto” on Oct. 24 & 26, 2019. Byron Schenkman & Friends presents international competition winner and Seattle native Rachell Ellen Wong in concert with Byron Schenkman in a program of “Brahms, Dvorak and Still” on Oct. 27. 2019. Lawrence Loh conducts Seattle Symphony in a program entitled “The Movie Music of John Williams” on Nov. 8, 9 & 10, 2019 as part of the “Pops Series”. Moving on to 2020, the annual “Celebrate Asia” concert has Tianyi Lu conducting and Gaurav Mazumdav on sitar and Conrad Tao on piano in a program of compositions by Huang Ruo, Reena Esmail, Conrad Tao and Gershwin. Eun Sun Kim conducts the orchestra with Elisa Barston on violin in Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 8” on March 12 & 14 with a special “Tchaikovsy Untuxed” concert on March 13. Pianist Aimi Kobayashi participates in “Bach Fest 1” on May 21 with conductor Ryan Bancroft and fellow pianist Alexandra Dovgan. All concerts at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. 200 University St. Go to seattlesymphony.org for details or call 206-215-4747.
The annual cultural event by Japanese Cultural & Community Center known as “Bunka No Hi – Japanese Culture Day” takes place on Sun., Nov. 3, 2019 from 11am – 4pm with exhibits such as “Japanese Good Luck Symbols” and “Minidoka Internment Snapshots” as well as martial arts demonstrations, storytelling, taiko, tea ceremony, food vendors, hosekibako, Japanese resale store and much, much more. Free and open to the public. 1414 S. Weller St. in Seattle.206-568-7114. Go to www.jcccw.org for details.
The Indian Ink Company presents “Mrs. Krishnan’s Party” Nov. 15 – 24, 2019. An owner of a convenience store decides to sell her shop but stages one last party for the Hindu festival of Onam. This is an exciting theatre troupe from New Zealand on tour. Presented by STG at Erickson Theatre Off Broadway. 524 Harvard Ave. Go to stg.org for details.
Named in honor of Seattle philanthropists James & Sherry Raisbeck who donated money to transform the former Soundbridge at 200 University across from SAM into a state of the art immersive environment for inventive performances and ideal for education programs and community engagement, the building is now called Octave 9:Raisbeck Music Center. Some highlights from their innovative concert and educational programming include the following – Seattle Symphony pianist Jessica Choe appears in “First Concerts: Meet The Piano”, an ongoing series featuring various instruments and instrumentalists from the symphony orchestra in which children will learn how to be musical explorers as they try out instruments before the show and get to ask questions of the musicians after each performance. Choe performs short pieces on Dec. 21, 2019 at 9:30am and 11am. On Wed., Jan. 29, 2020 at 7:30pm, catch virtuoso violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja in recital performing Gykorgy Kurtag’s “Kafka Fragments” in which excerpts from the famous Czech writer’s diaries and letters are set to music and song with soprano Ah Young Hong singing the words. On April 24, 2020 at 7:30pm, Hannah Lash & Hub New Music join forces to present music for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and harp. A new composition by Takuma Itoh will be performed.
ArtsWest has also announced their new 2019/2020 season entitled “Agents of Change” which looks at revolutions and the people who participate in them. The prolific and talented playwright/director/actress Sara Porkalob returns with a new play and a world premiere for the new season. “Alex and Alix” looks at the unseen forces that shape the way we remember love and a moving meditation on memory, trauma and healing. Two women in love and one name. Set for April 30 – May 24, 2020. Learn more details about the entire new season at artswest.org. ArtsWest is located in West Seattle at 4711 California Ave. SW.
Village Theatre kicks off their 40esimo anniversary with “The 25esimo Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, a Tony Award-winning comedy. The cast includes Justin Huertas and Arika Matoba. Presented at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah through Oct. 20 before moving to the Everett Performing Arts Center October 25 – Nov. 17, 2019. The Gaudette Theatre is at 303 Front St. N. in Issaquah. The Everett Performing Arts Center is at 2710 Wetmore Ave. in Everett. 425-392-2202 for Issaquah. 425-257-8600 for Everett. Try VillageTheatre.org for more details. Erickson Theatre Off Broadway. 707-350-9446 or go to whimwhim.org/season.
Café Nordo has already announced their upcoming 11esimo season entitled “Where The Tea Party Never Ends” and early memberships are available. Come watch as they spin their interesting mix of original theatre, music and cuisine tailored to fit the theme of each production. The ever prolific Sara Porkalob is back with “The Angel in the House” from Feb. 8 – March 15, 2020. She wrote and directed this piece that’s a Victorian thriller with corsets, blood, revenge and cake. “Night Parade: The Ghost Forest” takes place June 13 – July 21, 2020. Conceived of and Directed by Tom Dang and written by Kendall Uyeji. Take a dive into Japan’s Aokigahara Forest near Mr. Fuji, famous for suicides. When a Western blogger mockingly posts a photo of a suicide on social media, he is spirited away by ghosts and demons of that forest. Café Nordo is at 109 South Main. Go to www.cafenordo.com to find out more about their new season and how you can get tickets.
Singer/songwriter Sid Sriram grew up with Indian classical roots but listened to Donny Hathaway and would also lend his talents to Indian cinema soundtracks. You’ve got to wonder what synthesis he would come up with in his own music. You can find out when he performs on his “Crossover Tour” set for Friday, Oct. 17, 2019 at 8pm. The Neptune is in the University District at 1303 NE 45esimo. 206-682-1414.
The Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma sponsors numerous events to highlight the diversity of Asian Pacific American culture. The Center also has “Taste of Asia: A Cooking Series” in which participants are encouraged to learn, cook and taste. All classes are monthly from 11am – noon. The schedule is as follows – Nov. 2ND is the Marshall Islands and Dec. 7 is Samoa. APCC is at 4851 South Tacoma Way in Tacoma. 253-383-3900 or go to apcc96.org.
Indigo Mist, the UW faculty members group with trumpeter Cuong Vu, pianist Richard Karpen, drummer Ted Poor and electronics manipulator Jean Pampin will perform a concert of all-new original music on Dec. 2, 2019. At the Royal Room at 7:30pm. 5000 Rainier Ave. S. 206-906-9920.
“Eastern Memories on the Western Wind: Songs of Home” is the 35esimo annual concert in the “East Meets West!” series in which Chinese classical selections are played with beloved Western pieces, all of which are performed on traditional instruments hailing from both cultures. Includes the Pacifica Chamber Orchestra, the Northwest Chinese Guzheng Orchestra and the U.S. China Music Ensemble. Sat., Oct. 19 at 7pm. Benaroya Hall. 200 University St. in downtown Seattle. 206-215-4747.
Comic headliner Ronny Chieng of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “Crazy Rich Asians” fame heads up the “Uncanny Comedy Festival” at the Tacoma Dome on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at 8pm. Tickets at ticket master. For details, go to Uncannyfest.org.
“Free at the Frye” is an all-ages series at Frye Art Museum. On Sat., Oct. 26, 2019 at 2pm, it will feature award-winning Korean guitarist JiJi. She won First Prize at the 2016 Guild International Competition. Free. 704 Terry. 206-622-9250 or try [email protected]
The Meany Center For The Performing Arts has announced their 2019/2020 season. Some performers include the following – David Finckel & Wu Han perform with Philip Setzer in a program of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn on Mon., May 18, 2020 at 7:30pm. Concert pianist George Li plays a recital of Haydn, Schubert, Ravel and Schumann on Wed., April 19, 2020 at 7:30pm. The contemporary butoh dance troupe Sankai Juku return to Seattle Oct. 17 – 19, 2019 at 8pm with choreographer Ushio Amagatsu’s new piece “Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land.” It is a poetic meditation on the passage of time as symbolized by the circulation of water and the seasonal transformation of the earth. Violin virtuoso Midori performs with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet on Thurs., Jan. 23, 2020 at 7:30pm in an all-Beethoven program in honor of the composer’s 250esimo anniversary. Meany Center is located on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington. 206-543-4880 or go to meanycenter.org.
Music of Remembrance presents “Passage: Confronting Intolerance” which always evokes the refrain of “Never forget” in response to the horrors of the holocaust. This year includes a new work by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto entitled “Passage” and “Venitas”, a piece blending the music of Japanese American composer Shinji Eshima and the visuals of sculptor Al Farrow. Also on the bill is a performance of Paul Schoenfield’s “Camp Songs”. 4pm. On Sun., Nov. 3, 2019. Benaroya Hall. 200 University. 206-365-7770 or try [email protected]
MACHA Theatre Works has a new season entitled “Look Back, Move Forward”. It will feature works by local female playwrights. Maggie Lee’s “The Flight Before Xmas” blends traditional expectations of the season with the challenges of modern families in a heart-warming comedy. Directed by Amy Poisson. Good for ages 7 and up. Dec. 6 – 22, 2019 at West of Lenin in Fremont. 203 N. 36esimo St. 608-909-1252 or go to www.machatheatreworks.com.
Earshot Jazz Festival’s annual fall event takes place all around the Puget Sound now through Nov. 6, 2019. Seattle multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas appears as “artist-in-residence” throughout the festival. On Wed., Oct. 23, 2019 at 7:30pm at Town Hall Forum, he leads his East West Alliance which features Yasuhiro Kohama on tenor sax, Yuki Hirate on piano, Atsushi Ikeda on alto sax, Daisuke Kurata on drums, Maya Hatch (a Seattle vocalist popular in Japan) and Seattlite Phil Sparks on bass. Tickets now on sale. The Triple Door is at 216 Union St. downtown. Go to thetripledoor.net. For details on Town Hall, go to townhallseattle.org. For complete festival details, go to earshot.org.
“Diwali Family Festival” which celebrates the Hindu Festival of Lights takes place on Sat. Oct. 26 at Seattle Art Museum downtown. 1300 First Ave. Free. 11am – 2pm. Includes live performances.
Another Diwali celebration takes place on Sat., Oct. 26 at noon for free at Seattle Center. Go to Seattlecenter.com for details.
On Sat. Nov. 9, 2019 there will be a Hmong New Year Celebration at Seattle Center. Celebrate the Hmong cultural traditions of China, Laos and Thailand with a New Year celebration along with a ball-tossing ritual, flower cloth sessions, food and live performances. At Seattle Center. Free. Go to Seattlecenter.com for details.
A concert entitled “Music of India” includes percussionist Trichy Sankaran and violinist/vocalist Ganesh Rajagopalan on Oct. 19. 2019 at 7:30pm. Seattle Town Hall at 8esimo & Seneca. Go to townhallseattle.org for details.
The Olympia Symphony Orchestra presents “Seeing is Believing” on Nov. 17 at 3pm as part of their 2019-2020 season. Violin virtuoso Kaia Selden is guest soloist in the “Winter” portion of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. 512 Washington St. SE in Olympia. 1-360-753-0074 or try olympiasymphony.com.
Pianist George Li tackles Rachmaninoff’s challenging “Piano Concerto No. 3” as well as Ludwig and Brahms. Sat. Nov. 23 at 7:30pm. Conducted by Sarah Ioannides. Pantages Theatre. 901 Broadway in Tacoma. 253-591-5894.
Book-It Repertory reprises “Howl’s Moving Castle” with Sara Porkalob and music/lyrics by Justin Huertas as directed by Myra Platt. This fantasy made famous by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film pits a girl who must survive by her wits and bring back her bewitched parents now turned into pigs. Nov. 29 – Dec. 29, 2019. At the Center Theatre at Seattle Center. 305 Harrison St. 206-216-0833.
Korean American performing artist Jay Park embarks on his first solo world tour “SEXY4EVA” and he touches down in Seattle on Sun., Dec. 1, 2019 at 8pm at Showbox Sodo. Expect hip-hop flows, melodic RnB vocals and spinning dance routines. 1700 First Ave. S. 206-652-0444 or go to http://ww.showboxonline.com.
Indian virtuoso percussionist Zakir Hussain comes to Seattle for his annual concert with Kala Ramnath and Jayanthi Kumaresh on March 28, 2020. Presented by STG. For details, try stgpresents.org/season or call 206-812-1114.
On The Boards presents a performance piece entitled “Cuckoo” as conceived of and performed by Jaha Koo in which he takes viewers on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history as told by a bunch of talkative rice cookers. The piece combines personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crises and death. Coming Jan. 23 – Jan. 26, 2019. 100 West Roy St. in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. 206-217-9886 or go to ontheboards.org.
Award-winning playwright Laureen Yee’s “Cambodian Rock Band” continues its run through Oct. 27, 2019 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Thomas Theatre. A young woman tries to piece together her family history 30 years after her father fled the killing fields of Cambodia. Featuring actor/musicians who perform a mix of contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies live. 541-482-2111 or go to www.osfashland.org.
The Changmu Dance Company from South Korea has transformed Korean dance through innovative choreography with poetry and its mastery of traditional forms. They make their Portland debut on Wed., April 15, 2020 at 7:30pm. Arlene Schnitzer Hall. 503-245-1600 for tickets.
The Portland Opera will take a 50 minute version of Puccini’s “La Boheme” on tour as part of its Portland Opera To Go (POGO) series. Venues this time include Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro, the Portland 5 and Antoinette Hall in Portland, the Tigard Public Library in Tigard, Oregon and the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon. Two public performances take place at Hampton Opera Center in Portland on Dec. 7 & 14. Seattle soprano Ivy Zhou is in the cast.
“Madama Butterfuly” by Puccini opens Portland Opera’s 2019/2020 season on Oct. 25, 27, 31 & Nov. 2, 2019 at Keller Auditorium. Internationally acclaimed Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura makes her US debut in the lead role. Go to Portlandopera.org for details.
Joel de la Fuente stars in the play “Hold These Truths”, the critically-acclaimed play about Gordon Hirabayashi who fought against the forced removal and mass incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry in the US during WWII. This is the international debut in Vancouver after a US tour. Oct. 18 – Nov. 2, 2019. Nov. 6 – 17, 2019 sees the world premiere of a new play by acclaimed Japanese Canadian playwright Tetsuro Shigematsu. “Kuroko” is a dark comedy about an agoraphobic daughter’s quest to find out the truth about her family. Maya is an extreme recluse or “hikikomori” as they are called in Japanese but when a mysterious player online challenges her to journey out to save her father’s life, will she leave the house? Directed by Amiel Gladstone. The Cultch Historic Theatre. 1895 Venables St. in Vancouver. For tickets to this play, try thecultch.com/events/kuroko.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents an evening concert of compositions by Chinese composer Tan Dun entitled “Tan Dun – Crouching Tiger And Beyond” on Nov. 9, 2019 at 8pm. Also set for April 3 & 4, 2020 is a concert of “The Music of Joe Hisaishi,” noted composer of movie soundtracks for Studio Ghibli films performed also by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC. 601 Smithe St. 604-665-3035.
Pandemic Theatre/Rumble Theatre, Diwali in B.C. and New World Theatre present “Take dMilk, Nah?”, a performance piece written and performed by Jivesh Parasram. This work blends storytelling and ritual to walk the audience through the complexities of his mixed culture experience. Oct. 16 & 17, 2019. Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre presents “Kuroko” set for Nov. 6 – 17. 2019. This world premiere from acclaimed playwright/performance artist Tetsuro Shigematsu tells the story of a hikikomori (Japanese for extreme recluse) who is persuaded to come out by an online challenge but then what happens? All events at the Cultch. 1895 Venables St. in Vancouver, BC. 604-251-1363 or try either [email protected] ou [email protected]
Santa Fe Opera presents a new adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly” as an opera in this world premiere. Music by Huang Ruo and libretto by the playwright. Set for August of 2020. Stars Kang Min Justin Kim, David Bizic and Hera Hyesang Park. Musical conductor is Xian Zhang. 301 Opera Drive in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 1-800-280-4654.
Puccini’s “Turandot” is an opera that is a pan-Asian tale set in a China of the composer’s imagination. Recent productions have been criticized for singers in “yellowface”, racial stereotyping and Orientalism. When the Canadian Opera Company wanted to mount a new production of the opera, they brought on board theatre veteran Richard Lee. Lee is a member of the company’s equity, diversity and inclusivity committee, They asked him to serve as production consultant and advise the creative team. Lee, a Chinese Canadian, stressed that he was not there to suggest changes for the artists. “I’m there to go, ‘Hey, this is something that I see that I have an issue with because I think it can potentially be very hurtful for an audience who comes to watch it.’” He said he was interested in starting conversations with the artists, especially those who don’t recognize that there needs to be a change. Lee took issue with Turandot’s slapstick trio of imperial ministers named Ping, Pang and Pong. Created as jester-commentators in the Italian comedy tradition, the trio has often been depicted using negative stereotypes. In this new production, they are called Jim, Bob and Bill. Julius Ahn, a Korean American tenor who has played the role of one of the jesters finds the name change jarring. He believes that Turandot is a musical masterpiece that needs no apologies. He goes on to say “A lot of complaints that I’ve heard about this work came from interpretation—-I’ve heard ‘fake Chinoserie’ a lot but that’s not in the work. That’s actually part of the staging and it’s upon the artists to do a respectful interpretation of the work being presented.” Ahn feels that what the opera world needs is open discussion between artists and increased diversity across the board – everyone from the singers on stage to those in casting or marketing. Excerpted from the CBC News article by Jessica Wong. Appeared in the Sept. 28, 2019 issue. Go to cbc.ca for the complete article.
David Henry Hwang is working with composer Jeanine Tesori to turn his play “Soft Power” into a musical, a reverse “King And I” in which a Hilary Clinton candidate gets a Chinese advisor. The entire cast will be Asian American except for the Clinton character. After runs in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the full musical comes to the Public Theater in New York this fall and officially opens on Oct. 15, 2019.
Musician Alison Ho is part of the team of musicians under the direction of head composer Edouard Brenneisen that provides an every changing soundtrack to the popular video game “League of Legends”.
Carlos Celdran, Philippine activist and performance artist has died at the age of 46. He received national attention for his dramatic protest against the Roman Catholic Church’s stance on reproductive health before he was arrested. Faced with a year in jail, he fled to Spain where he died in exile.
Film & Media
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe & Uwajimaya present a screening of the recently released documentary film “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story” directed by Dianne Fukami. The former US Secretary of Commerce and former US Secretary of Transportation will be present at the screening. Free and open to the public. Free parking in the underground garage, enter at 15esimo Ave. NE. On Sun., Nov. 10, 2019. 1:30pm at Kane Hall on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington. For details, go to http://www.hokubaeihochi.org/mineta or conact [email protected] or call 206-519-5469.
The Northwest Film Forum presents a tribute to the late Japanese anime director Satoshi Kon by showing some of his classics. “Perfect Blue” is the story of a rising pop star who changes careers and starts acting when suddenly people around her are murdered. Screens Nov. 10 & 13, 2019. Screening Nov. 17 & 20, 2019 is “Millennium Actress”, the story of a film star who recounts her career and her search for a mysterious man that appears at various times and just as quickly disappears during the course of her life. 1515 – 12esimo Ave. 206-329-2629 or try nwfilmforum.org.
The Friday Harbor Film Festival brings stories of The Pacific Rim and beyond. Oct. 25 – 27. Over 35 documentaries focusing on Pacific Rim topics from culture to environmentalism as well as discussions with filmmakers and special events. In Friday Harbor, WA. Try 360-298-1939 for details.
The Beacon is a new art house cinema showing unusual finds of international cinema from around the world. Oct. 26, 29 & 30, 2019 brings “The Boxer’s Omen” by Kuei Chih-Hung. This is a Shaw Brothers classic from the 70’s, a surreal “Rocky” squeezed through a “Holy Mountain” kind of vision. Every Sunday, the series entitled “Anime Sunrise” will screen some rare Japanese anime classics. Oct. 20 has “The Curse of Kazuo Umezu + Mermaid Forest” by Naoko Omi & Takaya Mizatani. Oct. 27 is a program of spooky anime shorts billed as “Old School Halloween”. 4405 Rainier Ave. S. 206-420-SEAT or try [email protected].
Nobuhiko Obayashi’s “Hausu” is a 1977 haunted house tale of schoolgirls trapped in a house full of ghosts. Screens Oct. 18 – 23 at Central Cinema. 1411- 21st Ave. 206-328-3230.
A retrospective in honor of the late, great Japanese director Satoshi Kon whose anime films are loved to this day will screen. On Nov. 10 & 13, catch “Perfect Blue”, a thriller about a retired idol whose first film haunts her. Nov. 15 – 22 will bring to the screen, “Paprika”, a film about a dream researcher and her alter ego who try and stop a terrorist who causes people’s dreams from invading reality. Please note that the theatre takes cash or check only. Grand Illusion Cinema. 1403 NE 50esimo St. in the University District. 206-523-3935.
Fanthom Events continues their screening of Studio Ghibli classic films in 2019 with the following to hit local movie theatres (some with new prints). Screenings are usually in both Japanese with English subtitles and dubbed in English. “Spirited Away” on Oct. 27, 28 & 30. “Princess Mononoke” on Nov. 17, 18 & 20. “The Tale of the Princess Kageya” Dec. 16 & 18. Tickets online at www.FanthomEvents.com or at the box office.
Some new films set for release in the fall include the following – Oct. 11 brings the release of Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” in which the actor Will Smith plays a younger cloned version of himself doing battle with the older version. Also on Oct. 11 is the release of “Parasite”, the latest from Boon Joon-ho. A class satire in which a poor family gets to leech the resources of a wealthier one. Bong was the first South Korean director to win the Palme d’Or back in May. A special sneak screening on Oct. 19, 2019 at the SIFF Egyptian. It then returns for an extended run at the same theatre from Oct. 25 – 31, 2019. 805 E. Pine St. For details, go to [email protected]. Oct. 18 will see the release of the following – “# Female Pleasure” is a documentary by filmmaker Barbara Miller which played the SIFF 2019. It looks at five women who have challenged patriarchal social structures. Includes a look at women from Japan and India. New Zealand director Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”) switches gears with “Jojo Rabbit”, a satiric comedy about a German boy during WWII whose imaginary friend is Hitler (played by the director, himself). Gu Shangwei stars as an undercover Chinese cop hunted down in the Cambodian jungle in “The Prey.” Nov. 1 sees the opening of these films – “Earthquake Bird” tells the story of a women living abroad in Japan who is thrown off balance when she hears about a young woman who has gone missing. “The Kingmaker” is a new documentary by Laureen Greenfield that looks at the life of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. Breakout star Awkwafina is part of the cast in the sci-fi film, “Paradise Hills” about a remote island treatment center with a disturbing agenda. Nov. 8 sees these opening – “Danger Close” is an account of the 1966 “Battle of Long Tan” in which an Australian army regiment are surrounded and outnumbered by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong in a rubber plantation in South Vietnam. “Rich Asians” star Henry Golding plays a mysterious man who meets up with a Christmas shop elf in London in “Last Christmas.” Nov. 22 brings the release of “The Warrior Queen of Jhansi” in which Devika Bhise portrays the true story of a woman who in 1857 led a rebellion that challenged the British East India Company.
Due to popular demand, the Japanese animated feature film “Promare” from Studio TRIGGER returns to the Puget Sound area for one day only on Dec. 8, 2019 at 12:55pm. Bonus feature will be “Promare (Redux)!” Presented by GKIDS and Fanthom Features. In Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets at the door or can be purchased online starting Nov. 1, 2019 at www.fanthomevents.com/events/promare OR at wwwPromareMovie.com.
The Japanese anime feature film “Konoshuba! – God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World: – Legend of Crimsom” tells the story of a video game-loving shut-in who gets hit by a truck. Instead of dying, his enters another world with a cast of unusual creatures. Screens at Puget Sound theatres on Nov. 12 & 14, 2019 at 7pm. Screens at AMC Pacific Place 11, Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue and Regal Thorton Place 14 in Seattle.
Josh (Joshua Dela Cruz) is the new live-action host for Nickelodeon’s “Blue Clues & You!” set to air on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 9am. The program will feature brand-new elements alongside refreshed iconic items from the original series. For more information, try [email protected].
Violinist/conductor Scott Yoo hosts the new PBS series in classical discoveries entitled “Now Hear This” a four-part documentary mini-series on the world’s great classical composers and where they got their inspiration from. Go to pbs.org for details.
“The MisEducation of Bindu” starring David Arquette, Megan Suri and Priyanka Bose is a comedy/drama directed by Prarthana Mohan. It has its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October, 2019. The film is a coming-of-age story of a younger girl growing up in a conservative family from India with the promise of a global future caught up in that awkward age attending an American high school.
HBO Asia’s hit original Taiwanese drama series “The World Between Us” debuts in America. The award-winning series received fourteen nominations for the 5esimo Annual Taiwanese Golden Bell Awards. It is a ten-part, hour-long series that follows the aftermath of a mass shooting where the killer, the victims, the victims’ families, the media, and defense teams’ fates are all intertwined. Stars Alyssa Chia, James Wen and Wu Kang-Jen. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Lin Chun-Yang and written by noted screenwriter Lu Shih-Yuan. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHA4J7c8c41&feature=youtu.be to see the trailer.
Filipina American filmmaker Eileen Cabiling makes her directorial debut with “Basurero” starring Jericho “Echo” Rosales. The film makes its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in October, 2019. It’s a neo-realist, short film about the complex world of a Filipino fisherman who finds himself embroiled in the dangerous undertaking of disposing of bodies of drug dealers and users killed by government authorities. To see the trailer, go to https://vimeo.com/363051782/2d090355d6.
Margaret Lyons, a Japanese Canadian woman who was an influential executive of the Canadian Broadcasting Company died at the age of 95. One long-time CBC director called her “the most important and most influential CBC Radio executive in the last 60 year.” She is credited with hiring scores of talented producers and on-air journalists to the station that would shape radio in Canada for decades.
The Written & Spoken Arts
Elliott Bay Book Company continues to sponsor readings in their Capitol Hill bookstore as well as co-producing events all over the city. Below you will find a partial listing of some of their events. Events are at the bookstore unless otherwise noted. On Sun., Nov. 10 at 3pm, catch Malaka Gharib as she talks about her graphic memoir entitled “I Was Their American Dream”. It tells the story of growing up in America in a Filipino Egyptian family. At the book store. 206-624-6600 or go to www.elliottbaybook.com.
Renovations are complete and the public is welcome back to the old building. Town Hall Seattle presents the following events – Former NY Times Journalist Anand Giridharadas discusses his new book “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” on Mon., Oct. 28, 2019 at 7:30pm. A ticket gets you a copy of the book and entrance to the event. Go to Townhallseattle.org for details.
Jack Straw Writers read on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 5pm. 2414 N. 45esimo St. in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. They also participate in the Seattle Lit Crawl on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6pm as hosted by curator Kathleen Flenniken.
Readings at the different branches of Third Place Books include the following –At the Seward Park store, rocker Simon Tan appears on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at 7pm to talk about his book “Slanted: How An Asian American Troublemaker Took On The Supreme Court” which documents his case to keep his band’s name and protect his freedom of speech. 5041 Wilson Ave. S. 206-474-2200. On Nov. 4, 2019 at 7pm, Nicole Chung will talk about her book entitled “All You Can Ever Know”. It is a memoir about her search for her birth parents as a Korean adoptee with Kalani Kapahua. This reading is at the Lake Forest Park Third Place Book store located at 17171 Bothell Way NE #A101. 206-366-3333.
Seattle Arts & Lectures has released their new program details for their 2019/20 season. Among the many highlights included are these – In the “Literary Arts” series, Min Jin Lee will speak. Her last novel “Pachinko” looked at four generations of an immigrant Korean family living in Japan running a pachinko parlor and gave Americans an intimate peek at a mostly hidden Japanese-Korean culture. It was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in Fiction. Set for March 17, 2020. In the “Journalism Series”, the award-winning husband/wife reporting team of Nicholas Kristof & Cheryl WuDunn who shared a Pulitzer Prize will talk about their new book “Tightrope” which looks at the crisis in working-class America, the lives of real Americans today. They appear on Feb. 5, 2020. In the “Poetry Series”, Seattle-raised poet/prose writer Paisley Rekdal (now Utah State Poet Laureate) does a Q & A with Rebecca Hoogs about her contemporary re-write of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” in her Copper Canyon Press title, “Nightingale”. Feb. 6, 2020. 7:30pm. At Broadway Performance Hall on the Seattle Central Community College campus on Capitol Hill. Rick Barot, award-winning Tacoma poet engages in conversation with fellow poet Jane Wong about the long colonial structure that sustained Spanish control over, much of Latin and South America, the Caribbean and the Philippines as outlined in his recent book of poetry entitled “Chord”. Set for March 19 2020. Also look for appearances throughout the year at SAL events from 2019/20 Youth Poet Laureate, Wei-Wei Lee. Lee will have her first book published by Poetry NW Editions in the spring of 2020. For more detailed information on SAL and its new season, go to lectures.org.
“Lit Crawl Seattle” is the annual series of literary arts events all packed into one day. Get ready to check out readings at many bars, cafes and businesses around Capitol Hill on Thurs., Oct. 24 from 6pm – midnight. A new feature in this year’s event are programs for youth and writing. Free. Go to https://www.lit.quake.org/lit-crawl-seattle.html for details.
Hugo House that venerated Northwest center for writers and poets re-opens in brand-new digs with expanded space but in the same location. Catch their readings and celebrate their new space. Also with the opening of the new Hugo House, the writing center rolls out a new series of classes/workshops with a varied number of subjects taught by a talented group of writers like Nisi Shawl, Sonora Jha, R. O. Kwon, Anne Liu Kellor, Michelle Penaloza, Richard Chiem, Diana Xin, Anglela Garbes, Lora Shinn, Aimee Bhausar and Shankar Narayan. One of the events for the 2019-2020 Hugo Literary series is “Taking Liberties” set for Nov. 22, 2019 at 7:30pm which features former US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, best-selling novelist Hannah Tinti and Seattle fiction writer Richard Chiem, author of the novel, “King of Joy.” Also new music from blues-based singer-songwriter Amber Flame. Hugo House has selected writers for the 2019-20 Hugo Fellowships. Joyce Chen and Jen Soriano were some of the writers selected. The writers will be given advice and have a space to write. They will give two readings as well. Chen is a writer/editor/creator from Los Angeles. She will be working on a collection of essays that examine the push/pull conflict between American ideals of independence and self-fulfillment and Taiwanese values of family community and sacrifice. Jen Soriano is a Filipinx-American writer who blurs the lines between non-fiction, surrealism and poetry. She is working on a memoir of colonization, historical trauma and the neuroscience of healing as well as an essay collection on gender, technology and mothering. 1634 – 11esimo Ave. 206-453-1937. Go to hugohouse.org to find out more.
The Fall 2019 issue of University of Washington Magazine’s cover story is on concert photographer/artist Jordan Nicholson. Nicholson whose father is black and his mother is Chinese grew up in the South End and attended Franklin High School. The article by Julie Davidow covers his spiraling career as a photographer of the Seattle street-wear and hip hop scene. In the same issue is an article by Rebekah Denn about restaurant owners Aaron Verzosa and Amber Manuguid and their popular 10-course tasting menu at Archipelago restaurant in Seattle. A digital bonus at magazine. uw.edu leads you to a Filipino food guide.
Portland Book Festival is the largest festival dedicated to books and writers in the Northwest. It occurs on November 9, 2019 at Portland Art Museum and other sites. Featuring 100+ authors. $15 advance and $20 day of festival. Youth attend free. Go to literary-arts.org.
The publisher Abrams will start a graphic novel imprint dedicated to expanding the presence of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual creators and stories. The line, Surely Books will debut in the spring of 2021 and will be curated by Mariko Tamaki, the author of the graphic novels “Skim” and “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me.”
The oldest written copy of the 11esimo century Japanese epic “The Tale of Genji”, considered to be the world’s first novel by Murasaki Shikibu has been discovered in the home of a Tokyo family with ancestral ties to a feudal lord.
Below is a partial list of new books by or about Asian Americans and new titles on Asia. If you are interested in reviewing any of them, please let us know –
“The Farm” (Random House) is a novel by Joanne Ramos that paints a portrait of Filipinas in New York and the politics of motherhood and female autonomy. Questions of money, ethics, privilege and ambition are posed as each character makes compromises.
“The Light Between Us” (Tor Teen) by Andrew Fukuda. This young adult novel set for Jan. 2020 publication portrays the relationship between pen pals as a young Japanese American man and a French-Jewish friend go off to war on the eve of WWII. The scenes go from the plains of an internment camp in Manzanar to the horrors of Auschwitz. Will their friendship survive the travails of war and conflict?
“Cluster” (McClellad & Stewart) is a new book by award-winning Canadian poet Souvankham Thammavongsa in which she looks at the whole idea of “meaning” and the ways in which it arrives, if at all. Born in a Lao refugee camp in Thailand, the poet was raised and educated in Toronto.
“Butterfly Yellow” (Harper) by Thanhha Lai is a novel set in the final days of the Vietnam War. When an older sister and younger brother are separated at the airport, years pass. When the sister finally finds him years later in Texas, he has no memory of their family or Vietnam. What can she do to bridge that gap? A young adult novel by this National Book Award and Newberry Honor-winning author.
“Grief” (Wave) is the latest book by poet Prageeta Sharma. With staggering emotional honesty, Sharma is able to bring forth poems that confront the sudden loss of her spouse to cancer.
“Like A Champion” (7.13) is a book of short stories by Vincent Chu. This book is an ode to the underdogs, long shots, disappointed worker bees and hopeful lovers.
“Water/Tongue” (Omnidawn) by Mai C. Doan is a book of poems that looks at the diasporic body in an uncertain landscape and the devastating effects of colonialism.
“A Beginner’s Guide to Japan-Observations and Provocations” (Knopf) by Pico Iyer. A compendium of the author’s observations of the oddities and insights of Japanese life culled from a foreigner’s more than thirty-two years living in this island nation.
“Locus” (Omnidawn) by Jason Bayani explores the experience of identity that haunts Philipinx-Americans in the wake of the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act. Inspired by the rhythms of hip-hop, he lays down his stories of families, cultures and memories passed down from generations.
“Fu Ping” (Columbia) is a novel by Chinese writer Wang Anyi as translated by Howard Goldblatt. In it, she keenly observes the lives of lower class women in Shanghai in the early years of the People’s Republic of China. These are renderings of history, class and the human heart.
“Goddess of Democracy – an occupy lyric” (Omnidawn) by Henry Weir Leung. The poet considers the icon that came out of Tiananmen Square in light of his eyewitness observations of the 2014 Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong. Disobedience more and more becomes a global question that the poet holds up for the reader to ponder.
“Dear America – The Story of An Undocumented Citizen” (Harper) is the Young Reader’s Edition of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jose Antonio Vargas. This illegal immigrant from the Philippines challenges what it means to be American when the country he’s called home doesn’t consider him on of its own.
“Patience, Miyuki” (Princeton Architectural Press) is a picture book by Roxanne Marie Galliez as illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh. A little girl learns patience as she waits for a flower to bloom with her wise grandfather.
“The Magical Language of Others” (Tin House) is a memoir by award-winning Seattle poet E. J. Koh set for Jan. 2020 release. Left in the care of a brother in the US when her parents have to return to Korea for work, her mother wrote her letters that went unanswered. Years later the adult author embarked on a project to translate this written inheritance. “If her letters could go to sleep, my translations would be their dreams”, Koh writes.
“The Galleons” (Milkweed) is the long-awaited new book of poetry by local poet Rick Barot who conveys the immigrant journey of his own Filipino American family within the larger context of history in the aftermath of colonialism.
“The Piano Recital” (Kids Can Press) is a new picture book by Akiko Miyakoshi. It’s an enchanting tale of a nervous girl’s first recital and how she gets encouragement from a magical audience of mice.
“Kanban – Traditional Shop Signs of Japan” (Mingei International/Princeton University Press) by Alan Scott Pate is a lovely catalog for an exhibition on the history and origins of traditional shop signs in Japan.
“Our Favorite Day” (Candlewick) is a picture book written and illustrated by Joowon Oh. An old man reserves that special day when he spends time with his granddaughter. In charming color illustrations, their day together comes alive.
“More to the Story” (Simon & Schuster) by Hena Khan comes a new story inspired by “Little Women”. Four sisters from a modern American Muslim family living in Georgia come of age. When the father goes overseas for a job, one sister longs to be a journalist and wants to write an article that will make her dad proud. But will her dreams be abandoned when a younger sister falls ill? A young adult novel.
“Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.” (McClelland & Stewart) by Jenny Heijun Wills is a memoir that dwells into gender, class, racial and ethnic complexities through a story of a Korean adoptee in Canada who returns to reconnect with her birth family. In this book, one feels the ripple effect of dislocation and the rewards of struggle and forgiveness.
“Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn” (Princeton) as edited and introduced by Andrei Codrescu with a foreword by Jack Vipes. This volume, part of the Oddly Modern Fairy Tales” series bring together a choice selection of strange stories, inspired by Japanese folk tales as written by Western expatriate Lafcadio Hearn at the turn of the 19esimo century.
“Latani of The Distant Sea” (HarperCollins) is the latest book by Newberry Medal-winner Erin Entrada Kelly. This fable inspired by Filipino folklore is filled with a rich mythology and pits a timid twelve-year-old girl against epic tests to survive and save her village from disaster.
“Surrender” (Imprint) by Cao Wenxuan as illustrated by Yu Rong. In this picture book, children will read how seven animals try to survive the sweltering season but all are selfish. It isn’t until they learn to share that they thrive. Lyrical poetic prose is matched by delicate, sensitive images.
“Along The Indigo” (Amulet) is by prolific young adult author/editor Elsie Chapman. Her new novel is a heart-wrenching story of a plucky heroine trying to escape the poverty of a seedy river town to give herself and her little sister a better life.
“Useful Phrases For Immigrants” (Blair) is a collection of stories by May-lee Chai that recently won the American Book Award from The Before Columbus Foundation. Set in China and in the Chinese diaspora, it presents characters who cross borders, re-invent traditions and search for love. It was selected as the winner of the 2018 Bakmin Award by Tayari Jones.
“Last of Her Name – A Novella & Stories” (Kaya) by Mimi Lok. A wide range of stories that portray the interconnected lives of diasporic women and the histories they are born into. With a cast of outsiders like an elderly housebreaker, wounded lovers and kung-fu fighting teenage girls.
“The Ranger” (Groundwood) by Nancy Vo. When a ranger comes across a fox in a trap, she nurses it back to health. When misfortune befalls the ranger, the fox returns the favor. A picture book of understanding and companionship is evoked in striking illustrations.
“No Good Very Bad Asian” (C&R) is a comic novel by Leland Cheuk of a Chinese American underachiever’s journey into stand-up comedy while navigating the duties and obligations of society and a traditional Chinese family.
“Place and Postcolonial Ecofeminism – Pakistani Women’s Literary And Cinematic Visions” (Nebraska) by Shazia Rahman. A look at contemporary Pakistani literature and film through the voices of women’s narratives.
“Iced In Paradise” (Prospect Park) is by Naomi Hirahara, the Edgar-winning author of the Mas Arai mysteries. In it, we discover a new unlikely detective in Leilani Santiago. Leaving a post-collegiate Seattle life, she returns to the islands to care for an ailing mother and keep afloat a family business. But when she discovers a dead body and her estranged father becomes the suspect, she must work fast to solve the murder and put her life and that of her family back in order.
“Zhuangzi – The Way of Nature” (Princeton) is illustrated by C. C. Tsai with a foreword by Edward Slingerland. Tsui is one of East Asia’s beloved cartoonists. He is adept at taking tales of traditional Asian philosophy and literature and fashioning them into playful and illuminating cartoons. In this volume, he takes on a pillar of classical Daoism aided by a skillful translation by Brian Bruya who provides an informative introduction.
“Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots in WWII” (Flying Eye) by Sally Weng. This children’s picture book tells the little known story of women pilots who learn to fly and contribute to the war effort.
“Banned – Immigration Enforcement In The Time of Trump” (NYU) by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia tries to make sense of a muddled immigration policy with a thoughtful analysis of immigration law and policy illustrated by insightful case studies and interviews.
“A Hero Born – Legends of the Condor House 1 (St. Martin’s Press) is an epic novel by Jin Yong as translated by Anna Holmwood. This Hong Kong writer has created one of the world’s most beloved martial arts novels that stretches from the mid-fifties to the emergence of Bruce Lee’s career in film. His novels have been widely read in Asia. Hailed as a Chinese “Lord of the Rings”, this kung-fu fantasy features fierce battles, complex characters and plots woven into historical events.
“Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking” (HMH) by Maangchi is billed as “You Tube’s Korean Julia Child” by the NY Times. This book is called the definitive book on Korean food and the culture it comes from. Set for Oct. 2019 release.
“Divine Gardens – Mayumi Oda & The San Francisco Zen Center” (Parallax) captures the essence of the artist’s art and life as a zen practitioner. It is a celebration of the garden and her joyful female “goddesses” who leap off the page in vibrant colorful hues.
“How Do You Say Goodnight?” (Little Simon) by Cindy Jin and illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez is a cute board book for kids in which the little ones learn how to say good night in an array of languages and cultures.
“Japanese Ghost Stories” by Lafcadio Hearn (Penguin Books) Edited with an introduction by Paul Murray (biographer of Hearn). Hearn was a journalist and 19esimo century master storyteller who drew on traditional Japanese folklore. Infused with memories of his own haunted childhood in Ireland, he created these chilling tales.
“Masking Identity – The Performance Art of Roger Shimomura” (printed by CreateSpace, an Amazon Company) by Krystal Reiko Hauseur. This book is a monograph of the artist’s thirteen performance pieces created over an eighteen-year period. Looks at the historical significance and visual impact of Shimomura’s performance art that continually dealt with racism, discrimination, and the Asian American experience.
“Everest” (Flying Eye) by Sangma Francis & Lisk Feng. A non-fiction picture book full of facts about the world’s highest mountain with marvelous visuals by Feng.
“Rising Son – A US Soldier’s Secret and Heroic Role in World War II” (Sasquatch) by Sandra Vea. The story of a Japanese American man who joined the Military Intelligence Service assigned to convince Japanese Imperial soldiers to lay down their arms while wearing a target on his back. Reveals a little-known history of how the confluence of race, war and loyalty played out when the nation called for the service of those it judged most harshly.
“Things To Make And Break” (Coffee House) is a book of stories by May-Lan Tran. A collection of stories that reveal old relationships, past selves and hopes for the future where the path is not always clear and self-invention and self-annihilation appear as road signs to a varied cast of characters.
“The Immortal Jellyfish” (Flying Eye) by writer/artist Sang Miao tackles the issue of death as a young boy loses his grandfather only to reunite again with him in a mythical city.
“Bullets And Opium – Real-Life Stories of China After the Tiananmen Square Massacre” (Signal) by Liao Yiwa. Now living in exile in Berlin, the author bears witness with first person accounts from ordinary people who were actually there that fateful day.
“Stories For South Asian Super Girls” (Kashi House) by Raj Kaur Khaira is a treasure trove of 50 illustrated biographies of amazing South Asian women. A young adult book of “sheroes” sure to inspire.
“ESL or You Weren’t Here” (Nightboat) by Aldrin Valdez. A debut book of poems that looks at a young man’s upbringing as a queer immigrant body adrift in a sea of contradictions with negotiations between Tagalog and English at every corner.
“Bone Talk” (David Fickling Books) by Candy Gourlay tells the story of an indigenous village boy in the Philippines who must use all his skills to battle the encroachment of American invaders in this young adult novel set for November 2019 publication.
“Always Angali” (Bharat Babies) by Sheetal Sheth with illustrations by Jessica Blank. When an Indian girl in America finds she is bullied for her different name, she asks her parents to change it but they refuse. A timeless children’s story about appreciating what makes us special and honoring our differences.
“Sightseer in This Killing City” (Penguin) by Eugene Gloria. This new book of poems captures the surreal and disorienting feelings of the present and reveals an obsession with arrivals and departures and the bitter divisions in America.
“Parade” (Soft Skull) by Hiromi Kawakami as translated by Allison Markin Powell. It’s a summer afternoon and the student tells her former high school teacher a modern folk-tale of creatures over a bowl of cold noodles. Set for Nov 2019 publication.
“Bodega” (Milkweed Editions) is a debut book of poems by Minnesota poet Su Hwang. With rich lyrical and narrative poetics, she offers a revealing perspective on our nation of immigrants and the tensions rising in the margins where they live and work.
“My Story Starts Here – Voices of Young Offenders” (Groundwood) by Deborah Ellis is set for Oct, 2019 release. It is an oral history of kids involved in the criminal justice system telling their own stories. From different socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations and ethnicities, the common threads that bind include loss of parents, dislocation, poverty, truancy, addiction and discrimination.
The Goose Egg” (Knopf) by Washington author/artist Liz Wong tells the story of an elephant who rescues a baby goose who then adopts her as her mother. This picture book is tale of parenting and how love changes everything.
“Fashion And Beauty in The Time of Asia” (NYU Press) edited by S. Heijin Lee, Christina Moon and Thuy Lin Nguyen Tu. This collection of essays considers the role of bodily aesthetics foraged through engagements with fashion and beauty. Topics run the gamut from the American influence on plastic surgery in Korea, Chinese garment workers to Nepalese nail technicians in New York.
“You Go First” (Greenwillow) by Erin Entrada Kelly. How do two friends more than a thousand miles away survive middle school and heartbreak at home? A love of online scrabble binds them together and their lives intersect in unexpected ways in this young adult novel.
In “Hybrida” (Norton) is Tina Chang’s new book of poems and in it, she confronts the complexities of raising a mixed-race child during an era of political upheaval in the United States.
“Spin The Dawn” (Knopf) by Elizabeth Lin. This fairy tale is about a young seamstress who must use her creativity as a weapon against evil forces invading the land.
“Before I Was A Critic I was A Human Being” (Book Hug) by Amy Fung. This collection of essays takes a closer look at Canada’s mythologies of multiculturalism, settler colonialism, and identity through the lens of a national art critic.
“Jaya And Rasa: A Love Story” (Cinco Puntos) is both a teenage romance and a tale of crime fiction as a love blooms between two strangers who cross paths. Will their relationship survive the chaos of their respective lives?
“Love in the New Millennium” (Yale) by Can Xue with a foreword by Eileen Myles and translated from the Chinese by Annelise Finegan Wacmoen. A dark comic novel about a group of women who inhabit a world of constant surveillance, where informants lurk in the flower beds and false reports fly. Love stories of a new millennium by a master storyteller.
“Malaya – Essays On Freedom” (Little A) by Cinelle Barnes. These essays tell of a harrowing childhood in the Philippines and coming of age in the American South as a woman with a brown body in a profoundly white world. Set for Oct, 2019 release.
“Super Satya Saves The Day” (Bharat Babies) by Raakhee Mirchandani with pictures by Tim Palin. Can a little girl conquer the tallest slide in Hoboken without her superhero cape? Will she be able to face her fears, help her friends and be the true hero everyone knows she is?
“Empire of Style – Silk And Fashion in Tang China” (UW Press) by Buyen Chen. During the Tang dynasty, the Silk Road was filled with a critical market and the thriving cultures of Central Asia and the Middle East. Chen looks at this vibrant fashion system that emerged through the efforts of Tang artisans, wearers and critics of clothing.
“The Art of Logic In an Illogical World” (Basic Books) by Eugenia Cheng. This mathematician and columnist demonstrates how to use mathematical logic to complement our emotions and transform the way we think about challenges.
“Team Taek Wondo #3 – How To Be Cheeri” (Rodale Kids) by Master Taekwon Lee & Jeffrey Nodelman and illustrated by Ethen Beavers. What happens when hand worker Cheeri must collaborate with fun loving Baeoh? How can they join forces and learn to work together to meet their next challenge? A lesson-learning graphic novel for kids.
“Bomb Children – Life In The Former Battlefields of Laos” (Duke) by Leah Zani. The author looks at how the explosive remnants of war continues to be a part of people’s everyday lives.
“Chicks Rule!” (Abrams) is a picture book by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen with pictures by Renee Kurilla that demonstrates that when little girls work together, no obstacle is insurmountable.
“Zeng Fanzhi” (Hauser & Wirth) is a catalog of a 2018 exhibition by one of China’s most well known contemporary artists that toured Zurich, London and Hong Kong. The artist often works on multiple artworks in different styles and this book is a reflection of that as it moves from the purely abstract to the figurative to traditional landscape.
“Paper Son” (Random House) by Julie Leung and illustrated by Chris Sasaki tells the inspiring story of artist Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American responsible for bringing Disney’s Bambi to life.
“Symptoms of a Heart Break” (Imprint) by Sona Charaipotra is a young adult novel of a young doctor treating kids with cancer who must mend her own broken heart even as she starts to become attracted to a patient.
“Hard Damage” (University of Nebraska) by Aria Aber won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in poetry. Leaping from the personal to the political, an Afghani family history comes alive as a poet explores the historical and personal implication of Afghan American relatives in an urgent, lyrical language.
“Anna May Wong – Performing The Modern” (Temple University Press) by Shirley Jennifer Lim. The author explores modernity and women of color through the central presence of this famed Chinese American actress. In this study, Lim captures Wong’s emergence through the contradictions of gender and race.
“The Rise of Kiyosi – Avatar, The Last Airbnder” (Amulet) by F. C. Yee with Avatar co-creator Michael Dante Dimartino. The story behind the longest-living avatar in the history of this beloved world. It maps Kiyoshi’s journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice in this young adult fantasy epic.
“I Love You So Mochi” (Scholastic) by Sarah Kuhn. When a young girl gets into an explosive fight with her mother, she’s able to escape to Kyoto when her grandparents invite her to visit. When she meets a Japanese med student, she learns more than she bargained for – about her self and her complex relationships.
“Your House Will Pay” (Ecco) by Steph Cha is a novel that looks at a history of Los Angeles after Rodney King and how it impacted and shaped her city. She deals with issues of how crime, violence and injustice permeates communities and families.
Mommy Sayang” (Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase Books) by Rosanna Sullivan. When illness comes between a mother and her child, they must find a way to love in a different yet meaningful way. Charmingly illustrated by the author.
“Shojin Ryori – The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine” (Marshall Cavendish) by Danny Chu. Explores a cuisine that originated from Japanese Zen temples that use no meat, fish, egg or dairy products. The author is a former foreign currency trader who left the corporate world to study this unique cuisine.
Chirri & Chirra – Underground” (Enchated Lion) by Kaya Doi and translated by David Boyd. A charming Japanese picture book about two sisters who embark on an adventure beneath the earth’s surface as they follow badgers and discover another world.
“Instantly Indian Cookbook – Modern Classic Recipes For The Instant Pot” (Knopf) is the latest by the godmother of Indian cookbook writers, Madhur Jaffrey. In it, she tries to make cooking Indian food in your home easier via the use of the Instant Pot. Runs the gamut with recipes, side dishes, spices, special ingredients and handy tips.
“A Scarf For Keiko” (Kar-Ben) by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Merribe Liddiard. A special friendship is tested when Sam’s Japanese American neighbor Keiko is forced into an internment camp with her family as WWII draws near. How will they remain friends?
“Like A Love Story” (Balzer + Bray) by Abdi Nazemian. Three characters in 1980’s NYC – an Iranian boy who keeps the secret that he’s gay, a young girl who wants to be a fashion designer and a gay uncle with AIDS that she worships. When all three get caught up in secrets and emotions, will friendship and love still triumph?
“A Song For China – How My father Wrote Yellow River Cantata” (Groundwood) by Ange Zhang. A true story of a young Chinese author who composed the words to a song that became a patriotic anthem. Illustrated by the author’s woodblock-style art with sidebars that explain the historic background to the story. Set for September, 2019.
“The Safety of Edges” (Marrowstone Press) by Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma uses poetry to ponder liminal times and spaces, tracing between now and then and there, childhood and the grown poet.
“You Are My Magical Unicorn” (Cartwheel) is a colorful board book by Joyce Wan that expresses the mantra that every child needs to feel important and loved.
“Bloody Seoul” (Cinco Punto) by Sonia Patel is a young adult coming-of-age story about a boy who wants to inherit leadership of his father’s gang but along the way, discovers important new truths that help him find himself and another path.
“My Big Bad Monster” (Disney Hyperion) by A.N. Kang. How a little girl defeats her monster of self-doubt comes alive in these colorful pages.
“Kitchen Curse” (Verso) is a book of stories by Eka Kurniawan as translated by Annie Tucker. These dark tales explore the turbulent dreams of an ex-prostitute, a perpetual student, victims of anti-Communist genocide, an elephant and a stone. An Indonesian writer hailed as a SE Asian “Marquez.”
“The Boy Who Grew A Forest – The True Story of Jadav Payeng” (Sleeping Bear) by Sophia Gholz and illustrated by Kayla Harren. This picture book tells the inspiring story of a little Indian boy who planted a forest on an island starting with one seed.
Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister – Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China” (Knopf) by Jung Chang, noted author of “Wild Swans”. This book tells the story of three real-life sisters from Shanghai who married some of the most powerful men in modern China. A gripping tale of these women who helped shape the history of twentieth-century China.
“The Epic Crush of Genie Lo” (Amulet) by F. C. Yee. What happens when an overachieving Chinese American high school girl drops her studies to fight a hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore with the aid of the mysterious new boy in school?
“The Memory Police” (Pantheon) by Yoko Ogawa as translated by Stephen Snyder. This is a haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance by the acclaimed Japanese author of “The Housekeeper and the Professor”.
With “The Candle And The Flame” (Scholastic) by Nafiza Azad, we enter another world and another time. Based on Islamic mythology and Arabic folklore, the author evokes a city on the Silk Road and a young woman who must be quick on her feet and alert to her senses as she navigates political intrigue and the dangers of a magical battlefield to survive. A young adult fantasy novel. The author born in Fuji is an Indo-Fijian Muslim Canadian.
“Man Tiger” (Verso) by Eka Kurniawan is set in a small town on the Indonesian coast. This novel tells the story of two tormented and interlinked families and an ordinary young man who conceals within himself a supernatural female white tiger. Translated by Labodalih Sembiring.
“Ojiichan’s Gift” (Kids Can Press) by Chieri Uegaki and illustrated by Genevieve Simms. A picture book about a grandfather’s garden in Japan and how an American granddaughter learns to tend the garden on her summer visits until everything changes. A story of facing changes in life and the bond of love.
“The Dragon Warrior” (Bloomsbury) by Katie Zhao. This middle-grade fantasy takes a page from Chinese mythology. A young outcast embarks on a quest to prove herself and honor her family as well. Set for October, 2019 release.
“Bilal Cooks Dahl” (Salaam) by Aisha Saeed and illustrated by Anoosha Syed. When a South Asian boy helps his dad cook his favorite dish, he worries if his friends will like it too.
“The Sea of Japan” (Spark Press) is a novel by award-winning Japanese author Keita Nagano. Fleeing a disastrous teaching job in Boston, an American girl gets another position teaching overseas in a Japanese fishing village. Saved from drowning by a local fisherman, she soon becomes immersed in a war over fishing rights between his village and the one nearby.
“Other Words For Home” (B+B) by Jasmine Warga. A Syrian girl and her mother are forced to flee their war-torn country leaving an older brother and father behind. Will they find a new home in Cincinnati? A young adult novel about losing and finding home or perhaps finding yourself.
“The Secrets of Noh Masks” (Kodansha) by Michshige Udaka with photography by Shuichi Yamagata. This book is written by a Noh actor who is also a mask maker. He shares his love of this unique ancient drama form with the world. The photographs make the masks come out of the darkness and become alive
“Zombie Run” (Solstice) is a novel co-written by Dwayne Perkins and Koji Steven Sakai. It explores how to survive in a Zombie world and discover love along the way.
“The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday” (Tor.com) by Saad Z. Hossain. A compact story of a king who wakes up from imprisoned slumber only to find to his surprise that the city he covets, has citizens unwilling to revolt.
“Grass” (Drawn & Quarterly) by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim is a graphic novel. This is the true story of a Korean comfort woman who documents how the atrocity of war devastates women’s lives. A landmark graphic novel that makes truly personal the desperate cost of war and the importance of peace.
“Hello, Universe” (Greenwillow) by Erin Entrada Kelly. This Newberry Award-winner tells the story of a few kids whose lives collide in surprising and unexpected ways that enrich each of them.
A trio of Japanese American artists have created “442” (Little Nalu Pictures), a graphic novel that recounts the experiences of those in their community who served in the combat regiment that became the most decorated unit in the history of American warfare. Written by Koji Steven Sakai and Phineas Kiyomura and illustrated by Rob Sato.
“The Factory” (ND) by Hiroko Oyamada and translated by David Boyd. A Japanese novel that looks at life in a factory from the perspective of three different characters. This surreal, modern fable dares to ask, “Where does the factory end and the rest of the world begin?” Set for October 2019 release.
“Take the Mic – Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance” (Arthur A. Levine) edited by Behany C. Morrow. A powerful collection of short pieces by some of the best young adult authors. Poems, prose and art that show how today’s youth can resist injustice today.
“Who Is Afraid of Little Wolf?” (Prestel) by author/illustrator Yayo Kawamura is a board book for little ones that stresses the importance of overcoming prejudice and the power of friendship with colorful artwork of all the animals in the forest.
“Small Days And Nights” (Norton) by Tishani Doshi is this prize-winning poet’s novel that tells the story of a young woman who returns home to Pondicherry after a failed US marriage to find she has inherited property in Madras, discovers a sister she never knew existed and must grow up fast to forge a life with meaning. Set for January 2020 release.
“A Life Made by Hand – The Story of Ruth Asawa” (Princeton Architectural Press) written and illustrated by Andrea D’Aquino. Imaginatively illustrated, this picture book tells the story of a pioneering Japanese American artist beloved in the Bay Area.
“My Footprints” (Capstone) by Bao Phi and illustrated by Basia Tran. Bullied at school, a Vietnamese American girl with lesbian parents walks home through the woods stomping through the snow angry and alone. But when a bird catches her eye, things change and she sets off on an imaginary exploration of all the animals in the forest.
“Voices from the Railroad – Stories by descendants of Chinese Railroad Workers” (Chinese Historical Society of America) – Edited by Sue Lee & Connie Young Yu. An important document that gives voice and recognition to a forgotten generation of early Chinese Americans who built the railroad that linked a nation.
“RUSE” (Simon Pulse) is the thrilling sequel to “Want” by Cindy Pon. Set in a futuristic Shanghai. What happens when a group of teens lose a friend, kidnapped by their evil adversary?
“Queen of Physics – How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom” (Sterling) by Teresa Robeson and illustrated by Rebecca Huang. Overcoming prejudice and obstacles, this famous physicist went on to make a large difference in the world. Another “shero” story for the kids.
“Changing And Unchanging Things: Noguchi And Hasegawa in Post War Japan” (UC Press) edited by Dakin Hart and Mark Dean Johnson. When the artist Isamu Noguchi returns to Japan for the first time in 20 years, it is 1950. A key figure for Noguchi during this period was fellow artist Saburo Hasegawa who had lived abroad in Paris in the 1930’s and later influenced the American “Beats” about Japanese culture. Together the two artists explore traditional Japanese culture and how it can strike a balance between tradition and Western modernity. The exhibition catalog for a show at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
“Yao Bai and The Egg Pirates” (West Margin Press) by Tim J. Meyers and illustrated by Bonnie Pang. A story of resourceful Chinese immigrants who journeyed to the Farallon Islands to gather eggs to sell, only to be attacked by pirates. A story taken from history that will enlighten the kids.
“What God Is Honored Here? – Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of color” (Minnesota) edited by Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang. A look at pregnancy loss among these groups with insights into the pain and bonds between mothers and their children.
“My First Origami Fairy Tales Kit” (Tuttle) by Joel Stern includes paper models of knights, princesses, dragons and ogres with 36 folding sheets and easy-to-read instructions.
“Fake It Till You Break It” (Swoon Reads) by Jenn P. Nguyen. What happens when best friends pretend to be a couple in order to get their matchmaking moms off their backs only to realize they are really falling for each other?
“The Dinner That Cooked Itself” (Flying Eye) by J. C. Hsyu and Kenard Pak. Told in the form of a folktale from ancient China, a decent man longs for a bride but remains lonely until a fairy appears bearing fragrant gifts.
“A Life in a Sea of Red – Photojournalism by Liu Heung Shing” (Steidl). This book captures half a century of documentation by this noted Chinese photographer of the changes in life in the former Soviet Union and China.
“Mya’s long Walk – A Step At A Time” (Clarion) is by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. It is the picture book companion to “A Long Walk To Water” and evokes the visceral fragility of living without access to fresh, clean water in the desert of South Sudan.
“B, Book, And Me” (Two Lines Press) by Kim Sagwa as translated by Sunhee Jeong. Due out February 2020. Two loners and best friends support each other as they try to subsist with absent parents and uncaring teachers. When one of the girl’s sister is dying, whom can they turn to?
“A Map Into The World” (Carolrhoda) by Kao Kalia Yang and illustrated by Seo Kim tells the heartfelt story of a young Hmong girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world.
“The Resisters” (Knopf) by Gish Jen is her latest novel due out Feb. of 2020. It is a story set in the future of an America half under water and deeply divided. But will things come together when athletes from different economic classes get together to compete in the Olympics?
“It Began With A Page – How Gyo Fujikawa Drew The Way” (Harper) by Kyo Maclear with art by Julie Mostad. A book that tells the story of a world famous children’s author and her groundbreaking fight for racial diversity in picture books.
“A Team of Their Own – How An International Sisterhood Made Olympic History” (Hanover Square Press) by Seth Berkman. Before the last Winter Olympics, North and South Korea merged their women’s ice hockey teams into one. This book tells the story of a team who lost every game but made leaps as the first ever Korean team to overcome language, culture, and political barriers to write history.
“When Spring Comes to the DMZ” (Plough Publishing) by Uk-Bae Lee is a picture book for children that looks at the lush no-man’s land that lies untouched and serves as a barrier between North and South Korea through the eyes of a grandfather and his grandson.
Rick Riordan presents Roshani Chokshi’s “Aru Shah And The Song Of Death” (Disney/Hyperion). This is Book Two of the Pandava Quartet. It finds Aru joining forces with an ultra-strong girl and the boy across the street on a quest to prove her innocence and discover who has stolen the god of love’s bow and arrow.
“The House of Yan – A Family at the Heart of a Century in Chinese History” (Harper) by Lan Yan tells the story of an elite Communist family upended by the cultural revolution and how the author returns as an adult to China to see the country with new eyes.
“The Wolf of Oren-Yaro” (Orbit) by K. S.Villoso due out Feb. 2020 is a Filipino-inspired fantasy about a woman in power finding strength against all odds. A young adult fantasy novel.
“Okinawan Princess – Da Legend of Hajichi Tatoos” (Bess Press) by Lee A. Tonouchi and illustrated by Laura Kina. Japanese & Okinawan translations by Masahi Sakihara. Tell the legend behind the bold blue hajichi tattoos once worn on the back of the hands of Okinawan women. Written in Hawai’I creole and translated into Japanese and the endangered indigenous Okinawan language.
New York-based poet/artist Yoko Otomo’s new book entitled “Anonymous Landscape” (Lithic Press) offers readers gem-like reflections of moving simplicity in her poems on a landscape of the mind open to beauty and the act of living.
“The Living Days” (Feminist Press) by Ananda Devi, a novel of post-9/11 London that looks at racism, aging and the perturbing nature of desire which all surface in the relationship between an older woman and a teenager who meet one day on Portobello Road.
“Hinges – Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting” (UC Press) by Julia M. White. This book is the catalog for the first US exhibition focusing on the founding father of the Nanga school of brushpainting in Japan in the eighteenth century. The Japanese work is shown alongside Chinese paintings by traditional masters and the Japanese painters that followed in Hyakusen’s footsteps.
“Ballerina Project” (Chronicle Chroma) by photographer Dane Shitagi. This popular instagram project that covers over eighteen years of portraits of fifty accomplished ballerinas around the world is now in book form.
The Jack Straw Cultural Center Residency Programs offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. Artists may apply to only one program per year with a deadline of Thursday, Nov. 1, 2019. Our residency applications are now online via Submittable! If this format is not accessible to you, please contact [email protected] or 206-634-0919. Programs offered include the following – Jack Straw Artist Support Program with 20 hours of recording and production time with an engineer. Jack Straw New Media Gallery Program where artists from various disciplines can present works in which sound is an integral or exclusive element. The 2020 Jack Straw Writers Program in which twelve writers in all forms and styles are selected by an invited curator.
Artist Trust continues to offer workshops for artists all over the state in the coming months. For details, email [email protected]. They are also in need of interns for various projects. If interested, go to artisttrust.org.
The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 26 ‘Genius’ grant winners who have demonstrated “extraordinary originality”. Among them are the following – Vietnamese American poet/novelist Ocean Vuong whose first novel “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” was reviewed positively by critics recently. It read like an open letter to his immigrant mother. The conceptual artist Mel Chin who is known for tackling tough issues and breaking them down in his art installations was another winner. In 2018, his mixed-reality installation in Times Square that simulated a view of the area from underneath rising seas with an overhead nautical traffic jam drew praise. Cartoonist Lynda Barry grew up in a working class Seattle neighborhood was another recepient. She is the author of the alternative comic strip known as “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” and the graphic novel, “Cruddy.” She is part-Filipino American. Sujatha Baliga was another recipient. She directs the Restorative Justice Project, the alternative to the criminal justice system that tries to bring together victims and perpetrators to some kind of peaceful resolution outside of court.
Congratulations to all the winners!
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