This Week’s Happenings 1.6-1.16
Happy 2012! Let’s start the year off with a live streaming of #1 iTunes pop artist Jin Akanishi’s special fan event at The Grammy Museum, LA film screenings, and the Rob television series premiere.
Jin Akanishi’s fan appreciation event at Japan’s Yokohama Arena will stream live at The Grammy Museum
Multi-talented singer and actor Jin Akanishi will host an exclusive fan appreciation event at the sold-out, 12,000 seat Yokohama Arena in Japan that will be streamed live from The Grammy Museum. Akanishi will perform tracks from his new album, share exclusive information about upcoming projects, and have a fan Q&A session moderated at The Grammy Museum by producer, TV host, and comedian Paul PK Kim.
WHEN: Friday, January 6, 2012, 6pm to 7pm
Doors open at 5pm
The Grammy Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Tickets: Currently sold out, but the remaining available seats will be awarded via a lottery wait list. Lottery winners will be selected on-site and announced at The Grammy Museum at 5:30pm PST. To claim the award, lottery winners must be present at the museum when selected.
Free Film Screening of Newly Restored Cinematic Landmark Hito Hata: Raise the Banner (1980)
Attend a free screening of a newly restored 16mm print of the first feature film produced by and about Asian Americans. The drama chronicles the stories of the Japanese American community from the turn of the century to the 1970s, as told by Oda, an elderly, feisty Issei and bachelor living in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, played by veteran actor/director Mako. The film also features a veteran cast that includes Pat Morita, Sachiko, and the late Yuki Shimoda, and draws on the talents and support of Asian American filmmakers, writers, and theater professionals. Director Robert A. Nakamura will be present for a Q&A session following the screening. The film is co-presented by the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles Filmforum and Visual Communications, in conjunction with Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles.
WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2012, 2pm
Running time: 90 minutes
East West Players theatre
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Film Screening: Niloofar, Franco-Iranian Feature by Award-Winning Writer/Director Sabine El Gemayel
The film (in Persian and Arabic with English subtitles) centers on Niloofar, a 12-year-old girl played by Mobina Aynehdar whose dream is to read and write in a village where an education is only provided to boys. In the face of an arranged marriage to an older man, Niloofar does everything she can to escape her fate. Franco-Lebanese Director Sabine El Gemayel will be present for a Q&A session after the screening. Ticketholders gain free gallery admission to the Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibition.
WHEN: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 8pm
Running time: 82 minutes
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
$5 Members and Full-Time Students
Buy tickets online
OSHOGATSU FAMILY FESTIVAL – Year of the Dragon
WHEN: Sunday, January 8, 2012
11:00 AM—5:00 PM
WHERE: JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
HOW: FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY!
Put your dragon hat on and get ready to ring in the New Year at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The event, honoring the Year of the Dragon, will offer fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances for the entire family.
RUNE BOUTIQUE World Debut Party
Roots of Kawaii Featuring 6%DOKIDOKI and MEDICOM TOY
WHEN: Pop-Up Shop Open Through January 9, 2012
WHERE: Royal/T, Culver City, CA
HOW: RUNE BOUTIQUE pop-up retail space is open through January 9, 2012 at Royal/T in Culver City. For more information, please visit www.runeboutique.com or www.royal-t.org.
The world debut of cutting edge, Japanese brand collaboration RUNE BOUTIQUE launched on Friday, December 9, 2011 at Royal/T in Culver City. Over 4,500 guests attended; celebrating the artwork of the late Rune Naito, considered the father of kawaii. RUNE’s opening marked one of Los Angeles’ largest kawaii events, and a live stream broadcast of the festivities was viewed by fans worldwide.
WATCHING TV WITH THE RED CHINESE
WHEN: Opens January 20, 2012
WHERE: In Manhattan, New York at Big Cinemas.
HOW: For more information and to view the trailer, visit: http://roamfilms.com
The critically acclaimed novel Watching TV with the Red Chinese comes to the big screen in director Shimon Dotan’s new film starring Ryan O’Nan, Gillian Jacobs, and Leonardo Nam.
The film is set in New York City in 1980, and tells of three students from China learning about America through meeting local neighbors and watching lots of television. Dotan, whose past films have won Sundance’s Special Jury Prize, Berlin’s Silver Bear, and numerous Israeli Film Academy Awards, is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and teaches Political Cinema at New York University.
THE FRONT LINE
A Film By Jang Hun
WHAT: The Official South Korean Foreign Language Entry for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.
WHEN: January 20, 2012
WHERE: See below for theaters.
Winner of Four 2011 Daejong Film Awards, including Best Film and Best Cinematography, The Front Line is coming to Theatres in New York City and Los Angeles on January 20th. Directed by Jang Hun, and starring Ko Soo, Shin Ha-Kyun, Kim Ok-Bin, Ryoo Seung-Ryong, Lee Je-Hoon, Ko Chang-Seok, Ryu Seung-Soo, the story takes places towards the end of the Korean War. An uneasy ceasefire is ordered, but out on the Eastern front line of the Aerok Hills, in an expanse of land called the Aero.K, fierce fighting continues. A race to capture this strategic point to determine a new border between the two Koreas is the ultimate prize.
Catch it at one of these theaters:
- AMC Empire 25, New York City
- AMC Loews Ridgefield Park 12, Ridgefield Park, NJ
- CGV Cinema, Los AngeleS
- AMC Atlantic Times Square, Monterey Park
- AMC Rolling Hills 20, Torrance
SAN FRANCISCO/BAY AREA
- AMC Cupertino 16, Cupertino, CA
- AMC Young & Dundas 24, Toronto