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    OPINION
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September 17, 2018
Volume 28 Number 18
September 17, 2018
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A
s summer comes to a close and activities begin
to move indoors, I thought I’d assist event-
goers with happenings taking place this fall.
Below are 10 offerings for cultural-arts seekers to
consider exploring.
1) The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center houses
permanent exhibits about the incarceration of
Japanese Americans that are worth experiencing. The
center also hosts temporary exhibits, including the
current one, “Oshu Nippo: Artifacts from Portland’s
Japanese Language Newspaper, 1909-1951,” which
is on view through November 4, 2018. The display
highlights the importance of Oshu Nippo, the
newspaper that brought news and information to
Japanese-American communities who worked on
farms and railroads. To learn more, visit <www.
oregonnikkei.org>.
2) The Oregon Historical Society is offering free
admission to “Japanese Cultures in Oregon” as part
of its Family Day series, which is scheduled for
Sunday, September 23 from noon to 4:00pm.
Participants are able to enjoy a calligraphy
demonstration at 1:00pm by Japanese calligrapher
Yoshiyasu Fujii, whose work is featured in “The
Playful Brush: Works by the Meito Shodo-Kai
Calligraphy Association,” an exhibit that is on
display through October 28. To learn more, visit
<www.ohs.org>.
3) The Portland Chinatown Museum has two
upcoming events worth noting. On September 27, it
is featuring a fundraising performance by violinist-
looper, vocalist, and composer Joe Kye playing
pieces from his album, Migrants, from 5:30 to
8:00pm. Jenny Chu, a poet and spoken-word artist,
opens the event. Admission is $25. To learn more,
visit <www.portlandchinatownmuseum.org>.
4) On October 4, “Descendent Threads” is opening
at the Portland Chinatown Museum. The new art
exhibit celebrates diverse mixed-media works
created by Asian-American artists Roberta Wong,
Lynn Yarne, and Ellen George. The pieces illumi-
nate and trace the wildly varied paths each artist
has chosen to embrace their Old Town/Chinatown/
Japantown roots and Asian-American identities. To
learn more, visit the museum’s website.
5) At the Portland Japanese Garden, members of
the community may take part in O-tsukimi, or moon-
viewing, September 23 through 25 from 7:00 to 9:30pm.
O-tsukimi is a fundraising event that begins with a
stroll through the lantern-lit garden accompanied by
Japanese music. It also includes observing a tea cere-
mony in the Kashintei Tea House while enjoying a
cup of saké or tea and watching the harvest moon rise
above the city. To buy tickets, visit <www.japanese
garden.com>. (The September 23 event is already sold
out.)
6) For gardening lovers, the 2018 International
Conference of the North American Japanese Gardens
Association (NAJGA) is being held at the Hilton
Portland & Executive Tower in downtown Portland.
Workshops and talks for gardeners of all skill levels are
featured at the event, which is held September 29 to
October 1. To learn more, visit <www.najga.org>.
7) Another cultural arts experience to attend is
“INGENIO Milagro 2018: A New Works Project,”
which takes place September 21 through 23 at Mila-
gro Theatre. The free event includes four staged
play readings as well as workshops by Latinx play-
wrights to develop new work. Tara by Brian Otaño
is featured on Friday, September 21 at 7:00pm.
Saturday, September 22 highlights Casta by
Adrienne Dawes (1:00pm) and World Classic by
Nelson Díaz-Marcano (7:00pm). Finally, on Sun-
day, September 23 at 11:30am, CJ — A Trilingual
Play by Mercedes Floresislas is the focus. To view
the full schedule, visit <www.milagro.org>.
8) At Portland Center Stage, The Color Purple is
being performed through October 28. Adapted from
Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller,
the Tony Award-winning musical about an
African-American family from the early to mid-20th
century in the American South includes jazz,
ragtime, gospel, and blues music. To learn more,
visit <www.pcs.org/purple>.
9) At Artists Repertory Theatre, Dominique
Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew is being staged. It is
directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray, who brought
Portland a stunning production of August Wilson’s
Two Trains Running last spring at PassinArt.
Skeleton Crew tells the story of Detroit auto factory
workers who live paycheck-to-paycheck and
struggle with management while trying to hold onto
their jobs. The show features an African-American
cast of Portland actors and runs through September
30. To buy tickets, visit <www.artistsrep.org>.
10) Lastly, everyone is welcome to indulge in an
Asian-American movie binge. Crazy Rich Asians
features an all-star Asian cast including Constance
Wu and Michelle Yeoh. The extremely successful
comedy is about an Asian-American woman who
accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore to meet his
rich family. Searching, a mystery starring John Cho
as a father who is looking for his missing 16-year-
old daughter, has received rave reviews. And if you
want to stay in for a Netflix binge, I also recommend
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, based on Jenny
Han’s 2014 novel about a biracial Asian-American
girl who navigates the complexities of young love.
Opinions expressed in this newspaper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of this publication.