Category Archives: Workshops

Chapbook Making with Debbie Yee, SF, 2/6/12 and 2/13/12

“Hallmark Card Shmallmark Card! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn how to screen print and bind your original love poems, short story or other-content chapbooks in multiples.

In two sessions, workshop participants will learn the skills and access equipment to produce hand-bound, screen-printed chapbooks using tabletop Gocco print machines from Japan, needles and thread. Come try out the Gocco, learn about quick and crafty chapbook production or, with advance preparation and planning, print and finish an edition of up to 20 chapbooks of your own, suitable for giving.

A separately-scheduled chapbook reading by emerging and published authors in Celebration of the Chapbook, and an opportunity to sell or trade your chapbook, will follow.”

Oshogatsu Family Festival – 1/8/12, LA

Oshogatsu JANM


Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Dragon with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances.”

Some highlights: Mochitsuki (traditional mochi pounding ceremony), shi shi mai (traditional lion dance) and taiko performance, onigiri contest, dragon sculpture candy, and zaru soba!

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 11am-5pm

Classes in Balinese Music, Dance, and Puppetry – Berkeley, Jan-May 2012

“Each season, Gamelan Sekar Jaya offers a series of classes & workshops in both music and dance at our banjar community center and studio. Master Balinese artists-in-residence and senior company members utilize traditional Balinese hands-on teaching methods. Bali’s core values of balance, harmony, and interdependence are evident in both music, dance, and theater, and in their close coordination. See what’s in store for this season!!”

Classes offered: Beginning Gamelan Workshop: Angklung, Gamelan Bamboo Jegog Class, Balinese Dance Classes , Bali Kids, Gamelan Gong Kebyar Class

  • WHERE: GSJ’s Banjar (Community Center)
    3023 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
  • WHEN: Jan-May 2012
  • HOW MUCH: $65-$95 (some offer drop ins)

Mochitsuki Workshops – 12/29/11-12/30/11, SF

Mochitsuki Workshops


Join the JCCCNC and Mr. Yamada-san in our annual mochitsuki workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to watch Mr. Yamada transform hot cooked rice into mochi and then have the opportunity to make their own mochi balls to take home just in time for the new year! …

Thursday-Friday, December 29-30, 2011
(Dates and times subject to change)

Shift 1: 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 2: 3:45 – 4:15 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 3: 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 4: 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 5: 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. (Thursday only)

Location: JCCCNC
Fees: $12 JCCCNC members/$17 non-members,

Children under 5 years of age are FREE.

For more info and to sign up, please call Jennifer Hamamoto at (415) 567-5505.”

  • WHERE: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
    1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • WHEN: Thursday and Friday, 12/29/11 and 12/30/11, 3-6:30pm
  • HOW MUCH: $12 JCCCNC members/$17 non-members; children under 5 years of age are FREE.

Filipino Soup for the Soul – Oakland, 12/10/11

Filipino Soup for the Soul

“Come warm your body and soul. We will make two down-to-earth Filipino soups perfect for the cold season, from the ginger-inflected tinola, to sinigang made deliciously sour with tamarind. Keeping in the spirit of all traditional foods, we will incorporate seasonal produce. Following the workshop, we will share our meal and informal conversation on Filipino foods in the US, the loss and preservation of recipes, and adapting foods into kitchens far from homeland.

includes handouts & materials

10:30am – 12:00pm Culinary Workshop
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch and Talk Story
12:30pm – 1:00pm Cleanup

Chicken Tinola*
*Vegetarian options can be made.

Contact Aileen Suzara at kitchenkwento(at)


India Comes Alive with Music, Dance and Art! – SF, 11/18/11-11/20/11

India Comes Alive

“Teachers from the Milpitas Indian Community Center introduce India’s cultural festivals, dance traditions, and art activities. Learn to dance bhangra like a Bollywood star, make a traditional drum, or create your own colorful floor art. Themes change every month, for detailed schedule, visit This program is offered in partnership with the India Community Center.”

JANM Target Free Family Saturday – LA, 11/12/11

JANM Target Free Family Saturday

If you want to participate in a workshop, make sure to sign up ahead of time!


Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family. This month’s theme is green living. Keep checking back for more information!

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.”

On the schedule for Saturday:

“11AM – Doors open

11AM – Recycled puppets drop-in activity. Create your own puppets made from recycled resources including bottles, chopsticks, plastic utensils, cardboard, and other materials (while supplies last)

12PM – Growing green drop-in activity. Kids and families will have the opportunity to grow small plants to take home (while supplies last)

12PM – Paper Mache Planet Earth workshop. Create and paint your very own planet Earth out of paper mache (limit 20 students)

1 – 4PM – Kidding Around the Kitchen will help you make your own “Save the Planet” seasonal salad

1PM – Paper mache planet Earth workshop (limit 20 students)

1PM – Mottainai* Tenegui* workshop. Create a colorful tenegui towel of your own (limit 25 students)

2PM – Special performance! “Order to Go” is a fun show focusing on the environmental impact of single-use take out containers and utensils!

3PM – Paper mache planet Earth workshop (limit 20 students)

3PM – Mottainai Tenegui workshop (limit 25 students)

3:30PM – Learn the “mottainai” dance

4PM – Doors close”

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Saturday, 11/12/11, 11am-4pm

AsiaAlive: In the Painting Studio with Artist Talha Rathore – SF, 11/10/11-11/13/11

AsiaAlive: In the Painting Studio

“In this drop-in open studio program, artist Talha Rathore demonstrates the techniques of South Asian miniature painting, from preparation to gold leafing. Although traditionally trained, Rathore’s work is unmistakably contemporary. Rathore was born in Pakistan and won the UNIESCO Bursary Award to study art at the Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi, India. Her work has been exhibited in museums around the world.”

PAWA Presents a Hip-Hop Theater Workshop with Kilusan Bautista at Bindlestiff Studio, 10/23/11, SF

Image design: Bryan Marcelino

“How can the Hip Hop generation reclaim its voice and use the aesthetics of Hip Hop culture for personal healing and cultural empowerment? Universal Filipino, written and performed by Kilusan Bautista, is a solo Hip Hop Theater Production that explores the dual identity processes for Filipino Americans in a modern, multicultural racist America. An excerpt of the full production will be presented along with an in-depth discussion based on the themes of Universal Filipino. Lets share our personal histories in order to move forward as a united community that embraces the personal and political sides of our historical movement.

All ages are welcome to join. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.”

Where: Bindlestiff Studio • 185 Sixth Street • San Francisco, CA 94103
When: Sunday October 23, 2011 • 1-4 pm
Tuition: $10-15 sliding scale suggested for students/teachers/artists; $15-25 general. Please make checks payable to PAWA (please write “10/23 workshop” on the memo line)  • PO Box 31928 • San Francisco, CA 94131-0928 (paypal option forthcoming)

More info:

LA – Drop-in voice and hip hop classes now being offered

Teada is now offering DROP IN classes for VOICE BOX and HIP HOP AND COMBAT! RSVP or inquire at