Stephanie Greenman Stone (415) 379-5121
Pat Kilduff (415) 321-8125
The California Academy of Sciences Celebrates
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
May 19 - 21, 2005
SAN FRANCISCO (February 10, 2005) - The California Academy
of Sciences invites all visitors to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage
Month from May 19 - 21, 2005 by attending special programs at the Academy.
All programs are free with museum admission.
MUSIC AND DANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
Thursday, May 19 at 6 pm and 8 pm
Through narrative dances, poetry, and song, the Kulintang Dance Theater
brings to life the village customs and vibrant regalia of the Southern
Philippines. Their dancing styles are varied, from subtle hand gestures
to the powerful trance dance of the warrior, and are performed to the
complex melodies of bronze gongs. Two performances, at 6 pm and 8 pm,
will take place during the Academy's "Third Thursday" event on May 19.
General admission is reduced to $5 during "Third Thursdays" events, which
take place from 5 - 9 pm on the third Thursday of every month. Free with
museum admission. California Academy of Sciences; 875 Howard Street; San
Francisco; 94103. (415) 379-8000.
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 21 from 10 am - 4 pm
Enjoy a variety of demonstrations and hands-on activities that reflect
the traditional arts of several Asian Pacific cultures. All programs continue
throughout the day and are free with museum admission. See below for details.
Learn about the cultural meaning of this traditional Japanese craft
from Vicky Mihara and other master origami artists while folding your
own origami figure to take home.
In ancient times, Hawaiians excelled in the artistry of applied featherwork,
fashioning capes and helmets (reserved for male chiefs) and leis (worn
by royal women). Herman Tachera continues this legacy, creating colorful
hatbands and leis from pheasant, peacock, and dyed goose feathers. He
is assisted by Mike Vieiera.
Chinese Vegetable Carving
In the hands of Chinese chef and culinary artist Jimmy Zhang, ordinary
vegetables and fruits are transformed into edible works of art. Carved
in the form of animals, flowers, birds or insects, these miniature sculptures
are used as a decorative food garnish or an elaborate table centerpiece.
Textiles made from barkcloth (tapa) are created throughout the Pacific
Islands and play an important role in the social life of island people.
A prized commodity, tapa can serve as a ritual gift to a person of status
or can be made into garments for ceremonial occasions. Tapa-making is
an activity reserved for women, and the familiar sound of wooden mallets
pounding the raw fibers into cloth can be heard from early morning until
sunset throughout the Islands. Two presentations of tapa cloth, from
Tonga and from Hawaii, will take place simultaneously, allowing visitors
to compare the techniques, tools, and regional motifs of two cultural
traditions. Siu Tuita and members of the 'Otufelenite Tongan Community
of the Bay Area will demonstrate the process of creating tapa (called
ngatu in the Tongan language) using hand-carved wooden beaters. They
will be joined by Kaleo DaSa and the Kapa Hui group, who will present
the Hawaiian version of tapa (called kapa), made from the inner bark
of the paper mulberry tree.
The California Academy of Sciences,
including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to
the public at 875 Howard Street, Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard
Street is: $7 for adults, $4.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages
65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children
ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. every day. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.
The California Academy of Sciences,
the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home
to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum.
The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate
Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new
Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.
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