Ukulele Workshops, Performances at JANM’s Free Family Saturday

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“Aloha from Hawaii” is the theme of Target Free Family Saturday on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo.

Come and make music with KoAloha Ukulele as they lead performances, workshops crafts, and all things ukulele.

KAERU_ALOHA2014Schedule:

• 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m: Make a special key chain with KoAloha Ukulele staff members.

• 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m.: Learn basic and intermediate skills of how to play the ukulele with Brian Benevente of KoAloha Ukulele and other KoAloha artist partners. (Bring your own ukulele. Limited space.)

• 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m.: For the little ones, enjoy strum-along and sing-along workshops with George “Gibi” del Barrio as “Abba Geebz” (Grandpa Geebz). (Bring your own ukulele. Limited space.)

•11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.: Solo ukulele performances by Tj Mayeshiro, Jason Arimoto and Ryo Montgomery.

•11:30 a.m.: Enjoy a screening of the award-winning documentary “My KoAloha Story,” a story of the Okami Ohana and how a tiny ukulele has the power to change lives and bring people closer together. Q&A with the KoAloha Ukulele team and filmmakers to follow screening.

• 1:30 p.m.: Enjoy a screening of an award-winning film, “The Haumana,” about the journey of a charismatic host of a struggling Waikiki Polynesian luau show who tries to make his way back to his hula roots. Film score by KoAloha Ukulele’s artist partner, George “Gibi” del Barrio. Q&A with composer and producer to follow screening.

• 2 p.m.: In June 2013, cartoonist Vishavjit Singh dressed up as Sikh Captain America and was photographed around New York City. He will share the reactions — both positive and negative — that he received on his adventure, followed by a cartoon workshop. In conjunction with the “Marvels and Monsters” exhibition.

• 3:30 p.m.: Don’t miss this all-star jam finale featuring Jason Arimoto, Tj Mayeshiro, Ryo Montgomery, and Brian Benevente.

All-day activities:

• Make a candy lei for someone sweet.

• Send an aloha to someone special by making a valentine with a bit of a Hawaiian touch.

• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make a festive Hawaiian canoe.

Anacapa Ukulele will be on-site selling ukuleles.

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

For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.

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