MATCHA–the Asian Art Museum’s monthly evening mixer series–is back for an exciting second season. Experience live performances, browse through the museum’s galleries, mingle with friends over cocktails, create art, embark on special tours, or simply chill to the hip beats of DJs and musicians. First Thursdays, June through November, 5 to 9 pm. FREE with museum admission ($5 after 5 pm).
June 7 / Japanese Hip-Hop (and it don't stop)
DJ Tonk - one of Japan's most reputable hip-hop producers/DJs - spins infectious beats. Check out Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga, chill in the Manga Lounge, create your own comic, and more.
July 5 / Live Action Remix
The Live Action Cartoonists perform highlights from SCIENCE (FICTION), a multimedia project inspired by Tezuka Osamu’s Astro Boy. Tour Yoshitoshi’s Strange Tales, make a woodblock print, and move to new wave and indie music by DJ Nako.
Aug 2 / Strange & Supernatural
Plaza produces site-specific dance performances using vibrant, spine-tingling imagery from Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales. Craft a lantern in honor of obon, the Japanese Buddhist "festival of the dead.”
Sep 6 / Tea
Discover tea and its many traditions from East and South Asia. Concoct matcha (powdered green tea) with local tea school Urasenke, observe demonstrations by tea masters, sip samples, and learn more about Chinese yixing pottery and Japanese tea ceremonies.
Oct 4 / Heaven & Earth
Experience East/West classical music by Adorno Ensemble, view Jupiter and its moons with hand-made telescopes, unearth Chinese astronomy, and learn more about cosmology in Asian art.
Nov 1 / Photography, Fashion & Film
Dive into the Asian American film scene with screenings and special filmmaker guests. See sculptural creations by Issey Miyake and other Japanese fashion designers, and view works by acclaimed artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Presented with the Center for Asian American Media.