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Art Mix brings Japan to the Crocker

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the Crocker Art Museum presents its monthly Art Mix from 5-9 p.m., featuring music, hands-on art and a Japanese sword demonstration to complement the current exhibit, “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami,” which opened June 30.

Several events are planned throughout the evening, including a presentation by the Japanese Film Festival at 5:30 p.m. of “Apart From You,” written and directed by Mikio Naruse. This film dates back to 1933 and examines the relationship among a mother; her teenage son, who finds her profession as a geisha shameful; and a young colleague of the aging geisha. The film runs for approximately one hour.

Following the film, head outside to view the Japanese sword demonstrations by Senkakukan, a school focusing on Japanese sword arts and martial studies that opened in Folsom in 2006. Expect to see kata (forms), kumitachi (choreographed sparring) and tameshigiri (target cutting). Two demonstrations begin at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., take a guided tour of “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” on the Crocker Art Museum’s second floor. This tour is led by the curator, who will certainly point out the paper dress and shoes.

Prepare yourself from some serious noise and feel the ground shake when Placer Ume Taiko takes the stage at 8 p.m. If you’ve never heard taiko drumming, you’re in for quite the experience.

Throughout the evening, music will be performed by DJ Sam I Jam of Le Twist Tuesdays. Expect Japanese-inspired beats while you try your hand at origami, courtesy of the Davis Origami Group, or view the beautiful Japanese kites that the International Association of Tako Age will have on display.

The exhibit, “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” runs through Sept. 29, 2013, and is one you won’t want to miss.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O St., Sacramento, CA 95814.

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