Monthly Archives: July 2005

Maiko Bae Yamamoto Minoru Yamamoto featured in Georgia Straight

Maiko Bae Yamamoto and Minoru Yamamoto are featured in the Georgia Straight.

Check out Big on Japan 
an article about fusion contempoary art with cultural traditions. 
Minoru came to Vancouver in 1970 from Yokohama.  His daughter Maiko has been burning up the small theatre Vancouver arts scene by co-founding boca del lupo and writing creations such as Empty Orchestra and many others.

Here's a message from collaborator actor/creator Adrienne Wong:

Hope you can make it to check this out!

Replacement and the Powell Street Festival present six new works of
theatre for the tiny stage. BOX THEATRE is a series of one-person shows
for a one-person audience, featuring BOX SPRING by Adrienne Wong,
BALLOT BOX by Spencer Herbert, CHATTER BOX by Camille Gingras, ULTRA
BOX/TOY BOX by Kris Nelson, IDIOT BOX by James Long and MATCH BOX by
Maiko Bae Yamamoto. Using a combination of text, tiny props, and a
little magic, actor and audience share the most intimate of performance
experiences inside a theatre that is a small box worn on the actor‚s

Times are – Saturday 4:30 – 6:30 in the firehall
 12- 2 at Oppenheimer Park (400 Powell)

See the Georgia Straight Arts Section for more info
I've attached a flyer.

**For a sneak peak come to 68 water street (the office) we are doing something of a dress rehearsal tonight.


29th Annual Powell Street Festival – July 30 – July 31st

The Powell Street Festival
is always a lot of fun.  Lots of food, activities and
performances.  I have even appeared on stage with my accordion
accompanying Sean Gunn as part of his music ensemble… that was a few
years ago.

Check out Kokoro Dance Theatre featuring Jay Hirabayashi and Barbara
Bourget, as well as my friend Harry Aoki with his music ensemble. Check
out Walter Quan's “sushi candles” in the “Marketplace”.

There is even fusion hip hop, karate demonstrations – lots to do and see!

Hip'pu Pop'pu: celebrating contemporary Japanese Canadian culture

Saturday, July 30th & Sunday, July 31st, 2005
Oppenheimer Park, 400 Powell Street &
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova Street
Vancouver Japanese Language School, 487 Alexander Street
11:30am – 7:00pm


Taiko extravaganza featuring several local taiko groups • Contemporary dance by Mariko Tanabe (Montreal), Aretha Aoki and Kokoro DanceBOX THEATRE: a one-person show for a one-person audience • Musical guests Harry Aoki Ensemble, Sharon Minemoto, Riff Randells, Buttersprites (Seattle), Alcvin Ramos and more • Traditional Japanese tea serviceHistorical Walking Tours of the Powell Street area • Yugo: a hiphop fusion project featuring DJs, MCs, graffiti art & more • Literary Series featuring Kim Moritsugu (Toronto), Gerry Shikatani (Toronto) & Craig Takeuchi • Eye & Ear, There & Here: a screening of music videos from Canada, the United States and Japan • Remaking the Master's Tools: Pop Culture in Contemporary Short Film and Video • Taiko Workshop for Children & Youth • Naomi's Road: a workshop reading by Vancouver Opera

Pride Week featuring Queer Authors and the Pride Parade

Celebrating Diversity in Vancouver this week is Pride Week
I have now been asked to join in two parade groups – maybe because they
know I am a fun guy, and have put dragon boats in the St. Patrick's Day
Parade.  Maybe next year I will have a Dragon Boat in the Pride
Parade.  And maybe next year I will organize a Gay Lesbian dragon
boat team…
called the Drag-ON! Queens

In the meantime…

The Vancouver Public Library features 4 authours for a program titled Queer Authors Night

Terrie Hamazaki
is a featured author at the Vancouver Public Library reading along with
Karen X. Tulchinsky, Charles Montgomery and Daniel Gawthrop.

Terrie Has written & performed for the Fringe and Women in View Performing Arts
Festivals. Her writing has been published in various publications. She is a
member of the 2005 SFU Writers Studio & also works at a battered womens
shelter. She is a former newswriter for Kinesis (published by Vancouver Status
of Women).

Our paths have crossed in the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop world – and hopefully one day, we will have Terrie do a writing workshop for us.

Date  Thursday, July 28th 2005
Time  7:00pm

Central Library
Alice MacKay room – Lower Level
350 W. Georgia
Phone: (604) 331-3603

Admission  Free
Co-sponsor  Vancouver Pride Society