BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.857@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20050917T000000Z DTEND:20050917T000000Z DESCRIPTION:On Saturday\, September 17\, 2005\, the Japanese American Hall of Fame (JAHOF): “A Salute to the Stars" will pay tribute to famous Japa nese American entertainers -- Pat Morita\, George Takei\, James Shigeta\, Pat Suzuki and Mako -- with performances from some of today’s rising Asi an American stars.\n\nThe 5:00 p.m show will be held the Palace of Fine Ar ts Theater in San Francisco with a VIP Buffet Reception and auction for Pr emiere and Gold ticket holders to meet honorees and special guests. Clyde Kusatsu and Tamlyn Tomita have been invited to be the program emcees.\n\n ”A Salute to the Stars” tickets are already on sale. Individual show t ickets prices are $50 Reserved Seating\, $150 Premier Ticket\, and $250 Go ld Ticket. \n\nBy honoring these outstanding entertainers\, the JAHOF in tends to recognize not only their excellence in their chosen career\, but also the important role they played in bringing pride to the Japanese Amer ican community. These entertainers have dedicated their careers to exposi ng mainstream media to their talents since the 1950s when there were no fa ces to represent the Asian American community: \n\n(1) Pat Morita is a Ja panese-American actor best known for the roles of Arnold on the TV show Ha ppy Days and Mr. Miyagi in the movie The Karate Kid\, for which he was nom inated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1984.\n\n(2) James Shigeta is the first Asian-American to play a romantic leading man in Holl ywood films. He is best known for starring in the production of Rodgers a nd Hammerstein's musical Flower Drum Song (1961)\, the first Broadway musi cal ever produced about and starring Asian Americans\n\n(3) Japanese acto r Mako has spent most of his professional career in the United States. His first important film appearance was as Po-Han\, Steve McQueen's assistant machinist\, in The Sand Pebbles (1966)\, a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination. He remained in films into the 1990s\, playing choice ch aracter parts in such films as Hawaiians\, Conan the Destroyer\, and Risin g Sun. \n\n(4) Singer and Broadway actress Pat Suzuki is best known for p laying the female lead in the Flower Drum Song in the 1950’s. Her singi ng and acting delighted American audiences when she popularized the song " I Enjoy Being A Girl." Pat was the first Japanese American to record on a national label.\n\n(5) George Takei is best known for his portrayal of M r. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek\, and has mo re than 30 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles t o his credit. In recognition of his profession\, he received a star on Ho llywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame in 1986\, and he placed his signature a nd hand print in the forecourt of the landmark Grauman's Chinese Theater i n Hollywood in 1991.\n\nThe event will also include a tribute to other Jap anese American entertainers who have since passed\, including Jack Soo\, Y uki Shimoda\, Nobu McCarthy\, and Sessue Hayakawa. The event will feature performances from contemporary actors in film and theater including Clyde Kusatsu\, Christine Toy Johnson\, James Saito\, Sophie Oda\, Gedde Watana be\, Kim Miyori\, Yuka Takara\, and Alvin Ing. \n\nTo purchase tickets\, or for more information\, please call 415.567.5505\, or visit the event we bpage at <a href="http://www.jcccnc.org/events/dinner.htm">www.jcccnc.org/ events/dinner.htm</a>.\n\nThis event is organized by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (<a href="http://www.jcccnc.o rg/">www.jcccnc.org</a>).\n SUMMARY:"Japanese American Hall of Fame: A Salute To The Stars" on Septembe r 17th at 5:00pm URL:/en/events/2005/09/17/japanese-american-hall-of-fame-a-salute-to-the-st a/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR