Join us as we kick off Okaeri 2016 with a fabulous kick-off reception of yummy appetizers and marvelous mingling! Fun icebreakers and lively interaction will be hosted by the Queer J-Town Welcome Wagon, including Sean Miura and traci kato-kiriyama.
traci kato-kiriyama (pronouns: she/her) is a writer/actor and one half of the award-winning PULLproject Ensemble; director/co-founder of Tuesday Night Project - presenter of the Tuesday Night Cafe series in Little Tokyo; steering member of the VigilantLove Network; Writ Large Press author of a new book still in the birthing process; and has been presented as a performer, poet, theatre deviser, guest lecturer, speaker, facilitator, emcee, and Artist-in-Residence at innumerable venues from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hawai'i to Philadelphia, New York and Toronto.
Sean Miura (pronouns: he/him) is a Los Angeles-based artist and community organizer. He currently produces and curates Tuesday Night Café, a 17-year-old free Asian American art series held twice a month from April to October in Little Tokyo. He has emceed a number of events including Project by Project's annual fundraiser tasting event "Plate By Plate," the 626 Night Market, and Kollaboration LA. He is online at @seanmiura (Twitter) and his blog downlikejtown.com.
KJ Gabe (pronouns: he/him) is a trained musician and singer with a bachelor’s degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA. He is well versed in most genres of music and has absolutely no problem getting the party started by singing the first song or helping people out with duets. He has MC’d just about every type of party or event imaginable with enthusiasm and professionalism. In his free time, KJ Gabe enjoys spending time with his dog, cooking, and managing his fantasy football team. You can find him at www.kjgabe.com.