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Roger Shimomura

Marcie Sillman/Dave Beck

We talk with the artist about his exhibit on the histories and experiences of Japanese Americans interned during WWII.

Also this hour:

A preview of The Seattle Chamber Music Festival's fourth annual Winter Interlude.

At 2:00pm - Roger Shimomura
An American Diary and Memories of Childhood, an exhibit by Roger Shimomura, displays the histories and experiences of Japanese Americans interned during WWII as a contemporary art form. The series of 30 paintings and 10 lithographs is based on his grandmother's internment during WWII. Using painting as a medium for storytelling, Shimomura explores racial and ethnic conflict during WWII in America. His second exhibit, Amnesia, is a multi-media performance piece, which explores the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII through different generations' perspectives. Marcie Sillman speaks with Shimomura about the exhibit.

Performance at Bellevue Art Museum and show American Diary and Memories of Childhood runs through March 24th. Amnesia runs on January 10th and 11th at 7pm. For more information, visit Bellevue Art Museum online.

At 2:30pm - Winter Interludes
The Seattle Chamber Music Festival presents its fourth annual Winter Interlude concert series this weekend, led by cellist and Artistic Director Toby Saks. Two of the featured pianists are Jeremy Denk and William Wolfram. Both artists have won prestigious international prizes for their playing and appear regularly with symphony orchestras around the world. They share some of the works that will be performed this weekend. The Seattle Chamber Music Society gears it's programs to chamber music lovers of all backgrounds, from novices to seasoned connoisseurs of the art form. In addition to the more formal concerts, this weekend's offerings include a family concert on Saturday the 12th, preceded by an introduction to musical instruments (a "musical petting zoo") in the lobby at 3pm.

The Winter Interlude runs January 11-13th at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. Call 206-283-8808 for tickets, or visit Benaroya Hall online.

*DECEMBER 7, 1941, 1997, acrylic on canvas
December 7, 1941, Seattle: "When I came back from church today, I heard the dreamlike news that Japanese airplanes had bombed Hawaii. I was shocked beyond belief. I sat in front of the radio and listened to the news all day. They said that at 6 a.m. Japan declared war on the United States. Our future has become gloomy. I pray that God will stay with us."