The Art of Origami with CATS 

Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, by Patty Lum-Ohmann 

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Join CATS on Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom, as CATS concludes its virtual cultural enrichment this summer, featuring The Art of Origami, by Patty Lum-Ohmann.

Patty is one of the founders of CATS, is currently on its Board of Directors, and is cast in next year’s “The Joy Luck Club” at the Nevada Theatre.  She is skilled and gifted in arts and crafts.  Friends and families especially love her original, exquisite cards, designed for them personally.  Patience is a virtue and is necessary when it comes to origami.

Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with the Japanese culture. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through meticulous folding and sculpting techniques.  The basic origami folds can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The best-known origami model is the Japanese paper crane.  Patty will teach us how to fold a paper crane, a lotus, and how to fold a dollar bill (or any monetary bill) into a bowtie.  Many wait staff in our community have had the pleasure of receiving a thank you memento in the form of an origami money bowtie after Patty has frequented their restaurants.  Origami is great for developing concentration and creativity. The class is appropriate for children and adults.

Topic: The Art of Origami with CATS Presented by Patty Lum-Ohmann
Time: Aug 3, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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A Virtual Origami Crane Watercolor Tutorial

Friday, June 25, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, by Allison Chan

Join CATS on Friday, June 25, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom, as CATS continues its virtual cultural enrichment this summer.  We are happy to feature an Origami Crane Watercolor Tutorial by Allison Chan.  Allison grew up in the CATS family, is currently on its Board of Directors, has been on stage in CATS’ productions, and is currently an arts teacher in Davis, California.  She is also an illustrator and the author of a children’s book, My First Cell Phone Rules.  Allison will take you through the methodical techniques and meditative calmness of watercoloring, with Zentangle patterns.  Watercoloring may enhance concentration and stir creativity.  The origami crane is a Japanese symbol of love, peace, healing, and happiness.  Watch the segment first and then try out your hands at it later. See the origami photo of the finished product.  In July, CATS will present via Zoom, “The Art of Origami,” with Patty Lum-Ohmann, where she will teach how to fold a crane and a variety of other patterns. Watch for details.

See the recorded video of the class here on YouTube

Message from Allison Chan:

Welcome to CATS can…create!You may want to lightly trace the crane with pencil on watercolor or mixed media paper before class.Materials:

  • Any size Watercolor or Mixed media paper (I used 9×12)
  • Watercolor paints (If you don’t have any you can use a $3 set you’d see in a classroom. Crayons, colored pencils and markers will have a different effect, but they are great if you are just interested in enjoying the process of creating together).
  • Watercolor brush (the size that comes with a set is great)
  • Pencil
  • Container with water
  • Cloth
  • Thin black marker that won’t bleed on paper

I look forward to creating art together!

Allison

 

Inspired Art from Class Participants

By Yvette Macphee

 

By Brianne L.

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CATS Can Cook Continues!

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CATS (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) continues its virtual Asian-inspired cooking classes this spring – now with David Wong — on Saturday, June 5, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Join us for another live “CATS Can Cook” fun afternoon, as David shares his wisdom and secrets on some of his favorite Asian “comfort” food. On the menu are Hakka-Style Tofu Stuffed with Shrimp and Stir-Fried Beef with Asparagus. The stuffed tofu with shrimp makes for a hardy appetizer or a side dish, and the stir-fried dish is a favorite with rice or Chinese noodles. Both dishes are healthy and a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

David loves to cook, almost as much as he loves photography! He had taught a couple of classes at Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley a few years back. Spaces are limited for his class on Zoom. See above for the Zoom ID and Passcode. Recipes may also be downloaded from this website (click on links above). Although our virtual cultural enrichment programs are free, donations are always welcome. An arts watercolor tutorial by Allison Chan will debut on June 25. Watch for more details.

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CATS Goes Virtual with Cultural Enrichment

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) has been “dark” since 2020, due to the pandemic.  We were looking forward to finally producing Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club at the Nevada Theatre this April and May, and had to postpone it yet again for another year!  What to do in the meantime – we were asking?  After some thought, we are finally jumping on the Zoom bandwagon with virtual cultural enrichment programs consisting of cooking classes and workshops.  We are emerging from the “dark”!

To kick off this virtual reality, CATS will present an Asian-inspired cooking class with Artistic Director, Lisa Moon, on Saturday, April 24, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. We invite the public to join us for a live “CATS Can Cook” fun afternoon, as Lisa shares her tips and secrets on some of her favorite Asian “comfort” food. On the menu is a simple-to-make fish, spinach and rice dish, especially designed for busy people. She will also make a popular side dish of savory steamed egg custard with Chinese sausage (lop cheung) and other suggested garnishes. We will finish with a steamed sponge cake, a popular dessert from Malaysia. Lisa loves to cook and bake and looks forward to sharing her talents. She has won many ribbons and accolades for her entries at the Nevada County Fair. Spaces are limited for her class on Zoom. Send an email to info@catsweb.org to register, and we will send registrants the Zoom link a few days before the class. Recipes will be uploaded on the CATS website at www.catsweb.org about a week before April 24, so that folks may download. Although our virtual cultural enrichment programs are free, we would like to suggest a donation of $15-$20 through our website to support CATS. More classes are being planned this spring and summer, including a cooking class by David Wong, an arts watercolor tutorial of an origami crane by Allison Chan, and an origami workshop by Patty Lum-Ohmann.

Lisa Fish Recipe

Lisa Egg Recipe

Lisa Steamed Cake Recipe

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CATS Statement on Violence against Asians Americans

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) wishes to issue a formal statement regarding the rise in hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We, the Board as individuals, and as an organization, deplore any violence! Although violence is not new historically against Asians, unfortunately, the rhetoric since the onset of the pandemic last year has escalated it to an unprecedented proportion throughout our nation.

 

Since 1994, the mission of CATS has been to promote cultural diversity, cultural enrichment, Asian and Asian American history, and to highlight the roles and contributions of Asians in building this great nation of ours. We achieve these objectives through the lens of live theatre, events, and workshops. We feel that it is ignorance that fuels fear, discrimination, and violence, and that through knowledge, awareness, and understanding, we can continue to effect change and build bridges. Nevada County, historically rich in Chinese history (gold mining and building the Transcontinental Railroad), is now one of the least ethnically diverse counties in California. CATS has been pleased to provide cultural enrichment and cultural education over the years to create an impact and to fill a much-needed void. Let’s Stop the Hate and Begin Healing Now!

 

The Board of Directors

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra

March 22, 2021

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The Joy Luck Club is Postponed again — this time to April/May 2022!

Bernadette Garcia as Ying-Ying, Patty Lum-Ohmann as An-Mei, Olivia Pritchett as Lindo, and Lisa Moon as Suyuan

Bernadette Garcia as Ying-Ying, Patty Lum-Ohmann as An-Mei, Olivia Pritchett as Lindo, and Lisa Moon as Suyuan

In consultation with the Nevada Theatre, it probably comes as no surprise that CATS would not be able to present The Joy Luck Club in April and May 2021, which was postponed from 2020, due to the pandemic. Current government mandates continue to

Olivia Pritchett as Lindo and Michele Nesbit as Waverly

Olivia Pritchett as Lindo and Michele Nesbit as Waverly

restrict the opening of performing arts venues. While vaccines are available now, their rollouts have been challenging, and at the time of this decision (January 2021), there is no assurance as to when the majority of the population would be protected and when it would be safe to gather again in large groups in enclosed quarters. The Nevada Theatre, as in all performing arts venues, does not have the go ahead from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to reopen any time soon, at least probably not until after summer. Our hands are literally tied. We hope you will understand.

Ariel Elliott as Rose

Ariel Elliott as Rose

Hence, new dates for The Joy Luck Club is April – May 2022!  We will advise on the exact dates later in 2021. Tickets will be on sale beginning in January 2022 at www.catsweb.org and at Briar Patch Co-op in Grass Valley.  Thank you for your patience and continued support!  CATS will be back soon!

Photos by David Wong

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