A themed display of new quilts related to memories of the World War II home front has made its way to the Seaver Gallery at the Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Ave. -- with an important addition: Three quilts related to the Japanese-American internment.
"Quilts of the Home Front," part of the East Bay Heritage Quilters exhibit last month at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, comes to the museum with supplemental materials from the RMH collection to help give context to the images of shipyard workers, wartime rationing, Victory Gardens and the like.
The quilts, which provide colorful and creative glimpses of the era celebrated in the city's national park, are joined by the three story quilts of Japanese internment, including one more than 70 years old that was made by fourth grade students of teacher Masako Hirata in the Posten War Relocation Camp in Arizona.
The quilt, consisting of the names of students that they stitched themselves, was made, ironically, as part of the American studies of the class. It is on loan from the National Japanese American Historical Society in San Francisco.
There is also a special interpretive quilt titled "Piecing Memories: Recollections of Internment," a work by quilters of the Berkeley-based Japanese American Services of the East Bay that has panels of sewn images of life in the camps, including guard towers, prisoners in uniforms and people huddling to shelter themselves from the harsh and dusty desert winds.
A third quilt is another group effort titled Threads of Remembrance done in three sections, with a middle panel showing a guard tower stitched into the background behind barracks denoting each of the camps.
The exhibit is on display through June 6 and there is a special admission charge of $3 along with the regular museum admission of $2. Museum hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more details visit www.richmondmuseumofhistory.org or call 510-235-7387.
See video of the fourth-graders's quilt and a description of it by museum director Melinda McCrary on the West County blog at www.ibabuzz.com/westcounty/.
ON STAGE: The world premiere of "Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical," directed by Benjamin Hanna, will be presented by the Bay Area Children's Theatre starting April 12 and running weekends through May 4 at the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley.
The capsule description: "This lively new musical explores the power of imagination, as Lulu, Sam, Bingo (Lulu's basset hound), and their little friends band together as the Bug Squad to fight ... the Alien."
Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 children, $13 groups of 10 or more, available at www.bactheatre.org or 510-296-4433.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 3. Tickets, available at the door 30 minutes before show time, are $13 general, $7 students and seniors. Reserved tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.
PASSOVER SEDER: Temple Beth Hillel, the only synagogue in West County, marks the eight-day observance of Passover with its annual Community Seder at 6:30 p.m. April 15.
"The community is invited to participate in the family-friendly Seder led by Rabbi Dean Kertesz and join the Temple congregation in retelling the Passover story and singing holiday songs. A festive holiday meal with all the ritual Seder foods will be served. (Vegetarian option available.)"
Tickets are $30 adults, $18 ages 7 to 12, and $8 ages 3 to 6.
Seating is limited. Details and a reservation form are online at www.thbrichmond.org, or call 510-223-2560.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: The UC Berkeley open house extravaganza known as Cal Day returns on April 12 with events and displays on campus that are far too numerous to list here. Instead, visit calday.berkeley.edu to see everything that's taking place.
Everything is free, including the expansive views.
To get there take the last exit off Interstate 580 just before the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge toll booths. Continue on Stenmark Drive (stay left at the fork) to the park entrance. Overflow parking is available across from the entrance.
Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.