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Oct09

Rafiq Bhatia feat. Michael Cina & Hal Lovemelt: Breaking English

2017 at 08:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

Head to the Walker Art Center on Saturday, October 21st for an unparalleled music and art experience with Rafiq Bhatia feat. Michael Cina & Hal Lovemelt: Breaking English . Featuring the musical stylings of composer Rafiq Bhatia set against a lush backdrop of work by renowned painter and art director, Michael Cina, and video mixing by Hal Lovemelt

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RAFIQ BHATIA: BREAKING ENGLISH
WITH VISUAL ART BY MICHAEL CINA AND HAL LOVEMELT
IAN CHANG: SPIRITUAL LEADER

World premiere
Copresented with Walker Art Center
Commissioned by Liquid Music, Walker Art Center, Jazz Gallery and Newfields: A Place for Nature & the Arts
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8pm (purchase tickets)
William and Nadine McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Aug07

Pusheen Party2 / 2017

2017 at 05:28 pm by admin | Comments Off

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to Pusheen Party on Saturday — we had a blast and we hope you did too. Extra special thanks to our event partners GUND and Pusheen, as well as our celeb judges for the fashion contest Christopher Straub, Samantha Rei and Beth Hammarlund; DJ Don Greene for providing tunes, photographer Stacy Schwartz for working our Photo Booth, Jonathan Peterson and Insignity for tech support, Tricia Heuring of Public Functionary for judging our art contest, Jodi P at GUND for coming all the way to MN for our event, prize giveaway sponsors Hard Rock Cafe Mall of America and Pepper Palace Mall of America, and all of our employees and friends who helped make it happen. And also thanks to everyone who got their pic snapped in the photo booth — you all look great! More pics are posted on our FB page, so click below to find your pic and feel free to tag yourself and share!

At Pusheen Party, we were proud and excited to be the first to introduce the NEW Super Pusheenicorn from Gund! Hitting shelves in October, this huggable plush features snow white fur, a pink tail, colorful mane, lavender moon applique and a glittering silver horn that lights up. Pet Pusheen to activate magical sounds and lighting effects. PRE-ORDERS ARE OPEN NOW VIA OUR WEBSITE! Reserve yours today by visiting us online. http://shop.tomodachi.us/products/super-pusheenicorn.html

Pushhen Part2 @tomodachi MoA 2017

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All photo by Stacy Schwartz @Tomodachi MoA

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Super Pusheenicorn @tomodachi MoA/Pusheen Party2, 2017

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Jul10

Dress to Win: Pusheen Fashion Contest

2017 at 07:39 pm by admin | Comments Off

As part of our 2nd Pusheen Party on July 29th, we invite you to show off your style in your best Pusheen-inspired look for a chance to win awesome prizes and gift cards to Tomodachi! Looks can be anything from cosplay to kawaii to face painting and beyond — anything goes as long as it ties back somehow to our friend Pusheen. Check out the photos below featuring a few looks from last year’s contest for inspiration!

Possible ideas:

- Original fashion with Pusheen iconography
- Handmade Pusheen props that match your outfit
- Elaborate Pusheen nail art or makeup
- a styled look using Pusheen colors and concepts

1st Prize: 24″ Pusheen Plush + $100 TOMODACHI Gift Card & Gift Bag
2nd Prize: 10″ Pusheen Donut Plush + $50 TOMODACHI Gift Card & Gift Bag
3rd Prize: Pusheen Blindbox + $25 TOMODACHI Gift Card & Gift Bag

Judging will take place at 4PM sharp outside of Tomodachi MOA during Pusheen Party on July 29th.

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Celebrity Judges:

Beth Hammarlund: Fashion writer and publisher of l’etoile magazine
www.letoilemagazine.com

Christopher Straub: Fashion and toy designer, Project Runway season 6 contestant & children’s book author
www.christopherstraub.com

Samantha Rei: Fashion designer, author/illustrator & Project Runway Season 16 contestant (premiering 8/17!)
www.samantharei.com

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Jul10

Pusheen Instagram Coloring Contest + Download

2017 at 07:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

Participate in our Instagram coloring contest leading up to Pusheen Party on July 29th to win awesome Pusheen-related prize packages!

Guest art curator Tricia Heuring of award-winning art space, Public Functionary, will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the creative category — so create to impress! 3 winners will also be chosen at random, giving everyone a chance to win.

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HOW TO ENTER:

1. Download our free Pusheen coloring page HERE

2. Create your best art work using the coloring page, either by hand or digitally — anything goes!

3. Follow @tomodachi_us on Instagram

4. Upload a photo of your finished piece to Instagram, tag @tomodachi_us and include hashtag #pusheenparty2

Winners will be announced July 30th!

RULES & INFO: 1 entry per person/Instagram account. We will accept entries world-wide and ship prizes to winners at no charge. If you do not have Instagram and wish to enter, e-mail your entry to info@tomodachi.us

Jul08

Pusheen Party!

2017 at 06:51 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Tomodachi, Gund & Pusheen Present: PUSHEEN PARTY!

Please join us on Saturday, July 29th from 2pm-6pm for the 2nd Pusheen Party at Tomodachi at the Mall of America! This fun, family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

To celebrate our favorite character, we’ll be partnering with Pusheen and Gund to create a colorful, fun event for all ages. Enjoy DJ sets by Don Greene throughout the day, a Pusheen photo booth with photographer Stacy Schwartz, interactive art activities including a coloring wall and Instagram coloring contest, a Pusheen-inspired fashion contest with prizes and celebrity judges, product giveaways and multiple hourly prize drawings for Pusheen items, gift cards and more.

BE THE FIRST IN LINE AT 2PM!

The first 150 customers lined up at 2pm will receive an EXCLUSIVE limited edition, hand-numbered screenprint, created especially by Pusheen for the event!

PUSHEEN FASHION CONTEST: 4PM

Come dressed to impress in your best Pusheen-inspired look for your chance to win awesome prizes! Looks can be anything from cosplay to kawaii to face painting and beyond — anything goes as long as it ties back somehow to our friend Pusheen and makes us smile. Prizes will be awarded in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Judging will take place at 4pm sharp outside of Tomodachi MOA.

Fashion Contest Judges:

Christopher Straub: Fashion and toy designer, Project Runway season 6 contestant & children’s book author // www.christopherstraub.com

Samantha Rei: Fashion designer & author/illustrator // http://samantharei.com

Beth Hammarlund: Fashion writer and publisher of l’etoile magazine // www.letoilemagazine.com

INSTAGRAM COLORING CONTEST
(Runs now through July 29th)

Participate in our Instagram coloring contest leading up to the event to win awesome Pusheen-related prize packages!

Guest art curator Tricia Heuring of award-winning art space, Public Functionary, will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners — so create to impress! 3 winners will also be chosen both at random, giving everyone a chance to win.

1. Download our free Pusheen coloring page HERE
2. Create your best work using the coloring page, either by hand or digitally

3. Snap a picture of your finished piece

4. Follow @tomodachi_us on Instagram

5. Upload your photo to Instagram, tag @tomodachi_us and include hashtag #pusheenparty2

Winners will be announced July 30th!


DETAILS:

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
2pm to 6pm / Free
Costume Contest: 4pm

TOMODACHI Mall of America
316 North Garden
Bloomington, MN 55425

Hashtag: #PusheenParty2
Follow: @tomodachi_us
Web: www.tomodachi.us

Jun03

Senri Oe Preview Performance & CD Signing

2017 at 01:16 am by admin | Comments Off

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Head to Tomodachi at the Mall of America on Tuesday, June 6th for an exclusive pop-up performance and CD signing with Japanese jazz sensation and former J-Pop star, Senri Oe!

As a special mini-preview leading up to his major concert, Harukaze 2017, on Wednesday at Hamline University, Senri Oe will provide a more intimate experience for fans at Tomodachi. Copies of his latest album “Answer July” will be on hand for people to buy and have signed by the artist himself.

This performance is free and open to the public.

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ABOUT SENRI OE

In 2008, Senri Oe shelved his highly successful 25-year career as a Japanese pop star and actor to move to New York City in pursuit of a childhood dream—becoming a jazz musician. As a lyricist, composer, and arranger since 1983, Oe built a robust Japanese popular music (J-Pop) career, releasing 45 singles and nearly 20 albums, winning the Japanese Gold Disc and FNS Pop Music Awards, and hosting a talk show on Japan’s national broadcasting network. Enrolling at The New School at age 47, Oe studied under Junior Mance, Aaron Goldberg and Toru Dodo. Since graduating in 2012, Oe has worked tirelessly to embed himself in New York’s jazz ecosystem. Having established his own record label, PND Records and Music Publishing, Oe plays monthly at Tomi Jazz New York, is a regular pianist for Morning Musuko, a 17-piece big band specializing in Japanese popular music (J-pop), and has now released three albums.

For details on the Hamline performance the following day, visit: http://www.mn-japan.org/2017/02/harukaze-2017-senri-oe-in-saint-paul/

Senri Oe website: http://peaceneverdie.com/

Feb08

Valentine Special Offer

2017 at 02:55 am by admin | Comments Off

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We’re excited to share that we’ve been named one of Minnesota Monthly’s “8 Places to Shop for Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts” this year.

Now through Feb. 14th, we’re offering a BUY 3 GET 1 FREE deal! Buy three Japanese sweets and and receive one of equal or lesser value for free. Offer available at both our MOA and Rosedale locations.

While you’re here, don’t forget to pick up some adorable stationery to write your sweetheart a totally cute love note to go with their treats!

Special thanks to MNMO Style editor Jahna Peloquin, Kate Iverson and Niki Tombaga.

Dec17

Handmade Holidays: Washi Tape Earring Workshop

2015 at 01:03 am by admin | Comments Off

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Nothing says love like a gift you create with your own imagination, time and skill! Stop by TOMODACHI at the MOA this Saturday, December 19th between 1-4pm to learn how to make a simple pair of earrings out of colorful Japanese washi tape — a great gift for a friend, family member or just for yourself. We’ll have all the supplies on hand for you to make your first pair, guided by local artist and maker Kate Iverson.

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While you’re at the shop, score deals on cute holiday stocking stuffers, treats and more plus pick up a few rolls of washi tape from our vibrant selection to creatively experiment with at home!

Workshop: 1pm-4pm

TOMODACHI Mall of America

3rd Floor / Near Food Court

FREE!

* Workshop recommended for children and adults 12 and up

Nov02

Up Next@Public Functionary: SF Artist Aaron De La Cruz

2015 at 05:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

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We’re really excited to check out Public Functionary’s next exhibit Always Something featuring the graphic, graffiti-influenced artwork of San Francisco’s Aaron De La Cruz. In Always Something, De La Cruz continues his ongoing exploration of line and shape with a new body of work that includes original paintings, works on paper, a large-scale mural, 3D wood and mirror works and the debut of a new, limited edition line of wallpapers produced in conjunction with Public Functionary and artist-designed wallpaper line, Area Environments. The first release in the new PFxAE Exhibition Collection, the wallpaper will be installed as the backdrop to the exhibit, creating a layered, pattern-rich viewing experience.

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Named one of the “25 Most Important Artists” by Complex Magazine, De La Cruz relies on a simplistic yet striking visual vocabulary. He applies his free-hand style to a number different formats — primarily walls and environments — a technique he’s been perfecting for 10+ years. Each piece draws the viewer’s eye through an open-ended exploration of maze-like composition and naturally balanced strokes — beautiful both in detail and as the sum of many parts. For Always Something, the artist has developed a full-scale installation that contextualizes his work as multi-faceted, tactile design crossed with impactful contemporary art.

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In addition, a limited-edition 24″x36″ Aaron De La Cruz print will be produced by Arkitip, available exclusively for Always Something through both Public Functionary and arkitip.com after Nov 7th.

For more info on the exhibit and artist, visit the Always Something Facebook event page and rsvp HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/149127188774924/

EXHIBITION DETAILS

Opening Reception:
Saturday November 7 // 7pm-12am
FREE & Open to the Public
Music by TIIIIIIIIIIP, DRK & FALLS

Open Gallery Hours through December 5th: Tuesdays 4-8pm, Wednesdays 12-4pm, Fridays 12pm-8pm, Saturdays 7pm-11pm

Public Functionary
1400 12th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(Enter on Buchanan)

www.publicfunctionary.org

Oct07

TOMODACHI x mt tape Art Exhibit: Retrospective

2015 at 01:21 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Through the month of September, we had an amazing time hosting 19 local artists working in the medium of Japanese washi brand, mt tape. Each piece was more unique than the last, with artists creating everything from entire dresses made out of washi tape to design-based works, portraits, multi-dimensional pieces, installation art and more. Artists like Jennifer Davis and Michael Cina stayed true to their aesthetics, using mt tape to accent and embellish their beautiful, recognizable compositions, while artists such as Joshua Nelson and Lex Thompson chose to go more large scale, bringing a Minnesota wildlife themes into the equation for a fun front window display. We’re sad to see the work go, but happy to have collaborated with such talented artists — and hopefully helped them discover a new art medium in mt tape!

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Thank you to all the artists involved: Lex Thompson, James Rojas, Michael Cina, Bryant Locher, Samantha Rei Crossland, Christopher Straub, Jennifer Davis, Ashley Hay, Leekyung Kang, Jamie Owens, Rudy Fig, Christina Da Cruz, Caitlin Karolczak, Joshua Nelson, Emiel Gregor, Kao Lee Thao, Andi Hillestad, Chris Matta.

Thanks to Public Functionary, Professor Frenchy @ MCAD, along with our sponsors at Coca-Cola, SkullCandy, Masu Sushi and Robata, Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar @MOA, Shanghai Bistro, Wasabi Fusion, Freshens @MoA, Urban Decay Cosmetics, Sweetbella, and In-signity!

Special thanks to Kamoi Kakoshi / mt masking tape!

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Credit
Poster: Robert Johnston
Music: DJ Sally
Photos: Kate Iverson, Lex Thompson
Installation and set up: Mike Bishop

This show was co-curated by Public Functionary and Denny Park

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