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Sweet Relief: Food, Drink, Shopping and Music Benefits for Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

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The 9.0 magnitude Japanese earthquake and tsunami that hit Northern Japan on March 11 has, for the most part, left the media's collective memory and most front-page headlines. More than a month later, the hardships continue for the Japanese people, but a number of local benefits aim to help them while we get to eat, drink, shop and be merry.

Tonight: Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert
Held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, the Thousand Hearts concert brings together renowned Japanese jazz group Hiroshima, drumming by the Taiko Project, YouTube sensations Ryan Higa, J-Pop star Mika Todd, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Quest Crew and LAist favorites Paul Dateh and Ken Belcher (above). And from the culinary world, Iron Chef Morimoto makes his singing debut tonight. Tickets are $20, $40 and $60. The concert begins at 7 pm.

Sponsored by JETAP (Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Aid Project), the evening's net proceeds will go directly to the hardest hit areas in the Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures.

Tonight: To Japan, From LA with Love
There's an art action, raffle and pop-up shop set up tonight at Space15Twenty from 7-10 pm. Celebrating Japanese culture throughout the space, the event will also feature screen printing will be done by Hit + Run, and tunes provided by Holly D, My Hollow Drum, Toks and live performances by Superdelux (Micah James + Frohawk Two Feathers) and Taiko Center of Los Angeles.

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Tonight: Art Sale for Japan Relief
TAG Gallery, a Santa Monica based artists’ cooperative, hosts an art sale tonight, with 50 percent of the sale proceeds going to the U.S.-Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund, an organization that supports the rebuilding of the Tohoku region of Japan. The reception for this fundraiser is open to the public tonight from 4-6pm. All works for sale will be on view and includes artists Cynthia Alexander and Suki Kuss.

Tuesday, April 26: The Gift of Food for Japan
This Gift of Food for Japan event is a "cocktail gathering" that benefits Second Harvest Japan. Held at Prism on Sunset, the evening begins at 6 pm with a rooftop reception featuring appetizers by Eveleigh, desserts by Fruit & Flour and highballs provided by Yamazaki Whisky. At 9 pm, the party moves to the back patio for a hosted bar with drinks by SKYY, Partida Tequila, Campo de Encanto Pisco and Combier. The patio bar opens to the public at 10 pm for a cash bar with all proceeds going to Second Harvest. Event organizers Umamimart and Yamazaki Whisky want to raise $20,000 with the event.

Tickets are available in limited quantities for $50 in advance, and $75 day of the event. All donations are made directly to Second Harvest Japan, which hopes to set up soup kitchens and food banks for Northern Japan's residents and children gear up for the new school year.