Coco Zhao’s Shanghai-flavored jazz

The red mood lighting enhances the lounge feel of the concert hall inside the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. For one night, MATCHA, a monthly night life event in the museum, is transformed into a Shanghai jazz club, complete with Coco Zhao, a jazz vocalist who’s been called “the boy Billie Holiday.”

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Newspapers are art

For Artopia competitor Phillip Hua, a digital media instructor at the Academy of Art, his piece, “Re: action,” is a mixed-media work using everyday objects such as newspapers (The Wall Street Journal), plastic and aluminum. His creation tells the story of the environment and its relationship to the economy, and how everything is related and degrades over time. The quality of the other finalists’ art “is great here, I do feel a little intimidated but it’s been fun.”


Welcome to the neighborhood: North Beach (photo essay)

North Beach was once an actual beach before landfill covered the northeastern side of San Francisco. Today, this “little Italy” sits adjacent to Fisherman’s Wharf and at times seems about to be swallowed up by Chinatown. Open spaces are at a premium in North Beach, as apartments, cafes and restaurants are stacked on top and around each other. But, if you look closely enough, you’ll see how people find creative ways to relax and use this confined space