Out & About

castro-theater-caam The Castro Theater is by far one of my favorite places to watch a movie—especially when their organ player pumps out lively show tunes before the curtains open, as he did last night for CAAMFest’s opening night. The festival, focusing on Asian American storytelling, opened with Seoul Searching by director Benson Lee. The film, which recently premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, is based on Benson’s “best summer of his life” in 1986. A teen at the time, his parents sent him to a South Korea-sponsored summer camp that pulled high-schoolers of Korean descent from around the world for a crash course in their Korean heritage. CAAM-Seoul-Searching-Poster Initially, Nancy and I were skeptical about a film packaged as “the Asian Breakfast Club.” But the movie had so much heart, motivated by the director’s intention to share his experience and explore the complications that comes with forming identity, that we were instantly won over. We were doubled over in laughter (largely because of Esteban Ahn’s comic performance) and in tears at melodramatic moments. CAAM-seoul-searching And definitely a hit throughout: the 1980s costumes and music. As a kid that grew up in that decade, the entire film was laced in nostalgia. Even better, when the credits rolled, we were pleased to discover that Shirley Kurata was the film’s costume designer. (If you recall, she was the focus of our “Conversation” feature in Issue No. 13, “The Sartorial Issue”—you can see a snippet of the spread below).


CAAMFest in San Francisco continues through March 22. These are some of the films/events we’ve got on our list:

Margarita, With A Straw Laila is an aspiring writer and NYU transplant, via Delhi University, whose cerebral palsy is a footnote to her other achievements. When she falls for a fiery female activist, her creative and personal boundaries are tested. Shonali Bose’s (AMU) deeply personal film dazzles with moments of quiet self-discovery and first love, unbound by ability and difference.

Flipside (Shorts) Bold and eye-opening, this mosaic of films takes you to the “Flipside.” These films powerfully illustrate unconventional perspectives, illuminating life’s complexities for all its joy and grief. Created with surprising empathy, these directors assure you that many things, and people, are more than what they seem.

Lucky Chow CAAM co-produced PBS series Lucky Chow follows Luckyrice culinary festival founder Danielle Chang as she travels across America, exploring the Asian food landscape. Featuring many of the country’s most renowned chefs and culinary stars such as Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, YouTube sensation Maangchi, and Bay Area favorite Ramen Shop.

Supper Club Get ready to eat, drink, and be inspired by all things gourmet and culinary! Follow “Demon Chef” Alvin Leung as he visits the Bay Area’s most exciting restaurants and speaks to renowned chefs, including Michael Mina and Corey Lee, about ingredients, craft, and personal vision in the restaurant industry. {Castro Theater and CAAM poster photographs by Nancy Cho; Shirley Kurata photographs by Juco}


Joie du Jour Stationery & Events

by meg on January 26, 2015

Joie du Jour Journals by Ferme a Papier

A couple years ago, Cat Seto invited me to breakfast after she had returned from Paris. In her email she had told me about how energized and inspired she was by the trip—and how it resulted in a flurry of new illustrations and most notably, a new illustration style. As I scarfed down a plate of blueberry pancakes, she personally demonstrated her new painterly-illustration style in what would later become the Ferme à Papier line, which she launched in 2013. Watching her hand at work, drawing carefree strokes that manifested into a set of mismatched chairs or a single leaf tethered to peach—they all seemed to hold an effortless magical quality and definitely a Parisian flair.

So it’s not surprising that Chronicle Books took notice and collaborated with Cat to produce a line of stationery called Joie du Jour, a collection including a journal, notecards, and labels.

Even better, if you want to meet this local Bay Area artist, you’re in luck. Just in time for Valentine’s Day (I know, January is almost over!), Cat has two upcoming events: a pop-up shop at the W Hotel on February 5th and, for those with more DIY inclinations, a night of paper-making and beginner embossing at Chronicle Books’ Union Street shop on February 9th. There, Cat will provide hands-on tutorials for three different crafts—for you to share with the special Valentines in your life!

Thursday, February 5th, 6-10:00PM
Pop-up shop at Retail Therapy XOXO Edition
W Hotel
181 Third St
San Francisco

Monday, February 9th, 7-8:30 PM
Embossed Valentines with Cat Seto of Ferme à Papier
Chronicle Books
1846 Union Street
San Francisco
Light refreshments included plus 25% off the entire store
Purchase tickets

Joie du Jour stationery by Ferme a Papier

Joie du Jour Journal by Ferme a Papier

Joie du Jour Stationery by Ferme a Papier

{Photographs by Jing Jin}


FOG Design+Art

by Anh-Minh on January 15, 2015

FogFair1One of my favorite local events officially gets underway today at Fort Mason in San Francisco: Fog Design+Art. The second edition of the contemporary show runs through Sunday, and will feature dozens of exhibitors from all over the country as well as panel discussions, screenings, and presentations.

Meg and I attended last night’s opening gala, and it was a packed house. I’m hoping to return to get a closer at some of the works, as well as check out items on the schedule, like the Chinati: Donald Judd’s Ideal presentation and The Artist is Present Marina Abramović screening. There’s also a great pop-up shop, called 21POP, curated by event designer extraordinaire Stanlee GattiColpa Press‘ on-site creation of Riso prints featuring Nathalie Du Pasquier’s Memphis patterns; and a pop-up version of the fantastic local eatery Cotogna.

You can get details on tickets and the schedule over at the Fog Design+Art site.

FogFair2FogFair3FogFairFogFair5{ Images by Meg Mateo Ilasco for Anthology }


Jen E at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on December 19, 2014


A few months ago, Joanna wrote a post about Jen Kuroki’s ceramics. Her playful and modern pieces stayed with me, and I instantly recognized her work when I ran into her booth at last week’s West Coast Craft show. I was excited to meet Jen and to see her ceramics in person, and felt like a little kid in a candy store. The colors she uses are so deep and vibrant, yet her designs have a subdued quality to them.

Her small dishes and vases are so versatile, that they would make perfect gifts. You can find Jen E’s handmade and one-of-a-kind ceramics in her Etsy shop. I took home two items with me, and after looking through these pictures, I regret leaving the third one behind!




 { Images by Lisa Wong Jackson }


Canoe at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on December 18, 2014


Austin, Texas, is still on my “Places to Visit” list. Lucky for me, a little bit of Austin came to San Francisco at the West Coast Craft show last week. Created by Natalie Davis, Canoe is a handmade leather home goods, accessories, and art line. Natalie uses traditional tooling and construction techniques, and creates modern pieces inspired by vintage workwear, well-worn boots, and outlaw country music.

Each item looks like it will last a lifetime, and only get more beautiful over the years. Something from Canoe would not disappoint the people on my holiday list that appreciate good design and well-made accessories!




anthology-mag-blog-canoe5{ All images by Lisa Wong Jackson }