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A Japantown Jazz Star Comes Home

One of Sacramento’s successful native daughters had a homecoming this week — almost 90 years overdue. Long before Greta Gerwig or Brie Larson, there was Betty Inada, a Japanese American jazz singer who sought fame in Japan in a time when American screens and stages had little space for Asian women. On May 14 at the Sofia theater, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival screened her 1936 film “Whispering Sidewalks,” which offers a glimpse into Japan’s nascent jazz scene and Inada’s mercurial

California Is in the Heart

At the opening celebration of the “California Is in the Heart” exhibit at the California Museum in Sacramento Oct. 29, an elderly woman in a wheelchair drew close to a glass case. It contained a photograph of her late husband, Aquio “Allen” S. Dawang, with several of the medals he earned during his time with the U.S. Army’s First Filipino Infantry Regiment “L” Company during World War II.

Hotel am Brillantengrund: Art, Fashion and Filipino Food in Vienna

Marvin has remade the hotel in his own image, shaping it around his love of art, fashion and community while paying homage to his Filipino roots. With an in-house gallery, a curated shop and space for events, it has become ”a platform for artists, cyclists, passionate people generally,” Marvin said during a conversation in the hotel’s courtyard, lush with potted palms and bougainvilleas.