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COVER | Valentin Popov

Karen Klaber (painting, 28 inches by 26 inches, oil, canvas, oil stick, and mixed media) Ukrainian-born Valentin Popov is an Oakland resident whose work is featured in museum collections around the world at institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and the National Museum of Ukrainian Art in Kiev, Ukraine. The cover art is a portrait of Karen Klaber, founder of The East Bay Monthly. A current exhibition by the artist, Valentin POPOV: Modern Mixmaster, is on display at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art through April 5. The exhibition highlights the artist's four decades of art-making featuring works from many of his best-known series including FACE. The exhibition opened Jan. 18. See more of the artist's work at Learn more about SVMA at

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February 2020 Issue:

FEATURE | The Spirit Lives On
As it enters its 50th year in business, The East Bay Monthly is in for another change with founder Karen Klaber leading the charge and recalling the publication's rock-and-sock-em history from the early days to now. By Kate Rix

UPFRONT | How Cider Week Came to the Bay Area
Dana Bushouse drew inspiration from CiderCon when she first entered the cider industry. Later this month, the event will come to Oakland for the first time. Members of the public will have ample opportunities to participate. By Chiara Bercu

ENVIRONMENT | Newsom Disappoints Some Environmentalists
The governor's office has seemed reluctant to help protect Northern California's rivers and fisheries if the actions might anger agricultural interests. By Alastair Bland

CULTURE |  Supremacy Reigns in Retrospective
Lawrence Rinder pays tribute to the late pre-eminent Richmond quilt artist Rosie Lee Tompkins in his last exhibition as director of BAMPFA.
By Lou Fancher

RETAIL |  Styles From Seek Collective and Love, Iguehi
Introducing two design-forward labels and saying goodbye to Alchemy Bottle Shop.
By Nana K. Twumasi

|  Spinning Bones
Enjoy a twist on rotisserie. You won't find your average chicken dinner here. By Katherine Hamilton

THE KILDUFF FILE |  Robert Townsend
He's sharing truths on stage and is back at the Marsh. 
By Paul Kilduff


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