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COVER by Lee Brooks
Olympic Athena (collage). Lee Brooks created this collage for a Greek friend’s spa in Mykonos. Athena, the patron of Athens, is crowned by the Olympic rings and surrounded by turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Brooks loves collage, but specializes in wearable art. Brooks’s partnership with artist Alex Mate, as Alex & Lee, crafted necklaces, belts, and bags for a New York fashion show in 1970, and was included in a Salvador Dali exhibit in Spain. Alex & Lee won the Coty award in 1980 and the inaugural Council of Fashion Designers of America award for accessories in 1981. Their stunning, exotic jewelry has been collected by Dali, Elton John, Cher, Raquel Welch, Gloria Vanderbilt, and featured in Vogue, the New York Times, and Harper’s Bazaar. Sadly, Alex died in 1992. In 1995, Lee and fiber artist Greg Franke joined forces continuing the inspired creative tradition of Alex & Lee. To contact Lee Brooks, call (510) 658-0225, or to see his work, visit www.alexandlee.com.

 


F E A T U R E

Olympic Mettle by Chris Bagley
Whether or not the East Bay produces summer Olympic gold medalists remains to be seen. But it is the home to numerous folks with a different kind of mettle. These individuals and one local company will supply, coach, and support Olympians this summer and in future games.

C O L U M N S

REAL FOOD by Bruce Aidells
Our superlative sausage sage shares the story of his birthday backyard boil in New Orleans. Here’s how to bring that seafood, spice, and spirit to your own backyard.

FIRST PERSON by Suzanne LaFetra
During a father-and-son outing to a simulated military zone, one mother worries about its impact on her child’s youthful innocence. You can take a boy out of a war, but can you take the war out of a boy?

SHOPPING AROUND by Andrea Daniel
It’s fun to get new furniture, especially when it’s old and full of character. Antiques are the perfect way to preserve history while decorating your home with style, but it takes some education to make smart investments. The secret to finding antiquarian treasures? Consult one of the East Bay’s many antique-store experts.

D E P A R T M E N T S

Letters

UP FRONTPeople, Arts, Issues

Tale of ben Izzy: Once upon a time, there was a Berkeley storyteller named Joel ben Izzy. And ben Izzy valued his voice, more than any other of his gifts. Then one day his voice went away and thus did ben Izzy’s career. This is the tale of how he learned to listen and brought about a miracle.

Critic’s Choice for August: Japan’s glamorous gals in San Francisco; Korean ballerinas dance a romantic tragedy; Visconti’s emotional Italian films; the jamming of Cubans doin’ son; Butoh is back, baby!

DINNING GUIDE
The Monthly’s menu of local restaurants.

MARKETPLACE
The Monthly’s catalog of goods and services.

BACK TALK

The Kilduff File: Journalist and thinker Calvin Trillin rants about current events and our current administration.

Kartoon Korner: Cartoons from around the country.

 



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