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Athena (collage). Lee Brooks created this collage for a Greek friends
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. Brookss 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 Harpers 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
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
FOOD by Bruce Aidells
superlative sausage sage shares the story of his birthday backyard boil
in New Orleans. Heres how to bring that seafood, spice, and spirit
to your own backyard.
a father-and-son outing to a simulated military zone, one mother worries
about its impact on her childs youthful innocence. You can take
a boy out of a war, but can you take the war out of a boy?
fun to get new furniture, especially when its 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 Bays
many antique-store experts.
D E P A R T M E N T
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 Izzys career.
This is the tale of how he learned to listen and brought about a miracle.
Choice for August: Japans
glamorous gals in San Francisco; Korean ballerinas dance a romantic tragedy;
Viscontis emotional Italian films; the jamming of Cubans doin
son; Butoh is back, baby!
Monthlys menu of local restaurants.
Monthlys catalog of goods and services.
Kilduff File: Journalist and thinker Calvin Trillin rants about
current events and our current administration.
Korner: Cartoons from
around the country.