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COVER by Naomi Drexler
Eyes of Sorrow (oil pastel, color pencil, watercolor). The winner of The Monthly’s Fourth Annual Cover Contest, 16-year-old Drexler is a junior at Berkeley High School who comes from a family of art appreciators. Her winning image is meant to "convey a message of human empathy." For more information on Drexler and the other student winners, see page 6. Local artist Elena Zolotnitsky will preside over an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 16 at 6 p.m.; Amsterdam Art, 1013 University Avenue, Berkeley. The ceremony is open to the public.

 


F E A T U R E

Coming to A New America by Suzanne LaFetra
America—and particularly the Bay Area—is a land of opportunity for many folks, but most new immigrants live below the poverty line. One Berkeley organization that was started by an immigrant hopes to change that by teaching entrepreneurial know-how. Now these new Americans are changing their own lives and helping the local economy.

C O L U M N S

IN FARO'S GARDEN by R.E. Faro
When love blossoms outside his garden, Faro is unsure how to nurture and harvest it.

FIRST PERSON by Diana Divecha
A Minnesota girl grows up in an inexpressive culture but develops a passion for language. Now this Berkeley resident appreciates the meaning of her father’s silence.

D E P A R T M E N T S

Letters

UP FRONTPeople, Arts, Issues

Prison Politics: For Kenneth E. Hartman, C-19449, fisticuffs at 19 led to life in prison. Media access to prisoners in California is extremely restrictive, but Hartman writes from the inside about finding meaning in his life without parole.

Critic’s Choice for September: Body of work at BAM; The Milk Bar’s performance salon; Noir films; Old-time tunes; Two of Shotgun’s bullets; San Francisco Opera; Arab Cultural Festival; Lysistrata in Oakland.

Covering The Monthly: The Monthly’s Fourth Annual Cover Art Contest showcases the winning artists.

DINNING GUIDE
The Monthly’s menu of local restaurants.

MARKETPLACE
The Monthly’s catalog of goods and services.

BACK TALK

The Kilduff File: Local writer Judy MacLean pens Rosemary and Juliet, an updated Shakespearean classic with a twist.

Kartoon Korner: Cartoons from around the country.

 



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