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COVER by Father Arthur Poulin
Poppies, #3, Tuscany (acrylic on canvas). Father Poulin is a monk and artist who lives at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley. His landscapes begin as black canvases; Poulin applies up to 25 layers of black gesso before outlining his drawings in white chalk. He then adds layer after layer of color, first with broad strokes, then with ever-smaller brushes. Poulin calls the style "contemplative." For information about his original paintings, contact the artist at (510) 845-0601. Cards and reproductions of his work are available at the ACCI Gallery, 1652 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

 


F E A T U R E

Sex Appeal by Robin Flinchum
Last year’s arrest of Shannon Williams, the "Teacher Prostitute," led to a controversial initiative on Berkeley’s ballot to deprioritize prostitution. Advocates argue it will make for safer conditions for sex workers. But local politicians and other opponents think it will increase Berkeley’s street crime. Williams shares her story exclusively with The Monthly.

C O L U M N S

FIRST PERSON by Annie Kassof
A single woman with two kids ponders whether finding a romantic partner should be on her to-do list.

SHOPPING AROUND by Rachel Sarah
With the holidays right around the corner consider giving your family a gift of photography. Whether you feature your kids or your pets, a photo captures an authentic memory. Here’s a guide to help you find the right photographer for your needs.

D E P A R T M E N T S

Letters

UP FRONTPeople, Arts, Issues

Organic Growth: The increasing presence of conventional food processors in the organic industry is raising debate about whether the values of organic agriculture and the motives of big business can coexist.

Critic’s Choice for October: Self-taught artists; Mark Morris at Zellerbach; Guy Maddin’s primitive films; Piano trio at Jazzschool; Golden Thread’s Middle Eastern plays.

DINNING GUIDE
The Monthly’s menu of local restaurants.

MARKETPLACE
The Monthly’s catalog of goods and services.

BACK TALK

The Kilduff File: Furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett talks on wood.
Kartoon Korner: Cartoons from around the country.




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