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COVER by Elena Zolotnitsky
Old Tavern (oil painting). Zolotnitsky’s cover art is a grotesque version of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, which depicted a feigned but plausible reality. Constructed largely from ordinary, observable details, the work of Metsu, Terborch, Vermeer, Van Mieris, and other genre painters depicted narratives but endowed them with abstract concepts. Zolotnitsky has tried to take their concept to another level. The original size of the Old Tavern is 72" x 56" (and is available for purchase). See more of her work at www.zolotnitsky.com. or at these local venues: Rockridge Beauty Salon this month, and at Barbara Anderson Gallery in Berkeley, as part of the group show "Holiday Color," through December. For more information, call (510) 848-3822. For a studio appointment, call (510) 839-6327.

 


F E A T U R E

Russo’s Special Forces by Andrea Lampros
Neighborhood Law Corps, Oakland’s team of superhero lawyers, is cleaning up the city’s neediest neighborhoods while helping the poor. The brainchild of City Attorney John Russo, the Corps’s mission is to seek out substandard housing, liquor store zoning, and illegal dumping. But even with their wins, funding for these overachieving lawyers is uncertain. Why isn’t Oakland backing them wholeheartedly?

C O L U M N S

Shopping Around by Cornelia Read
Whether your tastes are retro or techno, today’s innovative kitchen appliances have it all: an oven that doubles as a fridge, a refrigerator with built-in TV, video, and even internet access.

Real Food by Michael Wade Simpson
Chocolate is the new wine. This sweet little morsel is popping up on the dinner table in surprising concoctions and is even touted as a health elixir. Meet the Bay Area’s chocolatiers and find out where to get your next fix
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D E P A R T M E N T S

UP FRONT: People, Arts, Issues

Art: Berkeley artist Leonard Pitt’s sculpture may look familiar to this year’s Burning Man attendees. Pitt has been building the tetrahedral wooden structures since the 1960s–but they’re just a part of the work on view at his first art show. A man of varied interests, he will also lecture on Irish healing and exhibit his photographs–many taken over the years in Paris.

Critic’s Choice for November: What’s between Vermeer and van Gogh; More surprising repertory at Diablo Ballet; Film takes on gay black men; Rhythm and words at Yoshi’s; Great American (political) musical.

DINING GUIDE The Monthly’s menu of local restaurants.

MARKETPLACE The Monthly’s catalog of goods and services.

LETTERS

BACK TALK

The Kilduff File: Daniel Handler, creator of Lemony Snicket and The Unfortunate Series of Events, talks about the upcoming movie, his own childhood, and secrets of parenting.

Kartoon Korner: Cartoons from around the country.

 



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