COVER by Bert Monroy
Oyster Bar (digital painting). Berkeley artist Bert Monroy was a traditional painter until the introduction of the Macintosh computer in 1984. He is now considered one of the pioneers of digital art. He shares his paintings with others in the hope that they will stop, look around, take a deep breath, and leave all other distractions aside. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York and California College of the Arts. He currently teaches at San Francisco State University. In his most recent books, Commercial Photoshop with Bert Monroy and Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy, he shares his secrets for creating digital paintings. He can be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com. His work can be viewed at his Web site www.bertmonroy.com and at Buccis restaurant in Emeryville from February 26 to March 25.
F E A T U R E :
Ciao, Friskies by Mike Rosen-Molina
Life isnt always easy at the top of the food chain. Questions about the healthfulness and ethics of eating other animals can haunt even the most voracious meat lover. For those who go vegan or vegetarian, the treatment of farmed animals usually tops the list of reasons. But heres another wrinkle: What about pets? Do they need meat, or will a can of beans keep a shine on their coat and a frisk in their step?
by Laurel Miller
UP FRONT: People, Arts, Issues
Food: The East Bay may be home to some of the worlds best coffee, but for one aficionado it just isnt good enough. This espresso addict has made an unofficial career out of learning to prepare the perfectperfectespresso and has browbeaten so many waiters hes lost most of his dining companions. But he can quit anytime he wants.
Critics Choice for February: Hyper-real realism at Buccis; Black choreographers come together; Films out of Africa; East Bay Diaspora trumpeter returns; Hilda sends up the tyranny of tyrants.
DINING GUIDE The Monthlys menu of local restaurants.
MARKETPLACE The Monthlys catalog of goods and services.
The Kilduff File: Chocolate maker John Scharffenberger on raising the bar.
Kartoon Korner: Cartoons from around the country.