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COVER by Carol Aust

Log Bridge (acrylic on canvas). Carol Aust works in acrylic on canvas and wood panels from her Oakland studio. Her figurative paintings are emotionally charged narrative fragments infused with mysterious tension and secrecy. She often places her figures in precarious environments where anything could happen. Aust’s work consistently features strong and vibrant colors along with engaging and vulnerable figures. Her influences include Emil Nolde, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, and the German Expressionists and her work is represented in private collections throughout the United States. She will be having an open studio with 150 other artists at the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco on May 7-8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Building 101, basement #303. View her work at www.carolaust.com.

  April Issue 2005

F E A T U R E :

Turning a Corner by Mike Rosen-Molina

For some it’s just a stroll. But for many walking a labyrinth is a journey inward, a path to God, or a tool for improved mental or physical well-being. Sacred to religious pilgrims for centuries, its circuitous pattern is found in nature, in space, in Native American basket weavings, Buddhist mandalas, and even in children’s games. Today, labyrinths are popular in the secular world: Public parks, swimming pools, hospitals, and even jails feature painted or inlaid labyrinths, paths that invite passersby to step in.


C O L U M N

SHOPPING AROUND by Rachel Sarah
Beautiful tresses are envied and admired. But hair on the rest of the body? Today’s fashion standard is smooth and sleek—everywhere. If you’re fighting the follicle, there are many ways to split hairs. Our guide explains the zap, zing, rip, and pluck of hair-removal options in the East Bay.


D E P A R T M E N T S

LETTERS

UP FRONT: People, Arts, Issues
Food: Once a year top-notch chefs from the East Bay’s finest restaurants join together to create a fabulous meal for several hundred guests. Long after the plates have been cleared, the meal continues to feed thousands more. This annual benefit dinner, Five Star Night, funds the work of Alameda County Meals on Wheels, which delivers a daily hot meal to more than 2,200 local seniors. For these shut-ins, getting to the grocery store and cooking a meal is a formidable task. Meet the celebrity chefs who are putting gourmet food on the table to benefit the elderly.

Critic’s Choice for April: The art of butterflies; revivals at San Francisco Ballet; the 48th S.F. International Film Fest delivers drama and documentaries; Benin’s jazzy, bluesy, soulful band; Aurora mounts Blue/Orange power play.

DINING GUIDE The Monthly’s menu of local restaurants.

MARKETPLACE The Monthly’s catalog of goods and services.

BACK TALK
The Kilduff File: Table for Six CEO Julie Paiva dishes on the dating scene.
Kartoon Korner: Cartoons from around the country.

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