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Cover | Gail Machlis

Valentine Plans (acrylic). Gail Machlis created the daily cartoon panel Quality Time, which ran for ten years in daily newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Ms. magazine, Cosmopolitan, New Woman, and The Artists magazine. She also has one collection of cartoons, Quality Time and Other Quandaries, published by Chronicle Books. Represented by Bookstop Literary Agency, Machlis is currently writing and illustrating children’s books and working as a freelance illustrator. Her original paintings and cards are available at the Fourth Street Studio, She can be reached at



February 2006 Issue: Table of Contents

FEATURE | Faces of the Heart
In February, when hearts are all aflutter, we examine this most vital of organs and what makes it tick. Its symbol is ubiquitous: think of I
NY. But more than that, the heart is thought to be the center of our spirit and emotions, and a metaphor for sincerity, bravery, honesty, and vitality. By Christine Schoefer

Up Front | Laptop Solo
Laptop computers and new audio technology have put U.C. Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technology on the cutting edge of sound and musical composition. Now unraveling cords is as important as mastering chords. By Andrew Gilbert

East Bay Life | Bloomin’ Genius
Can’t tell a pansy from a petunia? Afraid of picking out the absolutely wrong flowers for your beloved? Get dozens of tips on foolproof bouquet-buying from an expert. By Jill Koenigsdorf

East Bay Life | Sex Sells
For almost thirty years Good Vibrations has offered no-nonsense advice and gadgets for lovers both coupled and uncoupled. Find out what’s for sale behind those tastefully shaded windows on San Pablo. By Rachel Sarah

Shopping Around | Melting Pots
Some of the world’s most vivid ceramics are available from East Bay pottery stores–elegant Italian urns, fiery Chinese pots, and stylized Mexican Talavera plates. Bring the tradition and beauty of clay to your table, kitchen, and yard. By Brian Kluepfel





Critic’s Choice

Shop Talk

Boutique Bazaar

Food for Thought

Dining Guide

Marketplace: Home & Garden

Marketplace: Personal & Creative Services

Kartoon Korner



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