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Cover | Carlotta A. Tormey

Coffee Bar (watercolor and gouache). This pieceis artist Carlotta Tormey’s second painting to be featured on the cover of The Monthly and is one in a series of what she calls “remastered masters.” Tormey was inspired to create the painting after considering Édouard Manet’s “A Bar at the Folies-Bergère” during one of her frequent trips to Peet’s. While working as a staff illustrator for a San Francisco design firm, Tormey became acquainted with various styles and media. She has received several awards for her work, including four Andy awards from the Advertising Club of New York. Equally at ease with fine-line rendering and a rich painterly style, the lifelong local artist can be contacted for a variety of work from wine labels and logos to murals and portraits. Her work can be seen at or coming soon, She can be reached at (510) 451-3423 or


May 2007 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  A Tree Grows in Berkeley
The fight over U.C. Berkeley’s plans to retrofit and upgrade Memorial Stadium, add a student-athlete training center and build a new parking garage isn’t only about a grove of coastal oaks defended by tree-sitting activists. It’s about longstanding tension between U.C. Berkeley and its neighbors on Panoramic Hill, seismic safety, an athletic program on the rise and some tightwad fans. By Eve Kushner

Up Front  |  Berkeley Bard
Mystery writer Susan Dunlap lives in Albany but sets her novels in Berkeley, where she finds plenty of real-life plots and characters. Her popular Jill Smith series involves a smart, sassy and self-doubting homicide investigator for the Berkeley Police Department. By Autumn Stephens

East Bay Life |  Dog Gone
The Milo Foundation, a nonprofit that rescues dogs and cats and places them in homes, is forced to give up its Solano Avenue store after neighbor complaints and permit problems. Will Milo find another East Bay home? By Mike Rosen-Molina

Shopping Around  |  Better than Calgon
Send Mom away to one of the East Bay’s day spas where she can enjoy a green coffee bean facial or a Tibetan sound massage to refresh her body and calm her mind. By Mary Lee Shalvoy and Andrea Lampros

The Kilduff File |  Bob Sutton
Stanford’s go-to guy on assholes tells us about Steve Jobs and others like him.  By Paul Kilduff



Editor’s Note


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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