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Cover | Kanna Aoki

Meatloaf (oil on panel). After several years as an accomplished San Francisco–based surface designer for clients including Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Joe Boxer, Kanna Aoki came home to the East Bay to focus on fine art. Inspired by shapes, lines, composition and color, she paints images of freeways, beaches and street scenes, in a manner that celebrates the medium—oil on canvas or panel—as much, if not more than, the subject itself. “Meatloaf” was a childhood pet who presented himself to her family as a holiday gift, only to leave as mysteriously as he arrived one year later. Aoki’s recent paintings are currently on view at the Richmond Art Center’s Members Showcase Exhibit until Nov. 9. For limited edition archival prints of Meatloaf, contact Aoki at More of her work can be seen at

Meatloaf was brought to The Monthly’s attention by The LightRoom, a company that has served photographers and other artists since 1975. The LightRoom provides scanning and printing for photographers (who shoot film or use digital) as well as artists using watercolor, oil, pastel and most other media. The LightRoom also operates a gallery at 2263 Fifth Street in Berkeley that showcases the work of its clients. For more information, visit or call (510) 649-8111.



November 2007 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  When You’re Halfway There
Five essays excerpted from Something That Matters: Life, Love, and Unexpected Adventures in the Middle of the Journey—a second book from the Wednesday Writers—strike themes of surreal loneliness, maternal relationships and the seduction of one’s own spouse. By Swathi Desai, Elizabeth Fishel, Suzanne LaFetra, Janis Mitchell, Karen L. Pliskin and Karen Yencich

UP FRONT   |   The Curator and the Cantor
Curator Lawrence Rinder digs into the archive of his grandfather, a celebrated cantor at San Francisco’s Temple Emanu-El, to find a score written for the 10th anniversary of the United Nations. Rinder brings the piece to life in an interfaith, multi-cultural exhibition at the Judah L. Magnes museum. By Timothy Buckwalter

ARCHITEXTURE |  It’s Not Easy Being Green
The new green city hall in Orinda is drawing raves from the architectural community, city workers and regular Orindans. But some blast the $12.5 million cost and say the money should have been spent on fixing the town’s roads.  By Lauri Puchall

Shopping Around  |  Making History
People are turning to personal historians to capture their family lore for future generations. We check out this booming trend, telling you what these historians do and where you can find them. By Rachel Trachten

The Kilduff File |  Richard Schwartz
Telling tall tales about Berkeley’s pioneering nut jobs and today’s local characters.  By Paul Kilduff



Editor’s Note


Be East Bay: Go, Meet, Shift, Create, Read
A short section of cool things to try, hot things to read and interesting people to meet in the East Bay.

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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