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Cover | Julie Heffernan

Self-Portrait as Decoy (oil on canvas). Julie Heffernan’s paintings reveal her preoccupation with baroque sensibilities—the interior spaces of her compositions often refer to grand ballrooms and ornate drawing rooms, while the figures are weighted by fantastical costumes overwrought with flora and fauna. She has undergraduate degrees in painting and printmaking from U.C. Santa Cruz and a graduate degree in painting from Yale. Her work has won her critical attention in numerous publications, including The New York Times. Heffernan’s paintings are included in public collections at the Columbia Museum of Art, the Norton Museum of Art, the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, the Zabludowicz Art Trust and since 2005, at San Francisco’s Catharine Clark Gallery. Heffernan lives and works in New York.
The Catharine Clark Gallery, adjacent to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, emphasizes content-driven work from contemporary artists that challenges both the traditional use of materials and formal aesthetics. For more information, please visit or email




December 2007 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  Mercy, Justice and Love
Three East Bay men work year-round to lighten the load for fellow residents, through their service with faith- or community-based organizations. What makes them, and others like them, able to work every day helping others? Their stories are infused with personal suffering or simple sacrifice and an underlying belief in the dignity of all human beings. By Julia Park Tracey and Mike Rosen-Molina

UP FRONT   |   Dance Master’s Encore
Ronn Guidi, the face and former leader of the Oakland ballet, retired seven years ago. Now, after the company floundered toward complete closure, Guidi’s back, to resurrect his life’s work in the renamed Oakland Ballet Company. By Rita Felciano

IN FARO’S GARDEN  |   Seasonal Color
The gardener is at first shocked and critical when his friend Rita turns up with unnaturally red locks. In pondering makeovers, hibernation and rejuvenation, he takes us to a trailhead in Albuquerque and, of course, into his rain-soaked garden.   By R.E. Faro

EAST BAY LIFE |  Bring Home the Burning Man
Two Burning Man–veterans think outside the box about business, coffee and art as they launch the Awaken Café in downtown Oakland. By Andrea Lampros

FIRST PERSON | Breakfasts with Jacqueline
Reeling from loss, the writer connects with a virtual stranger—a French octogenarian—and discovers a new and healing friendship. By Jill Koenigsdorf

Shopping Around  |  Feeding the (Holiday) Masses
With the festive season upon us, we talk to the saviors (also known as caterers) who may be able to rescue us from party madness. By Andrea Pflaumer

The Kilduff File |  Lisa Geduldig
The comedic founder of “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy” makes a connection between won tons and kreplach.  By Paul Kilduff


Holiday Gift Guide


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 will return next month

Boutique Bazaar

Food for Thought

Dining Guide

Marketplace: Home & Garden

Marketplace: Personal & Creative Services

Kartoon Korner


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