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Cover | Tony Speirs and Art Farm

Portrait of a Girl (2006, acrylic, pencil and mixed media on panel, detail). Portrait of a Girl is a small portion of a room-sized installation (8 feet by 39 feet) called The Game of Hope or Fear, created for the 2006 Burning Man festival by Tony Speirs and Art Farm, a large and loose art collective. The Burning Man theme that year was “The Future: Hope or Fear?” To convey the theme, Speirs designed a 16-foot-long, playable game board, flanked by portraits of a girl and a boy who represent the future. Art Farm artists (more than 60 participants including the East Bay’s Garo Amaro, Claire Cotts, Erik Friedman and Mike Terry) contributed the thousands of drawings that became the paintings’ background. The resulting three-panel piece was hung in a room just below the Burning Man sculpture at the 2006 festival. Speirs has lived, worked, and exhibited in Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville, Berkeley and Crockett. He and his wife now live in Sonoma County. To see more of Speirs’ work, go to For more information about Art Farm, go to



May 2008 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  All Aboard?
In addition to deciding the future of the country, voters in November will likely face a $9.9 billion bond measure for high-speed trains in California. The high-speed rail system that would cut through the East Bay, could zip commuters from Oakland to San Jose in 22 minutes. Rivaling short-haul airlines like Southwest with a two-and-a-half-hour rail trip to Los Angeles, the trains could ease traffic congestion and satisfy the state’s historic efforts to dramatically reduce greenhouse gases by 2020. Is this the right infrastructure investment? We give you the deal on the cost, technology, politics and possibilities.  By Jonathan Parkinson

UP FRONT   |   A Family Affair
Berkeley-bred Zoë and Dave Ellis are each successful in their own rights as solo musicians. Now the siblings are working together in Zadell, a jazz/funk band that showcases their impressive vocal and horn talents and pushes them further into the jazz scene spotlight. By Andrew Gilbert

EAST BAY LIFE | High School Haven
Students with learning disabilities find a place to shine at Oakland’s new Bayhill High School which offers small classes and a hands-on curriculum. By Rachel Trachten

Wineries in East Bay cities? Who knew? Why head to Napa when you can taste the syrahs, pinots and zins of local vintners that are good enough to compete with any wine country giant. By Julia Park Tracey

SHOP TALK | News about great shops in your neighborhood
Fleet Feet, KCC Modern Living, Coquette, Lava 9, Staples. By Andrea Pflaumer and The Monthly editors

The Kilduff File |  Leslie Sbrocco
Leslie Sbrocco is the impartial host of KQED’s “Check Please, Bay Area,” but she gives us some hints about judging restaurants and more importantly, leads us to the Bay Area’s best pistachio cake.  By Paul Kilduff


Editor’s Note Letters

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

Boutique Bazaar

Food for Thought

Dining GuideMarketplace: Home & Garden

Marketplace: Personal & Creative Services

Kartoon Korner

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