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Cover | Madeline Moe

Self-portrait (ink and watercolor). Madeline Moe is a Piedmont High senior who says her self-portrait is a cheerful expression of herself and the Bay Area environment she loves. This summer, Moe studied printmaking and ceramics at the California State Summer School of the Arts. A student who also enjoys French and lacrosse, Moe plans to continue her artistic endeavors in college, but has no plans for art school. Moe’s self-portrait was the winning entry of some 50 pieces submitted to The Monthly’s eighth annual cover contest. More information about Moe and the second- and third-place winners can be found on page 4 and the inside back cover this month. Monthly publisher Karen Klaber will present awards to the winners and four honorable-mention winners on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA;, 538 9th St. in Oakland. All of the winning entries will be on display between Sept. 21 and Oct. 12 at MOCHA.


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September 2008 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  Powered by the People
Barack Obama used social networking via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and his own to help inspire massive turnout in the primaries. Here in the East Bay this groundbreaking online organizing meets a rich history of on-the-ground, old-fashioned campaigning. Supporters hope this combo will be the ticket to victory in November.  By Elizabeth Kennedy

The Monthly’s Eighth Annual


UP FRONT | Beyond Kumbaya
Making lanyards is fun but learning how to communicate about differences and discovering self-confidence can be, well, better. That’s what happens at the Mosaic Project’s outdoor school for thousands of fourth- and fifth-graders in the Bay Area.  By Andrea Pflaumer

Shopping Around  |  Shopping for Schools
If you’re puzzled about how to find the best public, private or parochial school for your child who’s approaching kindergarten, middle or high school, here’s your step-by-step guide. Believe it or not, you should start right now—for next fall. We talk with school officials and parents who have survived the process and provide a behemoth list of resources that includes school contact information and open-house dates.  By Sarah Weld 

Shop Talk  |  Four inviting shops in your neighborhood
The Happy Heart is a Piedmont Avenue shop that sells crystals, minerals and fossils for adornment and healing.
Solano Avenue's new PUGnacious Pet Provisions has everything you need for your four-legged foodie.
An artfully sophisticated chocolate shop called The Xocolate Bar comes to Solano Avenue.
The Berkeley Sauna has new owners and new upgrades after 30 years just off downtown Berkeley.

EAST BAY LIFE |  San Quentin’s Campus
Inside San Quentin, inmates are taking ancient history and algebra with U.C. Berkeley professors through the Prison University Project. Most of their papers are handwritten and the classrooms have bars and guards, but professors say some of these students are more engaged than their students at Cal.  By Kate Rix

The Kilduff File |  Rona Renner
Nurse Rona Renner is the host of Childhood Matters, a radio show that dispenses cool-headed advice on how to raise nice human beings.  By Paul Kilduff

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Editor’s Note:
a look at this month’s issue and commentary on life in the East Bay

Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories
Be East Bay: an introduction to interesting people, places and events in your community

Critics Choice: highlights of this month’s happenings in art, theater, film, dance and music

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

Food for Thought: local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

Marketplace Home: a catalog of services for your home and garden

Marketplace Services: a catalog of personal and creative services

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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