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Cover | Gail Machlis

Dogs on Skates (watercolor)  is the work of Berkeley-based illustrator, cartoonist and children’s book writer Gail Machlis. Machlis and her sister, Joan, are partners in Art Alchemy, which offers illustration services, prints and other distinctive “Machlis” products.  Her cartoons are syndicated through and you can view her original paintings and greeting cards at Fourth Street Studio in Berkeley ( Contact Machlis at



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2009 Issue:

Table of Contents

|  Feeding the Children Well
Renowned lunch lady Ann Cooper—with Alice Waters in her corner—has put Berkeley on the forefront of a national movement to improve the way we feed our kids at school. Three years later, as Cooper leaves Berkeley to work her magic in Boulder, Colo., we ask if the plan to offer healthy, organic, local food to children is working and if the program is financially sustainable. Modest reforms are underway in
Oakland and other cities, but in some schools, many kids are still receiving lunches such as cheese pizza warmed up in a zippered plastic bag.
 By Mike Rosen-Molina

UP FRONT   |   Vision Accomplished
Robert Cole has spent two decades transforming Cal Performances into a destination for world-class artists and one of the nation’s top venues. The 77-year-old Cole is now leaving the post he shaped and elevated. He talks about his 23 years at the helm and what he anticipates will come next for Cal Performances. By Jason Victor Serinus

EAST BAY LIFE | Onward with Obama
The East Bay was a hot spot of activism during the nationwide grassroots movement that helped elect President Barack Obama. Some volunteers had never before made political phone calls or hosted house parties. The campaign literally turned them on. Local and national organizations—and President Obama himself—are trying to roll that unique campaign energy into actual policy change. We look at what’s shaking in the East Bay.  By Rachel Trachten

SHOPPING AROUND | Frugal, Festive and Fabulous
If you’re planning to get hitched in this time of economic uncertainty, don’t take a bus to Reno. There’s a way to have a dream wedding without breaking the bank. Three-time bride Julia Park Tracey shares tips on throwing a thrifty wedding (hint: beg friends for help and ask neighborhood businesses for a break), without sacrificing what really matters—in her case, the flowers. 
By Julia Park Tracey

The East Bay is just a short hop—a day trip—away from some of the world’s most scenic and interesting neighborhoods and small towns. Our new Bay Tripping feature will give you the flavor of a place or a street by peeking into cool shops, restaurants, markets and more. This month, our Bay trip takes us to lovely and lively San Rafael. Bay Tripping will alternate monthly with Shop Talk. By Anna Mindess

The Kilduff File |  Mary Patrick Kavanaugh
Mary Patrick Kavanaugh, the woman who held a public burial for her dreams—in her case, the book she couldn’t publish—talks about bloggers, funerals and happiness. 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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