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Cover | Dean Hunsaker

Detail from View from Montmartre (mixed media on mahogany). This 2009 painting by Berkeley artist Dean Hunsaker is from his current “Voyage” series, based on his cultural discovery of France during numerous visits over the past decade. An homage to France and particularly its Mediterranean region, these paintings often combine traditional still life and landscape imagery, like classic cafe bowls and red poppies. Hunsaker uses a regional palette of colors, and heavily distresses the surfaces to give them an aged or weathered appearance to echo the region’s rich history and ancient frescoes. Some paintings are mixed media, and incorporate things like pages torn from French books. Hunsaker and eight other Emeryville artists have been chosen by the city of Emeryville’s Art in Public Places Program for its Bus Shelter Temporary Art Program, “Flora and Fauna,” which begins this month. Hunsaker’s commissioned artwork will appear in bus shelters throughout Emeryville in the summer of 2011. To contact the artist: or Hunsaker, who works in Emeryville, is also one of 92 artists featured in the free 23rd Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 3-25, at 5815 Shellmound Way, Emeryville. For information: (510) 652-6122 or


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This summer, U.C. Berkeley made The Princeton Review’s “Green Honor Roll,” one of only 15 college campuses nationwide lauded for environmentally sound practices. Given Cal’s giant size—the sprawling campus covers 180 acres and serves 70,000 students, faculty, and staff—the achievement is all the more remarkable. We pinpoint exactly what makes the school so green, including a system-wide sustainability pledge, energy-saving buildings, organic meals in dining halls, campus Dumpster monitoring, and more. This upbeat story isn’t just a matter of local interest, by the way. Since California is seen as a leader in progressive energy policy, says U.C. sustainability manager Matthew St. Clair, our prominent universities set an example for others across the nation.  By Kate Rix

UP FRONT |  Close Connection
For many local women who are diagnosed with cancer, the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland is one of the first—and most useful—resources they discover. Now in its 23rd year, the nonprofit provides a wealth of indispensable free services to women with cancer throughout the East Bay, including information and referrals, reference materials, support groups, help with everyday chores, and classes in nutritious cooking, yoga, writing, and art. Through the stories of some of the Center’s clients and volunteers who contribute their time, we paint a picture of a true culture of community, and a robust life-affirming organization that women in crisis can rely on.   By Rachel Trachten

SHOPPING AROUND |  Ready to Rock
The Loma Prieta earthquake, 7.1 on the Richter scale, rocked the Bay Area in October 1989. Twenty years later, many of us remain woefully unprepared for the next devastating quake. But a little advance preparation—stockpiling water and supplies, upgrading your home’s foundation—could make a big difference. This month, we survey local experts to find out what survival necessities to buy, services to contract, and community organizations to contact as you prepare for the inevitable Big One.   By Tim Kingston

The Kilduff File |  Louise Rafkin
As the author of the San Francisco Chronicle’s weekly “On the Couch” how-we-met column, nationally acclaimed writer Louise Rafkin has interviewed her share of lovebirds. This month, the powerhouse prose artist (she’s also a fifth-degree black belt martial arts expert) gives us an earful about mutual attraction, what keeps couples together, and the mystique of those elusive French women.  By Paul Kilduff

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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



The Monthly is now accepting short essays (900 words maximum) for possible publication in our January issue. The theme:
A moment (big or small) after which nothing was the same.
To submit, paste the essay into your email to and attach as a Word document (“.doc” file, not “.docx” file). Please include your name, email address, and phone number on every page. Deadline: November 16, 2009.
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