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Cover | Chris Buzelli

Partridge in a Pear Tree (cover) and Flight (Gift Guide cover); both oil and paper. Chris Buzelli, a New York–based illustrator and artist, intertwines childhood memories with fantastical beasts in his moody, magical work. The result captures the feeling of a bygone era—”somewhere,” he says, “in between this world and one filled with gigantic beasts and sea creatures.” Raised in Chicago, Buzelli graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. His paintings have appeared in many publications, including Rolling Stone, Time, Playboy, The New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly. He also shows his work in galleries throughout the United States. To see more, and to purchase art and prints, visit

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December 2010 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  Crossing a Line
“Crossing a line” is a common phrase these days, a staple of the American vernacular. But what does it really mean? Dozens of local writers took a crack at the topic this fall, submitting moving personal essays about line-crossing experiences of love, loss, and more. Here, our top five picks—and our gratitude to everyone who sent us their work.  
By Diana Divecha, Gerald Green, Joanne Hartman, Nicole Heare, Jill Koenigsdorf.

UP FRONT |  Berkeley to Broadway
The Berkeley Repertory Theatre remains a local treasure—but it’s also become a high-profile incubator for New York–bound productions like the Green Day rock opera, American Idiot, and Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking. Our theater critic, Sam Hurwitt, traces the Rep’s star-studded trajectory.
By Sam Hurwitt.

FIRST PERSON |  Less is More
A longtime Berkeley resident explains why she loves browsing and buying in our area’s friendly, one-of-a-kind boutiques, independent stores, and family-owned businesses. By Christine Schoefer.

ON LOCATION |  Allan Michaan
Local character Allan Michaan, the mogul behind Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater and Michaan’s Auctions, fills us in on his favorite haunts hereabouts.  By Tim Kingston.

The Kilduff File |  Stevanne Auerbach
Just in time for holiday shopping, self-proclaimed “Dr. Toy” (aka Stevanne Auerbach) delivers the goods on this season’s crop of kid-pleasers—and answers a burning question about the Slinky. 
By Paul Kilduff.

Holiday Gift Guide
From chotchkes to comestibles, our annual “shop local” advertising supplement.
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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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