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Cover | David Lance Goines

Year of the Rabbit (2011, solid-color blockprint, printed by letterpress in an edition of 500). David Lance Goines was born in 1945 in Grants Pass, Ore., and has lived and worked in Berkeley as a printer and graphic designer since 1965. He has designed and printed 226 posters for local, national, and international businesses, as well as graphic work for many private clients. He is the author of five books, collaborator on three, and his work has been the subject of six others. A new book, published by Dover, is available in local bookstores. He is a 19-gallon blood donor. His work may be seen online at

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February 2011 Issue:
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|  State of the Union
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked three senior East Bay couples to share their decades-long love stories. Though their lives differ in many ways, all three pairs seem to have found marital bliss through good luck, hard work—and a superhuman lack of whining.  
By Regan McMahon.

BY THE BOOK |  A World’s Greatest Sleuth!
Herewith, a hot-off-the-press preview of the brand-new mystery novel by Alameda homeboy Steve Hockensmith. Versatile Hockensmith also knows from zombies—his Dreadfully Ever After (sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) hits the shelves next month.

SHOPPING AROUND |  Let Them Eat Cake
Without a doubt, celebrations call for cake. But no need to break out the mixing bowl—scads of stellar local bakeries specialize in custom confections and classic standards for June weddings, graduation parties, special birthdays, and everything else on your celebratory agenda. 
 By Jeanne Storck.

FIRST PERSON |  On Being an Antique
An author of mature years contemplates her resemblance to the retail treasures of Piedmont Avenue.    By Flossie Lewis.

ON LOCATION |  Nancy Nadel
Nancy Nadel, a member of the Oakland City Council since 1996, spills the beans about her passion for Jamaica, the chocolate company she founded, and where to hang out in Oaktown.   By Tim Kingston.

The Kilduff File |  Liza Dalby
Berkeley author and anthropologist Liza Dalby once worked as a geisha in Japan—not an easy gig for an American to get. Our intrepid interviewer grills her about this mysterious, vastly misunderstood sisterhood. 
By Paul Kilduff.

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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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