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Cover | Toby Tover-Krein

Lollipops in Tokyo (acrylic/mixed media on canvas). An award-winning narrative figurative painter, longtime East Bay resident Toby Tover-Krein uses photos from her world travels (recently, she visited Japan, Morocco, and Vietnam) as the basis of her paintings. Other work is based on vintage photos that inspire nostalgia—an emotion she describes as “a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone.” Among other awards, Tover-Krein received the 2001 grand prize in the Arts on Fire V competition at Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica. Her work is on display at The Fine Art of Baseball: 14th Annual Exhibition at the George Krevsky Gallery (77 Geary St., San Francisco; from April 2 to May 28. Tover-Krein, who recently moved to Benicia, will also exhibit her art at Benicia Artists Open Studios 2011, April 30-May 1, at her studio at 942-H Tyler St. For info: (707) 742-4125,, or

NEXT MONTH: Jazzy jewelry, six-word story contest winners (the rain check), and how to eat, drink, and be trendy in Oakland’s newly cool Koreatown.

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April 2011 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Volunteer Armies
Volunteers have long been plugging the holes in public schools. Now, average citizens are rolling up their sleeves to do even more. With programs like Adopt-a-Spot, Maintain-a-Drain, and the Oakland Rose Garden’s Dedicated Deadheaders, cities like Oakland, Albany, Berkeley, and Richmond are turning to residents to weed medians, clean storm drains, maintain parks, and more.    
By Regan McMahon.

BY THE BOOK |  Ravenous
A mouth-watering excerpt from Dayna Macy’s just-published memoir about managing an obsession with cheese, olives, and their tasty ilk in the land of the Gourmet Ghetto.

REAL FOOD |  Family Flavors
East Bay farmers’ markets get plenty of (well-deserved) glory. But for generations, a handful of family businesses have been turning out fab fare right under our locavore noses.  
By Anna Mindess.

SHOPPING AROUND |  Mom, What’s a Lanyard?
From blacksmithing to stilt-walking to solving the problems of the world, local kids can choose among an amazing array of offbeat camps this summer. 
 By Jennifer Eyre White.

The Kilduff File |  Samantha Greenwood
The veteran Chez Panisse chef—and national kettlebell lifting champ—dishes on what’s cooking at Alice’s restaurant. 
By Paul Kilduff.

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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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