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Cover | Josefina Jacquin

La reina 1985 (silkscreen, 32 x 46 inches, 2010). La reina (The Beauty Queen) is from Noviembre 1985, Jacquin’s series of constructed-memory works about the devastating 1985 volcano eruption in Colombia. “The work features iconographic images that still dwell in the memory of my Colombian peers,” says Jacquin, a native of Santa Marta, Colombia. Jacquin received a master’s in fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997; her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at The de Young Museum, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and The Museum of the Legion of Honor. She produced Noviembre 1985 at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, where she is currently an artist in residence; the work is part of the institute’s Kala-Fornia: State of the Art exhibition culminating in a gala auction on April 30, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. To pre-view art online, get info, and purchase tickets: Other Kala works will be on exhibit at artMRKT San Francisco, an international art fair, May 20-22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (6 p.m. Sun) at Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco. For info:

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May 2011 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  How Oaklandish Can You Be?
Diffuse and far-flung, Oakland’s Koreatown isn’t your typical ethnic neighborhood. In fact, some say, it’s not a neighborhood at all, but simply a state of mind. Either way, Korean cuisine is hot as red pepper these days, and local trend-followers are flocking to Oakland’s many Korean eateries and nightspots to sample the wares—and make the scene.  
By Amy Moon.

UP FRONT |  The Whole Schmear
Dan Plonsey, the prolific El Cerrito composer, is known for imaginative productions and collaborations with some of the nation’s edgiest improvisers. But he’s also a working guy with a wife and two kids. No wonder, then, that his compositions deliberately blur the boundaries between art and quotidian life.
By Andrew Gilbert.

A sparkling sampler of six-word stories by readers from around the East Bay (including two classrooms of fourth- and fifth-graders).  

SHOPPING AROUND |  The Bling Thing
Sorry, darling, but you can’t always say it with flowers. Herewith, our intrepid reporter’s scout-down of East Bay jewelers who have just the thing for those occasions—graduations, proposals, anniversaries, Mother’s Day (ahem!)—when a bit of bling is required. 
By Kate Madden Yee.

The Kilduff File |  Kit Yarrow
Psychology professor Kit Yarrow grooves on Generation Y—but will those kids ever get any non-virtual noogies?  
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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