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Cover | Christos Spontylides

The Big Yawn (pastel, 38 x 31 inches). A part-time artist who has won awards at the regional and national levels, Spontylides describes The Big Yawn as a “snapshot at home in a leisure moment revealing, somewhat humorously, my relation-ship with my cats and their subtly cunning ability to wrest the use of the couch from me. I have since come to understand that such traits are not uncommon among our feline friends.” Spontylides, who earned a fine arts degree with a focus on drawing and painting from the University of Akron in Ohio, now paints and draws in several mediums and explores different styles. Currently, his work is on display at a local gallery in Northern California and on his website at


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student art contest

Announcing the 11th Annual East Bay Monthly
Cover Art Contest
The winning student’s artwork will be featured on the September 2011 cover of The Monthly. In addition, he or she will receive an archival reproduction of the cover. Click here for info.


June 2011 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Where I’m From
Twice a year, we devote an issue to personal essays by local writers, all written specifically for us. The topic at hand—“Where I’m From” (after a well-known 1993 poem by George Ella Lyon)—has inspired writers and poets around the country, yet it also seems tailor-made for our diverse East Bay.  
By Stacy Appel, Robert Menzimer, Lucy O’Dwyer, Maureen Ellen O’Leary, Richard Schwarzenberger, Wichita Sims, Renee Watkins.

UP FRONT |  From Lafayette to Afghanistan
In 2005, Lafayette resident Budd MacKenzie—a lawyer, former Little League coach, and, briefly, a purveyor of wine and cheese—started Trust in Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Afghanistan. Providing schooling for all—not just for boys—is the crux of MacKenzie’s mission. 
By Emily Wilson.

SHOPPING AROUND |  Daddy Daytrips
Our writer—well acquainted with the paternal species—offers an array of Father’s Day outings for dads of different ilks.  
By By Julia Park Tracey.

The Kilduff File |  John King
The longtime architecture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle lays it on the line about urban life, utopian ideals, and the El Cerrito mall. 
By Paul Kilduff.

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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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