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Cover | Roger Shelly

Black Chicken (fresco on wood). Roger Shelly, whose work is directly influenced by his 30-year career as an award-winning advertising art director, creates pieces that are oversized TV commercial storyboard frames or print ad comps. For his frescoes, Shelly mixes liquid and dry pigments, using old boards from a barn as his canvas. The drying cycle allows the medium to be sculpted and burnished before it sets. He then embellishes the pieces with historical or contemporary objects, resulting in artwork durable enough to hang outdoors. For more info or to view Shelly’s work: or


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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. Final deadline: July 1. Click here for info.


July 2011 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Head of the Class
At the world-class university in our backyard, scads of smart researchers are ferreting out the secrets of the future. A random dip into the vast brain trust yields Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, whose research reveals surprisingly optimistic news about race relations; Sonia Bishop, who scopes out the neuroscience of anxiety; and Robert Hirst, the nation’s most obsessive Mark Twain scholar.  
By Bonnie Wach.

UP FRONT |  Kosherer Than Thou
Local filmmakers Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman discuss their guaranteed-to-be-controversial new documentary, Between Two Worlds, screening at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival this month. 
By Michael Fox

There’s no shortage of ways to hit the H2O this summer, from cruises with cocktails, once-in-a-lifetime whale-watching tours, or the simple pleasure of pedal-boating around Lake Merritt.  
By Mike Rosen-Molina.

The Kilduff File |  Kristen Caven
Having recently resurrected her cartooning career, the Oakland artist bats around some big ideas, including what happens to youthful dreams, and why women’s colleges rule. 
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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