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Mauve Still #17 (oil, alkyd, wax on canvas). The paintings of Emeryville artist Teresa Kalnoskas speak to the essence of objects: their forms, relationships, and presence in space. Her work—both still life and landscape—is inspired by the objects a person might own or encounter, objects that seem to embody a life of their own. Exhibited nationally, Kalnoskas’s paintings have made their way into many private and corporate collections. Kalnoskas is represented by Sense Fine Art in Menlo Park and Julie Nester Gallery in Park City, Utah. She is one of 91 artists featured in the 25th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, Oct. 1-23, at Hollis Business Park, 1480 64th St., Suite 125. For info: (510) 652-6122 or

NEXT MONTH: A tour of East Bay buildings both revered and reviled, and—heads up for the holidays—where to buy topnotch toys.

For our December literary issue
The Monthly is now accepting flash fiction—complete stories of 500 words maximum—for possible publication in our December issue. Your story must include one of the following words: “crow,” “silver,” “elbow.”
To submit, paste the story into your email to editorial@ and attach as a Word document (“.doc,” not “.docx” file). Please include your name, email address, and phone number.
Deadline: Monday, Oct. 17.

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October 2011 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  Where There's Smoke
Twenty years ago this month, fire swept through the hills of Oakland and Berkeley, altering the landscape—both physical and psychological—for decades to come. We commemorate this solemn anniversary with a montage of heartfelt essays, poems, and photographs.

UPFRONT |  Skeletons Out of the Closet
It’s Halloween all year round at Berkeley’s venerable Bone Room. An entire store devoted to bones, skins, skeletons, and similar curios, the Solano Avenue emporium is a great place to ponder the meaning of life and pick up no-longer-living gifts.  
By Mike Rosen-Molina.

IN FARO’S GARDEN |  Needing a Bath
In the sweet solitude of the woods, our gardener finds respite from road rage and other urban ills. By R. E. Faro.

A thirst-inspiring guide to East Bay cocktail lounges, from swank to hip to very, very happy-making.
By Julia Park Tracey.

The Kilduff File |  Frankenstein
Our intrepid reporter puts the squeeze on the buffest—and best-bolted—193-year-old in history.
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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