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Cover | Ellen Heck

Eleni with Roman (Woodcut, drypoint and aquatint print on Somerset velvet paper, 2010). Artist Ellen Heck created this print as part of the Plus a Century portfolio, a series which references the etchings of Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt, known for her images of women and mothers with children. Heck’s prints respond to Cassatt’s compositions with contrasting views of contemporary domestic scenes. Her work is represented by Kala Art Institute at 2990 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. For more info or to make an appointment: contact Andrea Voinot at (510) 841-7000, ext. 206 or New work can also be viewed at

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|  Roll Over, Rosie
This winter, Richmond snagged a coup, with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory selecting the historic—but long struggling—city as the preferred site of a vast new campus devoted to bioscience. While many locals say Richmond is alreaady on an upswing, the new Lab should provide an impressive boost to the community’s economy and morale.
By Paul Mindus

ARCHITEXTURE |  Original Berkeley Bowl
With just a few details of a controversial seismic upgrade left to complete, U.C.’s Memorial Stadium will be back in business for the Cal football team’s season opener against the University of Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 1. Go Bears! 
By David Schwoegler.

BY THE BOOK |  Wife 22
Oakland author Melanie Gideon, who recently graced the pages of O magazine, is getting rave reviews for Wife 22, her amusing (and sexy!) first novel for adults. We’re pleased to publish an excerpt from Chapter 9. 

Outfitting a young human is one of life’s great pleasures. Miniscule outfits, downy blankets, cuddly stuffies—what’s not to love? Our writer, a recent new mom, guides parents-to-be through the bumper crop of baby-gear stores in the East Bay, as well as sources for save-the-day services like lactation consultants, yoga classes, and more.  
By Elizabeth Kennedy.

The Kilduff File |  Wendy Phillips
A savvy style expert compares the wardrobes of the two leading presidential candidates, and declares one the hands-down, thumbs-up winnerl.
By Paul Kilduff.

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