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Cover | C.R. Bryant

Sparring Partners (oil on canvas). One in a series of original paintings following the America’s Cup AC45 World Tour, based on photos by C.R. Bryant and local marine photographer Ellen Hoke (represented exclusively by the Meyerovich Gallery at 251 Post St., San Francisco). For info: and Bryant will donate proceeds from this cover artwork to the Golden Gate Youth Sailing Foundation’s High School Program, which teaches sailing—plus leadership and confidence-building—to San Francisco students in grades eight to 12. Students pay a minimal fee; most funding comes from the foundation. To donate: (510) 693-9104 or For more info on this month’s America’s Cup World Series, Oct. 2-7, see Panorama.

NEXT MONTH: Stellar women athletes on the 40th anniversary of Title IX, nonagenarian painter Ariel Parkinson, and our friendly neighborhood grocers.

Through Oct. 18, The Monthly is accepting personal essays (non-fiction, first-person prose) of up to 900 words for possible publication in our winter literary issue.
The theme: Moving
Please interpret “moving” in any way that resonates for you. A distinct, compelling voice is what we’re after here, along with writing that’s specific and personal. As a regional magazine, we prioritize submissions from those who live or work in the East Bay. To submit, paste your essay into your email to and also attach it as a Word document. No exceptions: include your name, email address, and phone number in the body of your email and at the top of your essay. Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 18

This fall, The East Bay Monthly joins forces with the Alameda Publishing Group, which is also home to Oakland and Alameda magazines and Parents’ Press. We’re pleased to be part of this dynamic East Bay organization, and look forward to continuing to bring you the same high-quality local reporting, timely arts and events coverage, reliable advertisers, and gorgeous full-color covers that we’ve been providing for over 42 years. To new beginnings—and to all our faithful fans.

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October 2012 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Senior Smarts
Use it or lose it—that’s what scientists are now saying about brain function in the aging. Our reporter fills us in on the mind-expanding secrets of local seniors, and explains what goes on at organizations like the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U.C. Berkeley, which offers high-quality academic classes and events exclusively for those over 50.
By Mike Rosen-Molina

BY THE BOOK |  The Doris Diaries
Former Monthly editor Julia Park Tracey gives us a peek into the life and times of her spirited great-aunt in the Roaring Twenties with this first installment (edited and published by Tracey) of the Doris’s decades-spanning journals. 

PANORAMA |  Gone with the WindóNot!
Our intrepid reporter, a veteran sailor, brings us a close-up view of the world-class action last month in the Bay. 
By David Schwoegler.

SHOPPING AROUND | Beer by the Bay
Monthly columnist Paul Kilduff makes the rounds of East Bay brewpubs, sussing out a wealth of fine and friendly places to hoist a stein.  
By Paul Kilduff

The Kilduff File |  Rene de Guzman
Oakland Museum’s senior curator of art on Mona Lisa’s smile and why culture isn’t just for snobs.  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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