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Cover | Seamus Berkeley

Reverence (20 inches by 40 inches, oil painting on canvas). The setting for this painting is the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Delhi, India. The building was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal. Berkeley, who includes this piece in his Passages series, uses oils to create still lifes, landscapes, and his specialty, commissioned portraits, in a representational-impressionistic style. Visit his studio in the Sawtooth Building (933 Parker St., #40, Berkeley) to commission a portrait, see works in progress, or take a weekend workshop. An 18-by-12-inch glossy poster of Reverence is available for purchase online at For info: (510) 984-1850,, or

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FEATURE |  Wearing It Out
Meet five designers from Oakland and Berkeley who are making their mark on the national fashion scene with modern pieces suitable for real life, be it buying arugula at the farmers market, doing dinner out, or making a statement (“I’m worth it!”) at work. (Nota bene: No one’s rocking these outfits with Earth shoes.)
By Jody Brettkelly.

ARCHITEXTURE |  Modern Manors
“Modern is not just what you live in, but how you live,” say the folks at Modern Home Tours, a nationwide firm for cutting-edge architecture, design, and lifestyle. Highlights from Modern Home’s fall tour of top-notch digs in Berkeley, Oakland, Moraga, and Lafayette are inspiration for remodelers, eye-candy for everyone. 
By Jeanne Storck.

Partner dancing is making a comeback, with nightclubs, dance studios, and even the local YMCA providing opportunities to try your hand (or foot) at salsa, tango, swing, zydeco, and more. By Mary Eisenhart.

The Kilduff File |  Lynne Kaufman
The worldly-wise playwright on LSD, MDMA, and her new one-man show at the Berkeley Marsh.  By Paul Kilduff

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