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Cover | Isabella Kirkland

Leaf (oil paint on wood panel, Copyright © Isabella Kirkland, courtesy of Feature Inc., New York). Leaf is based on a photograph Isabella Kirkland took in Monte Verde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica. In her oil paintings, Kirkland examines man’s relationship to the natural world. Her life-size depictions of plants and animals are precisely rendered and anatomically accurate, the result of research at natural history museums. Born in 1954 in Old Lyme, Conn., Kirkland attended Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, before moving to San Francisco to study at the San Francisco Art Institute. Now a Sausalito resident, Kirkland has had several solo exhibitions, including at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Idaho. Her work has been included in group shows at the Field Museum, Chicago, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Kirkland’s two series—Nova, which focuses on new species of flora and fauna, and Taxa, which delves into species past, present, and extinct—are currently on view at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley. Also, Kirkland appears Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m., at the Brower Center in discussion with Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand. Since 2006, Kirkland has been a research associate in the Department of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. For info:,, or

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March 2013 Issue:
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FEATURE |  Food Fancies
When Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971, East Bay chefs launched a focus on creative food trends that persists today. At this winter’s Fancy Food Show and Good Food Awards in San Francisco, local culinary talents showed up with everything from broccoli-cilantro tea, goat cheese, and chocolate to sprouted quinoa, salumi, and rum. Our Nosh Box connoisseur, David Schwoegler, gives readers a peek into this cutting-edge food world.
By David Schwoegler

ARCHITEXTURE |  Hillside Harmony
The roots of Berkeley’s Hillside Club, founded in 1898, go back to an unpainted redwood house built in 1895 by Bernard Maybeck, then 33. The original club members vowed to support Maybeck’s commitment to architecture in tune with the rustic surroundings. Today the club is a thriving community center, hosting concerts, wine tastings, and lectures. 
By Erika Mailman

FIRST PERSON |  Kitchen Tchotchkes
An ambitious Berkeley home chef writes about the talismans he keeps in his kitchen while furiously preparing gourmet meals.
By Gary Handman.

The Kilduff File |  Dan Hoyle
The actor/writer discusses his new one-man show, The Real Americans, and his experience driving through flyover states. 
By Paul Kilduff

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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 professional, personal and creative services

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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