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Cover | David Levenson

Landmark (pastel on paper, 2012). David Levenson’s Landmark is a painting of Jackie Robinson as a living, breathing monument, posed in a classic baseball stance—sturdy and strong with steely determination. The sky suggests a beautiful summer afternoon with a definite storm coming in the name of Robinson. Onlookers view him as one would a great landmark, with respect. Some take pictures, some point, all celebrate in his achievements and, by extension, ours. The two men in the upper tier could be men who were denied access and rights, perhaps Negro League players who never got the opportunity to play in the restricted Major Leagues. The young boy with the bat has found his hero. The painting is featured in Out of the Park: The Art of Baseball, an exhibition featuring the work of more than 40 artists at the Krevsky Gallery, 77 Geary St., San Francisco, April 4-May 25, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Opening reception, Thursday, April 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Also check out A Baseball Salon: Memories of the Game, featuring poetry, literature, music, and short films inspired by baseball, Thursday, May 2, 6-9 p.m. For info: (415) 397-9748 or

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Through April 18, The Monthly is accepting personal essays (non-fiction, first-person prose) of up to 900 words for possible publication in our summer literary issue. The theme:
What I miss
Please interpret “What I miss” 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:
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April 2013 Issue:
Table of Contents


Boomer Bio |  
Joe Tuman | by Mike Rosen-Molina

Living Well | The Aging Athlete | by Mike Rosen-Molina

Out and About | The Commonwealth Club  | by Mary Eisenhart

Money Talks |  College Crunch| by Susan E. Davis

UPFRONT |  Piano Story
In 2010, Oakland’s Piedmont Piano Company, founded and still owned by the Callahan family since 1978, retooled itself as a prime venue for jazz and other live performances in a 1946 art deco building in the Uptown district. The Callahan clan has been influencing music and music education in the East Bay for decades, through piano lessons, sales, and tuning.
By Andrew Gilbert.

IN FARO’S GARDEN |  The Spray of Phenomena
The gardener muses on a recent spate of urban crime while cultivating his garden. 
By R. E. Faro

The Kilduff File |  Jeremy the Juggler
Not your average juggler, even for Berkeley, Jeremy Shafer also rides a unicycle, has authored two books on origami, and has a YouTube channel with 9,000 subscribers.
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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