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Cover | Fred Lyon

Richard Diebenkorn in his Berkeley Studio with “Berkeley #41” (1955) and “Man and Woman Seated” (1958), Berkeley (photograph, 1958). Fred Lyon, a fourth-generation San Franciscan, has worked behind the camera for seven decades. Lyon served as a Navy photographer in Washington, D.C. during World War II, covered White House press events, and has photographed five U.S. presidents. After the war, Lyon moved to New York and was soon shooting for top fashion houses. He returned to California in 1946, building a freelance career with magazines such as House & Garden, Vogue, Glamour, and Life. In 1949, the San Francisco Museum of Art gave him his first one-man show. By the 1970s, Lyon began concentrating on the subjects he likes best: travel, food, and wine. “I decided that as long as I was going to be old and cranky, I might as well do the things I liked,” Lyon said recently. “[Lyon’s] photographs are poetic interpretations of his affection and his profound respect for the designers, the engineers, and the craftsmen who meticulously and artistically conceived these wonders,” said Peter Pollack, then curator of photography for the Art Institute of Chicago, of Lyon’s 1955 exhibit, Bridges of San Francisco. Lyon is represented by Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco and Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica. For info: Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years (which includes the two paintings in the cover photograph) runs through Sept. 29 at the De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. For info: (510) 750-3600 or

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|  Nifty Neighborhoods
Maybe there is such a thing as free legal advice. Held in Oakland and Berkeley at places like the Crossroads Cafe and the Hub, the Legal Cafe—which dishes up sage advice for those who want to collaborate and innovate—offers free legal services to community members looking to form worker cooperatives and urban farms.
By Rachel Trachten

The Kilduff File |  John Law
The co-founder of the San Francisco Cacophony Society weighs in on the current state of Burning Man, SantaCon, and the famed Doggie Diner heads.
By Paul Kilduff.


This regular section includes stories on inspiring local baby boomers, health, exercise, finance, entertainment, and more. Boomer Bio will return next month.

Living Well zeroes in on our feet, which pretty much get us everywhere we need to go, while stabilizing us and absorbing shock. No wonder our tootsies are vulnerable as we age. Bay Area foot experts weigh in on how to deal with pesky problems like bunions and plantar fasciitis, what to look for in a great shoe, and how to choose an effective orthotic. | By Kate Madden Yee

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SPECIAL SECTION |  Regional Guide to Private Schools

Special to The Monthly from Parents’ Press, this section offers advice to families on the cusp of the often overwhelming search for the right private school. Dig into these 20 detailed pages for tips on researching, visiting, and applying to K-12 schools. 

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Critics Choice: highlights of this month’s happenings in art, theater, film, dance and music

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

Editor’s Note: a look at this month’s issue and commentary on life in the East Bay

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Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories

Marketplace Home: a catalog of services for your home and garden

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