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Cover | Yvette M. Buigues

Sitting Fox (mixed media). At first glance Yvette Buigues’s “Sitting Fox” appears as silkscreen or stencil, but a closer look reveals an original mixed media painting. Using acrylics, colored pencil, and occasionally collage and found objects, Buigues develops many textures in translucent and opaque layers. Her tools include paint brushes, dental tools, screwdrivers, sticks, rocks, and palm sanders. Paintings emerge from her intuition, dreams, and sentiments; she rarely knows where a blank panel will take her. She works with icons, discovering the story’s full text as she paints, gaining new insight and understanding. Selected by the city of Emeryville’s Art in Public Places Program for its Bus Shelter Artwork Project “Flora and Fauna,” Buigues’s commissioned work will appear in Emeryville bus shelters in November. View her work at; contact her at Buigues, who works in Emeryville, is one of 84 artists featured in the 27th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition. The juried exhibition is free to the public and open daily 11 a.m-6 p.m., Oct. 5-27, 5699 Bay St., Emeryville. For info: (510) 652-6122 or

NEXT MONTH: Rediscovering community through co-housing, Oakland East Bay Symphony conductor Michael Morgan, and how to take good care of our largest organ—skin.


Through Oct. 28, The Monthly is accepting personal essays (nonfiction, first-person prose) of up to 900 words for possible publication in our winter literary issue. The theme: What keeps me up at night.
Please interpret “What keeps me up at night” 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: Monday, Oct. 28

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October 2013 Issue:
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FEATURE |   Full Immersion
Kids who learn two languages often do better in school, experts say. In 2006, Escuela Bilingüe Internacional, an independent co-ed school in Oakland, opened its doors as a bilingual preschool and kindergarten—in Spanish. Now the school extends through seventh grade and offers an International Baccalaureate program for elementary school.
By Mary Eisenhart.

BY THE BOOK |  Monica Wesolowska
Berkeley writer Monica Wesolowska recently published the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, which explores the love and ethics behind forgoing medical intervention for her newborn son. This poignant and lyrical book chronicles the author’s painful and lovely days with her baby. 

The Kilduff File |  Jack McLaughlin
The former Berkeley schools superintendent chats about local nudity, his fictional character, Berkeley Mayor Jim Sain, and his years at the helm of the uniquely challenging Berkeley Unified School District.  By Paul Kilduff


This regular section includes stories on inspiring local baby boomers, health, exercise, finance, entertainment, and more.

Boomer Bio profiles Oaklander Kristen Caven, who wields her pen—and keyboard—as a cartoonist, blogger, and author, covering topics like parenting, psychology, health, humor, and philosophy. By Mike Rosen-Molina

Out and About’s “On the Road Again” takes a look at Road Scholar, the recently renamed nonprofit (founded as Elderhostel in 1975) that offers trips in 50 states and 150 countries for single travelers, grandparents and grandkids, couples, and families. By Mike Rosen-Molina

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Be East Bay: an introduction to interesting people, places and events in your community

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

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

Food for Thought:
local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories

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

Marketplace Services:a catalog of professional, personal and creative services

Nosh Box: what's good to eat right now

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