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Cover | David Lance Goines

Year of the Horse (2014, solid-color blockprint, printed by letterpress in an edition of 500). David Lance Goines was born in 1945 in Grants Pass, Ore., and has lived and worked in Berkeley as a printer and graphic designer since 1965. He has designed and printed 235 posters for local, national, and international businesses, as well as graphic work for many private clients. He is the author of five books, collaborator on three, and his work has been the subject of six others. A new book, published by Dover, is available in local bookstores: The Poster Art of David Lance Goines: A 40-Year Retrospective, 1968-2009 (Dover, 2010). Goines is also a 21-gallon blood donor. His work may be seen online at

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February 2014 Issue:
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FEATURE |  Tall Tales
Most people call them urban legends, though folklorists prefer modern legends. Every city has them, and everyone likes to spread them, sometimes adding details of verisimilitude for authenticity’s sake. Sources ruminate on a few of the East Bay’s most outlandish myths, from secret tunnels and alien-built walls to a wild child of Marin County and a haunted insane asylum.
By Michael Rosen-Molina

UP FRONT |  Setting the Stage
Playwright Marcus Gardley brings a new play, The House That Will Not Stand, to the Berkeley Rep for a world premiere, weaving the roots of his Oakland childhood and commutes on AC Transit into a powerful play populated with strong African-American females in a New Orleans-set story.  
By Sarah Weld

BY THE BOOK |  The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage
Writer Phyllis Grant of Berkeley shares life lessons from the kitchen and a recipe in her essay, “Recipe,” one of 28 pieces collected in a recently published anthology, The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family and How We Learn to Eat. Two San Francisco authors and editors, Caroline M. Grant and Lisa Catherine Harper, put together the collection, which includes submissions from several Bay Area writers.

The Kilduff File |  Zennie Abraham
Oakland’s Zennie Abraham of Zennie, a blogger/vlogger network with contributors chasing news, sports, politics, and entertainment, chats about the vlogger universe of then and now and reveals how he manages to keep things fresh. 
By Paul Kilduff

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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

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Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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