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Cover | Stephen Von Mason

Queen Hatshepsut: From Princess to King (2014, oil on canvas). Stephen Von Mason uses oils on canvas to create stylized, rich colored paintings. Mason’s work is deeply—yet subtly—focused on story and narrative, and he provides a critical view of social and cultural dynamics through his art. Mason also makes skillful use of the viewer’s desire to engage with his work on an intellectual level, and the more time one spends with each piece, the more questions arise that the viewer feels compelled to answer. Additionally, each piece is aesthetically compelling; the artist’s use of color gives his work depth and richness, and his elegant use of line gives the work a timeless quality. He was born in 1954 in Indiana and currently lives in the Bay Area. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. The Egyptian pharaoh depicted here reigned c. 1479 to 1458 B.C.

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NEXT MONTH: The Monthly introduces a new dining review plus a notes-and-news food section by Anneli Rufus; Michael Fox sits down with filmmaker Sara Dosa as her debut documentary, The Last Season, has its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival; My Generation catches up with Graham Lustig, artistic director of the Oakland Ballet Company; and Paul Kilduff chats up J. Moses Ceaser of the New Parkway Theater.

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March 2014 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Taking a Gamble
California parolees—many destined to return to prison if the state’s worrisome recidivism rate, the second highest in the nation, is any indicator—need all they help they can get to stay out of prison. A new program at Merritt College by The Gamble Institute, a community-based, university-affiliated resource for parolees and their families, is doing just that. Ex-offenders are stepping up as Street Scholars to serve as academic peer mentors providing support services for other ex-cons enrolled there.
By Martha Ross.

UP FRONT |  In the Philanthropic Swim
Rockridge residents John Bliss and Kim Thompson may live far removed the gritty flats of East and West Oakland. But this philanthropic couple see themselves as one with the citizens of Oakland, particularly those who are struggling financially, and they’re leading a campaign to get their “financially blessed” peers to invest in the community like they have by funding city programs to teach kids how to swim.
By Susan E. Davis

IN FARO’S GARDEN |  Minding My Peas
The world of greenery keeps turning in Faro’s garden where pruning and cutting back the pittosporum, cotoneaster, jasmine, acacia, and ivy are on his mind. Still missing Rita, he strikes up a friendship with his new neighbors and introduces his pruner to them as they contemplate the fate of their redwood.
By R.E. Faro.

MY GENERATION |  Modern Day Dr. Mom
If you’re an East Bay parent with a child-rearing developmental question, chances are you’ve either read the advice of Meg Zweiback, R.N., M.P.H., and a pediatric nurse practitioner, or seen her yourself. She’s the East Bay’s closest version of a Dr. Mom and has dispensed useful info for 30-plus years.
By Mike Rosen-Molina.

The Kilduff File |  Travel Writer Patricia Schultz
Where does travel take you? The best-selling author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patricia Schultz, an East Coaster, pops into the Bay Area with advice on how you can map out the rest of your life, touching on comfort zones, getting bit by the travel bug, and personal mottos. 
By Paul Kilduff

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

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 personal and creative services

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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