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Cover | Marianne von Werefkin

The Red Tree (Der rote Baum)
(1910, tempera on paper on cardboard). Marianne von Werefkin (1860–1938) is best known as a Russian-Swiss expressionist painter, though her early realist work established her as the “Russian Rembrandt.” This work is part of the 108-painting exhibit, From Matisse to the Blue Rider: Expressionism in Germany and France, organized by the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. According to the exhibit catalog, the exhibit also presents new research that indicates, “Expressionism was not just a purely German movement, but a supranational one inspired and driven by artistic and personal exchanges.” The exhibit hangs at the Kunsthaus Zürich through May 11 (, travels to Los Angeles from June 8 to Sept. 14, and then on to Montreal from Oct. 6 to Jan. 25.

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NEXT MONTH: Dive into the dining review and then meet a few East Bay women who came up singing in churches to become well-known backup singers, read about the late cartoonist Morrie Turner’s legacy, enjoy a Donner dinner party, and hang out with Graham Lustig as the Oakland Ballet Company embraces spring with a new production and the annual gala. Plus: a Mother’s Day essay.

Through April 17, The Monthly is accepting personal essays (nonfiction, first-person prose) of up to 900 words for possible publication in our summer literary issue.
The theme:

I’ve never told anyone, but . . .

Please interpret “I’ve never told anyone, but . . .” in any way that resonates with 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. Use “Summer Essay Submission” in your subject line.
Deadline: Thursday, April 17

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April 2014 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  Proving Their Passion
Every Tuesday night, more than 250 students from elementary to high school age spend up to two hours on the UC Berkeley campus immersed in math intricacies and theories most adults have never heard of.
By Sarah Weld.

MY GENERATION |  Learning by Listening
John Anner of Albany, president of East Meets West, takes the grassroots nonprofit from its humble beginnings as an organization dedicated to improving medical care in Vietnam to become a global powerhouse.
By Mike Rosen-Molina.

|  A Season in the Forest
Sara Dosa, a Bay Area anthropologist-turned-filmmaker and director, contemplates culture collision via mushroom hunting in The Last Season, premiering at the San Francisco International Film Festival this month.
By Michael Fox.

|  Bleecker Bistro
For foodies fed up with trendy offerings like kale salad who long for something as familiar as a patty melt, Bleecker Bistro should be on their radar.
By Anneli Rufus.

THE KILDUFF FILE  |  J Moses Ceaser
A few words with the guy behind the New Parkway Theater. 
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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