Ceclia as Frida, (Woodcut etching). Artist Ellen Heck created this print as part of Forty Fridas, a series of forty woodcut etchings depicting women and girls dressed up as painter/icon Frida Kahlo. This project, while in some respects a very intimate collection of personal portraits, touches more broadly on themes of identity—the multiple, individuality, and variation. Heck's work is represented by Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave., in Berkeley. For more info, or to make an appointment, contact Andrea Voinot at 510-841-7000, ext. 206, or Andrea@Kala.org. View Heck's new work at EllenHeck.com.
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May 2014 Issue:
Table of Contents
REPORTAGE | Essays, Columns, and Observations
MY GENERATION |
Graham Lustig, the artistic director of the Oakland Ballet Company, positions the troupe as more than a dance venue. Meet up with him just in time for Oakland-esque and the annual OBC gala. By Mike Rosen-Molina.
FIRST PERSON |
Mothering is a tough job, and in this essay by a Berkeley memoirist, pregnancy and birth change the life of a teenage mother—for the better. By Christine Schoefer.
CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions
More than one Bay Area female vocalist got her start singing in church and played pivotal roles as backup singers for major acts. Four often-overlooked Bay Area soul queens talk about their glory days. By Andrew Gilbert.
REPAST | Reviews, Notes, and Trends
DINING REVIEW |
The Monthly shuffles into El Cerrito for Elevation 66 Brewing Company. Picturesque neighborhood, shiny vats of beers, reclaimed material as décor, intriguing artisanal fare. Who could ask for anything more?. By Anneli Rufus.
The Kilduff File |
Silicon Valley VC pushes to divide California into six states. By
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