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Cover | Yvette M. Buigues

True , (acrylic and paper on panel). At first glance, Buigues' True appears as silkscreen or stencil; a closer look reveals an original mixed-media painting. Using acrylics, colored pencil, and, occasionally, collage and found objects, she develops many textures in translucent and opaque layers. Paintbrushes, dental tools, screwdrivers, sticks, rocks, and palm sanders are among her many tools. Paintings emerge from her intuition, dreams, and sentiments, though she rarely knows where a blank panel may take her when starting out. Buigues works with icons and discovers the full text of the story as she works through a painting, often discovering that she has been directed to a place that is known yet previously misunderstood, gaining new insight and understanding. Recently this journey has surprisingly found Buigues using these methods to capture the spirit of patrons' favorite canines. Her paintings can be viewed at, and she can be contacted directly at Buigues, who works in Emeryville, is one of 117 artists featured in the 28th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition. This juried exhibition is free to the public and open daily 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Oct. 11–Nov. 2 at 6121 Hollis St./Heritage Square, Emeryville. For information call 510-652-6122 or visit

Call for Submissions
Through Oct. 27, 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:

Please interpret "Something that disappeared" in any way that resonates for you. A distinct, compelling voice is what we're after here, along with writing that is 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. 27

NEXT MONTH: Introducing Piedmont professor George Bishart, aka Big Harp George, who talks blues harmonica, the politics of Palestine, and a little law at Hastings. Plus, cartoons as a civil rights tool and gardening with Faro.

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October 2014 Issue:
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East Bay Medical Guide
Presented by The Monthly and Oakland and Alameda Magazines. This special section includes Best Doctors in America's peer-reviewed list of the East Bay's best physicians as well as an analysis of hospital mergers and a look at standing desks, hearing aids, dental fillings, and end-of-life care. You can see it in our digital edition by clicking here.

MY GENERATION |  A Literary Pioneer
The stars align for Jane Underwood, the master wordsmith behind The Writing Salon.
By Bonner Odell.

|  Worth a Thousand Words
Envisioning Human Rights, an exhibition of 39 striking photos over 40 years from eminent photographers, comes to Boalt Hall.
By DeWitt Cheng.

|  Townie
A revolt of the Millennials is evident at this American bistro and bar.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File
|  Andrea Mallis
Post-season A's predictions from an astrologer to the sports stars.
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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