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Cover | Catrin Welz-Stein

Leaving Me Speechless (digital collage). Catrin Welz-Stein, who lives in a small town in Switzerland, studied graphic design in Darmstadt, Germany, and worked as a graphic designer for various advertising agencies in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. In her spare time, she began experimenting with mixed media, collages, and paintings on canvas, eventually creating digital images from collaging old illustrations and photographs. At the same time she entered that world of digital art—where she found passion for surrealism—she discovered online social media networks where her work was viewed, resulting in positive responses that motivated her continued exploration. Learn more at

NEXT MONTH: February high-lights of The Monthly include help for homeless young people in Berkeley through Youth Engagement, Advocacy and Housing, aka YEAH!; Oakland Art Murmur grows up; tapping into the maker movement in the classroom; and Repast goes Mexican with a review of Xolo.

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January 2015 Issue:
Table of Contents

MY GENERATION |  Is Your Doctor Making You Sick?
An aging population turns to natural alternatives for relief after losing confidence in Big Pharma.
By Brend Cruz.

|  The Politics of Blues
A Berkeley icon, vocalist Faye Carol, imparts her love of music to the youth she mentors.
By Lee Hildebrand.

|  Easy Creole
The spicy Cajun—and, in many cases, vegan—stews are easy to like at this gumbo hub in South Berkeley.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File |  Roxanne Chan
The cookoff and contest queen from Albany shares her recipe for success. 
By Paul Kilduff

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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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