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Cover | Ellie Fidler

Buddy in Harley Hat (2-by-3 digital print on canvas) Buddy is a happy-go-lucky Poodle-Bichon mix who was wearing a cute little Harley-Davidson hat when his companion snapped his picture and commissioned Ellie Fidler to do his pop art portrait, which she painted in Photoshop with tiny one-pixel brushes for hair and detail (no filters were used). Buddy's portrait is on display at Builders Booksource in Berkeley, through March 31. Also on display are Fidler's Fiesta Tea Towels—which double as wall hangings—of poppies, chevrons, diamonds, polka dots, and leopard spots. Fidler is a painter and textile designer who has designed tapestries for more than 20 years, including large-scale pieces for major national and international corporations. A Toronto native who now lives in Berkeley, Fidler has an MFA in textiles from California College of the Arts and has studied at York University in Toronto and California School of Professional Fabric Design. She works on custom projects and is available for fabric design, dog photography, and pop art portraits. You can reach Fidler at 510-649-1971 and see more of her work at

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March 2015 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Winning the Mosquito Wars
It's not easy keeping the pesky pests at bay, but abatement officers are a dedicated lot undeterred by slogging through marshland and the dangers of West Nile virus. 
By Nate Gartrell.

HISTORY |  Donner Dinner Party
An under-appreciated author and Oaklander, J. Ross Browne, reports his take on an unusual evening.
By Erika Mailman.

CURRENTS |  Bunny Hop
Is rabbit, now appearing regularly on Bay Area plates, the new other white meat? By Julia Park Tracey.

DINING REVIEW |  Farm Burger
New patties at Ninth and Gilman represent a happy marriage of Southern and cowboy cuisine.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File |  Frank Portman
From one dork to another: The author talks about YA fiction, Holden Caulfield, and high school. 
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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