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Cover | Michael Schwab

Rooster (Pen and ink / digital). Michael Schwab is a talented graphic artist who works out of a Marin County studio. His forte is creating award-winning logos and posters, striking in their simplicity. Schwab employs an easily recognized style denoted by his signature use of large, flat areas of color, dramatic perspectives, and bold, graphic portraits often communicating a message of ecological and historic preservation. He has worked for a remarkable list of prestigious clients, including San Francisco Opera, Peet's Coffee, Pebble Beach, Amtrak, Major League Baseball, Robert Redford, Turner Classic Movies, and the National Parks Service. He attended school in Texas, New York, and California and taps into those locales for a broad array of visual, cultural, and geographic references. His work is available on his website,

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July 2015 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Stories in Voices Yet Unheard
Young African-American men speak up to tell the truth about what it's like living in Oakland.
By Julia Park Tracey.  

MY GENERATION | Arts, Events, and Diversions 
FILM | Illustrator Dan San Souci
The Oakland artist turns his attention these days to huge canvases.
By Lou Fancher.

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions 
FILM | The Dark Side of Hoop Dreams
Basketball great Chamique Holdsclaw goes one-on-one with mental illness in Rick Goldsmith's documentary Mind/Game.
By Michael Fox.

DINING REVIEW |  Potala Organic Cafe
Everything looks simple at this Albany restaurant, but it's not. This is what it means to eat healthy—and to eat healthy food.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File |  Mark Bulwinkle
The welder-sculptor talks about art from his West Oakland Quonset hut. 
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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