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Cover | Michael Madzo

You will never understand (why my worldliness has gone) (paper, acrylic, thread). Michael Madzo has been painting for 28 years. His works have been shown across the United States, Mexico, and Europe, including at Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles from 1991 up through last year. Madzo's labor-intensive process involves paper, threads, and acrylic paint. Cut and layered, painted papers are assembled into forms before being sewn together with colored thread. Images are striking, oft familiar, story-like figures inviting archetypal translations of a shared yet arcane narrative. Words and stories are collected from the everyday poetry of form and color, reassembled into imagery. To find out more and see a video of Madzo's process, visit On Labor Day weekend, the artist will exhibit at the Sausalito Art Festival. Every year, fine art, music, food, and wine come together along the scenic Sausalito Waterfront for one of the country's oldest, most prestigious open-air art events. The Sausalito Art Festival attracts art aficionados and collectors from around the world and is renowned for its quality, variety, and the sheer scope of art on display, as well as for a celebrated entertainment line-up and special exhibits. More info is available at

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August 2015 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Broadening Cuban Relations
East Bay foodie Narsai David explores the organic farming movement in Cuba while working to create a culinary academy dedicated to the Cal cuisine ethos.
By Reese Erlich.  

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions 
IN FARO'S GARDEN | A Daydream in the Desert
Death leads to battle against Bermuda grass and AstroTurf in the scrubs of Arizona.
By R. E. Faro.

Eating is just one of about 20 things to do at Oakland's plank.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File |  Bill Owens
Photographer gets a boost from Gallery PhotoCentral to celebrate the rides of East Bay suburbia. 
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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