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Cover | Valentin Popov

St. Superman (oil painting on woodblock, 19"x17"x4" framed, 2013, covered by a 24-karat gold-plated, 18th-century Russian icon, called an oklad.) Ukrainian-born Valentin Popov, an Oakland resident whose work is featured in museum collections around the world, mixes the academic and the anarchistic. St. Superman is part of Popov's ironic icon series, where he experiments with combining images of the superhero in American society (like Batman) with traditional religious iconic art from Christianity. His work can be seen at Modernism gallery, 685 Market St., Ste. 290, San Francisco. For info: 415-541-0461,, or For an essay by Popov about his artwork using icons, click here. Popov has a show, Reflections, Feb. 5-March 2, at the Long-Sharp Gallery in Indianapolis, Ind., with a reception 6-9 p.m. Feb. 5,

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January 2016 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Up from the Muck
At a time when Bay Area theaters have closed, Stephanie Weisman has built The Marsh into a powerhouse with juice on both sides of the bay.
By Edward Guthmann.

MY GENERATION |  Making Magic and More at Playland
A reluctant performer with a penchant for creating fond memories, Frank Biafore is the Minister of Fun in El Cerrito.
By Mike Rosen-Molina.

EDUCATION |  STEM Education at Your Fingertips
It's easier than you think to get a leg up in science, technology, engineering, and math.
By Kyrsten Bean.

|  Bringing Music Back to Its Roots
The East Bay's subterranean house concert scene makes for pleasant listening venues.
By Reese Erlichs.

|  Tacos Sinaloa
Berkeley gets the real deal with a taste of authentic Mexican food.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File |  Sam Singer
The king of the PR kingpins spins arenas, gas line explosions, and wine trains. 
By Paul Kilduff

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Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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