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Cover | David Huffman

Ouroboros (2007) is an etching published by Paulson Bott Press in Berkeley. The artist, David Huffman, arranges rich compositions that explore identity and sociopolitical history in a futuristic world of metaphor. Some images are related to reclaiming African-American icons, including historic ones like early slave trader buildings, and others are more recent, like basketball players. Still others are more personal, like astronauts, Jackson Pollock's studio, and even the local liquor store near Huffman's studio. But all relate to Huffman's conscious and unconscious memories of childhood, art school, and growing up in a politically turbulent time. Despite the cartoonlike realism of his imagery, the abstract compositions leave space for interpretation. Huffman lives and works in Oakland and has been exhibiting his work in California and New York since 1993. He has been included in numerous shows such as Alien Nation at the Institute of International Art in London and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Paulson Bott Press specializes in limited-edition intaglio prints. The press emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area's rich tradition of fine-art printmaking. Paulson Bott Press's philosophy is to facilitate rather than direct an artist, creating an environment where artists can do their best work. In January 1997, the press launched its first publication with four-color etchings by Christopher Brown. Since then, Paulson Bott Press has published nearly 500 editions with more than 40 artists, including Tauba Auerbach, Ross Bleckner, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, the Quilters of Gee's Bend, Kerry James Marshall, and Martin Puryear. Please visit and for more information.

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April 2016 Issue:
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FEATURE |  The Church of Archery
How the brotherhood of the bow coalesced to save a spiritual community based on shooting arrows in Berkeley's La Loma Park. 
By James Shrieve.

FARO'S GARDEN |  We Are Getting Somewhere
Waging battle against oxalis and making lemon meringue pie. 
By R. E. Faro..

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions
|  Setting Things Straight
Is Uber a new business culture or an excuse for big profits?
By Reese Erlich.

DINING REVIEW |  Cafe Eugene
A newcomer in Albany serves Oregon fare with California flair in a half hippie, half contemporary spot.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File |  Dale Power
The CEO of Nation's, the giant regional burger chain, talks hamburgers, franchising, and the fast-casual concept.
By Paul Kilduff

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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

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Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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