subscribe cover archive advertise contact posters


Cover | Juan S. Archuleta

Redwood Path (original acrylic painting, 30 x 24 inches, sold; reproduced in mixed-media giclée on canvas, painted over in acrylic, size 14 x 11 inches, available) Artist Juan S. Archuleta found inspiration for the cover image from the paths at Muir Woods National Monument, a spot he began visiting and painting in the mid-1970s. "It has been a major source of inspiration for me during that time to the present. In the course of life's episodes, this place has always helped me find perspective," said Archuleta, a professional fine arts painter whose work has been represented by many galleries on the Pacific coast, including Studio 7 Gallery of Pleasanton. Gallery Americana of Carmel represented his work internationally from 1982 to 1993; his current international representative is Simic New Renaissance Galleries, which took on representation in 1993. See a full complement of Archuleta's work June 24-26 at the Montclair Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival in Montclair in Oakland; it is one of three or four festivals Archuleta shows at annually. Visit and to see his paintings. The artist is represented by the Pacific Fine Arts Festivals ( in associations with merchants.

student contest

NEXT MONTH: Betrayal comes in many forms, and summer essays contest winners contemplate personal moments of disloyalty to share their stories that range from a failing body and objection over war to withstanding peer pressure and suffering a loss of faith. Plus, restaurant reviewer Ethan Fletcher explores the Japanese delights of Hina Yakitori, Lou Fancher recommends Joyce Maynard's Under the Influence, and Andrew Gilbert says get out to see Gilliam Margot and Geoffrey Keezer.

retail therapy
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
. .
Check out The Monthly’s Facebook page for exclusive deals from local businesses, links to valuable resources, and smart chat on local culture, commerce, and the fascinating folks in our community at the continent’s edge.





Digital Edition

Read a digital version of The Monthly in a format that allows you to turn the pages like the print edition. Click on the moving pages, above.


June 2016 Issue:
Table of Contents

EDUCATION |  School Enrollment Shakeup
The Oakland school board is weighing a controversial plan that would make it easier for parents to enroll their kids in charter schools.  
By Momo Chang.

MY GENERATION |  Writing His Own Story
A modern John Muir hits his stride with Bay Nature, equal parts journal and travelogue.
By Mike Rosen-Molina.

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions
|  The Survey Says
The verdict is in on Northern California's best politically correct wine.
By Reese Erlich.

DINING REVIEW |  Going Vegan for a Change
Four new vegan outlets convince an omnivore that meatless might be doable.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File |  David Coulter
The saw man talks about odd instruments.
By Paul Kilduff

Available in print and in the
digital edition above:

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

subscribe cover archive advertise contact posters