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Cover | Bill Cone

Shadow Creek (pastel on paper, 14" x 11"). Bay Area-based artist Bill Cone has been painting for 20 years around the state and makes annual pack trips into the Sierra wilderness to paint with like-minded souls. His day job is production design for Pixar Animation Studios. Credits there include Cars, Toy Story, Toy Story II, Inside Out, and A Bug's Life. He blogs at Cone exhibits his landscapes locally at the STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco and in the East Bay at Holton Studio Gallery, part of Holton Studio Frame-Makers (, which, after 23 years in Emeryville, is moving to Berkeley. Watch for it to open soon at its new location at 2100 Fifth St. (at Addison) in Berkeley.

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August 2016 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Logging for Water
A battle is brewing over whether cutting down trees will increase California's water supply.
By Will Parrish.

BOOK EXCERPT | Hiding in Plain Sight
The horrors of American torture at Abu Ghraib are revealed.
By Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, and Alexa Koenig.

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions
|   Broadly Defining an Art Form
What's a jazz festival with almost no jazz?
By Reese Erlich.

DINING REVIEW |  Lively and On-Trend
Sweetgreen, a national chain, brings the local, sustainable food movement back to where it started.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File |  Bryan Ware
The King of Crayons spreads colors around.
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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