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Cover | Maddy Lake

Untitled, (colored pencil, 9" x 12"). Maddy Lake of Danville is a senior at San Ramon Valley High School and was selected as the winner of The Monthly's 2016 annual cover art contest. This portrait is of Michelle, one of the artist's friends, with a life vest in a piece that displays interesting perspective. Maddy worked from a photograph to complete the piece, using colored pencil, one of her preferred mediums. Maddy also likes doing illustrations and is exploring a more cartoonish style as she does more art. She has an Etsy page, MaddyLakeArt, by the way, and is accepting commissions for portraits. Read more about Maddy and the second- and third-place winners of the contest here.

NEXT MONTH: In The Kilduff File, Paul Kilduff hits the jackpot with Michael Schiess, Alameda's original pinball wizard who is working hard to move the Pacific Pinball Museum into the historic Carnegie Library as its permanent home. Meanwhile, Reese Erlich talks music and politics with iconic Barbara Dane, still a hellion at 90; and restaurant reviewer Ethan Fletcher is up to something delicious.

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September 2016 Issue:
Table of Contents

Energy and Resilience
Superintendent Donald Evans is dedicated to taking Berkeley public schools to the next level.
By Julian Mark.

Paying for College
Tuition is daunting. Here are five easy steps from experts to help you avoid going into serious debt.
By Carolyn Jones.

Homeschooling for Black Families
An increasing number of African-American families say traditional schools have failed them.
By Kathleen Richards.

Virtual Higher Learning
UC Berkeley continues to expand its online courses, including those for graduate students and for postgrads who value flexible learning environments.
By Momo Chang.

Impressive Portraits
The winners of The Monthly's annual student cover art contest.
By Judith M. Gallman.

FROM THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BALCONY |  A Little Advice for Hollywood
What current films say about the empire's collapse.
By Reese Erlich.

|  Teni East Kitchen
A new Broadway restaurant marries California sensibilities with Burmese flavors.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File
|  Clayton Bailey
The Mad Potter of Port Costa lets it go.
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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