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Cover | Dave Conkle

Academy of Sciences, San Francisco (acrylic on wood). Bay Area native Dave Conkle is a painter, illustrator, and photographer with a penchant for urban and rural landscapes and for animal portraiture. His latest works employ a technique he developed of hand-carving his illustrations into Baltic Birch wood panels and accentuating them with layers of stain and paint. He starts with careful selection of the panels themselves, letting their individual wood grain patterns spark the inspiration for the composition. He then further develops his illustrations by looking to his gallery of original photographs taken on his travels abroad, across the country or, as with this painting, locally in the Bay Area. Conkle can be reached at He is one of 125 artists featured in the 30th annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, Oct. 8-30. For Exhibition info, or 510-652-6122.

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October 2016 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Leaving Mars
At 57, Patricia O'Connor trades a badass-motorcycle-racer past for womanhood, finding—finally—congruence in her physical and emotional selves.
By Edward Guthmann.

ENVIRONMENT |  Funding Pulled for Tree Removal in Hills
The move by FEMA comes on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the worst urban wildfire in California history.  
By Alastair Bland.

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions
|  Barbara Dane Gets Around
Plus, Bay Area bassist and composer Jeff Denson promotes a new CD.
By Reese Erlich.

DINING REVIEW |  Grand Fare Market
Much to the neighborhood's delight, there's a good comeback story in the market's reboot.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File |  Wizard or Alchemist?
Michael Schiess keeps pinball alive with his Alameda museum.
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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