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Cover | Mike S. Young

Edward the Entrepreneurial Elephant (2016, digital painting). Mike S. Young is a Bay Area native who received his BFA in illustration from CCA and his MFA from the Bauhaus University. As an illustrator, he has worked in various fields, from book publishing to video game production. As a fine artist, he explores themes around culture, politics, and mortality, drawing inspiration from both the fantastical and the mundane. Coming from a background in illustration, he uses narrative to help connect viewers to a piece and relay ideas that might otherwise be missed. The cover art is an illustration from an unreleased children's book, and it depicts the elephant hawking his useless wares to a rural family of curious meerkats. See Young's work online at and in person at 4th Street Fine Art in Berkeley.

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COMING SOON: Ethan Fletcher rolls into a new Montclair hot spot, Daughter Thai Kitchen, the Chowhaus space replacement. Reese Erlich binge-watches House of Cards, Westworld, and Luke Cage. And Paul Kilduff gets together with duct tape—yes, duct tape—engineer Lance Akiyama.

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March 2017 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE | Rising from the Ashes
Advocates for Berkeley Tuolumne Camp are pushing the city to reopen the popular family camp by 2020. But they'll have to navigate several challenges.
By Robert Gammon.

UPFRONT | So You Wanna Be a Rock Star?
Here's where kids can rock out at summer camp.
By Kyrsten Bean.

|  Must-Reads on the Middle East
Three books present different views on Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey.
By Reese Erlichs.

|  Mystic Pizza
Lucia's Pizzeria aims for Neapolitan-style perfection in downtown Berkeley.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File |  Michael C. Healy
A Sit-Down With Mr. BART.. 
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
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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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