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COVER | Mike S. Young

Pug Sweater (digital). This pug in a sweater is a holiday reminder that your family gatherings could always be just a bit more awkward. Mike S. Young is a Bay Area illustrator/designer who received his BFA in illustration from California College of the Arts and his MFA from the Bauhaus University. 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 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. His work can be viewed online at and in person at Fourth Street Fine Art in Berkeley.

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December 2017 Issue:

EAST BAY LIFE | Choppy Seas for Boat Dwellers
A small live-aboard community in a picturesque setting in Richmond is facing rent hikes, while the harbor's owners are looking at millions of dollars in required upgrades.
By John Geluardi.

EDUCATION | Closing the Books
For a variety of reasons, Oakland schools have been shelving traditional textbooks in favor of other learning tools. By Joyce Tsai.

PARENTING | How to Raise Grateful Children
Experts say that when caring for an elderly parent who lives far away, the most important thing is to join a support group with people experiencing the same challenges. By Lisa Fernandez.

THEATER |   Reveling With the Revels
Celebrate the season with Scottish tradition.
By Sam Hurwitt

RETAIL |   Discover Easy-to-Wear Clothes at Neeko
Plus, two venues for locally made stuff: Bay-Made and Temescal Brewing.
By Nana Twumasi.

|  Maker's Common
A market and eatery for the people, this Berkeley eatery shows vision and solid cooking.
By Janelle Bitker.

The Kilduff File |  Emil Peinert
The good times flow at the Kingfish, which is still a dive. 
By Paul Kilduff


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