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COVER | Rene Magritte

Le blanc-seing (freehand). Created after the 1965 original oil on canvas of the same title, this limited-edition color lithograph was published and printed by Philippe Moreno, Paris. This delightfully surprising scene exemplifies Magritte's clever style. A horse and a woman weave in and out of the striped background of trees and sky, playing with negative space and perspective, creating a fascinating and surreal world. See this work at Masterworks Fine Art in the Oakland hills established in 1973. Masterworks specializes in 16th- to 20th-century masters and has built an impressive collection, emphasizing not only rarity, demand, and salability, but also potential appreciation, historical context, and personal insight. See the collection online at or contact the gallery at 510-777-9970; gallery visits are by appointment only.

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January 2018 Issue:

ENVIRONMENT | Is Caltrans Killing Alameda Creek?
The transportation agency plans to cut down 300 more trees to widen Niles Canyon Road—a project that threatens a major East Bay watershed.
By Alastair Bland.

EDUCATION | The Right to Read
Alameda County's Write to Read program has surprising results for incarcerated male teens at Camp Sweeney. By Momo Chang.

FAMILY CARE | Going It Alone
When your siblings don't help you take care of your aging parents. By Lisa Fernandez.

BOOKS |   Surprised by the End Results
Isabel Allende's route from start to finish is a circuitous one in her books, including her latest.
By Lou Fancher

RETAIL |   McMullen Turns 10 and Plans an Expansion
Plus, denim news from Two Jacks Denim and T-shirt culture from Los Reyes.
By Nana Twumasi.

|  The Saap Avenue
Humble and hip define this traditional Lao newcomer on Piedmont Ave.
By Janelle Bitker.

The Kilduff File |  Eddie Muller
The Czar of Noir talks bad guys, suits, hats, and cocktails. 
By Paul Kilduff


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