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COVER | Gerry Traucht

Ambassador (photo). Gerry Traucht, a Berkeley fine art photographer, is passionately focused on Berkeley's mystical egrets and all that they reveal about the workings of the planet as well as how the egrets open the garden gate to the beauty of wildlife and the ecosystem in our own backyard and the benefit of caring for parks as masterpieces. Locally, he has had six egret exhibitions in the past few months. You can see these works in two adjacent venues on Kittredge Street: Maison Bleue French Cafe (through April 30) and Berkeley Main Library, the Art & Music Gallery on the fifth floor (April 20 through mid-June). April has been deemed Gerry Traucht Month in Berkeley, as the city of Berkeley is honoring him for his egret photography and his commitment to the local environment. On April 24, Traucht will receive this award at a city council ceremony. See more of his work at

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April 2018 Issue:

FEATURE |  Separated From the World by Choice
Hidden in the East Bay hills, the Carmelite nuns of Kensington live at the most secluded monastery in the United States.
By James Gage

EDUCATION |  Housing Homeless Students
A new nonprofit is matching homeless college students with volunteer hosts for temporary housing. By Nuria Marquez Martinez

FAMILY CARE |  Moving Your Aging Parents
Here are some key questions to ask before you do. By Lisa Fernandez

FILM |   The Ears Have It
Sound designer James LeBrecht enriches movies through the art of "sonic shadows."
By Michael Fox

RETAIL |  Berkeley Welcomes Fresh Fashion From Hello Vintage
Sanchez Contemporary hosts an exhibition of women artists, and Spoiled Boutique has a new home.
By Annie Crawford

|  Hawking Bird and Chick'n Rice
Hawking Bird and Chick'n Rice elevate khao mun gai, Singapore's national dish.
By Janelle Bitker

The Kilduff File |  Lance Borde
Nudism is alive and well in Castro Valley. 
By Paul Kilduff


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