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COVER | Natalie Jeng

Macaron Self-Portrait (acrylic paint). Piedmont High School senior Natalie Jeng is the first-place winner in The Monthy's 18th annual Cover Art Contest. The third-place finsher in last year's cover contest with Charming, a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal floating in milk, Jeng decided this year to create a self-portrait of her winking, smiling, arm-crossed self surrounded by another one of her favorite treats, fluffy macarons. These, however, are enormous, larger-than-life confections in vivid reds, pinks, greens, yellows, and browns. "People know me at my high school. I've famous here for drawing food, because I love food, and I also love drawing food," the young artist said. "This is the first piece where I really combined them."

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September 2018 Issue:

A Rose Growing Out of Concrete
Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School aims to make a private school education affordable for low-income families while also providing valuable work experience.
By Joyce Tsai

Making a Statement
At Apparel Arts, sewing is still a craft. By Kathleen Richards

The Textbook Divide
Teens are rejecting textbooks in favor of online tools, and parents are struggling to keep up. By Elly Schmidt-Hopper

Another Voice for Teachers
The Berkeley Schools Labor Caucus, formed to pressure the teachers' union to take a tougher stance on protecting workers' rights, is feeling more emboldened in light of a recent Supreme Court decisiony. By Joyce Tsai

The Arts and Minds of East Bay Youth
Three young artists impress with their submissions in the 2018 cover contest. By Francesco Guerrieri

RETAIL |  Having a Field Day in Oakland
A women's-only craft fair is coming, and Modern Mouse is as charming as ever under new owners.
By Nana K. Twumasi

|  Queen's Cajun Seafood
The Viet-Cajun flavors of Houston, mudbugs, and more land in East Oakland.
By Janelle Bitker

THE KILDUFF FILE |  Margaret Zhao
The self-healing comedy survivor and funny lady talks meditation, massage, and marijuana. 
By Paul Kilduff


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