subscribe cover archive advertise contact posters


COVER | Stuart Dunkel

Cloaked (oil painting on board). Stuart Dunkel is a painter, musician, and author who uses sight, sound, and words as tools of expression. He started painting at 5 years old and began music studies at age 7, going on the study music and/or art at Boston University, Mannes College of Music, the Juilliard School, the Boston Museum School, Kent State, the Academy of Realist Art, the Seattle Academy of Art as well as privately. Mice are among the many subjects Dunkel focuses on. The Jessel Gallery in Napa has set aside two areas for viewing these paintings of the lovely, well-rendered, humorous creatures. Visitors to the gallery can pick up Dunkel's wonder book, An Artist's Life. The gallery, 1019 Atlas Peak Road, is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (707-257-2350). To contact the gallery, email and read more about Dunkel at

retail therapy

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
. .
Check out The Monthly’s Facebook page for exclusive deals from local businesses, links to valuable resources, and smart chat on local culture, commerce, and the fascinating folks in our community at the continent’s edge.

Click here to read a digital version of The Monthly in a format that allows you to turn the pages like the print edition.


November 2018 Issue:

FEATURE | Deadly Delays
Environmentalists say Bay Area regulators are continuing to drag their feet on dealing with air pollution from refineries. And residents in vulnerable communities are paying the price.
By Jean Tepperman

EDUCATION | The Conscience of the Classroom
Longtime El Cerrito High School instructor Corey Mason uses his classroom and the school's radio station, KECG, as a platform for social change. By Tony Glaros

FAMILY CARE | Exercise for the Elderly
You're never too old to pick up a barbelly. By Lisa Fernandez

AUTHORS |  A Mother Tackles Gun Violence in the Wake of Grief
Pati Navalta Poblete discusses grief, God, art, transformation, and forgiveness in a Q&A.
By Courtney Tait

RETAIL | Newly Named Craneway Craft Fair Still Aids KPFA
Ade Dream brings in styles from West Africa, and Pretty Penny moves online.
By Nana K. Twumasi

| Farmhouse Kitchen
Find a taste of Thailand at Jack London Square where Panang short ribs, seriously spicy curries, and handcrafted cocktails lead to a modern and fun culinary experience. By Katherine Hamilton

THE KILDUFF FILE | Eat Your Hippie Food
Jonathan Kauffman explains bread, vegetarianism, and carob. 
By Paul Kilduff


Available in print and in
the digital edition above:

reader responses to The Monthly’s stories

Critics Choice: highlights of this month’s happenings in art, theater, film, dance and music

Be East Bay: a curated collection of happenings

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

Food for Thought: local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Feast Bay: food-related news from around the East Bay

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

subscribe cover archive advertise contact posters