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COVER | Ilya Zomb

Innate Love of Golden Threads (50 x 50 inches, oil on canvas). The bewitching paintings of Ilya Zomb seem to depict a parallel universe, a place of strange, graceful beauty populated by a delicate cast of women and birds, attentive animals, and lavish fruits and flowers. Over the decades of his practice, first in his native Russia, then in New York, Zomb has cultivated and honed his singular vision, fleshing out his fictional realm with unrelenting passion. His work seems to function according to a complex logic known in its fullness only to the artist: an intricate, fanciful society in which men are largely absent or are associated with animals, while women dressed as dancers engage every element of their surroundings in a highly choreographed ballet, ushering everything toward a harmonious state of ultimate beauty and balance. His work can be seen at Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Union Square, San Francisco, 415-392-2299,

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December 2018 Issue:

FEATURE | Should Oakland Schools Finally Try to Integrate?
OUSD, like the city itself, is highly segregated. But unlike Berkeley, Oakland has never attempted to desegregate its public schools.
By Nuria Marquez Martinez

Sure-to-please notions for everyone, from fashion divas and homebodies to jewelry junkies and gadget geeks. By Annie Crawford, Elyce Berrigan-Dunlop, Alex Handy, Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Linda Lenhoff, and Margaret Juhae Lee

COLLECTIONS |  Engaging the Senses of Smell, Sight, and Taste
A trio of quirky museums in Berkeley elevates perfume, textiles, and sake to new heights.
By Courtney Tait

RETAIL | Queen Hippie Gypsy Builds Spiritual Community
MoveMe Boutique brings dance wear to Oakland, and Revelation in Fit earns national recognition.
By Annie Crawford

ZINO, the new restaurant in Berkeley's Hotel Shattuck Plaza, casts a wide net over the Mediterranean and draws inspiration from 22 countries while showing off the flavors of the sea. By Katherine Hamilton

THE KILDUFF FILE | Tapping Their Way into Bay Area Hearts
Pamm Drake's Tap Dancing Christmas Trees are a hit with everyone. 
By Paul Kilduff


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