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COVER | M. Louise Stanley

Happy Birthday (gouache) is a remake of a birth painting M. Louise Stanley made for her nephew's first child. (The uncropped art can be seen on page 14.) Stanley continues her exploration of the human condition illustrating current political issues and events. Her contemporary themes are often juxtaposed with Greco-Roman references and research gathered during trips to Europe. Her travel journals are legendary. Stanley is included in the book Drawing Power – Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, a Comics Anthology released Sept. 17. Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship among others, she is represented by the Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco. Her paintings and journals can be viewed at and on Instagram at m.mlouisestanley. Stanley is one of 115 artists featured in the 33rd annual Juried Emeryville Art Exhibition. Oct. 5-27. Opening Reception, Fri., Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m.; open daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; 1375 55th St., Emeryville, free. For information, visit or call 510-652-6122.

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October 2019 Issue:

MEDICINE | A Community Galvanizer
Alarmed by statistics about African-American infant deaths, Dr. Donna White Carey initiated a safe sleep campaign at Highland Hospital that others may emulate. By Erika Mailman

MEDICINE | Better Tools for Health Decisions
Health Care gets personal with precision medicine. It targets patient facets to recommend a specific approach to health. By Andrea A. Firth

EXERCISE | Harnessing the Healing Power of Sound
Ann Dyer takes yoga to a new dimension in a journey that began with an epiphany at the bottom of a swimming pool. By Michael C. Healy

HEALTH | Alt-Milk Moves Mainstream
A crazy-fast growing market for non-animal milk suggests a market in shake-up mode, so what's a milk drinker to do? Here's a primer on the landscape. By Kate Rauch

|  Johanna Pfaelzer Does It Her Way
The new artistic director of Berkeley Rep shows a commitment to new work and a diversity of voices and cultural experiences. By Edward Guthmann

RETAIL | Berkeley Welcomes Molly M Designs to the East Bay
Plus, Olivia Style Co. launches new styling services, and Lesley Evers expands.
By Annie Crawford

| Mama Oakland
Full of hospitality and heart, Mama Oakland brings three-course prix-fixe Italian-style dinners to Adams Point with flair. By Katherine Hamilton

The hippie kid is all grown up and brings a show spreading some joy to The Marsh. 
By Paul Kilduff


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