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Cover | Bella Bigsby

Barn Owl Alighting (oil on canvas 24 inches by 48 inches). Bella Bigsby of Oakland is a self-taught artist who grew up in Norfolk, England. Long fascinated by nature, she has exhibited in the Bay Area and across the United States and United Kingdom for the past 12 years. Her work combines the tangible elements of the world around her with an imagined nature drawn from her memories from home, her feelings for that lost landscape, and a love of the magical nature of myth and fairytale. Animals and birds, such as the barn owl, with rich folkloric tradition are particularly intriguing to her. She is most interested in the quiet presence of this world, where it touches the everyday one, rather than in nature at its most grand and dramatic. For more info, visit Her new work will be displayed at The Gardener through October. Meet the artist 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, The Gardener, 1836 Fourth St., Berkeley, 510-548 4545,

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October 2015 Issue:
Table of Contents

REPORTAGE | Essays, Columns, and Observations

FEATURE |  Music, Mayhem, Murders, and Proms
To honor The Monthly's 45 years of publishing prowess, we look back at 45 pivotal—and not so pivotal—moments that helped define the East Bay ethos, from politics and culture to crime and development.
By Mike Rosen-Molina.

EDUCATION |  Building Their School
Teachers and parents band together to bring inquiry-based arts education to Alameda's Maya Lin School.
By Jakki Spicer.

|  The Panthers Are Back
Leader Bobby Seale and other activists have a few things to say about the latest documentary. By Reese Erlich.
By DeWitt Cheng.

|  Wowed and How at Homestead
Collaborative creativity works seasonal wonders in an Age of Strange Creations at a welcome Piedmont Avenue addition.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File
|  Gregory Kloehn
A West Oakland artist/builder uses found materials to make tiny homes for the homeless.
By Paul Kilduff

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Editor’s Note:
a look at this month’s issue and commentary on life in the East Bay

Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories

Be East Bay: an introduction to interesting people, places and events in your community

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

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

Food for Thought: local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

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

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