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Cover | Dean Hunsaker

Dreams Fade Fast (15" x 20" acrylic on mahogany panel). Painted in 2016 by Berkeley artist Dean Hunsaker, Dreams Fade Fast is from the series of paintings Musical Chairs, which reflect on the recent economic crisis. In naming the series of paintings after the children's game of the same name, Hunsaker calls attention to the gamed economy in which many people lost so much. All of the paintings in the series feature decomposing vacant chairs in various compositions. Musical Chairs is a traveling exhibition that has appeared in galleries and museums in Berkeley, El Cerrito, Eureka, and Reno, Nevada. In 2017, Hunsaker will be a resident artist at the Chalk Hill Artist Residency in Sonoma during the wine harvest season where he will be developing a new series of paintings centered on viticulture. See more of his work at He can be reached at dean@deanartscom.

COMING SOON: Winter essays on "If I had it to do over again," Faro is back after gardening with Rita in Nigeria, Repast ventures to Limewood at the Claremont, The Kilduff File has a little seasonal football fun with the Raiders' Amy Trask, and exploration of Bay Area Tibetan communities are all on tap. Plus, expect more lively arts and culture coverage in Critic's Choice.

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November 2016 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  The Original Power Couple
After serving for four-plus decades in public office, Tom Bates and Loni Hancock are retiring next month. What a long, strange trip it's been.
By Robert Gammon.

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions
|  Going Down in History
Kaepernick effectively quarterbacks an anti-racism movement.
By Reese Erlich.

An Albany newcomer full of Middle Eastern delights, Zaytoon puts a fresh, contemporary, and upscale spin on traditional cuisine.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File |  Stacey Gustafson
A Pleasanton empty-nester and the new Erma Bombeck adds stand-up comedy to her writing résumé.
By Paul Kilduff

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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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