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East Bay Children’s Book Project puts books into kids’ hands.

Oh, the places you’ll go!” Dr. Seuss famously said, and his admiring exclamation certainly applies to the East Bay Children’s Book Project, started in 2005 by a few retired teachers who wanted to give books to kids with little or no access to the written word. Little did the tiny band of literacy warriors know that less than a decade later, the books distributed would number almost a million—and counting.
December 03, 2013

New Books on Jack London, Alameda Artists, and Southeast Asia Travel

New books of interest to Bay Area readers.
December 03, 2013

Conceptual artist Mark Wagner puts drawing front and center on abandoned courts.

Mark Wagner of Hearts & Bones Studio (www.heartsandbones.com) is no ordinary artist. From creating concept art for feature films to creating a world-record chalk drawing with kids in Alameda to drawing on the desert floor at Burning Man, this energetic and frenetic Alameda artist, also a dad, is on fire.
December 03, 2013

Fine arts photographer Douglas Despres waits for life to happen from behind his camera.

Gone are the days when wedding photography entailed arranging guests in the stilted formations still the norm at family reunions. Weddings have evolved into a documentary or fashion shoot, where the brides and grooms are the supermodels and the A-list actors on their special day. To preserve the big day, you want a photographer with the eye of a fine artist and the timing of the paparazzi: You want someone like Douglas Despres. His Helios Images wedding photography business is based in Alameda, where he resides.
December 03, 2013

A peek into the mind of Reverend Michael Yoshii.

Known for his human rights advocacy and commitment to social justice, humanitarian award-winning Rev. Michael Yoshii, senior pastor of Buena Vista United Methodist Church (2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda), is a man of peace and understanding. He speaks frankly about his faith, and his callings offer a glimpse into why he is so revered.
December 03, 2013

Novelist Anthony Marra celebrates humanity in war-torn Chechnya.

Oakland novelist Anthony Marra celebrates humanity in war-torn Chechnya and counts his blessings.
December 03, 2013

Chandra Cerrito Contemporary appeals to the masses.

Chandra Cerrito was curating a virtual gallery called Contemporary Quarterly when, in 2007, Mercury 20 Gallery founder Robert Tomlinson suggested she open her own gallery on his mezzanine. With a BA in art history from Princeton, an MFA from California College of the Arts, and more than a decade of experience as gallery manager and art consultant at Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco, she thought, “why not?” Then in 2010 the former home of Esteban Sabar Gallery and Fort Gallery at 480 23rd St., Oakland, became available. Cerrito picked up the lease and split that labyrinthine venue into Chandra Cerrito Contemporary and Krowswork Gallery, to whom she sublets.
December 03, 2013

The return of Tony! Toni! Toné!

What to do and when to do it.
December 03, 2013

New Books on Jack London, Alameda Artists, and Southeast Asia Travel

New books of interest to Bay Area readers.
December 03, 2013

East Bay Children’s Book Project puts books into kids’ hands.

Oh, the places you’ll go!” Dr. Seuss famously said, and his admiring exclamation certainly applies to the East Bay Children’s Book Project, started in 2005 by a few retired teachers who wanted to give books to kids with little or no access to the written word. Little did the tiny band of literacy warriors know that less than a decade later, the books distributed would number almost a million—and counting.
December 03, 2013