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October 2013

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Features

Fire on the Mountain

September 8 was a Sunday. A hot one. As many of us were getting ready to cheer on the Niners, Giants, A’s, or America’s Cup racers, a spark from target shooting on the back side of Mount Diablo started a fire that soon set our mountain ablaze. Here are the stories of the Morgan Fire, from the people who saw it up close.

Get Crafty

You can blame Pinterest. Everyone from your BFF to your grandmother has gone gaga for perfect party invitations, gallery walls, craft and food blogs, upcycled fashion, scrapbooking, and DIY everything.

Metallica at the Movies

The rock legends have blazed a creative trail from El Cerrito to IMAX. Founding band member and drummer Lars Ulrich called Pete Crooks from the road, somewhere outside of Shanghai, to talk about Through the Never and Metallica’s constant drive to push its creative envelope.
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Departments

A Yosemite for All Seasons

The historic Ahwahnee Hotel offers delicious fall and winter getaways.
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Speak of the Devil

Full Bloom

A local artist’s photos are more than just pretty pictures.

The New Workplace

It’s a bold, new world out there. As more people go freelance or work remotely, coworking facilities have sprung up to meet demand for spaces that bridge the gap between home, a café, and an office. Here are a few options in the East Bay.

Making Magic

The Golum and the Jinni, by Pleasanton author Helene Wecker, was released earlier this year to rave reviews, including a feature in the New York Times. Her tale of two mythological beings (one from Jewish folklore, the other from Arabic) meeting in 1899 New York examines the American immigrant experience with a supernatural twist.

Retail Lane

Explore East Prospect Avenue, Danville’s superchic shopping block.

The List: October

Fall gets festive, with a wine fest, star-studded concerts, and a six-acre corn maze.

Critter Preserver

From a flock of graceful geese in flight to cringe-worthy preserved roadkill, taxidermist Alicia Goode’s work is a highlight of Oakland Museum of California’s newly renovated Gallery of Natural Sciences.
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Food Scene

Tricky Treats

Boozy sweets dressed up in a shot of nostalgia.

Take a Stroll Through the Park

The Park Bistro and Bar: Lafayette’s venerable Duck Club is reborn.

Cheap Eats: Danville Station Firehouse Bar and Grille

Grab a burger with shoestring fries for lunch!

Zero Proof

Refreshing virgin drinks—no hangover required.

Diablo Dish: October

Check out what's new with food this month!
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Web Extras

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Contests

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