Profiles & Interviews

Looking at the SUVs corralled in the driveway of the Lafayette home, one would suspect a meeting of mothers. Indeed, inside preschoolers race around with toy fire engines, eat chunks of mango and learn to make tornadoes out of plastic bottles. Thursday is “arts projects day” for these children and their mothers, who come anywhere

All a boy needs to know about martial arts, Donnie Yen learned from his mother. It helps that his mother, Bow Sim Mark, is one of the leading martial artists in America. She began training Yen as soon as he could totter on two feet. Lessons didn’t ease up after the family moved from Hong

Eleven years ago, after moving to Walnut Creek with her new husband, Mark, Anandha Ray was looking for rehearsal space. The award-winning choreographer and dance therapist had been living in Los Angeles; her then-fiance, in New York. They decided during their many phone conversations that Northern California was the place to be. Weekend trips narrowed

Although the Webby Awards are international in scope, not surprisingly, many nominees reside in the Bay Area, the cradle of Silicon civilization. “The Webby Awards are the only Web awards I’ve ever taken seriously,” says Craig Newmark, founder of www.craigslist.org. “They’re for real.” Newmark speaks his praises on his cell phone as he leaves the

Describe the Webby Awards in five words or less. Vanity Fair crowned the event that salutes the Internet with an It Award. Entertainment Weekly deemed it a “hot ticket.” The San Jose Mercury News opted for alliteration in its headline “Digerati’s Delight for Dot-Com Crowd.” Most recently, past Webby-winner and current nominee Salon.com which conducted

WRITE THIS DOWN,’ Travis Hugh Culley says. Nearby, a tape recorder imprints his voice onto a 90-minute blank cassette. Before him, a reporter’s pen scribbles on notebook paper. Culley is not quite as peremptory as he sounds. The 27-year-old Chicago bike messenger wants to make sure his words are being noted, to deliver his message

* What: The world premiere of “Wuornos,” by Carla Lucero * Where: Yerba Buena Center of the Arts Theater, 701 Mission St., S.F. * When: 8 p.m. Friday through June 24. * How much: $30/$45/$60 * Call: 415-978-2787, www.wuornos.org In the life of a female serial killer, Carla Lucero found her opera. In 1989 and

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. _ A year ago, Michael Chabon was just another lyrical genius, writing critically acclaimed works such as the one that inspired the film “Wonder Boys.” All that changed on April 16 when the Berkeley author affirmed his place in literary history by snagging the Pulitzer Prize for his near-epic, “The Amazing Adventures

A year ago, Michael Chabon was just another lyrical genius, writing critically acclaimed works such as the one that inspired the film “Wonder Boys.” All that changed on April 16 when the Berkeley author affirmed his place in literary history by snagging the Pulitzer Prize for his near-epic, “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.”

A STUDY of 600 years of the “misadventure of race” began with a bewildered 11-year-old’s pain of losing his “preracial” childhood freedom. It was in the ’70s, when Scott L. Malcomson was growing up in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, that he first noticed his friends were changing. Instead of following the allegiances of childhood,

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