An all-new special episode spotlights art that connects: Go inside the Mill Valley comedy night that's a local institution and a haven for stars like Dana Carvey and Robin Williams. In San Jose, hundreds of professionals and students perform in a show that mixes traditional Chinese dance, music and martial arts with Western ballet. Follow local bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis as she performs and works to mentor new artists. And watch as Ed Drew revives the art of the tin-type while making images of at-risk youth on an organic garden project that's seeking to redefine the image of farming for African Americans.
Spark! Previous Broadcasts
Up from the Street (Episode #226)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 -- 7:30 PM
Artists whose work emanates from the street.
* Once a professional skateboarder, Tommy Guerrero channels the skate culture through his music and visual art work.
* Graffiti artist and self-described bad boy David Choe has moved from the streets of LA and San Jose into museums and galleries worldwide.
* Reflections of life on San Francisco's market street, with the four-wheeled interactive art work, Wowhaus.
- KQED Life: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 5:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 -- 1:30 AM
Making Their Move (Episode #223)
KQED Life: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
When successful local performers try to take their careers to another level, Spark asks, "Do they have what it takes?"
* They've been making music together for decades, but now the members of the Greek band Kymata want to move beyond the wedding circuit to create their own unique fusion of musical styles.
* Then, Beach Blanket Babylon's Matt Alber tries to make it into the big time as a country and western star.
* Lastly, ambitious young ballroom dancers go head to head at the Bay Area Ballroom Blitz
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Apr 11, 2014 -- 11:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 9, 2014 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED 9: Tue, Apr 8, 2014 -- 7:30 PM
Roots (Episode #108)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 1, 2014 -- 7:30 PM
In this episode, we meet performers who are preserving traditional art forms, handing them down from one generation to the next. For them, art is a way to understand and explore their ancestral roots, and maintain their unique cultural identity. Included are: five generations of Irish dancers with the Healy family; Hula Halau Aloha Pumehana 'o Polynesia; and San Jose's Mariachi Youth Program.
- KQED Life: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 5:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Apr 4, 2014 -- 11:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 2, 2014 -- 1:30 AM