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Arts + Social Issues (Episode #902H)

KQED 9: Tue, May 3, 2016 -- 7:30 PM

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei explores themes of freedom of speech and imprisonment in a large scale art installation on the notorious former prison island of Alcatraz.
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony appeal to younger, more diverse audiences with a contemporary, classical music experience, video projections, and a cocktail bar.
David Maisel's stunning aerial photographs reveal landscapes irrevocably altered by mankind, including the eerie salt flats of Owens Lake.
The Market Street Prototyping Festival engages innovative urban planning techniques to bring community and public art to a once neglected urban corridor.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, May 8, 2016 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, May 7, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, May 4, 2016 -- 1:30 AM

Kitka, May, Arts and the Economy (Episode #707H)

KQED 9: Sun, May 1, 2016 -- 6:00 PM

* For 30 years, the all-female vocal group Kitka has performed music rooted in Eastern European musical traditions. In a recent trip to rural Ukraine, they studied Slavic folk songs that previously only existed in the memories of the old women who live there. Spark joins Kitka as they rehearse and perform a new performance based on the songs and stories that were passed down to them.
* Next, the mixed-media work of Santa Cruz artist Victoria May is inspired by the intricate process of custom dress-making. A former seamstress by trade, May now makes sculptural textile pieces that blend traditional hand sewing techniques with evocative and unexpected materials.
* Then, in a special collaboration with PBS' The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, we investigate how the current economy is affecting artists in the Bay Area. How are they coping with the economic downturn? Some scholars and activists think hope lies in government support. What can we learn from the historic WPA programs that provided employment for 8.5 Million Americans during the 1930's?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, May 2, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Mon, May 2, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Sun, May 1, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
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      (DT54-1 through 54-5) Monday 5/09 The DT54 Over the Air signal will need to switch from main to auxiliary levels at some point Monday (most likely early afternoon) for the safety of the crew working on another station’s equipment on the tower, then back to the main antenna late-afternoon when work is completed. The change […]

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