This series includes a TV show, segments for "This Week in Northern California", an educational outreach program and a website featuring Bay Area artists and arts organizations. More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, Spark takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art. Produced by KQED TV.
Spark! Previous Broadcasts
Fusion (Episode #208)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
Spark explores the fusion of cultures, styles and disciplines that make up the incredibly diverse Bay Area art scene.
* Muslim Women's Spoken Word Collective, Calligraphy of Thought
Go inside the Bay Area's burgeoning Muslim spoken word, poetry, and hip hop scene with Calligraphy of Thought poets as they create and rehearse new works for a performance at the Box Theater in Oakland celebrating the release of several new albums on the Remarkable Current label.
* Sculptural Costumer, Sha Sha Higby
Sha Sha Higby approaches dance through the medium of sculpture. Using the painterly manipulation of materials and textures, she creates intricate costumes made of wood, silk, paper and gold leaf. Animated by Higby's incredibly subtle and beautiful dance movements, the costume, interwoven with a labyrinth of delicate props, creates a path in which movement and stillness meet.
* Punk Rock Orchestra
Witness the spectacle that is the Punk Rock Orchestra. Led by conductor John Gluck, who trades in his baton for a toilet brush and sports a bright orange mohawk, The 40 piece ensemble plays classic punk songs that are specially arranged for symphonic instruments.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 29, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
Thiebaud, Teng, and Garrett (Episode #701H)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 17, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
* Spark kicks off its seventh season with a look at the life and work of one of the country's greatest living painters; Wayne Thiebaud. His iconic still lifes pay homage to America's favorite foods, and his insights into the theory of painting have influenced generations of students.
* Next, spend some time with singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, who left a career in Silicon Valley to pursue her dream of making music. In San Francisco for a homecoming concert, Teng plays the "chamber-folk" music that propelled her to fame.
* Then, modern dance choreographer Janice Garrett creates a revealing new work for her company's 5th anniversary season.
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 21, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Apr 20, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 18, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
Bhangra, CJM, and Crooked Jades (Episode #704H)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
Spark goes inside the world of Bhangra, a traditional Indian dance that's been revitalized by a generation of young Indian-Americans. Teams of Bhangra lovers merge time-honored moves with hip-hop beats, and travel around the country to battle it out at heated competitions. Then, visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum, dedicated to exploring Jewish art and culture, in its new building. The current exhibition asks artists from various backgrounds to make objects inspired by the ceremonial Seder plate. Next, the music of The Crooked Jades harkens back to an "Old Time" musical era infused with a decidedly modern attitude.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 16, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 15, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 14, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
The Puppet Show (Episode #411)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
Puppet shows aren't just for kids, as proven by the artists in this episode.
* Pop artist and painter Sandow Birk has adapted Dante's Divine Comedy into a modern epic and filmed it in the tradition of "Toy Theatre," a European style of puppetry from the 1700s.
* Basil Twist is collaborating with Joe Goode and Paula Vogel to stage "The Long Christmas Ride Home" using traditional Japanese Bunraku puppets of his own creation.
* Lunatique Fantastique's Liebe Wetzel stages her latest work using found object puppets to address issues women face when confronting breast cancer.
* Also, get an insider's look at the Indonesian puppets from the Herbert Collection at the Asian Art Museum with puppet master Kathy Foley.
- KQED Life: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 7, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Science Site Relaunches
All of KQED's science and environment content is now aggregated in one place on KQED.org. Find everything from Astronomy to Zebras!
Enter the New "ImageMakers" Screening Room
Enjoy films from present and past seasons of KQED's short independent film series, divided into Animation, Comedy, Drama, and Suspense.