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
SF Ballet's New Works Festival (Episode #603H)
KQED 9: Tue, Jul 31, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the San Francisco Ballet mounted an ambitious festival of new works, ten world premieres by ten choreographers. Spark follows the creation of three of these works by some of the country's most renowned choreographers - Mark Morris, Margaret Jenkins, and Christopher Wheeldon - exploring the new directions they are taking this centuries-old art form. Morris has enlisted longtime friend Isaac Mizrahi to design the costumes and John Adams to compose the music for his ballet, both collaborators stellar figures in their own fields. Margaret Jenkins, the highly respected Bay Area choreographer, has members of the Ballet company working in an entirely new way - within her modern dance tradition. Christopher Wheeldon, heralded as the next Balanchine, blends elements of traditional and classical ballet.
Fiore, A.C.T.'s Blood Knot, and Liu (Episode #601H)
KQED 9: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
* Take a backstage look at American Conservatory Theater's production of "The Blood Knot," a play by Athol Fugard set in apartheid South Africa during the 1960s.
* Also, meet San Francisco political cartoonist Mark Fiore, who quit his job at a daily newspaper to experiment with a new format - animated political cartoons for the web.
* And, go to the studio of Oakland painter Hung Liu, who draws inspiration from photographs of people during Mao's cultural revolution.