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West Oakland (Episode #415)

KQED 9: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Not everyone knows West Oakland to be an artists' community, but this episode tells the stories of artists who call this area of the East Bay their home.
* Critically acclaimed modernist sculptor Bruce Beasley not only shows us the creation process behind his awe-inspiring sculptures but also discusses area development.
* Despite a lack of funding for school arts programs, high school students who take part in BUMP, the Bay Unity Music Project, are learning about music production from hip-hop professionals.
* John Abduljaami introduces us to his work and regales us with stories about his woodcarvings.
* Finally, tag artist (C)rude leaves political, African-inspired artwork around West Oakland public spaces.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Playing with Technology (Episode #413)

KQED 9: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

We live in an electronic world - turntables, microphones, digital displays, microchips. Some artists are driven by the possibilities of manipulating these things, and in this episode, we explore the way that they creatively unite art and electronics.
* Walter Kitundu creates innovative instruments that are based on the turntable but powered by natural elements such as wind, fire and the ocean.
* Natural found objects such as flowers and sand are juxtaposed with pieces of technology in Joe Mangrum's large and intricate design sculptures.
* Loren Chasse uses audio technology to explore the music that can be made from ruins and teach his young students about sound art.
* Finally, what people are really talking about can be discovered at the Listening Post, where the "global conversation" of electronic chats are tracked through suspended text screens.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Ballet Afsaneh (Episode #515H)

KQED 9: Tue, Feb 12, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Take a journey with Ballet Afsaneh as they perform the dance, music and poetry of the historic Silk Road regions of Central Asia.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Westerhout, Bell, and Blades (Episode #703H)

KQED 9: Tue, Feb 5, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Spark follows photographer Katherine Westerhout, who documents beautifully decaying buildings, inside a forgotten West Oakland landmark: the 16th Street Train Station. Once the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, this Beaux Arts gem has been off-limits since 1989, but that might be about to change. Next, comedian W. Kamau Bell shares his wry observations on race and his personal stories about being black in an Obama-era America. Then, meet Wil Blades, a virtuoso at playing a soulful instrument from a bye-gone era, the B3 organ.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Feb 8, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Feb 6, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

First Person Narratives (Episode #214)

KQED 9: Fri, Feb 1, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Speaking from first hand experience: it's a narrative style that's the hallmark of many 21st century art forms. In this episode of Spark, we see how Bay Area artists are making the form uniquely theirs.
* This episode begins with the kind of stories that won't put you to sleep, as you'll discover when Spark visits Porchlight Theater, a monthly revue where storytellers walk an emotional tightrope on stage, spilling their guts in front of a live audience.
* In our second story, visit students at Tamalpais High School who are learning the fine art of documentary theater, a form that now dominates American drama. We follow their production from first interview to finished performance, as they document the history of protest in the Mill Valley community.
* Finally, we'll go backstage with comedian and actress Marga Gomez (margagomez.com), as she workshops a new one-woman show based on her experiences growing up in an ambitious show-biz family.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Feb 3, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
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