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
Thiebaud, Teng, and Garrett (Episode #701H)
KQED 9: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 -- 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 Life: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
Erika Chong Shuch, Jesus Aguilar and Kathy Aoki (Episode #510)
KQED 9: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
* Go on a creative journey with choreographer and dancer Erika Chong Shuch from the Headlands Center to center stage.
* Explore a language created by modern technology with experimental artist Jesus Aguilar.
* Challenge gender stereotypes with printmaker Kathy Aoki.
* Experience the animation of M dot Strange.
- KQED Life: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Mar 20, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
West Oakland (Episode #415)
KQED 9: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 -- 11:30 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.