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
A Few Good Stories (Episode #416)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Spark gets an insider's look at the intricate process of creation and the discovery of one's voice.
* Experience Jaime Guerrero working at the Bay Area Glass Institute as he and other glass artists coordinate their movements in order to create his detailed pieces. < br />* Lauren Yee and the high school students of the Young Playwrights Festival show us the maturity and talent of first-time playwrights as they see their theatrical creations put into performance.
* The memories of Iranian-Americans are preserved in Taraneh Hemami's work as she prepares for ZeroOne in San Jose.
* Finally, Rebar Encanment project reminds us that a little humor can help in a time of transition as Southern Exposure revamps their gallery space.
Home Sweet Home (Episode #412)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 23, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
For the arts to thrive they need a home - Spark examines the influence of home on institutions around the Bay Area.
* The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is moving to the Civic Center, within sight of the great cultural institutions to which many of its students aspire.
* Since 1973, Oakland's Creative Growth Art Center has been a nurturing ground for adults with mental, emotional and physical disabilities.
* Jared Choclatt brings "Hit it!" for a world premiere at San Francisco's home for African American plays, The Lorraine Hansberry Theater.
* And, get a tour of ODC's new building full of classrooms and rehearsal space furthering this institution's commitment to fostering dance in the Bay Area.
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
Musical Instruments (Episode #409)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 16, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Spark finds that every musician has a chosen instrument that takes them on their creative journey.
* Organ player Wil Blades has jammed with the famous and holds court in clubs and classrooms of the Bay Area.
* World famous Lyric Soprano Barbara Bonney is known for her Lieder performances but she also teaches master classes to regular people.
* Since 1981, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has been dedicated to reproducing historically informed performances on original instruments.
* Then, meet Stephen Kent, a didgeridoo player from the UK.
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
Experimenting (Episode #407)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Artistic boundaries are redefined through experimentation.
* Follow contemporary experimental dance troupe Kunst-Stoff as they attempt to understand sightlessness in a new piece that keeps changing up to the last minute.
* John Chiara takes photograph to an interesting limit by using a large-scale camera that has to be towed to and from locations.
* Legendary sound duo Matmos are creating a new work for the LA Museum of Natural History.
* Then, Ala Ebtekar explores identity by blending hip-hop imagery with Iranian images.