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Bonesetter's Daughter, Lin, and Los Cazadores (Episode #609)

KQED 9: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Spark goes behind the scenes to explore the making of the San Francisco Opera's "The Bonesetter's Daughter," Amy Tan's libretto based on her best-selling and most personal novel. We follow Tan as she travels to China, searching for her own family history, one that resonates in the book and the opera.
Then watch renowned sculptor Maya Lin install her latest work at the new California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, a topographical depiction of the San Francisco Bay. Lin was catapulted into the public eye with her Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., but this is her first work in San Francisco.
Finally, we trail street musicians Jacobo Palacios and Rafael Potillo, who go by the name of Los Cazadores del Sur, or "the hunters from the south." The two troubadours strum their guitars and serenade Mission District patrons with popular tunes from all over Latin America.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Roots (Episode #108)

KQED 9: Tue, May 21, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

In this episode, we meet performers who are preserving traditional art forms, handing them down from one generation to the next. For them, art is a way to understand and explore their ancestral roots, and maintain their unique cultural identity. Included are: five generations of Irish dancers with the Healy family; Hula Halau Aloha Pumehana 'o Polynesia; and San Jose's Mariachi Youth Program.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Think Globally (Episode #404)

KQED 9: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

With an eye on global influence, Spark meets artists who take creative cues from tradition, history and cultural intersections.
* Follow two groups as they compete for a chance to perform in this year's Ethnic Dance Festival.
* Wanderlust photographer Lisa Kristine focuses on the world's myriad indigenous populations.
*Filipino artist Michael Arcega uses history (and Manila paper) as source material to critique and comment.
* San Francisco's newest art and cultural institution, the Museum of the African Diaspora, enlightens viewers with exhibitions centered on the African American experience.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, May 21, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, May 20, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Up from the Street (Episode #226)

KQED 9: Tue, May 7, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Artists whose work emanates from the street.
* Once a professional skateboarder, Tommy Guerrero channels the skate culture through his music and visual art work.
* Graffiti artist and self-described bad boy David Choe has moved from the streets of LA and San Jose into museums and galleries worldwide.
* Reflections of life on San Francisco's market street, with the four-wheeled interactive art work, Wowhaus.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, May 13, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

A Few Good Stories (Episode #416)

KQED 9: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, May 5, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
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