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