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Lily Cai, Mike Henderson and June Schwarcz (Episode #513)

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

* See how Lily Cai combines the traditional with the contemporary for her Chinese dance company.
* Visit the art studio of Mike Henderson who has dedicated the last 4 decades to painting.
* Meet the June Schwarcz who has become a legend with her enamel arts.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Salimpour, Syjuco, and Yi (Episode #604H)

KQED 9: Tue, Jul 23, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Spark takes a journey deep into the ancient art of belly dance with legendary teacher and performer Suhaila Salimpour, and one of her star pupils, comedienne Margaret Cho. Next, meet artist Stephanie Syjuco, whose Counterfeit Crochet Project enlists home crafters from around the globe to create surprising knock-offs of designer goods. Then visit with Chinese acrobat Lu Yi at the Circus Center, as he prepares two of his top students for their debut as professional performers.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 27, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

SF Ballet's New Works Festival (Episode #603H)

KQED 9: Tue, Jul 16, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the San Francisco Ballet mounted an ambitious festival of new works, ten world premieres by ten choreographers. Spark follows the creation of three of these works by some of the country's most renowned choreographers - Mark Morris, Margaret Jenkins, and Christopher Wheeldon - exploring the new directions they are taking this centuries-old art form. Morris has enlisted longtime friend Isaac Mizrahi to design the costumes and John Adams to compose the music for his ballet, both collaborators stellar figures in their own fields. Margaret Jenkins, the highly respected Bay Area choreographer, has members of the Ballet company working in an entirely new way - within her modern dance tradition. Christopher Wheeldon, heralded as the next Balanchine, blends elements of traditional and classical ballet.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Benton, Ramos, and Riley (Episode #602H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 6:30 PM

In the spring of 2008, the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara exhibited a major collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the 1960's. The vibrant and often confrontational work from this period has made a lasting mark on the California art scene. Spark takes a look at the artistic legacy of this celebrated decade, and catches up with local luminaries Wayne Thiebaud and Mel Ramos, whose friendship goes back more than 50 years.
Also featured is avant-garde pioneer Terry Riley, one of the best-known composers to emerge in the 20th century. Riley is often credited with the introduction of electronic instrumentation and tape looping in American experimental music. Spark visits with Riley and Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington as they prepare "Cusp of Magic," a piece written for Kronos to be performed in celebration of Riley's 70th birthday.

Fiore, A.C.T.'s Blood Knot, and Liu (Episode #601H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 5:30 PM

* Take a backstage look at American Conservatory Theater's production of "The Blood Knot," a play by Athol Fugard set in apartheid South Africa during the 1960s.
* Also, meet San Francisco political cartoonist Mark Fiore, who quit his job at a daily newspaper to experiment with a new format - animated political cartoons for the web.
* And, go to the studio of Oakland painter Hung Liu, who draws inspiration from photographs of people during Mao's cultural revolution.

Benton, Ramos, and Riley (Episode #602H)

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

In the spring of 2008, the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara exhibited a major collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the 1960's. The vibrant and often confrontational work from this period has made a lasting mark on the California art scene. Spark takes a look at the artistic legacy of this celebrated decade, and catches up with local luminaries Wayne Thiebaud and Mel Ramos, whose friendship goes back more than 50 years.
Also featured is avant-garde pioneer Terry Riley, one of the best-known composers to emerge in the 20th century. Riley is often credited with the introduction of electronic instrumentation and tape looping in American experimental music. Spark visits with Riley and Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington as they prepare "Cusp of Magic," a piece written for Kronos to be performed in celebration of Riley's 70th birthday.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 10, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Fiore, A.C.T.'s Blood Knot, and Liu (Episode #601H)

KQED 9: Tue, Jul 2, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

* Take a backstage look at American Conservatory Theater's production of "The Blood Knot," a play by Athol Fugard set in apartheid South Africa during the 1960s.
* Also, meet San Francisco political cartoonist Mark Fiore, who quit his job at a daily newspaper to experiment with a new format - animated political cartoons for the web.
* And, go to the studio of Oakland painter Hung Liu, who draws inspiration from photographs of people during Mao's cultural revolution.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 7, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 3, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
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