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San Jose Taiko, Cartagena, and Denevan (Episode #608H)

KQED 9: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Spark goes backstage with San Jose Taiko on the verge of their 35th anniversary. The group's unique style of Japanese drumming infuses traditional rhythms with world beats from Africa to Bali to Brazil. Then we visit the studio of Victor Cartagena, whose violent childhood in war-torn El Salvador has driven him to create a haunting body of work with powerful, and very personal, political statements. Finally, we watch as Jim Denevan carves enormous, ephemeral sand drawings on the beaches along the Northern California coast.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

The Ark, Mauleon, and Grisman (Episode #606H)

KQED 9: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Spark goes on a musical adventure, exploring Latin Jazz, Bluegrass, and music from the Jewish diaspora. First, climb aboard The Ark, a project created by the Jewish Music Festival. In the basement of a divinity school, nine musicians from the US, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East have six days to compose a groundbreaking new piece of Jewish music. Next, meet pianist and bandleader Rebeca Mauleon, one of the leading ladies of Latin Jazz. Then visit with mandolin master, David Grisman, who blends new jazz and traditional bluegrass to create a thoroughly original sound.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Sep 18, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Yoshi's, Hijos del Sol, Diamano Coura (Episode #605H)

KQED 9: Tue, Sep 10, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Spark visits Yoshi's new venue in San Francisco's historic Fillmore district, and explores efforts to reinvigorate the jazz scene with shows dubbed "Local Legends," featuring artists like Sugar Pie de Santo. Next, meet painter Jose Ortiz whose Salinas after-school program, Hijos del Sol, is turning young kids from tough neighborhoods onto art. Then join Dr. Zak Diouf and Naomi Washington Diouf and their Diamano Coura West African Dance Company in the weeks leading up to their annual repertoire concert.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 14, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Adam 5100, Ledoh, Caleb Duarte (Episode #505H)

KQED 9: Tue, Sep 3, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

* Hit the streets with graffiti artist Adam 5100, who has become a leading stencil artist.
* Explore the mesmerizing art of butoh with the members of Salt Farm under the direction of Ledoh.
* Follow Caleb Duarte as he gathers materials and prepares for his first solo show in San Francisco.
* Meet British painter Susannah Bettag and her "Little Boo" character.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Sep 4, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Marshall, Hoyle, and LEVYdance (Episode #705H)

KQED Life: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 6:30 PM

Spark joins renowned visual artist Kerry James Marshall as he creates new murals in the atrium of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Like much of Marshall's work, the murals will explore racial identity, urban experience, and the impact of the Civil Rights movement. Then, Dan Hoyle, son of famed Bay Area circus performer Geoff Hoyle, works on a new one-man show. Entitled "Right?," it's based on his travels across small-town and rural America, and the people he met along the way. Next, Ben Levy and his modern dance company, LEVYdance, collaborate on a new work based on a previously untold family history.

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    • KQED DT9 planned, very short outages, Tues 4/15 (& possibly Wed 4/16)

      (DT9.1, 9.2, 9.3) KQED DT9′s Over the Air (OTA) signal from Sutro Tower will experience a few extremely brief outages on Tuesday 4/15 between 10am and 5pm (and possibly on Wed 4/16 if the work cannot be completed in 1 day). Each outage should be measurable in seconds (not minutes). This work will not affect […]

    • KQET DT25 Planned Outage: early Tues 4/15 (btwn 5am-6am)

      (DT 25.1, 25.2, 25.3) At some point between 5am and 6am early Tuesday 4/15, KQET’s signal from the transmitter on Fremont Peak northeast of Monterey will shut down for a short period of time to allow AT&T to do work on our fiber interface. The outage should be relatively short, but its precise start time […]

    • Occasional sound issues, Comcast Cable, Black remote control

      Originally posted 6/19/2013: Some Comcast Basic Cable customers around the Bay Area have reported audio issues with KQED and KQED Plus, on channels 9 and 10. The problem is not related to KQED’s transmission but may be caused by the language setting on your Comcast remote control. If your Comcast remote control is black, please […]

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