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

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 #605)

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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    • Mon 8/31: KQET Signal break-up (DT25.1, 25.2, 25.3)

      UPDATE: As of shortly after 7pm Monday evening, repairs were completed at the KQET transmitter, and the signal appears to be stable. Thanks for your patience. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Original post Monday 11am: We are aware of the break-up […]

    • Comcast channel moves, Monterey/Salinas & Sacramento/Fairfield

      As of Tuesday 8/25, Comcast/Xfinity has moved four of KQED’s channels to new numbers in two of its service areas. The new info is: Monterey-Salinas: 371 – KQED World 372 – KQED Kids 373 – KQED Life 374 – KQED V-Me Sacramento, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Travis AFB and Vacaville: 390 – KQED World 391 – […]

    • Sutro Tower Annual Maintenance, week of 8/24 daytime

      (may affect Over the Air signal for KQED DT9.1, 9.2, 9.3) The Sutro Tower team will be doing their annual tower check and maintenance work this week, meaning that all stations may be switching back and forth from their main antenna to their auxiliary antenna between 9am and 4pm. Work should conclude no later than […]

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