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.
Spark! Previous Broadcasts
Del Sol String Quartet, David Hevel, La Familia Pena-Govea (Episode #504H)
KQED Life: Sun, Dec 29, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
* Hear the Del Sol String Quartet rehearse and debut the work of contemporary chamber composers.
* Laugh with sculptor David Hevel as he makes fun of pop culture celebrities with his outrageous animal creations.
* Join La Familia Pena-Govea, the family band where everyone has a part to play in this musical dynasty in the making.
- KQED 9: Tue, Dec 31, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 31, 2013 -- 3:30 AM
- KQED Life: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 -- 9:30 PM
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Shailja Patel, and Ronn Guidi (Episode #501)
KQED 9: Tue, Dec 24, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
* Meet the Lawrence Ferlinghetti you didn't know - you might already know him as a poet, but did you also know that he's a painter, too?
* Then visit Kenyan-born Indian American Shailja Patel as she performs her spoken word piece about migration and personal history.
* See how Oakland Ballet artistic director Ronn Guidi comes out of retirement to save the dance company he loves.
* And finally see how Rene Garcia Jr.'s glitter portraits shine.
- KQED Life: Sat, Dec 28, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Dec 25, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
Favianna Rodriguez, Ben Levy and Julio Morales (Episode #516)
KQED Life: Sat, Dec 14, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
* Favianna Rodriguez is part of a tradition of Chicano graphic artists that dates back to the 60's. A 28-year-old self-taught artist, Rodriguez spent her teen years in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood attending free community art workshops. Spark watches as she creates silkscreen and offset posters and follows her to a Day Laborer's Conference to create dialogue around her latest work.
* Though only 5 years old, LEVYdance has made a big splash in the SF dance community. The artistic director Ben Levy, a 29 year old UC Berkeley grad, was named one of the "Top 25 to watch" by Dance Magazine. Levy is choreographing a new work tentatively called "Patterns of Flight", based on the veiled past of his Iranian-Jewish parents. He's collaborating with composer Keeril Makan, couture designer Colleen Quen, and industrial furniture designer Rick Lee.
* Laurie Antonioli is a singer and lyricist, and also a teacher. Last year she returned from a 4 year teaching stint near Vienna. Now heading the vocal department at Berkeley's Jazz School, Laurie is working with a new quartet to rehearse and record her collection of "new standards."
* Artist and Curator Julio Morales explores the confluence of Mexican and US culture in his latest work at Galleria de la Raza. < /html>
- KQED Life: Sun, Dec 22, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 21, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Dec 18, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED 9: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 -- 7:30 PM