Upcoming Broadcasts:

In Respect of Nature (#408) Duration: 28:19 STEREO TVG

Our natural world provides lots of artistic inspiration. Spark visits artists who work in respect of nature.
* Photographer Roman Loranc has spent years documenting the Central Valley landscape with a loving eye.
* Li Huayi from the first generation of Chinese Cultural Revolution artists, reinvigorates Chinese landscape painting with his modern abstract vision.
* Bill Dan, also known as "The Rock Man of Crissy Field," balances rocks for all to contemplate.
* Then Gregory Gavin builds temporary creeks in public spaces called "Riveropolis."

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Sep 22, 2015 -- 7:30pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Sep 23, 2015 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 26, 2015 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 27, 2015 -- 6:30pm Remind me

Musical Instruments (#409) Duration: 28:21 STEREO TVG

Spark finds that every musician has a chosen instrument that takes them on their creative journey.
* Organ player Wil Blades has jammed with the famous and holds court in clubs and classrooms of the Bay Area.
* World famous Lyric Soprano Barbara Bonney is known for her Lieder performances but she also teaches master classes to regular people.
* Since 1981, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has been dedicated to reproducing historically informed performances on original instruments.
* Then, meet Stephen Kent, a didgeridoo player from the UK.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Sep 29, 2015 -- 7:30pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Sep 30, 2015 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 3, 2015 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Sun, Oct 4, 2015 -- 6:30pm Remind me

The Influence of Memory (#410) Duration: 29:10 STEREO TVG

Spark gets into the heads of artists who are deeply influenced by memories.
* Painter Christopher Brown mines images of trains, birds, and buildings to create immediately familiar canvases that he seemingly never wants to finish.
* Photographer Binh Dahn is famous for his images of colonial Vietnamese printed on leaves. Now he is collaborating with Elizabeth Moy as they explore memory, history and war in and installation at Intersection for the Arts.
* Driven by a need to explore family memories and identity, Flo Oy Wong's artistic path has resulted in a body of work that illustrates the rich yet painful history of Asian Americans.
* Also, get a peek at Deborah Slater's "Hotel of Memory," which comments on the possibility of life without art.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Oct 6, 2015 -- 7:30pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 7, 2015 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 7, 2015 -- 10:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 8, 2015 -- 4:30am Remind me

The Puppet Show (#411) Duration: 28:47 STEREO TVG

Puppet shows aren't just for kids, as proven by the artists in this episode.
* Pop artist and painter Sandow Birk has adapted Dante's Divine Comedy into a modern epic and filmed it in the tradition of "Toy Theatre," a European style of puppetry from the 1700s.
* Basil Twist is collaborating with Joe Goode and Paula Vogel to stage "The Long Christmas Ride Home" using traditional Japanese Bunraku puppets of his own creation.
* Lunatique Fantastique's Liebe Wetzel stages her latest work using found object puppets to address issues women face when confronting breast cancer.
* Also, get an insider's look at the Indonesian puppets from the Herbert Collection at the Asian Art Museum with puppet master Kathy Foley.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Oct 13, 2015 -- 7:30pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 14, 2015 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 14, 2015 -- 10:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 15, 2015 -- 4:30am Remind me

Home Sweet Home (#412) Duration: 28:52 STEREO TVG

For the arts to thrive they need a home - Spark examines the influence of home on institutions around the Bay Area.
* The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is moving to the Civic Center, within sight of the great cultural institutions to which many of its students aspire.
* Since 1973, Oakland's Creative Growth Art Center has been a nurturing ground for adults with mental, emotional and physical disabilities.
* Jared Choclatt brings "Hit it!" for a world premiere at San Francisco's home for African American plays, The Lorraine Hansberry Theater.
* And, get a tour of ODC's new building full of classrooms and rehearsal space furthering this institution's commitment to fostering dance in the Bay Area.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Oct 20, 2015 -- 7:30pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 21, 2015 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 21, 2015 -- 10:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 22, 2015 -- 4:30am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 -- 6:30pm Remind me

Playing with Technology (#413) Duration: 28:19 STEREO TVG

We live in an electronic world - turntables, microphones, digital displays, microchips. Some artists are driven by the possibilities of manipulating these things, and in this episode, we explore the way that they creatively unite art and electronics.
* Walter Kitundu creates innovative instruments that are based on the turntable but powered by natural elements such as wind, fire and the ocean.
* Natural found objects such as flowers and sand are juxtaposed with pieces of technology in Joe Mangrum's large and intricate design sculptures.
* Loren Chasse uses audio technology to explore the music that can be made from ruins and teach his young students about sound art.
* Finally, what people are really talking about can be discovered at the Listening Post, where the "global conversation" of electronic chats are tracked through suspended text screens.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 -- 7:30pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 28, 2015 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 31, 2015 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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TV Technical Issues

    TV Technical Issues
    • 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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