Produced by KQED Public Television, this series is about Bay Area artists and arts organizations/ It is a weekly television show, an educational outreach program and a website. More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, SPARK* takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art.
Amy X Neuburg, Shuji Ikeda , Stanlee Gatti (#502H) Duration: 26:47 STEREO TVG
Avant-garde songstress Amy X Neuburg creates a new song cycle with her Cello Chixtet. Ceramicist Shuji Ikeda fires his woven clay baskets in a kiln that must burn for seven days. Designer Stanlee Gatti creates a floral masterpiece at the Conservatory of Flowers.
Making Their Move (#223) Duration: 26:05 STEREO TVG
When successful local performers try to take their careers to another level, Spark asks, "Do they have what it takes?"
* They've been making music together for decades, but now the members of the Greek band Kymata want to move beyond the wedding circuit to create their own unique fusion of musical styles.
* Then, Beach Blanket Babylon's Matt Alber tries to make it into the big time as a country and western star.
* Lastly, ambitious young ballroom dancers go head to head at the Bay Area Ballroom Blitz
Percussion (#310) Duration: 25:16 STEREO TVG
Spark gets into the rhythm as it follows the beat of a different drum.
* Taiko master Seiichi Tanaka trains his pupils in the ancient form of Japanese drumming at the San Francisco Taiko Dojo.
* Then, meet Zakir Hussain, who brings the Indian art of tabla drumming to western audiences by maintaining a balance of classical music and traditional Indian percussion.
* And beatbox artist Kid Beyond pushes the limits of rhythm music by creating rich soundscapes using his mouth as his only instrument.
Looking East (#318) Duration: 25:24 STEREO TVG
* Blurring the boundaries between art installation and theatrical set, Theatre of Yugen stages an ambitious adaptation of Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea, featuring glittering set pieces fashioned entirely from glass.
* Vietnamese-American sculptor Thai Bui escaped his homeland by boat during the Vietnam War. Decades later, his haunting and evocative sculptures reflect the ongoing struggles of an artist trying to find his way through a foreign culture.
* Chinese poet, sculptor, and painter Lu Huan creates exquisite sculptures of exotic insects and reptiles, each one painstakingly carved to follow the veins of semi-precious stone running through a single rock.
Arts + Social Issues (#902H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei explores themes of freedom of speech and imprisonment in a large scale art installation on the notorious former prison island of Alcatraz. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony appeal to younger, more diverse audiences with a contemporary, classical music experience, video projections, and a cocktail bar. David Maisel's stunning aerial photographs reveal landscapes irrevocably altered by mankind, including the eerie salt flats of Owens Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Market Street Prototyping Festival engages innovative urban planning techniques to bring community and public art to a once neglected urban corridor.
- KQED 9: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 -- 7:30pm Remind me