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.
Westerhout, Bell, and Blades (#703H) Duration: 27:21 STEREO TVG
Spark follows photographer Katherine Westerhout, who documents beautifully decaying buildings, inside a forgotten West Oakland landmark: the 16th Street Train Station. Once the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, this Beaux Arts gem has been off-limits since 1989, but that might be about to change. Next, comedian W. Kamau Bell shares his wry observations on race and his personal stories about being black in an Obama-era America. Then, meet Wil Blades, a virtuoso at playing a soulful instrument from a bye-gone era, the B3 organ.
Bhangra, CJM, and Crooked Jades (#704H) Duration: 28:20 STEREO TVG
Spark goes inside the world of Bhangra, a traditional Indian dance that's been revitalized by a generation of young Indian-Americans. Teams of Bhangra lovers merge time-honored moves with hip-hop beats, and travel around the country to battle it out at heated competitions. Then, visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum, dedicated to exploring Jewish art and culture, in its new building. The current exhibition asks artists from various backgrounds to make objects inspired by the ceremonial Seder plate. Next, the music of The Crooked Jades harkens back to an "Old Time" musical era infused with a decidedly modern attitude.
A Room of One's Own (#114) Duration: 25:23 STEREO TVG
Places where artists' can live, work, and play together.
* Headlands Center for the Arts - Nestled in the coastal wilderness of the Marin Headlands are historic military buildings that house Headlands Center for the Arts, a nationally-acclaimed residency program that provides artists from around the world with the scarce resources of time and space to pursue further develop of their work. Resident artists introduce SPARK to the rhythm of life at the Center and explain why the program represents a rare opportunity for experimentation and interaction among the lucky few chosen to participate.
* Creative Growth Art Center - Working miracles with artists with developmental, emotional or physical disabilities, giving them the tools and guidance they need to find their creative voices and support themselves through their artwork.
* ArtShip - one of the Bay Area's most innovative and offbeat art spaces goes in search of a new home.
Frontiers of Dance (#205H) Duration: 25:59 STEREO TVG
Spark explores the frontiers of the dance world with some of the Bay Area's most innovative choreographers and performers.
* Butoh artist Ledoh - The Bay Area has become a flourishing center for butoh, a modern dance of darkness that originated in post-war Japan. Spark goes into rehearsals with veteran butoh dancer Ledoh, as he uses this contemporary Japanese form to explore the ancient, agrarian roots of his Ka-Ren ancestry in Burma.
* AXIS Dance Company's Dust - AXIS Dance Company has a long history of delivering performances that stun and delight, combining the work of dancers with and without physical disabilities. This season marks the world premiere of a new work by well-known choreographer Victoria Marks called Dust, a provocative choreo-portrait of AXIS that challenges the viewer's assumptions about each of the performers. Spark is backstage throughout the process, from first tentative improvisation to opening night.
* The Art of Poi - At the Crucible, an industrial arts center in Oakland, dance teacher Belva Stone instructs her students in the art of poi, an ancient fire dance first practiced by the Maori people of New Zealand. Swinging fiery balls on cords, students struggle to overcome their fears and spin fire.
Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, and Other Stories (#507H) Duration: 27:46 STEREO TVG
* Explore the relationship between jazz and the Japanese American internment with playwright Philip Kan Gotanda and A.C.T.
* See why choreographer and dance educator Janice Garrett is attracting the best local dancers and critical acclaim in the Bay Area dance scene.
* Meet Jess Curtis and his company Gravity as they work on "Under the Radar."
The Next Generation Speaks (#107) Duration: 25:44 STEREO TVG
Especially in these turbulent times, young people have a lot on their minds, as this episode demonstrates. We see how several innovative programs give young people powerful and eloquent ways to express themselves through the arts at venues such as the Youth Speaks Poetry Slam, the East Palo Alto Mural Art Project, and Oakland's Destiny Arts Center.