Spark! Previous Broadcasts

A Few Good Stories (Episode #416)

KQED 9: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Spark gets an insider's look at the intricate process of creation and the discovery of one's voice.
* Experience Jaime Guerrero working at the Bay Area Glass Institute as he and other glass artists coordinate their movements in order to create his detailed pieces. < br />* Lauren Yee and the high school students of the Young Playwrights Festival show us the maturity and talent of first-time playwrights as they see their theatrical creations put into performance.
* The memories of Iranian-Americans are preserved in Taraneh Hemami's work as she prepares for ZeroOne in San Jose.
* Finally, Rebar Encanment project reminds us that a little humor can help in a time of transition as Southern Exposure revamps their gallery space.

Home Sweet Home (Episode #412)

KQED 9: Tue, Apr 23, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Musical Instruments (Episode #409)

KQED 9: Tue, Apr 16, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Experimenting (Episode #407)

KQED 9: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Artistic boundaries are redefined through experimentation.
* Follow contemporary experimental dance troupe Kunst-Stoff as they attempt to understand sightlessness in a new piece that keeps changing up to the last minute.
* John Chiara takes photograph to an interesting limit by using a large-scale camera that has to be towed to and from locations.
* Legendary sound duo Matmos are creating a new work for the LA Museum of Natural History.
* Then, Ala Ebtekar explores identity by blending hip-hop imagery with Iranian images.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Apr 12, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Apr 10, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

The New American Landscape (Episode #403)

KQED 9: Tue, Apr 2, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Spark meets artists who've become part of the long tradition of artists who have made landscape their subject, but with a contemporary twist.
* Encounter the small-scale, yet familiar, buildings of Tracey Snelling's process-driven sculptures.
* Paul Madonna hits the streets looking for cityscape inspiration of which to draw for his weekly San Francisco Chronicle comic, "All Over Coffee."
* Camp out with photographer Trevor Paglen as he surveys the desert's hidden elements.
* See San Francisco as you've never seen it before: as a jiggling kaleidoscope of Jell-O in sculptures molded by Liz Hickok.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Apr 8, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Apr 5, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Apr 3, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
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