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Nagle, Sano, and Birk (#702H) Duration: 27:59 STEREO TVG

* Spark looks at the legacy of modern dance pioneer and San Francisco native Isadora Duncan, whose radical ideas about the art form changed the way the world perceived dance. One of her biggest fans is Mary Sano, who came to the Bay Area from her native Japan to dedicate her life to the preservation of Duncan's work.
* Next, ever wondered what ceramics has in common with rock and roll? You might want to ask Ron Nagle, whose been making both for more than 30 years.
* Then, visual artist Sandow Birk takes puppetry to a whole new level in his filmic adaptation of Dante's epic "The Divine Comedy".

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Saxophonist Howard Wiley, Weaver Adela Akers, and other stories (#506H) Duration: 27:16 STEREO TVG

Saxophonist Howard Wiley explores the tradition of spiritual music found at a plantation prison in the deep south, and other stories.

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Leaders (#123) Duration: 25:58 STEREO TVG

To be an artist is one thing. But to lead groups of other artists is a fine art in and of itself. Spark gets an inside look into the hectic and enriching lives of 3 extraordinary arts administrators.
* Michael Morgan: During his thirteen-year tenure as music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Michael Morgan has led an impressive turnabout of a once-troubled orchestra and inspired a broad revitalization of the musical landscape in the East Bay. From middle school visits and young musician tutorials to symphony and opera rehearsals, Spark tries to keep up with Michael Morgan and his busy schedule.
* Brenda Way: With more than 70 modern dance pieces to her name, Brenda Way has earned a reputation as one of the most important women choreographers of her time. In the three decades since she founded the Oberlin Dance Company, she's managed to inspire her dancers and staff to work harder and accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible. We'll see this tough taskmaster at work as she directs her dancers through the rehearsal of Noir, her latest collaboration with composer Jay Cloidt. Then we'll see how Brenda's strong vision and a knack for spotting new talent play out as 18 hopeful dancers try out for just 3 slots in her company.
* Robert Kelley: A Bay Area native and graduate of Stanford University, Robert Kelley founded Palo Alto's TheatreWorks in 1970 and has been its Artistic Director ever since. He has directed over 100 TheatreWorks productions, including 32 world or regional premieres. Spark watches as Robert Kelley directs the last dress rehearsal of TheatreWorks season opener: David Auburn's Tony award-winning play, Proof.

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A Sly View (#405) Duration: 28:15 STEREO TVG

Spark visits with artists who use humor and wit to engage, intrigue and expand the frontiers of creativity.
* Keith Knight draws from experience as a cartoonist and finds time to hit the stage to front a hip hop band.
* Electronic sculpture artist Andrew Kleindolph constructs machines that defy logic or function for the sake of building something that might not have existed otherwise.
* Improv group 3 For All can be found "on a stage with no rules," watch as they perform without scripts, format, or preconceptions.
* And rendezvous with Toychestra, an all-woman ensemble who jam out with a wide array of children's toys and instruments.

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West Oakland (#415) Duration: 28:39 STEREO TVG

Not everyone knows West Oakland to be an artists' community, but this episode tells the stories of artists who call this area of the East Bay their home.
* Critically acclaimed modernist sculptor Bruce Beasley not only shows us the creation process behind his awe-inspiring sculptures but also discusses area development.
* Despite a lack of funding for school arts programs, high school students who take part in BUMP, the Bay Unity Music Project, are learning about music production from hip-hop professionals.
* John Abduljaami introduces us to his work and regales us with stories about his woodcarvings.
* Finally, tag artist (C)rude leaves political, African-inspired artwork around West Oakland public spaces.

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Thiebaud, Teng, and Garrett (#701H) Duration: 27:43 STEREO TVG

* Spark kicks off its seventh season with a look at the life and work of one of the country's greatest living painters; Wayne Thiebaud. His iconic still lifes pay homage to America's favorite foods, and his insights into the theory of painting have influenced generations of students.
* Next, spend some time with singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, who left a career in Silicon Valley to pursue her dream of making music. In San Francisco for a homecoming concert, Teng plays the "chamber-folk" music that propelled her to fame.
* Then, modern dance choreographer Janice Garrett creates a revealing new work for her company's 5th anniversary season.

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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.

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Kitka, May, Arts and the Economy (#707H) Duration: 28:07 STEREO TVG

* For 30 years, the all-female vocal group Kitka has performed music rooted in Eastern European musical traditions. In a recent trip to rural Ukraine, they studied Slavic folk songs that previously only existed in the memories of the old women who live there. Spark joins Kitka as they rehearse and perform a new performance based on the songs and stories that were passed down to them.
* Next, the mixed-media work of Santa Cruz artist Victoria May is inspired by the intricate process of custom dress-making. A former seamstress by trade, May now makes sculptural textile pieces that blend traditional hand sewing techniques with evocative and unexpected materials.
* Then, in a special collaboration with PBS' The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, we investigate how the current economy is affecting artists in the Bay Area. How are they coping with the economic downturn? Some scholars and activists think hope lies in government support. What can we learn from the historic WPA programs that provided employment for 8.5 Million Americans during the 1930's?

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