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.
The New American Landscape (#403) Duration: 28:11 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 23, 2014 -- 1:30am
Think Globally (#404) Duration: 28:02 STEREO TVG
With an eye on global influence, Spark meets artists who take creative cues from tradition, history and cultural intersections.
* Follow two groups as they compete for a chance to perform in this year's Ethnic Dance Festival.
* Wanderlust photographer Lisa Kristine focuses on the world's myriad indigenous populations.
*Filipino artist Michael Arcega uses history (and Manila paper) as source material to critique and comment.
* San Francisco's newest art and cultural institution, the Museum of the African Diaspora, enlightens viewers with exhibitions centered on the African American experience.
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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.
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Amy X Neuburg, Shuji Ikeda , Stanlee Gatti (#502H) Duration: 26:47 STEREO TVG
* Listen as avant-garde songstress Amy X Neuburg creates a new song cycle with her Cello Chixtet.
* Learn patience from ceramicist Shuji Ikeda who fires his woven clay baskets in a kiln that must burn for seven days.
* And then meet designer Stanlee Gatti as he creates a floral masterpiece at the Conservatory of Flowers.
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."
Chitresh Das Dance Company, Mark Jackson, Midori (#509H) Duration: 27:51 STEREO TVG
* Learn kathak, an ancient Indian dance form, from master Pandit Chitresh Das.
* Go behind the scenes with director and playwright Mark Jackson on his production of "American $uicide."
* Meet violinist Midori for a one- night appearance at San Francisco Performances.