SPARK

Wil Blades: Music (Jazz)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, jam with Wil Blades, the hippest organ player in the Bay Area. Blades is at the top of the local music scene as a Hammond B3 organ player. The B3 is that big warm sultry, funky tone that provided the groove to many of the 1960s and 1970s R&B recordings. The B3 is experiencing a revival today, particularly among jazz saxophonists who find it a nice complement to a trio.

Visual Arts: Li Huayi (Chinese Landscape Painting) | Spark

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How did creating propaganda posters influence Li Huayi's work? In this thoughtful interview, listen to the artist describe the similarities between Eastern and Western art and how abstract impressionism has impacted his own practice. Original air date: January 2010

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John Held Jr.: Mail Art

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, tour John Held Jr's expansive collection of mail art, one of the most extensive in the world. For more than 25 years, Held has been collecting art sent to him through the mail, and the collection amounts to well over 30,000 pieces. He has since donated part of his collection to various art institutions, including New York's Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Foundation and the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, but Held still keeps much of his collection of correspondences.

Dance: Margaret Jenkins | Spark

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow Margaret Jenkins from rehearsing Danger Orange in San Francisco to conducting dance workshops and sharing ideas on choreography with the Chinese Contemporary Dance Company in Beijing.

Thai Bui: Visual Arts

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, visit with Vietnamese born Thai Bui as he creates works that reflect the pressures of working as an artist in a foreign culture. Bui makes haunting works of art that speak to a sense of displacement and longing that has characterized the artist's own turbulent life. Bui's extraordinary objects combine references to his experiences in both the United States and Vietnam, simultaneously communicating a witty humor and penetrating sense of loss.

Visual Arts: Julie Chen (Book Art) | Spark

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, watch Julie Chen stretch the definition of bookmaking and book art with her awe-inspiring paper sculptures. Chen is a groundbreaking innovator in this growing field, producing works that combine original poetry, letter press and three-dimensional paper techniques to stunning effect. Original air date: March 2004.

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Kid Beyond: Beatboxing

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Kid Beyond is a one-person band -- using his mouth as his only musical instrument. He can produce the sounds of instruments, hip hop loops, techno beats, turntable scratches and synthesizers. Get into the rhythm with him in this Spark video from KQED.

New Media: Ken Goldberg | Spark

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Ken Goldberg, a conceptual artist and professor of industrial engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He combines his skill in robotics and fascination with the social behavior of online communities to conduct whimsical experiments in which strangers use the Internet to jointly control and monitor real-life events and activities. Goldberg is considered a pioneer in the growing genre of Internet art.

Asian Art Museum Opening

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Go back in time for the opening of Asian Art Museum with this Spark video produced by KQED. In 1959, a wealthy benefactor donated thousands of art pieces to San Francisco. Over forty years in the making, the Museum finally opened in 2003.

Kramlich's Art Collection

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With more than 200 pieces, Richard and Pamela Kramlich have one of the world's largest private collections of video and new media arts. Get a rare insider's look at what it takes to acquire, preserve, and display this challenging contemporary art form. Plus, tour the Kramlich home and comb the city for new works with their private curator.

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