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Rebar members Matthew Passmore and John Bela wanted to preserve the cultural integrity of the 32-year-old Southern Exposure gallery; not through photographs or a painting, but by drilling out a chunk of the gallery's wall and canning it. Yes, canning it. Luckily, Spark made it just in time to visit the "encannery" process. Original air date: July 2006.
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Spark goes behind the scenes at the company's production of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, "Proof." Written by David Auburn, "Proof" opened the 2003-2004 TheatreWorks season and deals with the relationship between a mathematician and her mathematical genius of a father. Original air date: September 2003.
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Spark talks with teens in programs at the Destiny Arts Center. The center, which offers a range of classes including martial arts, modern dance, theater and leadership training, has been building self-esteem and confidence in youth since 1988. Original air date: May 2003.
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Nationally touring comedienne and actress Marga Gomez writes and performs solo shows based primarily on biographical material. Spark goes backstage with Gomez at The Marsh as she discusses her transitions between the worlds of stage comedy and Hollywood and workshops "Los Big Names," which is about her experience growing up in a show-business family. Original air date: April 2004.
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Spark checked out "Listening Post" on view at the San Jose Museum of Art from June 3 through November 26, 2006. Created by media artist Ben Rubin along with statistician Mark Hansen, "Listening Post" takes chat and messages from bulletin boards -- thousands and thousands of messages in real time -- and displays them on a suspended arc of 231 small text screens. Original air date: July 2006.
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Kathy Foley's scholarly pursuit of Southeast Asian puppetry has taken her through most of that region. She is currently writing a book on mask and puppet performance in Southeast Asia. Spark visits with Foley at the Asian Art Museum to get an expert look at their collection of Wayang Golek puppets from the Sundanese highlands. Original air date: June 2006.
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Spark features Deborah Slater in her element working in collaboration with multi-disciplinary performing artists who are known for their dancing, singing, and trapeze work. "Hotel of Memory - More Furniture Dances," was inspired by Erik Satie's "furniture music," which was meant to be nothing more than ambient sound. Original air date: May 2006.
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Composer and musician Stephen Kent has been playing the didgeridoo, a traditional aboriginal instrument, for more than 25 years. Spark takes a listen to his unique, contemporary style of execution influenced more by his travels than by a desire to continue within the Australian aboriginal musical tradition. Original air date: May 2006.
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Gregory Gavin is a visual artist with a social cause. His site specific project called "Riveropolis," was born out of his interest in bringing inner-city people together in a man-made environment reminiscent of nature. Spark visits Gavin and "Riveropolis" while in progress at the de Young Museum. Original air date: May 2006.
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Ala Ebtekar is a visual artist whose large-scale line drawings explore the contrasts and similarities between contemporary hip-hop culture and traditional Iranian culture. Spark caught up with Ebtekar as he created work for "Emergence" at the Richmond Art Center during the spring of 2006. Original air date: May 2006.
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If Felipe Dulzaides has his way, his art will make people question their everyday environments. Spark talks to him about his public art piece, "Double Take: A Billboard Project," a collaboration with New Langton Arts consisting of eight billboards that were installed throughout San Francisco over the course of a year from December 1, 2004 to December 31, 2005. Original air date: April 2006.
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If fond memories of your childhood include a brightly colored xylophone, plastic saxophone or Fraggle Rock drum kit, then you'd probably enjoy Toychestra. The group began as a one-off performance in 1996 for a women's music festival at Hotel Utah, when they decided to abandon their regular instruments and play only toys. Spark takes a listen. Original air date: April 2006.
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The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is the newest addition to the collection of museums in the Yerba Buena arts district, surrounded by SFMOMA, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, and the future sites of the Jewish and Mexican museums. Spark checks out MoAD and talks to Lizzetta Lefalle-Collins. Original air date: April 2006.
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Artists have long been concerned with capturing the spirit of the cities they live in. Liz Hickok is no exception. In her "San Francisco in Jell-O" sculpture series, she has crafted jiggling and jewel-colored landscapes out of one of America's favorite desserts. Spark caught up with her working on her creations. Original air date: April 2006.
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As the host for the Dancer/Musician Improv Extravaganza at the Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab in San Francisco, Kara Davis creates an atmosphere where dancers and musicians can share their talents with each other and the audience. Spark visited Davis at the Dance Lab to see the outcome of her experiment. Original air date: March 2006.