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INDEPENDENT LENS
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

 

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot’s documentary about the creator of Tales of the City also gets by with some help from the author’s friends — including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan — along with Maupin himself to offer a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of ‘70s San Francisco to the frontlines of America’s ongoing culture war.

 

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

 

Explore the history of the Fab Four, from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966. The film, by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, reveals how the foursome united to become the global phenomenon that was The Beatles.

 

This Land Is Your Land

 

Take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. Hosted by the Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins, this program features The Brothers Four, Glenn Yarbrough, The Highwaymen, The Limeliters, Randy Sparks and The Minstrels, and Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.

 

Kaneko’s Monumental Risk

 

This documentary explores the life and work of Japanese-American sculptor and artist Jun Kaneko. Kaneko is known for building the largest ceramic art pieces in the world, with some towering more than 13 feet without any interior support. Over the course of his 50-year career, Kaneko has created massive public art installations in plazas, gardens, airports, city parks and convention centers. The film follows Kaneko working around the world in places like San Francisco, Kyoto, New York, Nagoya, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta and his adopted hometown of Omaha. It also looks at the evolution of his work from painting in a realistic style to his abstract sculptures to his risky opera design with the San Francisco Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. The profile culminates with a look at the multi-million dollar creativity center he built in Omaha to encourage people to unleash our risk-taking and creative sides.

 

LUCKY CHOW
Bay Area’s Pacific Rim Cuisine

 

Meet Olivia Wu, designer of the original Asian restaurant concepts on the Google’s campus. Go behind-the-scenes at Google’s first sit-down restaurant, Baadal, where Chef Irfan Dama serves up biryani, an Indian rice dish. Then, meet two retired executives who, after careers in Silicon Valley, returned to their ancestral Japanese farming roots and constructed an indoor vertical farm.

 

MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING
San Francisco: David Barzelay and Brandon Jew

MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING: San Francisco: David Barzelay and Brandon Jew

 

Host Pete Evans visits Golden Gate Park in San Francisco with Chef David Barzelay and Chef Brandon Jew. The team forages for seaweed off Bodega Bay. For their meal, they prepare steamed halibut and bone marrow and aged cheddar cheese with credit.

 

LUCKY CHOW
Asian Food, American Dreams

 

LUCKY CHOW returns for a second season with host Danielle Chang, who explores Asian cuisine’s impact on American food culture, while discovering how deeply Asian culture is rooted in our everyday lives.

 

Asian Food, American Dreams
Danielle Chang talks to Asian American entrepreneurs about the secrets of their success: Lynda Trang Dai, once known as the “Vietnamese Madonna” and now the queen of banh mi sandwiches in Orange County’s Little Saigon; and Charles Phan, the ground-breaking chef of Slanted Door in San Francisco, which was named best restaurant in the country by the James Beard Foundation.

 

LUCKY CHOW
The New Indian

 

LUCKY CHOW returns for a second season with host Danielle Chang, who explores Asian cuisine’s impact on American food culture, while discovering how deeply Asian culture is rooted in our everyday lives.

 

The New Indian
Danielle Chang interviews a former financier who offers a light, healthy take on Indian classics; and a Silicon Valley engineer who got her start in the food business selling homemade chai by bicycle in the hills of San Francisco.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Summer of Love

 

In the summer of 1967, thousands of young people from across the country flocked to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to join in the hippie experience, only to discover that what they had come for was already disappearing. By 1968 the celebration of free love, music and an alternative lifestyle had descended into a maelstrom of drug abuse, broken dreams and occasional violence. Through interviews with a broad range of individuals who lived through the summer of love, as well as police officers walking the beat, teenage runaways who left home without looking back, non-hippie residents who resented the invasion of their community and scholars who still have difficulty interpreting the phenomenon – this presentation offers a complex portrait of the notorious event that many consider the peak of the 1960s counter-culture movement.

 

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