A sampling of fine arts on television for the week of March 16-22

March 15, 2014
On TV

A sampling of fine arts on television for the week of March 16-22

Sunday, March 16
C-SPAN2, 10:45 a.m.-noon “BookTV in Tallahassee, Fla.” visits literary sites in the city and interviews authors David Ikard and Martell Teasley, David Jackson and Christopher Daniels.
MPT2, noon-12:30 p.m. “Artworks” profiles aerial dancers, a designer who creates wearable art and a potter who combines function and art.
Smithsonian, noon-1 p.m. “Museum Secrets Revealed: Uffizi Gallery, Florence” tours the works of the Renaissance masters and explores the mafia of the 15th century, an artist’s path to insanity and Hitler’s soft spot for art.
WETA,
3:30-5 p.m.
“Oscar Hammerstein II: Out of My Dreams” profiles the lyricist-librettist known for “Show Boat,” “Carousel” and “South Pacific,” with remarks from Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Shirley Jones and Mitzi Gaynor.
Ovation,
7:30-8 p.m.
“The Art of: Comics” looks at a political cartoonist whose work explores Latino culture, a comics publisher and Marvel and Pow! Entertainment’s Stan Lee.
WETA,
11 p.m.-1 a.m.
“Celtic Thunder Mythology” presents a performance by the Irish singing group at the Helix Theater in Dublin.
Monday, March 17
ABC, 8-10 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” returns for Season 18 with Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff, Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas, Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke, Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov, Amy Purdy & Derek Hough, Cody Simpson & Witney Carsonk, Charlie White & Sharna Burgess and Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater.
Smithsonian, 9-10 p.m. “Museum Secrets Revealed: London” visits the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, a district of London known for its maritime history.
Thursday, March 20
WHUT, 8-9 p.m. The documentary “Extreme By Design” follows students at Stanford University’s Institute of Design who develop products to meet the needs of people in developing countries.
MPT,
8-8:30 p.m.
“Chesapeake Collectibles” appraises a page from a Buddhist Sutra, a painting by Charles Towne, an Art Deco clock, a Smith & Wesson revolver, carved canes and a Civil War diary.
MPT,
8:30-9 p.m.
“Artworks” explores disaster art, the craft of forging and design in the age of optimism.
WETA,
9:30-11 p.m.
“Great Performances — Pavorotti: A Voice for the Ages” presents highlights from the career of Luciano Pavorotti, including “Nessun dorma” and arias from “La Boheme,” “Rigoletto” and “Aida.”
Saturday, March 22
Smithsonian, 9-10 a.m. “Secrets: The Sphinx” delves into the mysteries surrounding the Egyptian statue with a team of international investigators.
HBO,
10-11:45 p.m.
“John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown,” taped last November at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, presents Leguizamo’s one-man show beginning with childhood memories and continuing through his acting career and feelings of self-doubt, negativity and depression.

— Christian Hettinger

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