A sampling of fine arts on television for the week of March 23-29

March 22
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A sampling of fine arts on television for the week of March 23-29

Sunday, March 23
HBO2,
6:40-7:15 a.m.
“Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers” explores the work of Pete Eckert, Bruce Hall and Henry Butler, three blind artists drawn to photography.
C-SPAN2, 10:45-noon Moscow-based journalist Masha Gessen discusses her book profiling the art collective Pussy Riot, “Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot.”
C-SPAN3,
11 a.m.-noon
“Martin Luther King Jr. Interview by Robert Penn Warren” presents an interview between the civil rights leader and the poet and novelist from March 18, 1964, conducted as part of Warren’s research for his book, “Who Speaks for the Negro?”
MPT2,
noon-
12:30 p.m.
“Artworks” explores the physics of the Grande Jete ballet’s creative leap, gemstone jewelry, the art of wine and Steve Martin’s banjo career.
Smithsonian Channel,
noon-1 p.m.
“Museum Secrets Revealed: London” visits the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
Fox,
8-8:30 p.m.
After Lisa’s new pet guinea pig destroys the living room art on an episode of “The Simpsons,” Marge picks up a painting at a yard sale found to be the valuable work of a famous early 20th-century painter.
MPT,
9-11 p.m.
“Masterpiece Contemporary: Page Eight” presents playwright David Hare’s contemporary spy thriller starring Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz.
Monday, March 24
WETA,
8-9 p.m.
In the conclusion of the Baton Rouge visit, “Antiques Roadshow” appraises an early 19th-century work table, a collection of Civil War Confederate letters and a circa-1935 Porfirio Salinas oil painting.
Tuesday, March 25
Smithsonian, 8-9 p.m. “Museum Secrets Revealed: Tunisia” visits the Bardo Museum, containing thousands of artifacts from local excavations dating from the Carthaginian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods.
WETA,
8-10 p.m.
“The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama,” a five-part history, opens 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their book, the Hebrew Bible, and follows them through the medieval era under the rule of Christianity and Islam.
Thursday, March 27
MPT,
8:30-9 p.m.
“Artworks” visits aerial dancers, a fashion designer who creates wearable art and a potter who combines function and art.
WHUT,
9-10:30 p.m.
On “Jazz and the Philharmonic,” jazz and classical artists combine to perform iconic compositions at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.
Friday, March 28
WETA,
9:30-10 p.m.
“WETA Arts” follows a visit by the National Symphony Orchestra to a school on Capitol Hill, talks with two artists who re-create their grandmother’s 1960s living room and a stone carver who worked on the National Gallery of Art and explores the true story behind the film “The Monuments Men.”
WETA
and MPT,
10-11 p.m.
On “Live From Lincoln Center—Patina Miller in Concert,” the Tony Award winner presents a mix of show tunes and classic R&B.
Saturday, March 29
WHUT,
10-11 a.m.
“A Reason to Dance” follows the efforts of Ballet Afrique founder China Smith to spread awareness of the African diaspora through contemporary dance.

— Christian Hettinger

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