A sampling of fine arts on television for the week of March 30-April 5

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A sampling of fine arts on television for the week of March 30-April 5

Sunday, March 30
C-SPAN3, 6-6:30 a.m. “American Artifacts: Gilded Age New York” visits the Museum of the City of New York to see paintings, jewelry, gowns and decorative art used by the wealthiest New Yorkers.
Smithsonian Channel, 7-8 a.m. “Play On, John: A Life in Music” looks at the work of the artist John Cohen and his influence on American folk music, including his possible inspiration for the Grateful Dead song, “Uncle John’s Band.”
WHUT, 1:30-2 p.m. “Well Read” discusses Paul Harding’s “Enon,” about a grieving father attempting to come to terms with his daughter’s death.
C-SPAN3, 4:30-6 p.m. On “The Presidency: Mount Vernon Design,” the art historian Joseph Manca talks about George Washington, the gentleman designer—and how the grounds and architecture at Mount Vernon reflect the independence and ideals of America.
WHUT, 5-6 p.m. “Extreme by Design” profiles students at Stanford University’s Institute of Design who develop products to meet the needs of impoverished people in developing countries.
Ovation, 7:30-8 p.m. “Best of the Art Of” looks at artists in costume design, tattoo and animation.
Monday, March 31
WETA and MPT, 8-9 p.m. In Part 1 of a Kansas City visit, “Antiques Roadshow” appraises a badge made by fine jeweler Mermod & Jaccard, a 1796 Chinese bronze censer and a pristine 1965 Roy Lichtenstein screen print.
WETA, 9-10 p.m. Part 2 of an “Antiques Roadshow” stop in Atlanta features a 1939 copy of “Gone with the Wind” signed by Margaret Mitchell, an 1875 Persian turquoise-diamond bracelet and a circa-1930 painting by Mary Elizabeth Price.
Tuesday, April 1
Smithsonian, 8-9 p.m. “Museum Secrets Revealed: Chateau of Versailles” visits the palace once occupied by French monarchs on the outskirts of Paris, now a museum containing artifacts representing revolutionaries and royalty.
Wednesday, April 2
WHUT, 8-9 p.m. “Wendy Whelan: Moments of Grace” profiles the ballerina Wendy Whelan, a Kentucky native who’s been a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet since 1991.
MPT, 10-11:30 p.m. “Anthem” looks at Francis Scott Key’s creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the role of music and patriotism during the War of 1812.
Thursday, April 3
MPT, 8:30-9 p.m. “Artworks” explores the physics of Grande Jete ballet’s creative leap, gemstone jewelry and the art of choosing a vintage fine wine.
MPT2, midnight-12:30 a.m. On “Theater Talk,” playwright and Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout and actor John Douglas Thompson discuss Teachout’s new play “Satchmo at The Waldorf,” about the last years of jazz legend Louis Armstrong.
Friday, April 4
WETA, 9:30- 10:30 p.m. On “Live From Lincoln Center—James Naughton: The Songs of Randy Newman” the Tony Award winner presents performances by singer-songwriter Randy Newman in a concert from the Lincoln Center’s Allen Room.

— Christian Hettinger

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