Fine arts TV guide

September 15, 2012
On TV

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

Sunday, Sept. 16
C-SPAN3 at 10 a.m. American History TV spends the day at Antietam National Battlefield covering the “150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.” At 10 a.m., historians Brooks Simpson and Mark Grimsley lead a recorded tour of the battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md. Live coverage from the battlefield begins at noon and continues until 8:30 p.m. with historians and authors including Dwight Pitcaithley, Kathleen Ernst, Edna Greene Medford, Mark Neely, Harold Holzer and James McPherson.
MPT2 at 11 a.m. “Invitation to World Literature” covers Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things,” about two fraternal twins in India, with Simon Gikandi of Princeton University and author Evelyn Ch’ien.
C-SPAN2 at 6 p.m. On “Antietam National Battlefield Tour,” Civil War scholar Gary Gallagher visits Antietam National Battlefield with high school history teachers from Taos, N.M.
MPT at 6:30 p.m. “Alfie Boe: Live From the Royal Festival Hall, London” presents a performance from the tenor who starred in the 25th-anniversary staging of “Les Miserables.”
WHUT at 7 p.m. “Theater Talk” discusses “Spider-Man” with actors Patrick Page, Isabel Keating and Michael Mulheren.
WETA and MPT at 8 p.m. On Part 2 of the three-part documentary series “Broadway or Bust,” the high school musical performers endure a learn-by-immersion “boot camp” of rehearsals and coaching sessions leading up to their auditions.
WHUT at 11 p.m. “Eternal Cuba With Enrique Chia” presents a performance by the pianist.
Monday, Sept. 17
WETA and MPT at 8 p.m. “Antiques Roadshow” visits Salt Lake City, finding a Utah landscape by artist Birger Sandzen and a quilt depicting scenes from Mormon history.
WETA and MPT at 9 p.m. “Market Warriors” goes to the Springfield Extravaganza, one of the largest antiques shows in Ohio, where Miller, John, Bob and Kevin come across a Salvador Dali lithograph, chairs made from skis and a Jazzboy Jim toy.
WETA at 10 p.m. “Tales From a Ghetto Clown” follows actor and playwright John Leguizamo in his efforts to mount his one-man show, “Ghetto Klown,” on Broadway and in his native Colombia.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
WETA and MPT at 8 p.m. “American Experience: Death and the Civil War,” a documentary from Ric Burns based on Drew Gilpin Faust’s “This Republic of Suffering,” explores the estimated death toll of 750,000 people during the Civil War.
Thursday, Sept. 20
WHUT at 8 p.m. The documentary “Toda Una Vida: Cuban Masterworks — Albita” goes into the studio with Havana-born songstress Albita Rodríguez, who discusses her influences and musical philosophy.
Friday, Sept. 21
WETA at 9 p.m. and MPT at 10 p.m. “From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts” presents the opening-night concert at the new performing arts center in Las Vegas, with performances by Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Joshua Bell, Mavis Staples, Merle Haggard, Pat Monahan, John Fogerty, Carole King, a company of Broadway stars including Brian Stokes Mitchell, and American Ballet Theatre dancers Marcello Gomes and Luciana Paris.
Saturday, Sept. 22
C-SPAN3 at 2 p.m. “Q&A With Carol Highsmith” talks to the photographer about her current project to photograph each state in the country and her earlier project to photograph the entire Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.

— Christian Hettinger

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