On TV

March 16, 2013
On TV

A sampling of fine arts on television for the week of March 17-23

Sunday, March 17
HBO, 10 to 10:30 a.m. On “John Guare: A YoungArts Masterclass,” three student writers join playwright John Guare in Rome for a workshop and stroll through ancient ruins.
C-SPAN2, 11 a.m. to noon “Book TV in Alexandria, Virginia” tours literary sites and interviews authors from the city, including Michael Lee Pope, Amy Bertsch and Denver Brunsman.
MPT2, 11 to 11:30 a.m. “Invitation to World Literature” examines Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things,” about fraternal twins in India, with Simon Gikandi of Princeton University and author Evelyn Ch’ien.
MPT2, noon to 12:30 p.m. “Artworks” talks with a Japanese illustrator, a photographer of the American West and a beatbox artist.
C-SPAN3, 1:40 to 3 p.m. “New York City’s Grand Central Terminal” attends a talk by architectural historian Barry Lewis at the New York Historical Society about the history and construction of the midtown-Manhattan rail station in the early 20th century.
WHUT, 8 to 9:30 p.m. On “Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming,” female ensemble Cherish the Ladies hosts performances of traditional Irish music and dancing.
WETA from 9 to 10:30 p.m. “The Appalachians” presents a cultural overview of the region, documenting its unique legacy, character, arts and culture.
Wednesday, MARCH 20
MPT at 10 to 11 p.m. “Extraordinary Women: Josephine Baker” profiles the entertainer who escaped poverty and racial prejudice in East St. Louis, Ill., to perform her “Banana Dance” in New York and at the Folies-Bergere in Paris.
Thursday, March 21
Smithsonian Channel, from 8:30 to 9 p.m. “Stories From the Vaults: Let’s Eat!” explores Native American dishes and the origin of the coffee break at the National Museum of American History and visits the National Museum of Dentistry to learn how food affects our teeth.
Friday, MARCH 22
WHUT, 8 to 9:30 p.m. “Oscar Hammerstein II: Out of My Dreams” profiles the lyricist and librettist whose work includes “Show Boat” and “Carousel.”
MPT, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Great Performances at the Met: Otello” presents a performance of Verdi’s opera conducted by Semyon Bychkov, with Renee Fleming as Desdemona and Johan Botha as Otello.
Saturday, MARCH 23
Smithsonian, 8 to 9 a.m. “The Genius of Design: Designs for Living” revisits the debates of the 1920s and ’30s over domestic design and the modernist home.
MPT, 2 to 6 p.m.; WHUT, 8 p.m. to midnight “Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2” airs a 2010 staging of the musical’s West End opening, starring Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Nick Jonas as Marius, Norm Lewis as Javert, Matt Lucas as Thenardier and Lea Salonga as Fantine.

— Christian Hettinger

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