The Arts on TV: Eric Clapton; Jackie Evancho; Clint Eastwood; Tommy Emmanuel
“Movie: A Year Ago in Winter” ** (2008) 8 p.m., Thursday Sundance: Karoline Herfurth, Josef Bierbichler. An artist befriends a troubled dancer while painting her portrait for her grieving mother.
“Video Games Live” 1 a.m., Thu/Fri KVCR: The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and a 34-member chorus perform video game music.
“Rick Steves' Europe” 5:30 a.m., Thu/Fri; 7 p.m., Friday KCET: Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Crème Brulée -- Eiffel Tower; Orsay Gallery; French cuisine; Parisian history.
“Movie: Puccini for Beginners” ** (2006) 11 a.m., Friday LOGO: Elizabeth Reaser, Justin Kirk. An opera-loving writer gets caught up in a bisexual love triangle with a professor and the woman he dumped to be with her.
“Great Performances” Midnight, Friday; 2:30 and 8 p.m., Saturday KVCR: Vivere: Andrea Bocelli Live in Tuscany -- Andrea Bocelli performs greatest hits and new songs; special guests Chris Botti, Heather Headley, Kenny G., David Foster, Lang Lang and Sarah Brightman.
“Painting the Wyland Way: Live in Studio” 4:30 p.m., Saturday KVCR: The artist journeys into the world of a dolphin as seen through a diver's eyes.
“Gospel Music Presents: Great Performances” 5 p.m., Saturday KCAL: Performances from Michelle Williams, VaShawn Mitchell, Ami Rushes, Lucinda Moore, the Rance Allen Group featuring Shirley Caesar, Deitrick Haddon featuring Rock Nation, Joe Pace featuring Tonya Baker and Ted Winn.
“Great Performances” 10 p.m., Saturday KOCE; 3 p.m., Sunday KOCE: Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3 -- Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival includes performances by Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark Jr., Keb' Mo' and Buddy Guy, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, the John Mayer Trio, Doyle Bramhall II and Jeff Beck.
“Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations” 10:30 p.m., Saturday KLCS: Robert Bruno's Steel House; artist Bobby Peiser; Cascada de Piedra Pinta.
“Great Performances” 8 p.m., Sunday KOCE: Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me in Concert -- Jackie Evancho's solo concert supports her first full-length album, “Dream With Me.”
“American Masters” 9 p.m., Sunday KCET: Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows -- Filmmaker Bruce Ricker chronicles the career of Clint Eastwood from early B-movie cameos to major feature films.
“The Artist Toolbox” 9 p.m., Sunday KLCS: Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen has designed more than 400 private houses.
“Great Performances” 8 p.m., Monday KVCR: Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me in Concert -- Jackie Evancho's solo concert supports her first full-length album, “Dream With Me.”
“Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way” 9 p.m., Tuesday KCET; 5 p.m., Wednesday TCM: The life and work of the jazz musician includes his composition “Cannery Row Suite.”
“Movie: Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” *** (1988) 6:30 p.m., Wednesday TCM: (PG-13) Jimmy Cleveland, Harry Colomby. Filmmaker Charlotte Zwerin profiles the jazz pianist with interviews and with footage mostly from the 1967-68 period.
“Between the Lines With Barry Kibrick” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday KLCS: Film and television composer Charles Fox discusses his memoir, “Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music.”
“Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall” 8:15 p.m., Wednesday TCM: The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, featuring Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Hank Jones, T.S. Monk Jr. and Slide Hampton, joins jazz lover Clint Eastwood for a concert performance.
“Tommy Emmanuel and Friends: Live From the Balboa Theatre” 9:30 p.m., Wednesday KOCE: Guitarist Emmanuel performs with Pam Rose, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo.
“Movie: Bird” *** (1988) 10:15 p.m., Wednesday TCM: (R) Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora. Jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker lives fast and self-destructs, dead at 34 in 1955.
-- Compiled by Ed Stockly
Photo: Clint Eastwood. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times