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The Arts on TV: Hugh Laurie; 'Black Swan'; Alan Menken

September 29, 2011 |  1:30 pm

Hugh Laurie

 “Forever Plaid” -- 9 p.m. Friday,  4 p.m. Sunday,  KVCR: The off-Broadway musical revue centers on four young male singers killed in a car crash on the way to their first major show; narrator David Hyde Pierce.

“Great Performances” -- 9 p.m. Friday, KOCE: "Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk -- A Celebration of New Orleans Blues."  Actor Hugh Laurie performs New Orleans blues and jazz with Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas and Tom Jones.  

“Humanities Through the Arts” -- 1 a.m. Friday, 1 a.m. Saturday,  KOCE: "Music: Age-Old Search for Meaning."

“Theater Talk” -- 1:30 a.m. Friday, 1:30 a.m. Saturday,  KVCR; 6 p.m. Sunday, KLCS: Composer Alan Menken. (Part 1 of 2)
“Grand Canyon Serenade” -- 2 a.m. Friday, 2 a.m. Saturday,  KOCE: A visual tour of the Grand Canyon is set to classical music by Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Dvorak.
“The Artist Toolbox” -- 8:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: Jason Alexander discusses the process of acting and building a character, and his work as artistic director of the Reprise Theatre Co. in Los Angeles.

“Globe Trekker” -- 9 p.m. Saturday, KVCR: "Amsterdam City Guide 2" -- The Rijksmuseum boasts a collection of paintings by the Dutch Masters; Van Gogh museum; Anne Frank house; gay parade.

"Black Swan” (2010) -- 10 p.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. Sunday,  10 p.m. Monday and 10 p.m. Wednesday, Cinemax (R): Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis. Driven to succeed at any cost, a young ballerina forges an unusual relationship with a newcomer who threatens to usurp her position in their dance troupe.

“Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy” -- 10:30 p.m. Saturday, KOCE: The singer's performance pays tribute to Frank Sinatra.
“Dudu Fisher: In Concert From Israel” -- 2 p.m. Sunday, KVCR: Singer Dudu Fisher performs Broadway tunes and Israeli songs.
“My Generation” -- 10 p.m., Monday KLCS: What Matters Most: Opera singer Denyce Graves; going to the movies; Cheech Marin.

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” -- 11:35 p.m. Monday, NBC: Lineup includes a performance from Cirque du Soleil's production “Iris.”

“Made” -- Noon Tuesday, MTV: A tall girl wants to gain confidence by becoming a ballerina.

“American Masters” -- 9 p.m. Tuesday, KVCR: "Good ol' Charles Schulz": The Peanuts characters represent facets of cartoonist Charles Schulz's personality as well as his perspectives on the 20th century.

“2501 Migrants: A Journey” -- 9 p.m. Tuesday, KLCS: Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago creates 2,501 life-size clay sculptures, with each statue symbolizing migrants who left their native homes.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: Hugh Laurie. Credit: Michael Wilson