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The Arts on TV: Sister Wendy; Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett

September 8, 2011 |  6:00 am

Sister Wendy
“Grand Canyon Serenade” 8 p.m. Thursday KVCR: A visual tour of the Grand Canyon is set to classical music by Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Dvorak.

“Globe Trekker” 8 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Saturday KLCS; 9 p.m. Monday KCET: Amsterdam City Guide 2 : The Rijksmuseum boasts a collection of paintings by the Dutch Masters; Van Gogh Museum; Anne Frank House; Gay Parade.

“Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum” 9:30 p.m. Thursday KCET: Sister Wendy visits the art collection of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.

“Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again” 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Monday HBO: The pair reminisce about life and show business on stage at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.

“Vine Talk” 5 p.m. Saturday KLCS: Zeroing in on Zinfandels from California: Violinist Philippe Quint; chef Tim Love; actor Ron Darling.

“Inside” 6 p.m. Saturday KSCI: The Emperor's Treasure: Taiwan's National Palace Museum houses an art collection of more than 600,000 objects that gives a new perspective on China's cultural history.

“The Artist Toolbox” 8:30 p.m. Saturday KLCS: Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky: American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky discuss the rigors of being a professional dancer.

“Marina at West Point: Unity Through Diversity” 6 p.m. Sunday KOCE: Concert pianist and composer Marina Arsenijevic performs with the 120-member West Point Band and West Point Cadet Glee Club.

“Great Performances” 9 p.m. Sunday KOCE: A Concert for New York: The New York Philharmonic performs Mahler's Symphony No. 2 to honor the victims of Sept. 11. With Dorothea Röschmann, Michelle DeYoung and the New York Choral Artists.

“Jazz” Midnight Sunday KVCR: Gumbo (Beginnings-1917): New Orleans gives birth to jazz with Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden, Sidney Bechet, W.C. Handy, Original Dixieland Jazz Band. (Part 1 of 10)

“Jazz” 1:30 a.m. Sunday KVCR: The Gift (1917-1924): James Reese Europe takes early jazz to Europe; Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington begin their careers; Chicago becomes a music center. (Part 2 of 10)

“Ken Burns American Stories” 4:30 a.m. Sunday KVCR: Thomas Hart Benton: Filmmaker Ken Burns looks at the life of artist Thomas Hart Benton, leader of the Regionalist movement of the mid-20th century, which stressed the portrayal of America in works of art.

“Tavis Smiley” 11 p.m. Monday KOCE: Opera singer Jessye Norman.

“Jazz” Midnight, Monday KVCR: Our Language (1924-1928): Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington play in New York; Benny Goodman's early life; Bix Beiderbecke; Bessie Smith; Ethel Waters; Sidney Bechet. (Part 3 of 10)

“Jazz” 2 a.m. Monday KVCR: The True Welcome (1929-1935): Harlem dancers reminisce; Louis Armstrong begins singing on stage; Duke Ellington appears in films; John Hammond; Benny Goodman; Art Tatum. (Part 4 of 10)

“The Universe of Keith Haring” 8 a.m., Tuesday LOGO: An examination of the life and career of the artist depicts his black-outlined, brightly colored figures, which are pop-culture icons.

“Jazz” Midnight Tuesday KVCR: Swing: Pure Pleasure (1935-1937): Big-band swing dominates; Benny Goodman integrates his bands; the Savoy Ballroom attracts dancers, both black and white; Billie Holiday. (Part 5 of 10)

“Jazz” 1:30 a.m. Tuesday KVCR: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939): Coleman Hawkins; Lester Young; Count Basie; Mary Lou Williams; Ella Fitzgerald; jazz at Carnegie Hall. (Part 6 of 10)

“America's Got Talent” 8 p.m. Wednesday NBC: (Season finale) Nick Cannon reveals the winner of the million dollar prize and a headline show in Las Vegas; Jackie Evancho performs; Tony Bennett and Queen Latifah perform; a performance by the Cirque du Soleil troupe.

“Jazz” Midnight Wednesday KVCR: Dedicated to Chaos (1940-1945): Swing dominates the World War II era, but bebop approaches, as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Kenny Clarke and Thelonious Monk experiment. (Part 7 of 10)

“Jazz” 2 a.m. Wednesday KVCR: Risk (1945-1955): Jazz begins to fragment after World War II; big bands suffer; Charlie Parker dies; the “cool” sound emerges; Miles Davis and Gil Evans collaborate. (Part 8 of 10)

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: KCET