Arts on TV: 'Il Postino,' Angel City Jazz, 'Hamlet'
“Great Performances” 7 p.m. Thursday, KOCE; 8 p.m. Thursday, KVCR; 7 p.m. Saturday KOCE: "Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas": David Foster joins Andrea Bocelli for a performance of seasonal favorites; guests include Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, Katherine Jenkins, the Muppets and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
“Great Performances” 9 p.m. Thursday, KOCE; 5:30 p.m. Saturday, KOCE; 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.”
“Great Performances” 10 p.m. Thursday, KVCR: "The Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends": Grammy-winning composer David Foster performs with special guests at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
“Orchestra Kids 2011” 10:30 p.m. Thursday, KCET; 4:30 p.m. Saturday, KCET: Behind the scenes with the All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra as it prepares for its annual concert in renowned Schoenberg Concert Hall in UCLA.
“Movie: Shall We Dance” (1937) Midnight Thursday, TCM: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. Ballet dancer Petrov woos a musical star at sea and in New York, despite rumors of their marriage.
“Great Performances Il Postino From L.A. Opera” 9 p.m. Friday, KOCE: Plácido Domingo performs in the L.A. Opera production of the romantic opera by composer Daniel Catán.
“The Artist Toolbox” 8:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: Massimo & Lella Vignelli: Italian-born designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli discuss the art of balance and problem-solving.
“Contrary Warrior: Life & Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle” 9 p.m. Monday, KLCS: Contemporary activist and artist Adam Fortunate Eagle advocates for the rights of urban Indians, eventually helping to orchestrate the American Indian takeover of Alcatraz Island in 1969.
“The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg” 7 a.m. Tuesday, LOGO: The life of the poet from his early years to his role as an artist and activist.
“Live at the Ford” 9 p.m. Tuesday, KCET: The Angel City Jazz Festival -- Global Jam : This year's Global Jam is a celebration of jazz's wide cultural diversity with the Tigran Quintet.
“Discovering Hamlet” 10 p.m. Tuesday, KCET: Actors prepare for a stage performance of William Shakespeare's “Hamlet.”
“Tommy Emmanuel and Friends: Live From the Balboa Theatre” 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, KOCE: Guitarist Emmanuel performs with Pam Rose, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo.
“Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo: La Dolce Arte : The artists must utilize one automobile component from a Fiat 500 and transform it into a piece of art.
-- Compiled by Ed Stockly
Photo: Plácido Domingo in "Il Postino." Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times