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Arts on TV: Tom Waits; the New York Philharmonic; Julie Andrews

December 29, 2011 |  6:00 am

Alan Gilbert

“Movie: The Great Ziegfeld”  (1936) 5 p.m. Thursday TCM: William Powell, Luise Rainer. The life and times of Broadway showman Florenz Ziegfeld and his two wives.

“Austin City Limits” 10 p.m. Thursday KVCR; 9 p.m. Friday KLCS; 12:30 a.m. Sat./Sun.  KOCE; 1 a.m. Sat./Sun. KVCR: A 1979 performance by Tom Waits.

“Celtic Woman -- Believe” 8 p.m. Friday KVCR; 9 p.m. Friday KOCE; 10 p.m. Friday KVCR: Classic Irish songs, pop anthems and inspirational songs; from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

“Live From the Artists Den” 10 p.m. Friday KLCS: Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and modern bluesman Ben Harper and Relentless7 perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; special guest Joan Osborne.

“Live From Lincoln Center” 5 p.m. Saturday KOCE: "Bernstein and Gershwin": The New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve Gala celebrates the music of 20th century composers Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. With pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

“The Lawrence Welk Show” 7 p.m. Saturday KOCE: New Year's : Holiday nostalgia includes a salute to the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade. Songs include “Moonlight and Roses,” “Before the Parade Passes By” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.”  

“Great Performances” 9 p.m. Saturday 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.

“New Year's Eve With Carson Daly” 10  p.m., continuing at 11:30 p.m., Saturday, NBC: Jessie J, Drake, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, the Roots, Tony Bennett. 

“Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012” 10  p.m., continuing at 11:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC: A bicoastal celebration counts down to midnight and features special performances.

“Great Performances” 2 p.m. Sunday KVCR: "Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway": Harry Connick Jr. performs a mix of standards, show tunes and jazz classics, backed by a 20-piece swing band and 10-piece string section, at the Neil Simon Theater in New York City.

“Great Performances” 3:30 p.m. Sunday KVCR; 6 p.m. Sunday KOCE: "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2012": Julie Andrews hosts the annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic; conducted by Mariss Jansons.

“Independent Lens” 5 p.m. Sunday KOCE: "These Amazing Shadows": The National Film Registry is a collection of 550 films that represent cinema's contribution to American culture.

“Exploring the Arts With Gloria Greer” 5:30 p.m. Sunday KVCR: Palm Springs Air Museum: Hidden art treasures found in a museum known for its World War II airplanes.

“Great Performances” 8 p.m. Tuesday KVCR: "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert": David Hyde Pierce hosts the New York Philharmonic's salute to composer Stephen Sondheim; with Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Jason Danieley, Joanna Gleason, Nathan Gunn, George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie and Audra McDonald.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert. Credit: Chris Lee

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