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Arts on TV: 'The Nutcracker,' 'The Little Mermaid,' Eames

December 15, 2011 |  6:00 am

Arts programming on TV this week includes the San Francisco Ballet performing "The Little Mermaid"

"The View" 10 a.m. Thursday, ABC: Harry Connick Jr. and a performance from "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever."

"Great Performances" 7 p.m. Thursday, noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, KOCE: "Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me in Concert": Jackie Evancho's solo concert supports her first full-length album, "Dream With Me."

"Rick Steves' Europe" 7:30 p.m. Thursday, KLCS: Rome: Baroque, After Dark : A tour of Rome includes a pilgrimage to Michelangelo's Pieta, St. Peter's Basilica and the Borghese Gallery. 

"Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park" 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, KOCE: The Italian tenor performs classical favorites and his popular signature songs.

"Christmas in Washington 2011" 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Friday, TNT: Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Victoria Justice and The Band Perry perform in the annual holiday concert at the National Building Museum in Washington.

"Great Performances: 'The Little Mermaid' from San Francisco Ballet" 9 p.m. Friday, KOCE: The San Francisco Ballet performs Hans Christian Anderson's classic fable.

"Absolutely Irish!" 8 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, KCET: Traditional Irish music from the Irish Arts Center in New York. With special guests Mike Rafferty and Jo McNamara. 

"Dudu Fisher: In Concert From Israel" 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, KCET: Singer Dudu Fisher performs Broadway tunes and Israeli songs. 

"Live From Lincoln Center" Noon Sunday, KOCE: More than 150 dancers and musicians of the New York City Ballet perform George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker."

"Soulful Symphony With Darin Atwater: Song in a Strange Land" 2 p.m. Monday, KCET: Artistic director Atwater conducts an 85-member orchestra in compositions exhibiting styles ranging through gospel, jazz and symphonic music.

"American Masters" 10 p.m. Monday, KOCE: "Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter": Designers Charles and Ray Eames influence major events and movements in America, from modernism to the rise of the computer age.

"Victor Borge: Comedy in Music!" Noon Tuesday, KOCE: A collection of the pianist/comic's skits features footage from "The Andy Williams Show" and "The Perry Como Show," as well as a performance from the Dwight D. Eisenhower presidential inaugural celebration at the White House.

"Grand Canyon Serenade" 9 p.m. Tuesday, KOCE: A visual tour of the Grand Canyon is set to classical music by Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Dvorak.

"Ft. Lauderdale Christmas Pageant" 7 p.m. Wednesday, KTBN: Holiday celebrations include Christmas music, contemporary inspirational songs by the Chancel Choir and Orchestra and a children's revue. 

"Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" 9 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo: "The Big Show" (season finale): The finalists present their collections at Phillips de Pury to see who will be the winner.

"Gallery: The National Museum of the American Indian" 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, KVCR: The unveiling and dedication of the first Smithsonian museum dedicated to American Indians. 

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: San Francisco Ballet dancers in "The Little Mermaid." Credit: Erik Tomasson / PBS