Arts on TV: Anna Deavere Smith; civil rights songs; Dudamel
“Project Runway All Stars” 9 p.m., Thursday Lifetime: A Night at the Opera : The designers are given 24 hours to create ball gowns for a night at the opera.
“Movie: The Red Shoes” (1948) 11:30 p.m., Thursday TCM: Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook. A ballerina loves a ballet composer but dances for an obsessive impresario.
“Great Performances” 9 p.m., Friday KOCE: "Let Me Down Easy": Anna Deavere Smith portrays several different characters, sharing their life experiences.
“Celtic Thunder Storm” 10:30 p.m., Friday KVCR: Celtic Thunder's performance includes original music by Irish composer Phil Coulter, including “New Day Dawning,” “Tender Is the Night,” “Storm Overture,” and “Look at Me.”
“Career Day” 1 p.m., Saturday KTLA: Primatologist; Los Angeles Philharmonic musician; church pastor; animal advocate.
“Great Performances” 2 p.m., Sunday KVCR: "Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil celebrate Gershwin": The LA Phil's opening night gala features an all-Gershwin repertoire with special guest Herbie Hancock. Gustavo Dudamel conducts.
“Great Performances” 3 p.m., Sunday KVCR: "Celebracion! Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil with Juan Diego Flórez": The 2010 opening night gala features overtures and arias in bel canto style, as well as Latin American song and orchestral dances; with tenor Juan Diego Flórez.
“Exploring the Arts With Gloria Greer” 5:30 p.m., Sunday KVCR: A tour of collections at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
“Vine Talk” 6:30 p.m., Sunday KLCS: Ranking Rieslings From the Finger Lakes: Nathan Lane; coloratura soprano Harolyn Blackwell; chef Alfred Portale.
“In Performance at the White House” 10 p.m., Monday KOCE: "A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement": A concert celebrates Black History Month; performers include Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
“Great Performances” 9:05 p.m., Tuesday KVCR: Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration From Madison Square Garden: Pete Seeger celebrates his 90th birthday with special guests Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Richie Havens and Emmylou Harris.
-- Compiled by Ed Stockly
Photo: "Great Performances: Let Me Down Easy" with Anna Deavere Smith. Credit: Mary Ellen Mark / PBS