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The Arts on TV: 'Discover Beethoven's 5th,' Pierre Boulez Conducts Mahler's 7th

March 24, 2011 |  6:00 am

A weekly look at arts and music programming on television from Thursday  to Wednesday:

Et-lija1ync-mar24 “The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway” 4:30 p.m. Thursday; 3:45 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, HBO: The comic brings “Pee-wee's Playhouse” to life at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City.

“Tavis Smiley” 11 p.m. Thursday, KOCE: Artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel; Anne Heche. (N)

“Good Morning America” 7 a.m. Friday, ABC: A performance by the Broadway cast of “Anything Goes.” (N)

“The Artist Toolbox” 10 p.m. Friday, KVCR: Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen has designed more than 400 private homes.

“Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations” 10:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: Sculptor Bob Mix. 

“Independent Lens” 11 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai reclaims her land and culture by planting trees.

Great Performances” 1 a.m. Sat./Sun., KVCR: La Boheme -- The Movie -- Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon star as doomed lovers in Puccini's 1896 Opera “La Bohème.

“Discover Beethoven's 5th” 3 a.m. Sat./Sun., KVCR and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, KVCR: Director George Marriner Maull and the Discovery Orchestra explore the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

Great Performances” 12:30 p.m. Sunday, KVCR: Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Pierre Boulez Conducts Mahler's 7th -- Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor emeritus Pierre Boulez leads the Orchestra in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 7.

Exploring the Arts With Gloria Greer” 4 p.m. Sunday, KVCR: McCallum Theatre -- The theater helps young artists.

“The Artist Toolbox” 9 p.m. Sunday, KLCS: Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis.

“Frontline” 9 p.m. Tuesday, KOCE: Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei; Brian Manning discusses the charges against his son, U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, suspected of passing classified information to WikiLeaks. (N)

“The View” 10 a.m. Wednesday, ABC: Sarah Silverman; Director Glenn Lowry of the Museum of Modern Art; author Rahna Reiko Rizzuto.
-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez. Credit: Todd Rosenberg / PBS