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The Arts on TV: Gil Amelio; Jason Alexander; Max Raabe

April 21, 2011 |  6:01 am

“The 700 Club” 8 and 10 a.m., and 11 p.m. Thursday, MyNet: Artist Gil Amelio's sculpture of Jesus. (N)

“If Walls Could Talk...” 8:30 a.m. Thursday, HGTV: Painting Puzzler: A woman finds signed watercolors from a famous artist.
Movie: "Lust for Life" **** (1956) 1:15 p.m. Thursday, TCM: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn. Tormented Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh meets French painter Paul Gauguin.  

“The Artist Toolbox”
10 p.m. Friday, KVCR: Jason Alexander discusses the process of acting and building a character, and his work as artistic director of the Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles.

“Max Raabe & the Palast Orchester: Tonight or Never” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: The German baritone performs with a 12-piece orchestra.

“Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions” midnight Fri./Sat.,  KCET: Basque Region, Spain -- Museum in Bilbao, Spain; the fastest game in the world in San Sebastian; Basque cooking.

“Humanities Through the Arts” 1 a.m. Fri./Sat.,  KOCE: Sculpture: Mirror of Man's Being.

“Humanities Through the Arts” 1:30 a.m. Fri./Sat., KOCE: Sculpture: Elements of Dimension.

Movie: "Let's Get Lost" *** (1989) 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Sundance: Chet Baker, Carol Baker. Filmmaker Bruce Weber interviews jazz trumpeter Chet Baker and his family, and shows Baker in old clips.

“Soulful Symphony With Darin Atwater: Song in a Strange Land” 1 a.m. Sat./Sun.,  KVCR: Artistic director Atwater conducts an 85-member orchestra in compositions exhibiting styles ranging through gospel, jazz and symphonic music.

“Hallelujah Broadway” 2:30 a.m. Sat./Sun., KVCR: Anthony Kearns, Rodrick Dixon and Alfredo Burke perform uplifting songs from musical theater; special guest Linda Eder.

“Resurrection Concert” 2:30 a.m. Sat./Sun., KTBN: The California Baptist University Choir and Orchestra performs at pastor David Jeremiah's Shadow Mountain Church in El Cajon, Calif.

“The Piano Guy” 6 a.m. Sunday ,KLCS: Playing a blues chord progression often used in jazz tunes; “Walking in Memphis”; what it is like performing in a major concert tour.

“Great Performances at the Met” Noon Sunday, KOCE: Deborah Voigt stars in a revival of Giancarlo del Monaco's 1991 production of Puccini's “La Fanciulla del West.”

“Hallelujah Broadway” 2 p.m. Sunday, KVCR: Anthony Kearns, Rodrick Dixon and Alfredo Burke perform uplifting songs from musical theater; special guest Linda Eder.

“Great Performances at the Met” 2:30 p.m. Sunday, KOCE: René Pape stars in a new production of Mussorgsky's “Boris Godunov.”

“Rick Steves' Europe” 5:30 a.m. Sunday, KCET: Barcelona and Catalunya -- Salvador Dali's home and mausoleum/museum.

“Saving Jazz” 7:20 a.m. Monday ,Sundance: Jazz photographer Herman Leonard returns to New Orleans where his studio, darkroom and part of his photographic archives were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Movie: "Rembrandt" *** (1936) 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, TCM: Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester. Alexander Korda's fact-based account of the later years in the life of the great 17th century Dutch artist.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: Jason Alexander. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times