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The Arts on TV: Renée Fleming; 'The Great Waltz'; 'Theater Talk'

July 21, 2011 |  6:00 am

Et-lj7v9snc-jul21 “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” 11:35 p.m. Thursday, NBC: Rickey Minor performs with Grace Potter, Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones and the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. (N)

“Rick Steves' Europe” Midnight Thursday, KCET: Florence: City of Art -- Michelangelo's “David”; Botticelli's “Venus”; Uffizi art gallery.

Movie: "The Great Waltz” *** (1938) 3 p.m. Friday, TCM: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravet. Composer Johann Strauss marries a baker's daughter, woos a soprano and becomes famous in 19th-century Austria.

“American Masters” 9 p.m. Friday, KOCE: Lennon NYC -- John Lennon's life with his family in New York.

“The Artist Toolbox” 10 p.m. Friday, KVCR: Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen.

Movie: "Staying Alive” ** (1983) 8 p.m. Saturday, KDOC: (PG) John Travolta. The dancing hero of “Saturday Night Fever” is six years older, beyond disco and ready for Broadway.

“Rick Steves' Europe” 8:30 p.m. Saturday, KVCR: Rome: Baroque, After Dark -- A tour of Rome includes a pilgrimage to Michelangelo's Pieta, St. Peter's Basilica and the Borghese Gallery.

“The Artist Toolbox” 8:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend.

“Great Performances” 1 a.m. Sunday, KVCR: Karajan or Beauty as I See It -- Conductor Herbert von Karajan led the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, conducted the Vienna Philharmonic and served as artistic director of the Vienna State Opera.

“Great Performances” 2:30 a.m. Sunday, KVCR: Soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky perform at various locations in Russia.

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

“Theater Talk” 6 p.m. Sunday, KLCS: Top Critics Review the Spring Season -- Critics Adam Feldman, Jacques le Sourd, Terry Teachout and Elisabeth Vincentelli review new Broadway productions.

Movie: "Luckey” (2008) 6 and 10:40 a.m., 3:20 p.m. Monday, Sundance: Paralyzed from the neck down, Tom Luckey enlists the help of his son to build a sculpture.

Movie: "ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway” *** (2005) 10 a.m. Tuesday, Logo: (PG) The creation of four Broadway shows during the 2003-2004 season: “Wicked,” “Taboo,” “Avenue Q” and “Caroline, or Change.”

-- Compiled by Matt Cooper

Photo of Renée Fleming: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times