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Arts on TV: Michelangelo's 'David'; Miami City Ballet; 'Godspell'

October 27, 2011 |  5:45 am

Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp
“Rick Steves' Europe” 7 p.m., Thursday KCET: Florence: City of Art : Florence, Italy; Michelangelo's “David”; Botticelli's “Venus”; Uffizi art gallery; perfumery; Vespa; converted monastery.

“Reverence: Life in the Ballet” 10:30 p.m., Thursday KCET: Dancers of the Toledo Ballet express their creative passion.

"SoCal Connected" 8:30 p.m., Friday KCET: Herbie Hancock is profiled as he works with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp” 9 p.m., Friday KOCE: The ballet troupe performs a trio of works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. 

“Vine Talk” 5 p.m., Saturday KLCS: Checking Out Chiantis From Tuscany : Journalist Stephen J. Dubner; actor Tommy Tune; food critic Gail Simmons.

“Great Performances” 11 p.m., Saturday KVCR: "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert": David Hyde Pierce hosts the New York Philharmonic's salute to composer Stephen Sondheim; with Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Jason Danieley, Joanna Gleason, Nathan Gunn, George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie and Audra McDonald.

“American Masters” 7:30 p.m., Monday KVCR: Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character : Despite a difficult childhood, Carol Burnett becomes the star of a TV variety show that entertains America for over a decade.

“Late Show With David Letterman” 11:35 p.m., Tuesday CBS: Actor Ben Stiller; actress Whitney Cummings; performance from “Godspell.”

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: Miami City Ballet. Credit: PBS