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Arts on TV: 'Anything Goes'; 'Memphis'; Cab Calloway

February 23, 2012 |  6:00 am

Cab Calloway
“BET Honors 2012” 10 p.m. Thursday, BET: At the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., Maya Angelou, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, the Tuskegee Airmen, Beverly Kearney receive honors for contributions to their respective fields; host Gabrielle Union.

“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” 12:37 a.m. Thursday, NBC: William Shatner; Padma Lakshmi; performance from “Anything Goes.”

“Great Performances” 9 p.m. Friday, KOCE and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, KVCR: "Memphis": Set in the 1950s, the Broadway play recounts the story of a white disc jockey who helps a black female club singer get her big break.

“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” 12:37 a.m. Friday, NBC: Paul Rudd; Gabrielle Union; performance from “Sister Act.”

“The Artist Toolbox” 8:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: Massimo & Lella Vignelli: Italian-born designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli discuss the art of balance and problem-solving.

“Bobby Jones Gospel” 9 a.m. Sunday, BET: Vickie Winans; Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir; Joy Boyz.

“In Performance at the White House” 9 p.m. Monday, KOCE: "Red, White and Blues": The musical form known as the blues holds deep roots in Africa and slavery and has influenced modern American music from soul to rock 'n' roll; host Taraji P. Henson. Performers include Troy “Trombone” Shorty Andrews and Jeff Beck.

“Smash” 10 p.m. Monday, NBC: "The Cost of Art": Karen must learn how to get ahead in the world of Broadway; Derek throws a party for a hot, young celebrity (Nick Jonas); Eileen tests a new fundraising strategy; Tom goes on a date.

“American Masters” 10 p.m. Monday, KOCE: "Cab Calloway": Singer, dancer and band leader Cab Calloway led one of the most-popular black big bands during the 1930s and '40s. (N)

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: "American Masters" looks at Cab Calloway. Credit: Artline Films / PBS