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Arts on TV: Chris Botti; Ann Hobson Pilot; Idina Menzel

March 15, 2012 |  8:00 am

Idina Menzel
“Exploring the Arts With Gloria Greer” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, KVCR: Jackie Autry's Private Collection: The veteran journalist chats with art experts in Palm Springs.

“Chris Botti in Boston, Part II” 7 and 11 p.m. Thursday, KOCE: A continuation of the trumpeter's performance with the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart includes guests Sting, Steven Tyler, Josh Groban and Yo-Yo Ma.

“Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Live at the Ford-Angel City Jazz Festival.

“L.A. Tonight with Roy Firestone” 10 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Chris Botti. 

“Celtic Woman -- Believe” 9:30 p.m. Friday, KVCR: Classic Irish songs, pop anthems and inspirational songs; from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

“L.A. Tonight with Roy Firestone” 10 p.m. Friday, KCET: Steve Tyrell. 

“Inside” 6 p.m. Saturday, KSCI: The Emperor's Treasure: Taiwan's National Palace Museum houses an art collection of more than 600,000 objects that gives a new perspective on China's cultural history.

“Smart Travels: Pacific Rim With Rudy Maxa” 6:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: Chinatown and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; Alcatraz Island; Napa Valley wine country; vegetarian food; wine tasting.

“The Artist Toolbox” 8:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: Chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud discusses the art of French cooking and running his business.

“Clannad Live at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin” 9 a.m. Sunday, KVCR: The five original founding members of the family group Clannad mark the band's 40th anniversary with a performance in Dublin. With Anúna and Brian Kennedy.

“Great Performances” 6 p.m. Sunday, KOCE; 7 p.m. KVCR: Tony Bennett sings his greatest hits with contemporary artists. Performers include Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Norah Jones, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Willie Nelson.

Movie: “Rembrandt” (1936) 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, 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.

“The Wendy Williams Show” 11 a.m. Tuesday, Fox; midnight, Tue./Wed. BET: Audra McDonald.

Movie: “Lust for Life” (1956) 1 p.m. Tuesday, TCM: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn. Tormented Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh meets French painter Paul Gauguin.

“The Wendy Williams Show” 2 p.m. Tuesday, Fox: Nick Jonas; Ruben Studdard performs.

“L.A. Tonight With Roy Firestone” 10 p.m. Tuesday, KCET: Debbie Allen.

“A Harpist's Legacy: Ann Hobson Pilot and the Sound of Change” 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, KCET: The life and career of Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harpist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

“L.A. Tonight with Roy Firestone” 10 p.m. Wednesday, KCET: David Foster. 

“Idina Menzel Live -- Barefoot at the Symphony” Midnight Wednesday, KVCR: Menzel performs Broadway classics, her own selections and contemporary songs with Taye Diggs and composer Marvin Hamlisch.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

 Photo: Idina Menzel. Credit: Robin Wong / PBS