ON TV

A sam­pling of fine arts on tele­vi­sion for the week of Feb. 17-23

The Washington Post Sunday - - STARTS - — Chris­tian Het­tinger

SUN­DAY, FEB. 17 C-SPAN3 at 8 a.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“Amer­i­can Ar­ti­facts: Na­tional Build­ing Mu­seum and

In­au­gu­ral Balls” ex­plores the in­au­gu­ral tra­di­tion at the mu­seum, from Grover Cleve­land’s ball in 1885 to Pres­i­dent Obama’s Com­man­der in Chief’s In­au­gu­ral Ball held there in 2009.

MPT at 12:30 p.m.

“The Big Band Years: The Vo­cal­ists” pro­files the “croon­ers” and “ca­naries” of the 1940s, in­clud­ing Perry Como, Doris Day and Peggy Lee with the Benny Good­man Orches­tra.

WETA at 2 p.m.

“Live From Lin­coln Cen­ter: Ring Them Bells” presents a per­for­mance cel­e­brat­ing the songs of John Kan­der and Fred Ebb by Broad­way stars Marin Mazzie, Ja­son Danieley, Chita Rivera and Joel Grey in a re­vue con­ducted by Rob Fisher.

WHUT at 10 p.m.

“Hines Farm Blues Club” chron­i­cles the his­tory of the 40acre farm in Swan­ton, Ohio, that hosted per­for­mances by 1950s and ’60s blues, jazz and R&B en­ter­tain­ers as well as Ne­gro League base­ball games and mo­tor­cy­cle races.

WETA at 11 p.m.

The “Amer­i­can Masters” doc­u­men­tary “Cab Cal­loway:

Sketches” re­calls the leg­endary singer, dancer and ban­dleader of the 1930s and ’40s.

TUES­DAY, FEB. 19 MPT2 at mid­night

An episode of “The­ater Talk” in­ter­views Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the pro­duc­ers of the NBC mu­si­cal the­ater se­ries “Smash,” now in its sec­ond sea­son.

WED­NES­DAY, FEB. 20 Smith­so­nian Chan­nel at 6 p.m.

“Mu­seum Se­crets Re­vealed: In­side the Lou­vre” goes in­side the Paris mu­seum that was once a royal palace to un­cover the sto­ries be­hind its paint­ings and sculp­tures.

THURS­DAY, FEB. 21 MPT at 8:30 p.m.

“Art­works” talks with a banjo-play­ing sculp­tor, an ex­iled Rus­sian painter, a mo­saic maker in Har­lem and a poet in ex­ile.

FRI­DAY, FEB. 22 WETA at 10 p.m.

1 “Amer­i­can Masters: Sis­ter Rosetta Tharpe: The God­mother of Rock

& Roll” pro­files the gospel singer and gui­tar vir­tu­oso, who in­flu­enced the mu­sic of Chuck Berry, Elvis Pres­ley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Lit­tle Richard.

MPT at 10 p.m.

“Great Per­for­mances at the Met: Aida” presents a per­for­mance of Giuseppe Verdi’s love story set in an­cient Egypt star­ring Vi­o­leta Ur­mana in the ti­tle role of the en­slaved Ethiopian princess, Dolora Za­jick as her ri­val and Jo­han Botha as Radames, com­man­der of the Egyp­tian army.

WHUT at 10 p.m.

The doc­u­men­tary “To Be Heard” fol­lows the im­pact a po­etry class has on three South Bronx teenagers.

SATUR­DAY, FEB. 23 Smith­so­nian at 11 a.m.

“Mu­seum Se­crets Re­vealed: In­side the Royal On­tario

Mu­seum” tells the sto­ries of a 2,000-year-old baby mummy, a pe­cu­liar piece of an­cient Is­lamic pot­tery, a Sioux head­dress and a stuffed prizewin­ning bull­dog.

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