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Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 Nashville Film Festival, "Beauty Is Embarrassing," airing tonight at 9:00 p.m. on Independent Lens, is a funny, irreverent, joyful and inspiring documentary featuring the life and current times of one of America's most important artists, Wayne White. Raised in Chattanooga, White started his career as a cartoonist in New York City and then as a set designer and puppeteer on the NPT (then WDCN) show Mrs. Cabobble's Caboose. He then quickly found success as one of the creative forces behind Pee-Wee's Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. Most recently, his word paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world. His off-kilter style and self-deprecating sense of humor offer a peak into an imagination that refuses to grow up. 

Programs of note for January 21 - 27

Monday, January 21
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Antiques Roadshow "Corpus Christi (Hour Three)"
Art is on the agenda as finds include a 1912 portrait by Charles Courtney Curran, a Porfirio Salinas Bluebonnet oil painting and a 1983 Helen Frankenthaler lithograph appraised at $15,000.

8:00-9:00 p.m.
Market Warriors "Antiquing in New Milford, CT"
Pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin head to the Elephant Trunk Country Flea Market, where they're  challenged to find something metal.
Wayne White
9:00-10:30 p.m.
Independent Lens
"Beauty Is Embarrassing"

Emmy Award-winner and art-world darling Wayne White's off-kilter style and self-deprecating sense of humor offer a peek into an imagination that refuses to grow up.
Tuesday, January 22
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Pioneers of Television "Primetime Soaps"
"Dallas" and "Dynasty" kicked off the nighttime soap frenzy in the late 1970s and spun off the long-lasting series "Knots Landing." Sometimes forgotten is the genre's antecedent: 1964's "Peyton Place."

8:00-9:00 p.m.
The Abolitionists: American Experience
"Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory"

The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause.

9:00-10:00 p.m.
Frontline "The Untouchables"
Though fraudulent practices at banks contributed to America's financial meltdown, to date no Wall Street titan has been convicted of a crime connected to the crisis.
Wednesday, January 23 Sir David Attenborough
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Nature "Attenborough's Life Stories: Life on Camera"
In honor of Sir David Attenborough's 60th anniversary on television, this three-part series focuses on three fields that he feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment.

8:00-9:00 p.m.
NOVA "Rise of the Drones"
Unmanned flying robots -- some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds -- do things straight out of science fiction. NOVA investigates of the explosive growth of airborne UAVs or pilotless drones.

9:00-10:00 p.m.
Life on Fire "Phoenix Temple"
Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes.
Thursday, January 24
8:00-9:00 p.m.
Doc Martin "Movement"
The opening of Bert Large's restaurant is far from a success, when Doc Martin, who has a phobia about blood, finds a spot of blood on his plate.
American Graduate
9:00-9:30 p.m.
American Graduate:
Graduation by the Numbers

Producer LaTonya Turner takes an in-depth look at efforts in Nashville to keep students in school until they graduate, while also examining why the numbers for graduates and those for dropouts often don't add up.

9:30-10:00 p.m.
American Graduate: Translating the Dream
A look at how Middle Tennessee public schools manage the unique challenges of immigrant and ELL students to stay in school and receive a high school diploma.
Friday, January 25
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Billy the Kid: American Experience
His fascination with Mexican culture, his flair for Spanish and his disdain for the Anglo authorities made 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, a hero of sorts to the Hispanic community of New Mexico.

8:00-9:00 p.m.
Rick Steves Special: Symphonic Journey
Steves teams up with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and maestro Michael Miropolsky for a musical journey that begins in the United States and touches down in seven different European countries.
Saturday, January 26
9:00-10:00 p.m.
Shakespeare Uncovered "Macbeth with Ethan Hawke"
In the first installment of this six-part series, Hawke invites viewers to join him in his quest to play Shakespeare's murderous Thane of Cawdor.

10:00-11:00 p.m.
Shakespeare Uncovered "The Comedies with Joely Richardson"
Along with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, Richardson investigates the legacy of two brilliant cross-dressing comedies, Twelfth Night and As You Like It.
Sunday, January 27
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Masterpiece Classic "Downton Abbey, Season 3 - Part 3"
Two social revolutions arrive at Downton Abbey: the Irish civil war and the fight for women's suffrage. A mysterious conspiracy keeps Anna and Bates apart.

8:00-9:00 p.m.
Masterpiece Classic "Downton Abbey, Season 3 - Part 4"
The Crawley family faces its severest test yet. Meanwhile, new faces try to fit into the tight-knit circle of servants. New evidence turns up in a baffling case.

9:00-10:00 p.m.
The Abolitionists: American Experience
"Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory"
The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause.
I'd now like to briefly note a few other programs of interest for this week's 'hidden gems.' Tonight at 11:30 p.m., Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid reveals how the plant is still cultivated on small farms in Mexico by the same indigenous people who have been growing it for centuries. Saturday night at 11:00 p.m., NPT presents same-day coverage of the 27th Mid-South Emmy Awards, recognizing television excellence in our area. You can also watch the awards show live, beginning at 8:00 p.m. on NPT2 (8.2, Comcast 241).  Sunday night at 10:30 p.m., one of Nashville's favorite bands to go see each week at The Station Inn, The Time Jumpers, perform their upbeat Western Swing on Bluegrass Underground.

You can find our full schedule online at http://www.wnpt.org/schedule/new/

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Until next week,
Daniel Tidwell


 
Daniel Tidwell
Vice President of Development and Marketing
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