Thursday, February 25, 2010

American Masters: David Hockney, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye tonight

After A Lively Experiment tonight, stay tuned for a night of great insight and great music with AMERICAN MASTERS, starting at 8 P.M.

One of the best-known artists of the twentieth century, David Hockney is renowned for his prolific production, high level of technical skill, and extreme versatility. Numerous films have captured David Hockney’s originality and prolific artistic accomplishments in the fields of drawing, painting, printmaking and photography. But “David Hockney - The Colors of Music” shows a rare and intimate portrait of Hockney’s private passion – designing for the opera stage (such as in the photo below).

At 9 P.M., American Masters celebrates the music game-changer and definitive soul singer Sam Cooke: Crossing Over. Narrated by Danny Glover, the film features archival footage and interviews with Cooke’s family and friends including Muhammad Ali, Herb Albert, James Brown, Dick Clark, Smokey Robinson, Jerry Wexler, and more.

Interview with narrator Danny Glover:

Then at 10 P.M., it's Marvin Gaye: What's Going On, a personal look at the complex and contradictory man who left behind one of the great legacies in American music.


WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits over the air on digital 36.1; Cox/Verizon/Full Channel 08; DirecTV 36; Dish Network 7776; ComCast subscribers, please check local listings for the channel number in your area. WSBE Rhode Island PBS HD programming over the air on digital 36.1, Cox 708, Verizon 508, ComCast 819.