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TV HIGHLIGHTS

By D Magazine |

Skyscraper

Mondays at 8 p.m. on 13

Programming goes to new heights in this five-part series about designing and building an 800-foot office tower in the heart of New York City. Beginning with architects’ renderings and zoning negotiations, Skyscraper is a vivid, kaleidoscopic look at the complexities behind our urban skylines.



American Playhouse

Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m., then Fridays beginning May 11, on 13

This acclaimed series opens new worlds this month, beginning with Eat a Bowl of Tea (May 5), the story of 1940s newlyweds in New York’s Chinatown. On May 11, at 9 p.m. from the off-Broadway play starring Cleavon Little, All God’s Dangers is the oral history of an Alabama sharecropper. In Sidewalk Stories (May 18 at 8 p.m.), a homeless sidewalk artist assumes responsibility for an abandoned child, and in Bloodhounds of Broadway (May 25 at 9 p.m.), Madonna, Matt Dillon, Randy Quaid and Jennifer Grey star in this classic Damon Runyon story about the last blowout of the Roaring Twenties.



Smithsonian World:

Nigerian Art-Kindred Spirits

Wednesday, May 2. at 7 p.m. on 13

Recently “discovered” by the Western world, African art combines elements from its birthplace and from the rest of the world. This program, which focuses on Nigerian artists and on a recent exhibit of contemporary sculpture at the Smithsonian’s Underground National Museum of African Art, explores the diverse and rich contributions of African art and artists.

Richard Nixon Reflects: An American Interest Special

Friday, May 4, at 9 p.m. on 13

His was an extraordinary political career, from the triumph of his diplomatic breakthrough with Mainland China to the disaster of Watergate. In this 90-minute interview, Morton Kondracke-a veteran of Nixon’s White House “enemies list” – examines the turbulent political life of the country’s 37th president, who has recently re-emerged in the public arena.



Cinco de Mayo Programming

Saturday, May 5, on 2

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Channel 2! At 11 a.m., Hispanic Mosaic examines the history, backgrounds and immigration patterns of the diverse group of people we call Hispanic. Cor-ridos: Tales of Passion and Revolution, at noon, stars singer Linda Ronstadt and actor Clancy Brown in a theatrical presentation of traditional Mexican-American folk ballads. Then at 1 p.m., Frida Kahlo: Portrait of an Artist explores this mythic figure whose life was as dramatic and haunting as the images she created. An American Masters special, Rivera in America, at 2 p.m., interviews friends and art historians about the painter credited with reintroducing Renaissance fresco paintings as part of the architecture of public buildings. Finally, from 3 to 5 p.m., Mexico highlights the colorful history and growth of our neighbor to the south, beginning with the Spanish Conquest in 1521.

Survival Specials: The Wonderful Kangaroo

Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. on 13

From the small, cuddly forestor to the enormous great red, Australia’s kangaroos are a fascinating and varied lot. This special looks at the upbringing and family life of these exotic creatures and at efforts to protect them.



Yes, Minister: Party Games

Sunday, May 27. at 11 p.m. on 13

Find out how Jim Hacker became prime minister and Yes, Minister became Yes, Prime Minister in this special extended version of the British comedy series. Marked and pockmarked by scandals, political intrigues and scurrilous rumors, this program shows politics at its worst. And speaking of wurst. don’t miss Hacker’s stirring speech about economic threats to the British sausage industry.



Sing! Sesame Street Celebrates Joe Raposo and His Music

Wednesday. May 16, at 7 p.m. on 13

Tune in for a star-studded musical tribute to Sesame Streets longtime music director. Credited with creating the musical sounds of the acclaimed children’s series, Joe Raposo, who died last year, was an award-winning composer and playwright whose genius is still heard by millions of children worldwide. Featured Raposo songs include “Bein’ Green,” “Sing!” and “The Sesame Street Theme Song (Sunny Days).”



The National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday. May 27. at 7 p.m. on 13

The National Symphony Orchestra and the U.S. Army Chorus perform in this stirring musical tribute to America’s armed forces and veterans. James Earl Jones and other distinguished guest artists appear in this concert from the nation’s capitol, which is hosted by actor E.G. Marshall.

The Channel 13 Auction

Thursday, May 31, 5 p.m.-midnight, on 13

Sample an exciting array of items on the first night of the 18th annual Channel 13 Auction! You can choose from trips to British Columbia’s Hotel Vancouver, Las Vegas’ Grand Flamingo Resort and Chicago’s The Claridge. Closer to home, there’s entertainment to be had at International Wildlife Park, Clown Around, Six Flags Over Texas, Palace of Wax, Granada Cinema and Drafthouse. and Margaritas R Us. Or, if you want more tangible enjoyments, you can bid on merchandise from Kelly Moore Paint Company, Charles of the Ritz Cosmetics, Freelight Skylights, leather chairs from Brumbaugh’s, a party at the Mesquite Rodeo and an antique statue from Art of Old India. Turn to Channel 13 for the shopping of a lifetime!

Frontline

Tuesday. May 22, at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 29, at 9 p.m. an 13

The award-winning documentary series examines the power and all-pervasive reach of illegal drugs in two upcoming specials. On May 22, The Colombian Cocaine Cartel analyzes a country that is being torn apart by the brutality and influence of its druglords. A week later, on The Dallas Drug War, KERA’s Bob Ray Sanders hosts a profile of a Dallas neighborhood’s struggle to combat the drugs and violence that threaten its very survival.