NPT brings you a feast of entertaining programming this month, including Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. This jazzy portrait of the groundbreaking saxophonist opens the new season of Independent Lens on Monday, November 6, at 9 p.m. (The film also opened our Indie Lens Pop-Up series last month; see wnpt.org/events for more on the series.) Also this month, David Letterman: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize features an all-star lineup saluting the entertainer as he receives the nation’s top humor prize. Watch Monday, November 20, at 7 p.m.
The British are invading on Saturday, November 25! At 7 p.m., The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years is Ron Howard’s film about the band’s brief but impactful history on the road. Later at 9:30 p.m., Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution marks the 50th anniversary of the group’s iconic concept album. Harmony was one aspect of Beatle music; American siblings Don and Phil Everly were also known for excellent harmonizing. The Everly Brothers – Harmonies from Heaven, airing Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m., tells the early rock duo’s story through interviews and performance clips.
Well, Gen Xers, Millennials may grab all the headlines, but now you have your own My Music special! The ’80s premieres Monday, November 27, at 8 p.m. Hosted by Martha Quinn, one of the original MTV vee-jays, the special includes videos that were in heavy rotation in the music channel’s early days.
Music and place combine in several of this month’s specials. On Friday, November 10, at 9 p.m., Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live in Concert from Great Performances is a concert recorded at the Acropolis in Athens. Sunday, November 26, at 9 p.m., John Legend performs at Manhattan’s historic Riverside Church on Live from the Artists Den. Also, Human Nature: Jukebox in Concert from the Venetian premieres Wednesday, November 29, at 8:30 p.m., while Celtic Woman – Homecoming: Ireland, a new special recorded in Dublin, airs Friday, December 1, at 8 p.m.
Great Performances continues its Broadway series Fridays at 8 p.m. throughout November. Kevin Kline stars as a self-obsessed actor in the critically acclaimed revival of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter on November 3. Indecent, a play inspired by another play—Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—airs November 17. The Tony Award-winning drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel explores the courageous actors who fought to present Asch’s play in the 1920s.
Finally, enjoy a nostalgic seasonal treat on Friday, November 24 with Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, the musical based on the 1942 film featuring “White Christmas” and a score of other festive songs. The musical closes out the Broadway series and is also part of a Thanksgiving weekend menu that includes a double helping of Anne of Green Gables. New movie The Good Stars airs Thanksgiving Day (November 23) at 7 p.m. followed at 8:30 p.m. by the 2016 adaptation of the Lucy Maud Montgomery novels starring Martin Sheen.
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