We're not going to be discussing the Hitchhiker's ride this week. Instead, I'm breaking into that discussion for this very important announcement – all times that you see below are only possible times. If you're interested in watching any of the special programming PBS is airing this week (and PBS is airing special programming) you need to check your local listings. You need to.
Sunday, August 2:
8:00 - 9:30PM
Handel's Messiah Rocks - You've got your rock band (not to be confused with Rock Band), your adult choir, your children's choir, your soloists, your Keith Lockhart, and your people from the Boston Pops. They all combine to update the Handel classic. Can you handle it?
9:30 – 10:30PM
Leonard Cohen Live in London. Last year (2008 for those of you who are counting), Leonard Cohen performed at London's 02 Arena. I'm not saying that he didn't do that before, I'm only saying that the performance from last year is this performance that you can watch on PBS now.
Monday, August 3:
7:00 - 9:00PM
Julia Child Memories: Bon Appetit! In order to capitalize on the upcoming Julie & Julia film (seriously, the description comes awfully close to saying that), PBS is showing a little Julia Child retrospective. Now, I'm not complaining about their timing, I think it's brilliant. And, PS, the movie stars Meryl Streep.
9:00 – 10:30PM
Happiness 101 with Tal Ben-Shahar. Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar teaches quite the popular class at Harvard. He's a professor, it's what he does, and apparently he does it well. He's going to teach viewers this week how to be happy. Come on, get happy! Don't worry, be happy! Etc., happy!
Tuesday, August 4:
8:00 – 9:30PM
Playing for Change. This is apparently a "multimedia effort to unite musicians and vocalists from diverse parts of the globe while seeking to immerse audiences in a movement to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music." That's a mouthful. That's a mouthful and a half. I always worry about sentences like that. Lofty goals are good, but wow.