Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Winterfest 2014 membership campaign continues through Sunday.
Special programming this week includes a preview of chef John Folse’s new “Taste of Louisiana” series titled “Hooks, Lie & Alibis” at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The well-known Cajun and Creole chef will be in the LPB studios for the preview.
Based on his cookbook of the same name, “Hooks, Lies & Alibis” takes viewers from the waterways of the state to the kitchen as Folse prepares dishes honoring the age old tradition of fishing and Louisiana’s world famous cuisine.
The preview will feature appearances by political commentator and author James Carville, who prepares barbecue shrimp; Bishop Robert Muench of the Dioceses of Baton Rouge, who grills tilapia; chef Leah Chase, who prepares gasper goo; Randy Ziegler from Toledo Bend, who prepares bass; and Buckley Kessler, who cooks Mardi Gras red snapper on the half shell.
There’s an encore showing of “Great Performances Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages” at 9 p.m. Friday.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, it’s “Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows.”
For the first time in 20 years, a re-mastered version of “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” will air at 8 p.m.
Comedian Richard Pryor hosted the program. Some of the highlights included Michael Jackson singing “Billie Jean” and performing the hits of the Jackson 5 with his brothers, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles reuniting, a Diana Ross and the Supremes reunion (“Someday We’ll Be Together,”) one of Marvin Gaye’s final performances, and a Temptations/Four Tops “battle of the bands.” Other performers included Lionel Richie, The Commodores (“Brick House”), Mary Wells (“My Guy”), Martha Reeves (“Heat Wave”), Junior Walker (“Shotgun”), and Linda Rondstadt (“Tracks of My Tears”).
The drive wraps up at 7 p.m. Sunday with “Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas” and “Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case” at 8 p.m., as the Belgian sleuth tracks down a serial killer.
Money raised during the drive goes to create and purchase the programming which airs throughout the year on LPB.