- The Washington Times - Friday, February 13, 2009

Much to celebrate

Few months, with the exception of December and its multiple holiday fare, rival February when it comes to marking special occasions.

Revelers celebrate Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend, and others also observe February as Black History Month.

Television, of course, is no exception, and programming abounds for all three events.

Friday

Unwrapped (8 p.m., Food Network) — As a prelude to Valentine’s Day, host Marc Summers gets consumed by the holiday’s signature sweet treat, chocolate. Viewers can check out a store dedicated to all things Hershey, take a bite out of chocolate gum and enjoy Chocodiles. You’ll also learn about the history of chocolate, see designer cocoa — and, finally, find out about Minute Fudge.

What Not to Wear (9 p.m., TLC) — The makeover show takes on affairs of the heart in an episode titled “A New Look for Love” as hosts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly look back at the different single moms they helped look their best as the women re-entered the dating game.

Saturday

Cheaters Marathon (5 p.m., G4) — When it comes to the cynical among us, even the year’s most romantic holiday isn’t above reproach with straying spouses and significant others betraying the ones they profess to love.

Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene (8 p.m. WHUT-Channel 32) — Don Cheadle narrates a profile of influential D.C. radio and TV personality and raconteur Ralph “Petey” Greene (1931-84). Mr. Cheadle played Mr. Greene in the 2007 film “Talk to Me.”

Will You Marry Me 2? (9 p.m., TV One) — TV One and Essence magazine are teaming once more for this hourlong special as five couples vie for a grand prize of $50,000. Their challenge? The men popped the question, the women gave their answers, and hidden cameras captured it all for viewers to see and vote for their favorite couple at Essence.com. The five chosen couples are Edmond and Tamica, Sean and Ashley, Ebiakpo and DeKeisha, Anthony and Kirstan, and Rashad and Andrea — and the couple with the most votes wins $50,000 toward the wedding of their dreams.

Modern Marvels: Presidential Movers (11:30 p.m., History Channel) — The vehicles that transport the president of the United States aren’t your ordinary planes, trains and automobiles. Unless you’re elected to the office — and actually ride in one — this may be your only chance to take a look.

Sunday

Washington-based BET offers an interesting mix of programming that celebrates black history:

Celebration of Gospel (1 p.m.) — Comic actor and syndicated radio host Steve Harvey emcees this program of soul-stirring music, with performances by Mary Mary, LL Cool J and others.

Sparkle (3 p.m.) — Long before “Dreamgirls,” this 1976 film based its story on the rise of Motown’s Supremes, with its tale of an all-girl group in the 1950s and ‘60s. Lonette McKee, Irene Cara and “Miami Vice’s” Philip Michael Thomas star.

A Raisin in the Sun (5 p.m.) — Sean “Diddy” Combs, Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad star in this Emmy-nominated remake of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 groundbreaking play about the changes within a black Chicago family as it attempts to achieve the American dream of homeownership in an all-white neighborhood.

BET Honors (8 p.m.) — Gabrielle Union hosts the second annual event, filmed last month in the District at the Warner Theatre. Actor-writer Tyler Perry; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison; entertaining guru and TV personality B. Smith; businessman and former NBA standout Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.; and Rep. James Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, are the honorees. The great Stevie Wonder and Monica are among the performers.

Also Sunday:

Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (8 p.m., WHUT-Channel 32) — New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie explores the history of New Orleans’ historic Faubourg Treme section, one of America’s oldest black neighborhoods. The documentary also includes the birth of jazz in the Crescent City and the civil rights movement in the South.

Andrew Jackson (8 p.m., History Channel) — Orphaned at 14, the nation’s seventh president became a lawyer without a formal education, an Army general with no military experience and commander in chief without being rich. He also survived the nation’s first attempted presidential assassination, defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, and signed the controversial Indian Removal Act, which resulted in the death of nearly 10,000 American Indians. His portrait on the $20 bill, as the History Channel notes, conveys an image of passion, strength and confidence, yet many historians agree that Jackson often was a cruel man.

Written and compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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