Yearlong TV-radio museum fetes 2000

Ball, Arnaz, Welles, Sondheim headline schedule

Rare footage of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s life together, an unspooling of Orson Welles’ “The Fountain of Youth” and a tribute to Stephen Sondheim will headline the Museum of Television and Radio’s 2000 events schedule.

“Super Bowl: Super Showcase for Commercials,” narrated by Frank Gifford, will ring in the new year on both coasts, running Dec. 17-Feb. 13.

In conjunction with the Intl. Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the 1999 Intl. Emmy Award-winning programs will unspool Jan. 11-23 in L.A. and Gotham.

From Jan. 21-March 5, “The Unseen Lucy and Desi” will screen at both locations. This three-part series includes material from different eras in their reign as television’s star couple.

During February, the museum will recognize Black History Month with a selection of programs from the 1960s to the ’90s.

To mark the centennial of composer Kurt Weill, the Los Angeles outpost will present “Threepennies and a Touch of Venus: The World of Kurt Weill,” Feb. 11-March 19. Drawn from television archives in the U.S. and Europe, the screenings feature made-for productions and newly discovered kinescopes of Weill.

In commemoration of Sondheim’s 70th birthday, both museums will pay homage to the celebrated lyricist and composer March 17-June 25.

Orson Welles’ joint venture with Desilu Prods. “The Fountain of Youth” will unspool March 31-April 30 in both L.A. and New York.

Both galleries will screen all 325 episodes of Norman Lear’s soap opera parody “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” through next summer. Also unspooling next summer in both cities is Jay Ward’s series “Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.”

“Political Commercials,” skedded for both locales from July through November, concludes the museum’s year-2000 calendar. Program will screen dozens of ads from presidential campaigns, beginning with the 1952 Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson contest.

There will also be many other festivals to attend in 2000: The New York branch will hold its first-ever three-week TV documentary fest in May and the sixth annual radio fest next October. In L.A., the 17th annual William S. Paley TV fest is skedded Feb. 29-March 14. The ninth annual Intl. Children’s TV festival will take place at both locations next November.

For information, call (212) 621-6800 or (310) 786-1000 or visit the museum’s Web site, http://www.mtr.org.

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