Tuesday, October 30 — 7:00pm Ellen DeGeneres is honored with the 15th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Among those paying tribute: Kristin Chenoweth; Steve Harvey; Sean Hayes; Jimmy Kimmel; John Krasinski; Jason Mraz; and Lily Tomlin. From the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, October 31 — 9 pm Can I Eat That? The neuroscience of taste, which involves all of the senses and memory, is examined. Included: why some foods, like chocolate-chip cookies, are deemed delectable while others, such as cookies made with worms, are not; how the taste buds can be fooled.
Saturday, November 3 — 9 pm Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Curtis Stigers Season 4 opens with a performance by Curtis Stigers. Also: the festival’s first years are recalled.