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AETN Arts Fridays

AETN brings you "AETN Arts Fridays" each Friday night at 6:30 and 9 p.m. to bring world class arts and culture programming to your living room. Enjoy local Arkansas authors and bands with locally produced arts and culture series "AETN Presents" at 6:30 p.m. and unprecedented PBS Arts programs at 9 p.m. PBS is America's largest stage,– and AETN has it for you every Friday!

Celebrate Arkansas artists with “LOUPE: Part 2” premiere
If you’ve enjoyed learning more about Arkansas artists and arts events with “LOUPE,” we have excellent news! “LOUPE: Part 2” will feature three more outstanding local artists in its premiere Friday, April 11, at 9 p.m. Learn more about what’s to come in the featured short films — “LeeNora Parlor,” “Jerry Phillips” and “Carousel” — after the jump. Read More

John Willis Performs Free Concert at AETN Oct. 22
What do you get when you combine equal parts chamber pop, folk and jazz? If new release “King of the Cocktail Party EP” can serve as evidence, we take the answer to be singer-songwriter John Willis. A music lover of eclectic tastes, ranging from Motown, gospel and 60s-70s songwriters to classical, jazz and world music, Willis creates a lush pop mix with piano and vocal harmonies that’s drawn comparisons to Harry Nilsson, Rufus Wainwright and Feist. Come experience the show for your self at the free “AETN Presents: On the Front Row” concert on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Read More

Free Student Workshop, “Student Selects” Screening at HSDFF
If you needed one more reason to make sure you attend the 2013 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, we have it! On Friday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. the documentary portion of “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” will be screening in the Arlington Hotel. Even more exciting? We’re hosting a free workshop, open to all K-12 students, to immerse young filmmakers in the art and craft of the documentary form on Oct. 18 and 19. Find details after the jump. Read More

"LOUPE: Magnifying the Arts in Arkansas" to Screen at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
We’re thrilled to tell you about our upcoming screening of “LOUPE: Magnifying the Arts in Arkansas” at the 2013 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. “LOUPE” features a series of short independent films produced as part of AETN’s art initiative, made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. These films, which highlight some of the most exciting artists and arts events from around the state, will be screened at the festival Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Arlington Hotel. Read More

Free Concert News - See National Park Radio Aug. 29
Get your modern folk music fix with a free concert by National Park Radio! The band, born and based in the Ozark Mountains, will be playing an all-acoustic set for "AETN Presents" in AETN Studios Thursday, Aug. 29 Read More

AETN Arts Fridays with The Boondogs and Kander & Ebb
From low-watt avant-pop to high energy renditions of Broadway hits, it's a great night for music lovers this AETN Arts Friday! Tune in for "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With The Boondogs" at 6:30 p.m. and "Live From Lincoln Center: Ring Them Bells! A Kander & Ebb Celebration" at 9 p.m. Read More

AETN Arts Friday: Runaway Planet and the Beatles
This AETN Arts Friday, tune in for Arkansas's own Runaway Planet at 6:30 p.m., then join the Beatles for "Great Performances: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited," at 9 p.m. Wherever your musical tastes range, it's an that's not to be missed! Read More

AETN Arts Friday – Grand Serenade and “The Mind of a Chef”
After you’ve shopped ‘til you dropped (or carefully avoided the hubbub of the crowds in the deer woods or your nice, comfy bed) come relax with AETN Arts Fridays! Starting at 6:30 p.m., we’ll join popular, reclusive indie rockers Grand Serenade on “AETN Presents.” Then, if you haven’t gotten your fill of food for the week, tune in for four new episodes of “The Mind of a Chef,” starting at 9 p.m. Read More

AETN Art Friday: WoodSongs, Craft In America, Mind of a Chef
Tune in for a genre-jumping AETN Arts Friday, starting Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. New episodes include “AETN Presents: On the Front Row With WoodSongs Old-Time Music Hour,” “Craft In America: Crossroads,” and The Mind of a Chef’s “Rotten” and “Rene.” Read More

AETN Arts Friday - Runaway Planet & "The Mind of a Chef"
Tune in for an all new AETN Arts Friday with "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Runaway Planet" at 6:30 p.m. and the new series "The Mind of a Chef," narrated by Anthony Bourdain, at 9 p.m.

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"The Mind of a Chef" Comes to AETN!
Join narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of Korean-American chef David Chang (from pork bus to golf clubs). The exciting new program will air as part of AETN Arts Friday Programming beginning Friday, Nov. 9, at 9 p.m. Read More

AETN Arts Fridays Dares to Be Different
This AETN Arts Friday, celebrate artists with definite reputations for being different! The evening kicks off with “AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Toadsuck Symphony” at 6:30 p.m. and follows with “Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel” at 9 p.m.

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AETN Arts Friday – Bridge to War Eagle and Sound Tracks
Travel locally and around the globe this AETN Arts Friday. First, visit the Ozark Hills in “Bridge to War Eagle” at 6:30 p.m. Then, explore behind-the-scenes stories of music’s power around the globe in “SoundTracks: Music Without Borders” at 9 p.m. Read More

Ark. K-12 showcased films to air Friday, Sept. 21, 28 at 9 p.m.
The work of Arkansas's next generation of filmmakers will be showcased in "Student Selects:  A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2012" airing Fridays, Sept. 21 and 28, at 9. "Student Selects" is an annual event that highlights the state's K-12 students. 15 films will air as part of AETN Arts Fridays, your night for the arts on AETN. Film entries for "Student Selects" 2013 are being accepted. Read More

AETN Arts Friday – Hannah Blaylock & “Gotterdammerung”
This AETN Arts Friday, tune in for power-packed musical specials! At 6:30 p.m., we’ll feature a special performance by Hannah Blaylock and Lost & Found. Then, at 9 p.m., we’ll close “Great Performances at the Met – Wagner’s Ring Cycle” with a spectacular rendition of its final opera, “Gotterdammerung,” or “The Twilight of the Gods.” Read More

AETN Arts Fridays With The Sara Thomas Band & Paul McCartney

It’s another night of outstanding music with The Sara Thomas Band and Paul McCartney’s “Live Kisses” this AETN Arts Friday! “AETN Presents On the Front Row With The Sara Thomas Band” kicks everything off with a vibrant performance at AETN studios at 6:30 p.m., and McCartney entertains with songs from his new album “Kisses on the Bottom” at 9 p.m.

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AETN Arts Friday - Keith Harkin and Oscar Hammerstein
Declare this AETN Arts Friday your date night with specials featuring Celtic Thunder singer Keith Harkin and legendary lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. If nothing else, the music is sure to make you swoon! Read More

AETN Arts Fridays - Smittle Band and Jackie Evancho
Tonight on AETN Arts Fridays, tune in to be serenaded by lovely ladies with big voices! “AETN Presents on the Front Row With Smittle Band” features Stephanie Smith’s smooth vocals at 6:30 p.m. and “Great Performances – Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies” showcases the stand out vocals of the 12-year-old crossover music prodigy at 9 p.m. Read More

AETN Arts Fridays With Kevin Kerby and “Tanglewood at 75”
With outstanding performances by Kevin Kerby + Battery at 6:30 p.m. and “Great Performances: Tanglewood at 75” at 9 p.m., this AETN Arts Friday is a fabulous musical celebration. So reserve the comfiest seat in the house and let the festivities begin! Read More

AETN Arts Fridays: A Celebration of Artistic Innovators

It’s an evening celebrating artistic innovation this AETN Arts Friday! From the inventive “folkgrass” style of Ozark band Still on the Hill at 6:30 p.m. to the life story of the quirky, quarrelsome and avante guard art collector Dr. Albert C. Barnes, tonight’s programming promises to give your brain and senses a good stretch before you kick off your weekend.

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AETN Arts Fridays: Go Fast! and PBS Arts’ “Havana, Havana!”
This AETN Arts Friday, we’re ready for the weekend! Gear up for a high-energy evening with spirited Southern Rock on “AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Go Fast!” at 7 p.m. Afterwards, travel even farther south with PBS Arts’ “Havana, Havana!” The music-documentary vibrates with soul and energy of pulsing cubano rhythms as a group of musical stars return to their home country after years abroad. Read More

AETN Arts Friday Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys & Joyce DiDonato
It’s another star-powered AETN Arts Friday this week with performances from iconic country swing band Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and world-famous mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. The fun kicks off with a encore episode of “AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys” at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by PBS Arts’ “Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra Presents Joyce DiDonato” at 9 p.m. Read More

AETN Arts Fridays: Pam Tillis and Comedian John Leguizamo
This star-studded AETN Arts Fridays is anything but unlucky! Grammy Award-winning country music artist Pam Tillis performs on “AETN Presents: On the Front Row” at 6:30 p.m. Then, one of the industry’s most versatile actors, comedian and playwright John Leguizamo, takes you behind the scenes of his one man show in PBS Arts’ “John Leguizamo’s Tales From a Ghetto Klown” at 9 p.m. Read More

AETN Arts Fridays – Boondogs and “Islamic Art”
Travel from Arkansas to the Middle and Far East this AETN Arts Friday, July 6, for an evening of spectacular entertainment. At 6:30 p.m., “AETN Presents: On the Front Row with The Boondogs,” showcases songs from the acclaimed indie pop band’s well-received “A Thousand Ships.” Then, PBS Arts’ “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World,” whisks you across the globe to explore the incredible artistic legacy of the Muslim world at 9 p.m. Read More

AETN Arts Fridays With Smittle Band and “Mariachi High”
Join us this AETN Arts Friday as we kick off PBS’s Summer Arts Festival! “AETN Presents On the Front Row With Smittle Band” begins at 6:30 p.m. and PBS Arts’ “Mariachi High,” the first special in a seven-part  weekly series that take viewers across the country and around the world. Read More

AETN Arts Fridays with Rodney Block and Judy Garland
This AETN Arts Friday treat yourself to a night of show-stopping performances. Pay tribute to star power with specials showcasing the overpowering talent of Arkansas trumpet sensation Rodney Block on “AETN Presents” at 6:30 p.m. and America’s sweetheart, Judy Garland, in “American Masters: By Myself” at 9 p.m.  Read More

AETN Arts Fridays Features NOLA’s Ted Ludwig and Harry Connick, Jr.
If you love the New Orleans sound – soulful jazz standards, lively improvisations and swinging big band pieces – you’re in for a treat! This AETN Arts Friday features the Crescent City’s flair with the Ted Ludwig Trio on “AETN Presents: On the Front Row” at 6:30 p.m. and Harry Connick, Jr., In Concert on Broadway on “Great Performances,” at 9 p.m. Read More

AETN Arts Friday – Kevin Kerby and Oscar Hammerstein II
Give your weekend a musical start this AETN Arts Friday with specials featuring the work of original songwriters. At 6:30 p.m., “On the Front Row: Kevin Kerby + Battery” entertains with energetic rock ‘n’ roll performances of the band’s original songs, written by lead singer Kevin Kerby. At 9 p.m., “Out of My Dreams” explores the life and legendary career of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Read More

Arts Fridays With Still on the Hill and Tony Bennett
This AETN Arts Friday, tune in for great shows that put a fun twist on old favorites. First, at 6:30 p.m., “AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Still on the Hill,” highlights the Ozarkers’ inventive “folkgrass” style. At 9 p.m., classic and contemporary come together for “Great Performances: Tony Bennett: Duets II.” The dazzling program features Bennett’s duos with popular recording artists, including Lady Gaga, Willie Nelson, Michael Buble and the late Amy Winehouse. Read More

Arts Fridays With Epiphany and “Goat Rodeo Live”

Start your Memorial Day Weekend with a genre-blending twist on this week’s AETN Arts Friday. From the live-band infused hip-hop of “AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Epiphany” at 6:30 p.m. to the classical and bluegrass stylings of string virtuosos in “Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile” at 9 p.m., this evening of unique music is a must-see.
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Arts Fridays – Bluegrass Music and a World Premier Opera
Tune in to AETN Arts Fridays this Friday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. for "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With 3 Penny Acre" and 9 p.m. for "Great Performances at the Met: ‘The Enchanted Island.’"  With unique bluegrass music from the four-member Ozark band to the Metropolitan Opera’s world premier of "The Enchanted Island," you’re sure to enjoy an evening of fabulous music. Read More

Be Sure to Watch! "Art 21: Balance"
The artists in this episode, Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold and Sarah Sze, create ordered and precise works that explore the gap between art and existence, challenge the distinction between seeing and knowing and demonstrate that the pursuit of harmony can be a radical proposition. Read More

Art in the Twenty-First Century: History
Fuel your love of art and inspire the artist in you by tuning into AETN Arts Fridays this Friday, April 27 at 9:00 p.m. for the third episode of Art21’s sixth season of “Art in the Twenty First Century.” Read More

Arts Fridays with Billy Collins, Art21, and Ha Ha Tonka
AETN Arts Fridays comes to you this week with “AETN Presents:  On the Same Page” with Billy Collins as part of Poetry Month, Art in the Twenty-First Century (Art21) with “Boundaries” and Sun Studio Sessions “Ha Ha Tonka” – a big of literature, art and culture and music to end your Friday night. Tune in at 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to start off your weekend a little more well-rounded.  Read More

Art21: "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season Six Premiere
Celebrating its 10th anniversary as the leading contemporary art archive of 100 internationally recognized artists, Art21 premieres the sixth season of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" on Friday, April 13 on AETN at 6:30 p.m. Read More

Arts Fridays - poetry, Renee Fleming, and Nicole Atkins
Tune into AETN Arts Fridays this Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. for “AETN Presents:  On the Same Page” with Jo McDougall, at 9:00 p.m. for “Live from Lincoln Center Renee Fleming,” and at 10:30 p.m. for “Sun Studio Sessions ‘Nicole Atkins.’  Kick your weekend off with the first of our month-long talks with poets to celebrate National Poetry Month.  Read More

“AETN Presents” Celebrates National Poetry Month
“AETN Presents: On the Same Page” celebrates National Poetry Month.  Join the nation and AETN in honoring poetry and poets by tuning into AETN’s “On the Same Page,” featuring poets of national recognition every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. during the month of April.  Arkansas artists, Pulitzer winners, U.S. Poet Laureates…the best of the word world coming to you with AETN Arts Fridays.  Read More

AETN Arts Fridays with Jack Williams and San Fran Symphony
End your week with us and AETN Arts Fridays with “AETN Presents:  On the Front Row” with Jack Williams at 6:30 p.m. and “San Francisco Symphony at 100” at 9 p.m. Read More

Arts Fridays brings you Bonnie Montgomery and Women Who Rock
AETN Arts Fridays brings you “AETN Presents:  On the Front Row” with Bonnie Montgomery and Montgomery Trucking at 6:30 p.m. and “PBS Arts from Cleveland:  Women Who Rock” at 9 p.m.  It’s a night of rockin’ women from Bonnie’s hillbilly funk and opera after, to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga.  Cyndi Lauper hosts.  Aside from amazing lady lyrics, I need a glimpse of the current color in Cyndi’s hair! Read More

Arts Fridays-Celebrating Arkansas IV and Peter, Paul & Mary
AETN Arts Fridays March 16 starts at 6:30 p.m. with “Celebrating Arkansas IV” and Peter, Paul & Mary - 25th Anniversary Concert at 8:30 p.m.  “Celebrating Arkansas IV” features the bargains on 64…130 miles of yard sales, flea markets, and antiques along the road from Fort Smith to Conway.  Then, Peter, Paul and Mary celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the trio in Greenwich Village. Read More

AETN Arts Fridays with some Arkansas, Italian and Celtic
AETN Arts Fridays brings you three different sounds from all over this great planet….starting in Arkansas March 9 at 6:30 p.m., catch the brilliant Ted Ludwig Trio from Arkansas, Il Volo Takes Flight, rounding off with Celtic Thunder Voyage.  You can’t say ‘you never take me anywhere’ with AETN and PBS at the helm – we’ll take you from the Natural State to Italy to the Celtic beyond all in one night. Read More

Arts Fridays with 3 Penny Acre, Cab Calloway, and Broadway
AETN Arts Fridays starting at 6:30 p.m. brings us three top notch and completely different sets of sounds and performance – each exquisite and sure to please anyone who has ever had a song in their heart.  3 Penny Acre from Fayetteville treats us to folk, Cab Calloway amazes with modern dance in a not so modern age and In Performance at the White House entertains with “A Broadway Celebration”. Read More

AETN Arts Fridays with Go Fast! and “Memphis on Broadway”
Join AETN Arts Fridays with “AETN Presents:  On the Front Row with Go Fast” Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and “Great Performances: Memphis on Broadway” at 9 p.m. Go Fast blends Americana-infused proto-rock, hot-rod culture, and monster movies. Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best New Musical, “Memphis” turns to the 1950s to tell the story of a white DJ whose love of music transcends race lines. Read More

AETN Arts Fridays brings The Boondogs and American Songbook
AETN Arts Fridays brings you Little Rock’s The Boondogs at 6:30 and American Songbook’s “Saloon Singer” at 9 p.m.  The Boondogs’ Roots Pop sound comes from Little Rock-based band of Indy Grotto, Jason Weinheimer, Chris Michaels, Jess Aycock, Isaac Alexander and Dylan Turner.  Catch “Saloon Singer” as it examines the allure of musical nightlife and its pioneers including Rose Marie, Maya Angelou.  Read More

AETN Arts Fridays with Wildwood and Steve Davison, 6:30 p.m.
Join us Friday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. for “AETN Presents:  On the Front Row” with Wildwood and Steve Davison as part of AETN Arts Fridays.   Stay tuned for "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook Lost and Found" at 9 p.m. Wildwood is a high-energy band from Fayetteville, and individual winner Davison, who composes original music on 6 and 12-string guitars. Read More

AETN Arts Fridays and American Songbook Feb. 3 at 9 p.m.
Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook returns for a second season with three new episodes that take viewers on a musical journey across America and through time.  This season the acclaimed musician and Grammy®-nominated vocalist goes deeper in his ongoing quest to celebrate and preserve classic 20th century popular song.  Feb. 3 gives us “Time Machines” about technology preserving the past. Read More