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AETN Arts Friday: Boshears, Student Selects & Dust to Dreams

Posted on 21 Sep 2012

Tonight’s AETN Arts Friday line-up promises a series of performances by the best of the best with “AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Shannon Boshears” at 6:30 p.m., “Students Selects 2012: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” at 9 p.m. and “From Dust to Dreams” at 10 p.m.

Opening the evening, Boshears performs her signature gritty, guitar-driven blues rock in the AETN Studios. Shannon Boshears has been a successful Arkansas performer since the late '80s. With their unique blend of blues and rock, Boshears' band has played music festivals such as the Arkansas River Blues Festival and the King Biscuit Blues Festival. Backed by her longtime band, which includes Lori Stidham on bass, Walter K on guitar and Charlie Macon on drums, Boshears continues to shine in tonight’s thrilling performance.

The first half of an annual event that highlighting the creativity and talent of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade students “Student Selects 2012: Part 1” features the work of winning Arkansas student filmmakers. This project has allowed young videographers the opportunity to submit their handiwork for broadcast on AETN, streaming on aetn.org and screening at the Little Rock Film Festival, and awards four scholarships, funded by the THEA Foundation, to high school seniors. Films included in tonight’s broadcast include: 

“Colors in White,” Fayetteville High School – A young woman struggles to overcome a life-changing tragedy. Students Emily Webb, Jack Carroll and Harrison Smith won scholarships for screenwriting, cinematography and editing, respectively, for this film.
“Time to Forget,” Har-Ber High School, Springdale – While running from his past, a young man finds hope in the future.
“Black and White,” Conway High School West – A dramatic music video revolves around a love story set in a hometown neighborhood.
“Evolution,” Malvern Junior High School – Follow the path of evolution, with a humorous twist, in this stop-action short that was made entirely with construction paper.
“Whitey's Chicken,” Rogers Heritage High School – A local philanthropist and sports enthusiast is highlighted in this short documentary.
“Killing Crime,” Cabot High School – A slapstick comedic short about thwarting an attempted break-in.
“Derailed,” Conway High School West – A troubled young man finds it difficult to cope with being ignored in this atmospheric film.

Finally, rounding out an incredible evening is PBS’s “From Dust to Dreams,” hosted by Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”).  “From Dust to Dreams” marks the opening night concert at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas and celebrates in a star-studded fashion. Featured performers include: Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Joshua Bell, Mavis Staples, Merle Haggard, Pat Monahan (from Train), John Fogerty, Carole King and a company of Broadway stars that includes Brian Stokes Mitchell. 

AETN Arts Fridays 

Sept. 21, 2012


Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.


Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.


Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.