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The Smittle Band, "Women Who Rock" break it down on AETN Arts Fridays

Posted on 18 Nov 2011

This week's AETN Arts Fridays is sure to get your feet dancing. 

First up, Stephanie Smittle and The Smittle Band brings "jazzy Americana," smooth vocals, pop sensibility and Baptist church styling as part of "AETN Presents: On the Front Row." The Smittle Band formed two years ago and produced its first CD, "Bright Street," in Oct. 2010. The Smittle Band features Stephanie Smittle on vocals; Wythe Walker on acoustic and electric guitars; Jim McGehee on keyboard; Ray Wittenberg on drums; John Davies, who spent a decade with The Cate Brothers and several years on the road with Michael Burkes, on bass.

"AETN Presents: On the Front Row With the Smittle Band" airs Friday, November 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Also airing tonight is PBS Arts from Cleveland "Women Who Rock." From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga, this performance documentary vibrates with energy as it traces the indelible mark that amazing women musicians have made on America's soundtrack. "Women Who Rock" reveals new insights into what it means to be female in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, while exploring how those dynamics between sexes have changed with time. Cyndi Lauper hosts. Be sure to stay tuned after the program to hear what musician Shannon Boshears of the Shannon Boshears Band had to say about the importance of female voices in art.

"PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock" airs Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9 p.m.


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.