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AETN rocks out with Pearl Jam this Friday at 9

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AETN is on our second week of bringing you AETN 'Arts Fridays.'  Every Friday night we'll be bringing you a new program that highlights some of the nation's biggest and best art communities, and their unique flavor of the arts. There will be something for everyone, but the program I'm most looking forward to is "American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty."

On Friday, Oct. 21, I will be glued to my TV to watch this brand new documentary about one of my favorite bands.  It makes me feel old to think that Pearl Jam has been around for 20 years.  I remember my first rock concert was Pearl Jam playing Barton Coliseum back in '93.  It was truly one of the most epic experiences of my youth.  I saw them again in 2000 and 2006, and their show seemed to mature along with me.

And that's what "Pearly Jam Twenty" is about.  It spans from the band's creation back in the "grunge" era of 1991 Seattle, and goes through their full career as one of the greatest live bands ever.  There will be old school footage, flannel and all.

Phil Martin, Movie/Style Editor, columnist for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette was with us last week after reviewing PJ20.  He had this to say:  "It's really great to have these baseline cultural institutions like AETN, that not only gives us a chance to watch American Masters and see this programming that's made by people outside the state, but also produces a lot of in-state, local programming. And, you can see bands like the Salty Dogs, and The Smittle Band, Bonnie Montgomery, and the Cate Brothers through 'AETN Presents'. We've got a great culture, and it's a really preternaturally interesting culture."

About the film

Academy Award®-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe creates a definitive portrait of the seminal band carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus over 24 hours of recent band interviews and concert footage. The captivating, two-hour documentary gives viewers and fans an intimate first glimpse into Pearl Jam's journey in honor of the band's 20th anniversary.

But, if Rock 'N Roll isn't your thing, the PBS Fall Arts Festival still has plenty more to choose from.  Steve Martin playing the banjo should be a great week.  There's are also two beautiful dance pieces including The Little Mermaid Ballet that is haunting, Women of Rock, and much more.  Visit for the full schedule.

Author Darcy Pattison will discuss her latest children's book, "Prairie Storms" as part of "AETN Presents: On the Same Page" this same night at 6:30 p.m.  "Prairie Storms" gives children a front row seat into the harsh climate of the American prairie and how the animals that reside within it adapt to the ever-changing climate. Pattison focuses on a different prairie animal and habitat each month, showing how a prairie grouse survives the freezing snows of winter or how a lizard evades the brutal sun and heat of summer with realistic watercolor illustrations by Kathleen Reitz. Written in lyrical prose and complete with activities and quizzes, Pattison's book is both an educational and celebratory look into the great American prairies.  Pattison is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor's Arts Award for her work in children's literature. She founded the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Arkansas Chapter, and actively serves as a speaker and judge for chapters throughout the nation. She is currently co-chair of the Children's Program for the Arkansas Literary Festival. Pattison's other works include "Nineteen Girls and Me" and "Searching for Oliver K. Woodman." For more information on "AETN Presents" visit