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AETN launches new season of arts, cultural programming Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.Season features authors, performances, documentaries;offers something for everyone

Posted 12 Oct 2009

AETN Presents features a variety of arts and cultural subjects and encompasses the series On the Same Page and On the Front Row. Previously included in the series have been the Arkansas Acoustic Festival; performances by the Cate Brothers, Trout Fishing in America, Dale Hawkins, The Claudia Burson Trio, The Salty Dogs and Epiphany; and authors Buzz Bissinger, Billy Collins, John T. Edge and Kenneth L. Smith. 

Kicking off the fall season will be AETN Presents: The Scarlet Letter, Sunday, Oct. 11, at 1:30 p.m. This opera adaptation by Lori Laitman of Nathaniel Hawthornes masterpiece was taped at the world premiere performance at Donald W. Reynolds Theater on the University of Central Arkansas campus in November 2008. Laitman teamed with award-winning American poet David Mason. The story takes place in 17th century Boston and revolves around Hester Prynne, who is convicted of adultery and forced to wear a scarlet A on her chest as a sign of sin.

On the Same Page will air each Wednesday at 6:30 Oct. 14 through Nov. 4. Featured authors and literary works are:

·        Scott L. Price, Heart of the Game, Oct. 14. An account of the accidental death of minor league first base coach Mike Coolbaugh, illustrating the many ways in which baseball still has a hold on America.

·        Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Oct. 21. Short stories about families that fall apart and messily try to reassemble themselves, including such characters as the dropout, the misfit, the failed inventor, boozy dreamers, hapless fathers, and wayward sons.

·        Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer and Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, Oct. 28. A guide for people who love books and want to write them, and a powerful exploration of the life of Anne Frank and the long afterlife of The Diary of Anne Frank.

·        Susan Bosak, Dream, Nov. 4. An award-winning childrens book that celebrates and inspires dreaming at any age.

On the Front Row debuts Nov. 11 on Wednesdays at 6:30 and continues through Nov. 25. Artists performing are:

·        The Shannon Boshears Band, Nov. 11. Signature gritty, guitar-driven blues rock.

·        The Ted Ludwig Trio, Nov. 18. A young virtuoso of the seven-string guitar playing traditional jazz and innovative improvisation.

·        3 Penny Acre, Nov. 25. A fresh interpretation of mountain music, bluegrass and folk with a distinct Arkansas sound.

Wrapping up the fall season is On the Tamale Trail Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. The lines between food, culture, region and tradition blur in this search for the satisfying soul food tamales. The program follows Kane Webb, Rex Nelson and Bill Vickery as theyre hot on the trail of the Souths best tamales.

For more information on AETNs fall arts and cultural lineup, visit

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