April 2019

Arkansas Stories

"State of the Art"

After an exhilarating journey of artistic discovery – covering more than 100,000 miles and 1,000 destinations – 100 under-recognized American artists were selected for one unforgettable exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. "State of the Art," a one-hour documentary premiering nationally April 26 on PBS, captures the personal stories of seven of the diverse artists that make up the exhibition and redefine the American aesthetic. The film is produced by Peabody Award-winning Arkansas filmmakers Craig and Brent Renaud.

Join us for a free advance screening:

  • Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 E. 5th St., El Dorado
  • Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m., Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock.

Tune in Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m.



"Exploring Arkansas"

Join host Chuck Dovish as he visits waterfalls in the Madison County Wildlife Management Area south of Eureka Springs; the 1886 Concord one-room schoolhouse east of Eureka Springs, one of a handful of such structures still standing in the state; the Newton House Museum in El Dorado, the only antebellum home in that town that's open to the public; and the city of Searcy, which recently won a national small business revolution competition that received thousands of entries.

Tune in Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m.

Ballpark with fireworks in the sky


School Day Games with the Arkansas Travelers

AETN will partner with the Arkansas Travelers for the 2019 School Day Games April 17 versus the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and April 24 versus the Frisco Roughriders. The PBS KIDS series "Let's Go Luna!" will be previewed during the game, and AETN will provide resources and materials for Arkansas teachers. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. each day, with first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m. We hope to see you and your students at the ballpark!

Join us Wednesdays, April 17 and 24, at Dickey-Stephens Park, 400 W. Broadway, North Little Rock.


Quiz Bowl 2019

High school students will showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governor's Academic Competition "Quiz Bowl 2019" on April 27. "Quiz Bowl" is a celebration and recognition of scholarship that has been an AETN tradition since 1985. In a series of questions, players must display their knowledge in literature, math, science, history, art, music and economics. Teams from across the state compete for the chance to represent The Natural State in national tournaments.

Tune in Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

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Documentary Series

"Reel South"

The American South is like no place else in the country. Its people, culture, landscape and history can both captivate and bewilder. In the cherished tradition of Southern storytelling, "Reel South" reveals the South's proud, yet complicated, heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives.

Tune in Thursdays at 10 p.m. beginning April 4.

Series Premiere

"Masterpiece: Les Miserables"

Victor Hugo's masterpiece comes to television in a six-part adaptation by multi awardwinning screenwriter Andrew Davies. Dominic West stars as fugitive Jean Valjean, with David Oyelowo as his pursuer Inspector Javert and Lily Collins as the luckless single mother Fantine. Ellie Bamber and Josh O'Connor costar as the young lovers Cosette and Marius. Love, death, and the struggle for social justice in early 19th-century France feature in this beautifully faithful retelling of one of the world's most beloved stories.

Tune in beginning Sunday, April 14, at 8 p.m.

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"Nature: American Spring LIVE"

Spring is one of nature's greatest performances – a time of rebirth, renewed energy and dramatic transformations. For three consecutive nights, "Nature: American Spring LIVE" presents the change from winter to spring in real time from iconic locations across America. Acclaimed news anchor Juju Chang will host the multi-platform event, with on-camera experts showing springtime phenomena in various locations across the country, in ecosystems ranging from the Rockies to the Everglades, from inner-city parks to remote wilderness preserves.

Tune in Monday, April 29, through Wednesday, May 1, at 7 each night.

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Arts & Culture Survey

AETN wants to hear from you!

In an effort to provide the most relevant and engaging arts and cultural programming and resources for Arkansans, we want to know what's important to you. Please share your thoughts and preferences in this brief survey, which will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Your responses will be used to develop new content for broadcast, online and in communities.

Take the survey now, or visit aetn.org.