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MPTV Friday Nights Feature Arts Programming

June 20, 2012

Milwaukee Public Television will provide an array of arts programming ranging from MARIACHI HIGH to HAVANA, HAVANA! beginning June 29 on MPTV 10.1 HD. The Friday night productions are part of the PBS Arts Summer Festival.

The story of a group of South Texas student musicians, MARIACHI HIGH follows an award-winning Mariachi band that is a source of civic pride and an example of rigorous discipline. The program premieres June 29 at 8 p.m.

ISLAMIC ART: MIRROR OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD premieres July 6 at 8 p.m. The program celebrates the artistic legacy of the Muslim world and explores the shared histories between Western and Islamic culture.

JOHN LEGUIZAMO'S TALES FROM A GHETTO KLOWN will be presented July 13 at 8 p.m. Award-winning actor and playwright John Leguizamo's unorthodox rise to success is profiled. Family, friends, and Leguizamo himself talk about his journey from the ghetto to a respected place in American theater.


HAVANA, HAVANA! will be presented July 27 at 8 p.m. This is a music-documentary filled with African-Cuban drummers, guajira guitarists and the pulsing melodies of celebrated Cuban musician Raul Paz.

THE BARNES COLLECTION is featured Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. Follow Dr. Albert Barnes' remarkable rise from Philadelphia's working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. This unique tale bounces back and forth through time as the late Dr. Barnes travels the world to collect works of art by some of history's most famous artists -- Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir and many others.

GREAT PERFORMANCES "Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration" is the final PBS Arts Summer Festival production on Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.


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