PBS Arts returns to the stage Fridays
at 8 p.m. with an exciting line up of new programs that celebrate the contributions of independent filmmakers and expand the
scope and diversity of the arts on television. With a multi-part weekly series and new original online content,
PBS Arts Summer Festival 2012
takes viewers across the country and around the world. Award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith will
serve as weekly host.
The Summer Arts Festival line-up kicks off on June 29 with
Mariachi High, a film that
chronicles a year in the life of talented teenage Mariachi musicians.
On July 6,
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
—narrated by Susan Sarandon—takes viewers to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the
astonishing artistic and architectural riches of this ancient religion.
John Leguizamo’s Tales from a Ghetto Clown,
airing July 13, features a behind-the-scenes profile of the actor/playwright and his unorthodox rise to success while
capturing his struggles to mount his latest one-man show.