New and Noteworthy
Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light.
Based on the true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked––and checkered––glory.
Wed, Jan 24 at 8PM
When Adam, a Christian Arab living in Nazareth, learns that his wife Lamia is pregnant and his father falls very ill, he needs money more than ever. Despite all his business ideas failing so far, he gives one last try to make it big, selling air from the Holy Land to the city’s tourists. But in order to, as one priest tells Adam during confession, bring such product into the market he needs to find allies from the three cultures ruling over Nazareth – the Jewish politicians, the Muslim mafia boss and the Catholic church officials.
Wed, Jan 31 at 8PM
2017’s breakout hit LOVING VINCENT returns to the Avalon for one night only, with a post-screening discussion with animation painter Pamela Bliss. The world’s first fully-painted animated feature film, brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings is his passionate, ill-fated life and mysterious death. In this biopic painted in Vincent van Gogh’s signature style, Armand Roulin (voiced by Douglas Booth), who sat for van Gogh, sets out to investigate how the artist died. The voice cast also includes Chris O’Dowd and Saoirse Ronan.
Sat, Feb 3 at 10AM
Both playful and educational, Marsha and the Positron shows get audiences singing along and dancing to songs that will inspire curiosity about science. The group also plays kid-appropriate pop covers, parodies, and traditional favorites. Marsha and the Positrons feature skilled and smooth bass player Wardell Howell; gifted and instinctive djembe drummer and vocalist, Kristen Arant; wonderful multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Ayanna Gallant; and supremely talented guitar player, Ford Combs. Whether playing as a duo, trio, or full band, Marsha and the Positrons always bring their positive energy and playfulness to the stage!
Sat, Feb 10 at 10AM
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay). Born with health issues and a facial disfiguration that, up until now, prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As he struggles to find acceptance with his classmates and community, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Wed, Feb 14 at 8PM
Based on a true story, Milada Horáková was the only woman executed on the basis of fabricated charges of conspiracy and treason in a political show trial by the communist regime in former Czechoslovakia. Set against the complex, political landscapes of post-WWII, MILADA tells the story of a strong woman, a heroine fighting for democracy, who survived imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps only to be arrested and executed by the Communists in 1950. In this character-driven film, the internationally acclaimed actress Ayelet Zurer and Czech star Aňa Geislerová take on the roles of Milada and the state prosecutor via a suspenseful plot.
Sat, Feb 17 at 10AM
Ahoy, what do you see there, sailor? You and your child are invited to our imaginary deep sea dive in this fun, interactive musical experience with Imagination Stage! In this workshop, an Early Childhood Teaching Artist accompanied by a live percussionist guides you through a musical exploration of an ocean-themed children’s book. Together we will swim with the seahorses, dive with the dolphins, and even find buried treasure, all while using song, movement, and instrument play to bring our ocean to life.
Sat, Feb 24 at 10AM
The Great Zucchini is back with Barry the Magician! Washington’s funniest and most magical entertainers are taking over the Avalon for another colorful show where every kid is the star. The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy, and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini’s performance keeps children on the edge of their seats and guarantees laughter.
Sat, Mar 3 at 10AM
Are you ready to rock the rainbow? Join the Rainbow Rock Band as they entertain your little dudes with tunes, laughs and more! Winners of a Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award for their debut CD, “Meet the Rainbow,” an absolute mix of musical genres from folk, pop rock to rockabilly, all the while being educational and fun. Your child will learn about shapes, colors, movement, and more! The Rainbow Rock Band encourages all rainbow rockers to participate in the show either on the microphone or at their seat. Either way your little one is sure to have fun!
Two shows only! Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness. Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held at the Royal Academy of Art in London: A Bigger Picture (2012) and 82 Portraits & One Still Life (2016). Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.
Sat, Mar 10 at 10AM
Blue Sky Puppet Theatre is back at the Avalon this winter! In “If Pigs Could Fly,” Rocky learns how much fun reading can be when his classmates produce puppet shows from 4 world folktales books from the library.
Two shows only! One of the most talked about exhibitions of the year, “Cézanne: Portraits of a Life” is dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne. One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.