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A Hologram for the King

A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.

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In Civic Theatre 514
Fri (4/29)- 3:00, 5:15 pm
Sat (4/30)- 1:00, 5:30, 7:45 pm
Sun (5/1)- 11:30 am, 1:45, 6:30 pm
Mon (5/2)- 7:00 pm
Tues (5/3)-4:00 pm
Weds (5/4)- 7:00 pm
Thurs (5/5)- 7:00 pm

Running Time 1 hour 38 minutes

Rated R

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Free Shakespeare Series

Celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with this free screening series from BBC Worldwide North America. Four outstanding, historic BBC productions are available, As You Like It (1963), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1971), King Lear (1998), and a modern The Taming of the Shrew (2005). Also available is the hugely popular historian Simon Schama’s insightful documentary Shakespeare and Us (2012).

 

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
4/30/16

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EXHIBITION ON SCREEN

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN brings blockbuster art exhibitions from galleries around the world to a cinema near you, in stunning high definition.

 

 

REMBRANDT (FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY AND RIJKMUSEUM)
Tuesday, May 10th @ 7:30 PM in 19th St. Theatre

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated, but this major new show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is an event like no other. Given exclusive, privileged access to both galleries, the film documents this landmark exhibition whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story with the behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions.

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THE IMPRESSIONISTS AND THE MAN WHO MADE THEM
Tuesday, May 17th @ 7:30 PM in 19th St. Theatre

This unique film secured unparalleled access to a major new exhibition focussing on the man credited with inventing Impressionism as we know it: 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel. This eagerly anticipated international exhibition is possibly the most comprehensive exploration of the Impressionists in history.

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VAN GOGH: A NEW WAY OF SEEING
Tuesday, May 24th @ 7:30 PM in 19th St. Theatre

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this is a brilliant new film about one of the world’s most fascinating and beloved artists. Made in collaboration with the experts at the Van Gogh Museum, the film marks both a major re-showing of the gallery’s collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death.

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RENOIR: REVERED AND REVILED
Tuesday, June 7th @ 7:30 PM in Theatre 514

The film is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant but more than that it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.

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PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN: MONET TO MATISSE
Tuesday, June 28th @ 7:30 PM in 19th St. Theatre

Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Great artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative and extensive exhibition from The Royal Academy, London.

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Summer Dance Series

Join us on Thursdays throughout the summer to experience dance from some of the greatest choreographers and companies in the world. From San Francisco’s International Ballet to Alvin Ailey’s Dance Theatre, from Lincoln Center to the United Kingdom, Civic Theatre is proud to present our Summer Dance series. Group rates are available for parties of ten or more, please contact the box office for more information.

Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man
June 30th @ 7:30 PM in 19th St. Theatre

A sensational new dance event for cinemas from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne and his Dance Company New Adventures, The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera (CARMEN) and has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in classical music, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies. The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960’s America where the dreams and passions of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge. Lez Brotherston’s epic design, Chris Davey’s evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling take in a wealth of cinematic references, creating a powerful and uncompromising vision of small-town America.

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
July 14th @ 7:30 PM in 19th St. Theatre

Matthew Bourne’s smash-hit production, Sleeping Beauty, was filmed at the Bristol Hippodrome in 2013 following a sell-out UK tour. The story begins in 1890, the year of the ballet’s first performance, at the christening of the heroine Princess Aurora. It was the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forward in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical golden age of long summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day, a world more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy story! Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty is a Gothic Romance that will delight dance fans of all ages.

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Romeo & Juliet
July 28th @ 7:30 PM in 19th St. Theatre

With its passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship and celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, this colourful and emotional re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has packed houses around the world. Helgi Tomasson’s bravura interpretation of the Bard’s greatest tragedy “lifts Shakespeare’s complex and familiar language off the gilded pages and translates it into lucid classical choreography that is visceral, fresh, and ultimately sublime.” (Huffington Post) San Francisco Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is made possible by Production Sponsor First Republic Bank. Original production of Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet was made possible by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation.

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Alvin Ailey Mixed Programme
August 11th @ 7:30 PM in 19th St. Theatre

This is your chance to witness an iconic masterpiece of American dance, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, described by The New York Times as “one of the great works of the human spirit.” This stunning, soulful tour de force draws on African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues. The wide-ranging influences and irrepressible passion of Revelations are evident across the rest of this electrifying programme, which features Wayne McGregor’s sumptuous Chroma, set to a score by Joby Talbot with orchestrations of songs by The White Stripes; Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, a powerful meeting of modern and West African dance with a soundtrack by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis and Fela Kuti; and Robert Battle’s humorous, high-flying Takademe.

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Ballet Hispanico
August 25th @ 7:30 PM in 19th St. Theatre

Ballet Hispanico will “whisk us away to contemporary dance’s hottest spot” (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired dancing at its best. In Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Hailed as a “masterpiece” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

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Allentown JazzFest FilmFest

April 29, 7:30pm

Allentown FilmFest: Blowup: Revolutionary Art Then and Now

This event will open with a screening of the 1966 Antonioni film, Blowup, after which Ms. Gardner will lead a discussion about what made that film so revolutionary in the 1960s and what is happening in today’s art trends that may or may not be considered revolutionary. Blowup has a fantastic score by Herbie Hancock, and it made quite a mark in 1966, as being a very subversive film for the time.

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May 1, 4pm

Allentown FilmFest: International Short Films

AJF Filmmaker in Residence Stephanie Gardner will show five short films from around the world, including two of Ms. Gardner’s films, “If I Had A Piano (I’d Play You The Blues)” and “And If I Stay”.  This post-screening discussion will cover the powerful impact that filmmaking has as an artistic tool that helps connect cultures.

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May 3, 7PM:

Allentown FilmFest: A Night with the Experimental 

In the third and final night of our film series, Ms. Gardner brings you an eclectic mix of short experimental and animated films; the cinematic equivalent to jazz improvisation.  Gardner will lead a discussion as to how the filmmakers chose to stray from traditional story narrative to craft a new form of expression through the visual arts, and how this technique relates to the composing and performing of jazz music.  There will be an encore performance of Gardner’s new film commissioned for the Allentown Jazz Festival, accompanied by a live jazz score.

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Civil Rights Art Museum Film Series

This is in partnership with the Allentown Arts Museum and their Civil Rights exhibit, “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” opening January 17th and running through May 15th.  The exhibition presents the Southern Freedom Movement through the visions and voices of eight men and one woman who lived and worked in the South between 1963 and 1967.  These films speak to the movement.

 

In the Heat of the Night

An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

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In 19th St. Theatre
Monday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm
Running Time 1 hour 49 minutes

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