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Clients in the News – November 2014

Our clients are finishing the year strong, with many events and offerings to choose from:

• The American Film Institute (AFI) held its spectacular annual AFI FEST in Hollywood earlier this month—bringing together filmmakers, movie stars, and fans from across the globe to celebrate international cinema, “from modern masters and emerging filmmakers.” Of course, AFI Fest featured films galore, plus nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. Avalon’s President Allison Porter and I were thrilled to attend the premiere of the festival’s closing movie and long-anticipated Foxcatcher. We give it five stars! See our photo below and check out all the star-studded fun at AFI’s website.

• November is Native American Heritage Month, and the National Museum of the American Indian is throwing quite a party in Washington, DC. Join NMAI for its Muscogee Creek Festival, from Nov 14-16. As NMAI’s website describes it, “The Muscogee (Creek) Nation will celebrate its tribal history, heritage and culture with three days of performances, an art market and demonstrations … including stomp dancing, singers, hands-on activities for kids and families along with booths showcasing jewelry, traditional recipes and more.” Visit NMAI’s website for more information on this and other programs during Native American Heritage Month.

• Join the National LGBTQ Task Force for the National Trans Lives Matter Day of Action on November 18, with events being held across the country. The Task Force is joining forces with a growing number of other organizations to coordinate this day designed to call attention to the epidemic of violence targeting transgender people. The simple message? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. For more information and to find out about events where you live, visit the Task Force’s website.

• Mark your calendar for the annual Kennedy Center Honors—although you might not be one of the lucky few to attend the gala celebration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on December 7—join the rest of us and tune in to CBS on December 30 at 9:00 pm (ET) to enjoy the whole show. “Recipients to be honored at the 37th annual national celebration of the arts are: singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin.” Here’s more information on the honorees and the gala.
• After three years of extensive renovations that added 60% more gallery space, the highly anticipated reopening of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City takes place on December 12. The Cooper Hewitt—a Smithsonian gem—describes the results on the museum’s website as offering, “An entirely new and invigorated visitor experience, with interactive, immersive creative technologies.”

• Just a quick shout out: Please visit Avalon’s website early next week for our annual round-up of fabulous holiday gift-giving opportunities from Avalon clients. From tickets to toys to jewelry—our clients have something for everyone on your holiday shopping list!