Every Tuesday enjoy dinner at any Downtown Grand Junction Restaurant and bring your receipt to the Avalon for two (2) free admissions to the 7:30pm movie. For a list of participating restaurants please call 970-263-5700.
This is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it's Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life, and the multitude of selfless acts he has performed: rescuing his younger brother from drowning, losing the hearing in his left ear in the process; enduring a beating rather than allow a grieving druggist (H.B. Warner) to deliver poison by mistake to an ailing child; foregoing college and a long-planned trip to Europe to keep the Bailey Building and Loan from letting its Depression-era customers down; and, most important, preventing town despot Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over Bedford Mills and reducing its inhabitants to penury. Along the way, George has married his childhood sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed), who has stuck by him through thick and thin. But even the love of Mary and his children are insufficient when George, faced with an $8000 shortage in his books, becomes a likely candidate for prison thanks to the vengeful Potter. Bitterly, George declares that he wishes that he had never been born, and Clarence, hoping to teach George a lesson, shows him how different life would have been had he in fact never been born. After a nightmarish odyssey through a George Bailey-less Bedford Falls (now a glorified slum called Potterville), wherein none of his friends or family recognize him, George is made to realize how many lives he has touched, and helped, through his existence; and, just as Clarence had planned, George awakens to the fact that, despite all its deprivations, he has truly had a wonderful life. Capra's first production through his newly-formed Liberty Films, It's a Wonderful Life lost money in its original run, when it was percieved as a fairly downbeat view of small-town life. Only after it lapsed into the public domain in 1973 and became a Christmastime TV perennial did it don the mantle of a holiday classic. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1010792-its_a_wonderful_life/
With his first appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" in 1995, Brian solidified his place on the show and recently made his 26th appearance.
Brian's non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues into 2009.
It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian's fan base.
Releasing two critically acclaimed hour Comedy Central specials and DVD's in as many years – 2008's "The Epitome of Hyperbole," and 2007's "Brian Regan Standing Up" – Brian has set a standard of excellence that others continually try to follow.
In December 2010, Brian released his highly-anticipated new album, All By Myself, as a digital download only available here at Brian’s store. The album features over an hour of new material and was recorded in March 2010 at Brian’s record setting five sold-out shows at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. The previous record was four shows set by Jerry Seinfeld in 2005.
In August 2013, Brian performed a sold-out show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO. The beautiful, historic venue plays host to some of the most famous musicians of all time. Watch the Behind the Scenes video of Brian’s sold-out performance.