Cultural Screenings,

films that showcase music, dance and art around the world, are screened  typically on select weekdays and select Sundays. Think of this series as armchair travel with a cultural bent, a larger-than-life window on places, exhibits and shows you may wonder about but not be able to visit first-hand.

Admission is $15 for Cultural Screenings. All weekday shows screen at 7:30 p.m. and all Sunday shows at 12:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, March 8:  Deconstructing the Beatles: 1963 

In late 1962, a group stepped into EMI studios for the first time, meeting producer George Martin and beginning an unparalleled recording career. Over the next 18 months, they would release four No. 1 singles (including “She Loves You” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand”) and two No. 1 albums.

This cinematic journey explores the music that launched Beatlemania around the globe. Before the screening, performer, music historian and award-winning Pittsburgh sound engineer Don Maue will share another dynamic presentation.

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.  and Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.: National Gallery

A popular combination of travel and art films reaches its peak with National Gallery, which portrays London’s National Gallery, one of the world’s foremost art institutions, as its own work of art.

Museum restorers, docents and executive battles are part of the film, but the beauty of the documentary lies in the reveal of the 196-year-old museum itself, its collection of seminal artists from 1260 to 1900 and the storehouse of knowledge about the aesthetic, historical, religious and psychological underpinnings of these masterpieces.

National Gallery presents the famous art space as almost a living and breathing thing, with all the complications and rough glory that implies,” notes the Toronto Star.

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, then there are at least a million things worth talking about in National Gallery,” observes the Hollywood Reporter.

Thursday, April 9, and Sunday, April 19: Easter in Art

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated Western culture for the past 2000 years and has been retold in oral and written traditions but also has been depicted countless times in art, including some of by the greatest masters in history. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of Western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment and can be found in Easter in Art. Shot on location in Jerusalem, the United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different approaches of artists in depicting the Easter story through the ages.

Sunday, April 26, and Thursday, May 14: Leaning into the Wind 

Leaning into the Wind captures environmental artist Sir Andy Goldsworthy as he makes temporary and permanent art on the landscape, in cities and with his own body.

“This is a hypnotic and beguiling documentary portrait of the 62-year-old site-specific land artist Andy Goldsworthy,” says the Times UK. “Sit back, relax and, in the most literal way possible, watch an artist at work.”

Sunday, May 3, and Thursday, May 21:  Leonardo: The Works

Imagine the opportunity to see every single painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci up close and in a single place. That’s exactly what happens with Leonardo: The Works.

“Undeniably impressive,” praises the UK’s Guardian. “The cumulative effect of seeing one masterwork after another roll across the screen is amazing. As gallery films go, this is pretty monumental.”

“You’ve seen Mona Lisa a million times,” shares Total Film Magazine, “but never this close.”

Sunday, May 10, 10:30 a.m., and Thursday, May 28, 6:00:  The LehmanTrilogy

This stage-on-screen production, The LehmanTrilogy, starts with a young man landing on a New York dock, dreaming of a new life in a new world alongside his two brothers. The firm they establish prospers until 163 years later, when Lehman Brothers spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, triggering the largest financial crisis in history.

The critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play was filmed live in London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th season, with stunning set design from Es Devlin.

“What an astonishing evening!” says the UK’s Guardian. “Spanning 150 years and running three-and-a-half hours, Stefano Massini’s play traces the trajectory of western capitalism by following the fortunes of a single family.”