Let's get a basic definition of 'avant-garde' out of way: it's a term that refers to works that are innovative or experimental in the areas of art, politics and culture.
Over the last day I educated myself on some of the avant-guard movements. Now, you may be at a dinner party and some of these terms come up, so listed below are a few examples and their definitions so you don't wind up empty-handed and can jump in the conversation with some knowledge.
-Angry Penguins: The working title has been Happy Feet 3, but was changed when Christopher Nolan took over the franchise. Look for the premiere sometime in August 2014.
-Cinema pur: Metro Goldwyn Mayer for years has been pressured to remove its trademark lion from their logo. The company finally does so and replaces it with a Devon Rex variety of cat.
-Epic theater: the 2012 Republican candidates for President
-Neoism: a cult of Keanu Reeves followers; The Matrix: Reloaded is looped 24 hours a day
-Prakalpana Movement: Occupy Wall Street needed a makeover in their branding; this one seemed to fit
-Profession: Hotel General Manager
-Favorite card game: King's Cup
-% of people who steal towels?: About 15%
-What's your reason why people steal them?: Maybe they need them. But hotels won't charge because they want the repeat business and it turns out to be more of a hassle.
-You're the ninth bearded gift exchanger. Are you jolly?: I am jolly, but I'm shaving the beard off tomorrow. And I will still be jolly tomorrow without the beard.