Saturday, September 14, 2019

Men of the West - Weekend Western Movie Festival at the Strand

The Strand Theatre and Running Wild Films present
Men of the West
  
a weekend of Western movies and more  
with special guest: 
Mitchell Ryan

September 20 - 22 

The Strand Theatre & Running Wild Films are excited to present our first Western Film Festival:  Men of the West featuring 4 Western classics, a special guest: Mitchell Ryan, other programs, and free popcorn!  



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Feature Film:
Friday, September 20 / 7:00 PM
BITE THE BULLET 
Directed by Richard Brooks


Opening night film: A contrasting group of riders enter a 700-mile horse marathon across Southwest America. Mutual feelings of distrust  and a difficult race through the desert puts each rider up to the ultimate test. Filmed in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. 
Tickets

(Watch trailer)

Cast: Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Candice Bergen, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent. (Swank) 

This showing is a tribute to Jan-Michael Vincent who lived in Vicksburg until his death earlier this year.



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Program:
Saturday September 21 / 8 AM :  open casting call for 12 Westerns in 12 Months until Noon.

NO VIDEO SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED. TO AUDITION, YOU MUST ATTEND IN PERSON.


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Feature Film:
Saturday, September 21 / 2 PM
MAN OF THE WEST
Directed by Anthony Mann


Matinee -  Gary Cooper, in his last great role, portrays a former outlaw whose past returns to haunt him when he is forced by his old gang to participate in a train robbery. 

Julie London and Lee J. Cobb co-star. (Park Circus) 

Introduction by Travis Mills of Running Wild Films discussing the connection between this Western and the horror genre.  


Tickets

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Program:
Saturday / 4 PM
WESTERN SHORTS PRESENTATION

Free Admission

Featuring two of Running Wild Films’ Western shorts RANCH HANDS and THE OUTLAW, THE SHERIFF, and THE GOVERNOR accompanied by two Western silent classics.  




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Reception;
Saturday / 6 PM 
RECEPTION WITH MITCHELL RYAN
Festival pass holders ONLY mingle with festival guest/actor Mitchell Ryan. Complimentary snacks will be available.

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Feature Film:
Saturday / 7 PM
MONTE WALSH 
Directed by William A. Fraker

In this western adventure, two aging cowboys are finding the end of the Wild West hard to come to terms with; when one is shot by an old adversary; the other sets out on a last adventure to avenge his friend's death. Filled with richly drawn characters and magnificent photography.  


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With Lee Marvin, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Palance, Mitchell Ryan. (Hollywood Classics USA)   

Featuring an introduction / Q&A with festival guest Mitchell Ryan 
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Program:
Sunday, September 22 / 2 PM
Selection of Readings from the 12 Westerns in 12 Months. (Free admission)
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Feature Film: 
Sunday / 6 PM (Free Show)
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Closing Night Film:  Clint Eastwood's first Western as both director and star is a revenge tale of a mysterious stranger who rides into a settlement, where the citizens beg him to defend them against a group of outlaws. 

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan, Jack Ging ( Courtesy: Swank)  






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A free showing to close our festival with another introduction / Q&A with festival guest/actor Mitchell Ryan. 
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SPECIAL GUEST: Mitchell Ryan was featured in both Monte Walsh and High Plains Drifter and will share memories of those productions with us. He also appeared in dozens of movies and televison shows including:  Lethal Weapon, Electra Glide in Blue, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Dark
Shadows
and Dharma & Greg.
 

TICKETS
The Festival Pass at $50 provides admission to all programming including a patrons only reception with guest Mitchell Ryan. It also helps support the efforts of the Strand Theatre to bring arts programming to downtown Vicksburg. 
Tickets for individual movies are $10 each.

Selected programs are free of charge including the closing night film: High Plains Drifter.

The Festival passes and tickets to individual films are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online.


Click to print your own program schedule brochure

The Strand Theatre is located at 717 Clay Street in the Adolph Rose Building in downtown Vicksburg. It opened as a movie theatre in 1934, and closed about 30 years later. In 2011, the Westside Theatre Foundation, a 501 (c) (3), began the ongoing task of rehabbing the theatre and bringing it back to life as a movie theatre and performance space. 
 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Opera Onscreen Sunday at the Strand

Opera Onscreen
Orphee et Euridice
Strand Theatre
Sunday, September 8 at 2 PM

From Teatro alla Scala, in Milan, Christoph Willibald Gluck's
Orphée et Euridice is coming to the screen of the Strand in downtown Vicksburg

Juan Diego Flórez dazzled audiences and critics alike when he played the virtuoso role of Orphée in La Scala’s first ever staging of Gluck’s opera in its French version: “Juan Diego Flórez delivered a lesson in style. His tone is darker and his projection more self-effacing than in the past, but class is permanent. His agility and legato are utterly thrilling. The ovations were never-ending.” (Corriere della sera)

Conductor
Michele Mariotti

Director
Hofesh Shechter & John Fulljames

Choreographer
Hofesh Shechter

Cast
Juan Diego Flórez | Christiane Karg | Fatma Said

Opera in three acts

Total running time: 2h 09min

Sung in French

Subtitles: English

$12 Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $15 at the door

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Two Rooms live onstage at the Strand


Two Rooms
by Lee Blessing

The Westside Theatre Foundation presents
Two Rooms written by Lee Blessing live onstage at the Strand.

THE STORY: The two rooms of the title are a windowless cubicle in Beirut, where an American hostage is being held by Arab terrorists, and a room in his home in the United States, which his wife has stripped of furniture so that, at least symbolically, she can share his ordeal. In fact the same room serves for both and is also the locale for imaginary conversations between the hostage and his wife, plus the setting for the real talks she has with a reporter and a State Department official. The former, an overly ambitious sort who hopes to develop the situation into a major personal accomplishment, tries to prod the wife into taking umbrage at what he labels government ineptitude and inaction, while the State Department representative is coolly efficient, and even dispassionate, in her attempt to treat the matter with professional detachment. It is her job to try to make the wife aware of the larger equation, of which the taking of a hostage is only one element, but as the months inch by it becomes increasingly difficult to remain patient. The wife is finally goaded by unforeseen developments to speak out against government policy and, in so doing, triggers the tragic series of events that brings the play to its startling conclusion. In the end there are no winners, only losers, and the sense of futility and despair that comes when people of goodwill realize that logic, compassion, and fairness have become meaningless when dealing with those who would commit such barbarous acts so willingly.

Tickets: $10 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online at https://strand2rooms.brownpapertickets.com/

$15 at the door

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

2 movies Friday, August 30: One night / 2 movies / free popcorn


Peter Jackson's
They Shall Not Grow Old
Friday, August 30
at 7 PM
On the centenary of the end of the First World War, Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you've never seen it. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage that's more than 100 years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there.

"Jackson has brought history to life..." New York times

Watch the trailer:

They Shall Not Grow Old:
 7 PM
Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $6
At the door: $8

followed by a secret movie:
Under the Silver Lake
Friday, August 30
at 9:30 PM


The Strand presents another one of our secret movies. Tell anyone you like, but be sure to let them know it's a secret.

Under the Silver Lake - Friday, August 30 at 9:30
An aimless man falls down the rabbit hole as he unravels the mystery of a disappearing woman. Convinced that the shoebox she leaves behind contains the answers, his quest for an answer leads him into a Los Angeles underworld.

With: Andrew Garfield, Topher Grace, Wendy Vanden Heuvel, Deborah Geffner, Riley Keough

Cash bar. Free popcorn!

Under the Silver Lake: 9:30 PM

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $6

At the door: $8

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Apocalypse Now, the Final Cut is coming to the Strand

Apocalypse Now, the Final Cut
Strand Theatre
Saturday, August 24 at 7 PM

It's been 40 years since Apocalypse Now was released, and The Strand in downtown Vicksburg is participating in the brief national theatrical rollout of Francis Ford Coppola's vision of wartime insanity in this brand new cut and restoration.

Restored from the original negative, Apocalypse Now Final Cut is Coppola’s most realized version of the film to date.


I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one...


Terminate with extreme prejudice.... 
  
One day this war is going to end...

I love the smell of napalm in the morning...
 
If I say it’s safe to surf this beach, Captain, it’s safe to surf this beach! 

Never get out of the boat...Never get out of the boat...Never get out of the boat...
 
You’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill...

I don't see any method at all, sir...

The Horror...the Horror

 

"In its present and restored form, the majesty and madness of 'Apocalypse Now' is more vivid and hallucinatory than ever." - Jack Coyle, AP

"You'll feel those choppers before you even hear them. It sounds like artistic sonic warfare." - Chase Burns, The Stranger

"From Marlon Brando's extraordinary cameo to Dennis Hopper's crazed photojournalist, Coppola's epic 'definitive' cut of his brilliant 1979 war film is triumphant...." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Read new article from Rolling Stone about this Final Cut: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/apocalypse-now-final-cut-coppola-165040253.html

Here's a new trailer with a special message from Francis Ford Coppola: https://youtu.be/gW2TD-lh4Dg

Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $7 or online: apocalypsestrand.brownpapertickets.com

/ $9 at the door

Blackwater Trio coming to the Strand

Blackwater Trio
Friday, August 23 at 7:30 
Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Downtown Vicksburg

Come see this Memphis Trio when they take the stage at the Strand on Friday for the latest edition of Smokey Jack's concert series.

Here's a short video with an expanded version of the trio: https://youtu.be/4btpH7F-pYI

Tickets: $15 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online: https://blackwaterstrand.brownpapertickets.com/

and $20 at the door.

Cash Bar.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Abbey Road side 2 at the Strand

And in the end...

Deconstructing the Beatles: Abbey Road (side 2)

Saturday, August 17 at 7 PM 

The Beatles’ Abbey Road is a masterpiece filled with classic Beatles songs, such as “Come Together,” “Something,” and “Here Comes the Sun.”  George Martin told the Beatles to think “symphonically,” and they responded by creating the remarkable side two song suite. 

Abbey Road was the last time that the Beatles recorded together at EMI Studios — soon-to-be-christened Abbey Road Studios after the album’s release. Despite the bittersweet atmosphere that surrounded the recording sessions, The Beatles’ outstanding songs and performances together with George Martin’s orchestrations produced an album that continues to be regarded as one of the best albums ever created. 

In Deconstructing Abbey Road, Beatleologist Scott Freiman has created one of his most in-depth “deconstructions.” Freiman takes the audience on a journey track-by-track explaining the inspiration for the songs and their evolution in the studio. 

$6 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.
$8 at the door.