Monday, August 14, 2017

The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary

Returning to the Strand (for the first time) it's the 30th anniversary of the movie that never grows old:

The Princess Bride
Saturday, August 19 at 7 PM


"Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all."

Starring:
Robin Wright
Cary Elwes
Peter Falk
Mandy Patinkin
Chris Sarandon
Christopher Guest
Wallace Shawn
André the Giant
Fred Savage
Peter Cook
Mel Smith
Carol Kane
Billy Crystal
and, a lot more...

"Inconceivable!"

Advance Tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for $6 / $8 at the door.

"I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sunday Opera - Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera

Westside Theatre Foundation and Rising Alternative present
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA

Giuseppe Verdi

Sunday, August 13 at 2 PM


Opera in 3 acts - Sung in Italian

From the Bayerische Staatsoper
Recorded in 2016

CREATIVE TEAM
Conductor Zubin Mehta
Director Johannes Erath

Chorus Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper
Orchestra Bayerisches Staatsorchester

ARTISTIC TEAM
Riccardo Piotr Beczala
Renato George Petean
Amelia Anja Harteros
Ulrica Okka von der Damerau
Oscar Sofia Fomina
Silvano Andrea Borghini
Samuel Anatoli Sivko
Tom Scott Conner
A judge Ulrich Reß
Amelia's servant Joshua Owen Mills


Presentation

Praise for Munich’s new Ballo in Maschera: “A formidable vocal feast” (Bayerische Staatszeitung). “The singers sent the audience into raptures (Südwestpresse). “A total triumph” (La Razón). “This production shows what a utopia opera can be” (Abendzeitung).
The Bavarian State Opera’s former music director Zubin Mehta returned to the fabled house (where his image in bronze adorns one of the foyers) to celebrate his 80th birthday conducting
Verdi’s middle-period masterpiece for the first time in a staged production. His remarkable cast includes soprano Anja Harteros singing Amelia for the first time and “filling every note with Verdian intensity”, tenor Piotr Beczala as a “visually and vocally dashing Riccardo” and George Petean as an “exemplary” Renato (Neue Musikzeitung). In director Johannes Erath’s musically super-sensitive new production, this historically-based tale of illicit love, conspiracy and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy setting transformed by lighting and projections. Special praise was showered by the enthusiastic critics on Maestro Mehta, who “creates concentrated musical connections, miraculously guiding his orchestra and unsurpassable voices the way a thermal lifts a paraglider [...] Musically the performance was a dream” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

$15 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$18 at the door

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Free Hitchcock / Free Popcorn

Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train

Free!
Saturday, August 12 at 7 PM


Ten years before Psycho, there was Strangers on a Train.

Before that famous shower there was a merry-go-round, a pair of broken glasses, a tennis match in the bright sun, a cigarette lighter...and before Norman Bates, there was Bruno.

Another free masterpiece from the Master of Suspense. The story of two men who meet on a train and decide to switch murders. Or at least Robert Walker's Bruno does. 

Join us for Free Hitchcock & Free Popcorn, but come early to get a seat.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Live Musical - The Marvelous Wonderettes



Westside Theatre Foundation presents: The Marvelous Wonderettes live onstage

This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

Performances: 

Friday & Saturday July 28 & 29 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 30 at 2 PM
Friday & Saturday August 4 & 5 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 6 at 2 PM

Tickets:
$15 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online from

$20 at the door

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Cool program about Beatles' Sgt. Pepper coming Sat., July 22



The Beatles? Sgt. Pepper? Abbey Road Studio? George Martin? Modern recording techniques?

Learn all about these subjects as we celebrate the 50th annniversary of the release of this classic album.

Rolling Stone called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art, and studio technology by the greatest rock-and-roll group of all time.” Learn about it from multiple angles as Freiman explores the history behind the music and the Beatles’ innovation in the studio.

Deconstructing the Beatles with Scott Freiman 

After a few years of hosting Scott Freiman’s incredibly engaging series, Deconstructing the Beatles,the Jacob Burns Center is now proud to be filming his performances, which will allow them to be distributed widely. And now, the Strand is proud to present this cool program.

Scott Freiman combines his love of the Beatles with his experience as a composer, producer, and engineer to deliver unique multimedia presentations about the band’s creative process. With rare insights, anecdotes, film clips, and recordings, he takes audiences on a journey through performances and recording sessions, allowing viewers to see and hear the evolution of groundbreaking songs and understand their lasting influence on popular music. Freiman has composed music for more than 10 films, as well as the Emmy-award–winning BBC/Discovery series Life.

The show starts at 7 PM on Saturday, July 22 at the Strand. 

Discount advance tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffehouse.

Free popcorn!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Nise, Brazilian drama about the power of art..


Saturday Film:
 Nise: The Heart of Madness
Coming to the Strand
Saturday, July 8 at 7 PM:
Nise
Gloria Pires, a famed Brazilian Globo telenovela and film actress, stars as Dr. Nise da Silveira, who in the 1940's, leads a revolution in psychiatric care in Brazil. Her weapons: canvases, paints and brushes. Among her faithful allies; cats and dogs. 

Dr. Nise da Silveira is back at work in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock for the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by doctors, she is forced to take the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she starts a revolution through paints, dogs and love. 

Watch the trailer

$5 Advance discount tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse. / $7 at the door...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sam Elliott in The Hero at the Strand Sat. July 1 at 7 PM


Sam Elliott in the role of his lifetime as an ageing star of at least one memorable Western, who has to make tough decisions about his future. And maybe have some fun along the way.

with Laura Prepon

(Rated R for Drug Use, Language, and some Sexual Content)

Watch the trailer: 


Read this review from Rolling Stone: "Give Sam Elliott the best actor Oscar now"


Saturday, July 1 at 7 PM
$5 Advance discount tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.
$7 at the door.