Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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

Sam Elliot 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 Elliot the best actor Oscar now"

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Verdi's Falstaff onscreen at the Strand - Sunday, June 25 at 2 PM

Westside Theatre Foundation and Risiing Alternative present Falstaff - Opera Onscreen

For his last masterpiece, Verdi found the material for the comedy of his life-long dreams in the story of this old, penniless and pot-bellied knight: a huge roar of laughter, which still reverberates in us a century later.FALSTAFF, Verdi Opéra Bastille

A lyric comedy opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV Creation : Teatro alla Scala, Milan, February 9, 1893

Sung in Italian

Conductor Daniel Oren
Director Dominique Pitoiset
Sets Alexandre Beliaev
Costumes Elena Rivkina
Lighting Philippe Albaric
Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Sir John Falstaff - Ambrogio Maestri
Ford - Artur Rucinski
Fenton - Paolo Fanale
Dottore Cajus -Raúl Giménez
Bardolfo -Bruno Lazzaretti
Pistola - Mario Luperi
Mrs Alice Ford - Svetla Vassileva
Nannetta - Elena Tsallagova
Mrs Quickly - Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Meg Page -Gaëlle Arquez

“For forty years I have wanted to write a comic opera”. When Verdi wrote these words in 1890, he had already bid farewell to the stage not once but twice, with Aida and with Otello. Fifty years earlier, he had tried his hand at opera buffa with Un giorno de regno.

The piece was a flop and, since his wife died during its
composition, the failure left him highly embittered. Was it the desire to ward off the ill fortune that appeared in so many of his operas that made him take up his pen again one last time? Or was it the shadow of Shakespeare? Or perhaps the libretto written by the talented Boito, inspired by Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor, overcame his reluctance? “I am having fun…”

Verdi repeated continually when composing Falstaff. The composer views the escapades of the old penniless and pot-bellied knight, who wants to deceive the wives and ends up routed, in a dirty washing basket and tossed into the river Thames, with the clear-sighted, distant and mischievous gaze we recognise from his later photographs. At the age of eighty, his composing was leisurely and liberated from the rules. Arias, duets and ensembles merge together in the same musical movement, continuous and boisterous, making Falstaff an unsurpassed operatic comedy that, a century later, continues to give us the gift of joyous laughter.

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

Best of Oxford Film Festival comes to the Strand - Sat. June 24 at 6 PM - Free!


OXFORD, MS- Oxford Film Festival will take the greatest hits of the February 2017 festival to Vicksburg on June 24 in partnership with The Strand Theatre. The Best of Oxford Film Festival free screening will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will screen Firemax, Otha Turner, All Are Welcome Here, Broken Paths and Shake Em On Down. This is part of a state wide tour in June of the Best of Oxford Film Festival. 

"We are so excited to take the Best of Oxford Film Fest tour around the state, "Executive Director Melanie Addington said. "I am also pleased to get to partner with The Strand in Vicksburg.”

ALL ARE WELCOME HERE is a short documentary on the Mississippi Coast's reaction to House Bill 1523 approved by Governor Bryant that gives people the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people based on their religious beliefs. The total run time for the film is 28 minutes and 26 seconds.

BROKEN PATHS is a music video filmed in Brandon, Miss. Created by Stace and Cassie and J. B. Lawrence. The video is 4 minutes and 44 seconds.

The Oxford community film FIREMAX features superheroes in the town of Oxford with no crime to fight. The run time for this film is 10 minutes.

The short documentary OTHA TURNER digs into the archives to take us back in time to Labor Day 1978. In the late 1950’s, fife and drum legend Otha Turner began hosting annual Labor Day picnics at his property in Gravel Springs, Mississippi. The documentary runs for 6 minutes and 2 seconds.

SHAKE EM ON DOWN tells the story of Mississippi Fred McDowell, the godfather of the North Mississippi style of blues. The film is 56 minutes and 40 seconds long.

The Oxford Film Festival was founded in 2003 to bring exciting, new, and unusual films (and the people who create them) to North Mississippi. The annual five-day festival screens short and
feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, including narrative and documentary features and shorts; Mississippi narratives, documentaries and music videos, and
narrative, documentary, animated and experimental shorts and virtual reality films. The festival is a 501c3 not-for- profit organization that also hosts year-round screenings. To learn more, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Travel back to 1967 and Monterey Pop

Otis, Janis, Jimi - by 1971 they were all gone. But in 1967 they were all showing us something at Monterey.
D. A. Pennebaker United States, 1968
On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade's spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his.

50th Anniversary Release! New 4k Restoration!

See trailer: https://youtu.be/xNrygTqx0FA

$5 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door
And be sure to wear flowers in your hair...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Avenue Q live onstage at the Strand

Westside Theatre Foundation presents
Live theater:
Avenue Q
Music & Lyrics by
Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx

Book by Jeff Whitty

Based on a Concept by 
Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx

Those irreverent puppets are coming to Vicksburg!!!
Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, AVENUE Q is the funniest and freshest show in Vicksburg! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on AVENUE Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends! Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Mature audiences

Friday, June 2 at 7:30 PM 
Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 PM 
Friday, June 9 at 7 PM 
Friday, June 9 at 10 PM 

Avenue Q: 
$15 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
or from 

brown paper tickets

$20 at the door

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cute Cats Movie at the Strand

(click on the photo to see how cute these cats are)


Directed by CEYDA TORUN
Run Time:79 minutes

Poetic, philosophical, a treat for the eyes. A celebration of felines.

Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame –and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

$5 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Movie and Opera this weekend

Saturday, May 13 at 7



The Strand is comemmoratiing the recent passing of director Jonathan Demme with his landmark filmed record of the Talking Heads,

“One of the greatest rock movies ever made” – Leonard Maltin​

New York, NY – The big white suit that seemed to dance on its own is back. Palm Pictures proudly brings back STOP MAKING SENSE, the extraordinary concert film presenting the Talking Heads at their phenomenal peak – a true piece of pop-culture history.

Talking Heads emerged from New York’s punk rock scene in the late 1970s with a thrilling new sound combining art rock, funk, world music and the droll vocals of sensationally cerebral frontman David Byrne. By 1984, Talking Heads – comprising Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison -- were one of the world’s leading bands, creating records that were artistically innovative and challenging but also hugely popular. Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the greatest rock albums of all time includes four by the Talking Heads; the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

STOP MAKING SENSE captures Talking Heads at their best in concert footage shot at the famed Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Directed by the late Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winner for “The Silence of the Lambs,” the film contains 16 songs, including such favorites as “Psycho Killer,” “Burning Down the House,” “Life During Wartime,” “Once in a Lifetime” and the hit cover of Al Green’s “Take Me to the River.” David Byrne doing his art-nerd dance wearing an oversized, broad-shouldered white suit became the film’s signature image -- and one of the most iconic of the 1980s.

The film also made technical history as the first made entirely utilizing digital audio techniques. STOP MAKING SENSE has been remastered in high definition from a 35mm interpositive.

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


Sunday, May 14 at 2 PM
Join us Mother's Day for:

Giuseppe Verdi
An opera in three acts
Sung in Italian

From the Teatro Regio di Parma

129 minutes,

Conductor | Massimo Zanetti
Directed | Stefano Vizioli
Sets and Costumes | Pierluigi Samaritani
Libretto | Francesco Maria Piave (from the drama Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo)

Il Duca di Mantova | Francesco Demuro
Rigoletto | Leo Nucci
Gilda | Nino Machaidze
Sparafucile | Marco Spotti

Program Note
Considered one of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest accomplishments, Rigoletto continues to enthrall audiences worldwide with its tragic plot and famous arias. One of the most popular arias of all time, “La donna e’ mobile,” is so catchy that prior to Rigoletto’s premiere in Venice of 1851, Verdi swore the tenor to secrecy, forbidding him to sing, hum, or whistle it anywhere except in his private rehearsals. Verdi knew that if someone heard the melody on the street, they could copy it down and claim to have written it themselves, before the opera’s debut!

This production is conducted by Massimo Zanetti, who was voted Best Young Conductor in 1997 by “Opernwelt” and also by the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” in 1998. Since then, he has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. In January 2008, Leo Nucci sang his 400th performance of the title role in Piacenza; the audience was so enthusiastic that Nucci gave three encores of Rigoletto’s aria “Si Vendetta, Tremenda Vendetta.”

$15 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

$18 at the door