Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Come celebrate - Sunday is Art house Theater Day - Film, Food, Drinks, Fun...

It's a celebration! In fact, a fiesta!!!

A feature film, a short, food, libations, surprises, and giveaways...

Art  House Theater Day is your opportuinty to come enjoy all we do here and show your appreciation for the role of the Strand and theaters like it in their community. Our goal is to make more happen in downtown Vicksburg, to bring world class programs to our little town that entertain, inspire, and provike.

On Sunday, September 24, join us and 150+ cinemas nationwide for @Art House Theater Day, and celebrate film culture and the cinematic experience. The Strand will screen Lucky starring the late Harry Dean Stanton.

Lucky tells the story of an elderly man living in a small Arizona community who has to face mortality. But not as alone as he first thinks. It is a hoot to see this character actor take center stage in one last movie y crafted just for him. His old friend, David Lynch, has a role as a friend and neighbor.

It's a celebration of the life of Harry Dean Stanton. Read his obit from the New York Times

The Strand's Art House Theater Day is a fiesta!
Feature Film: Lucky - including tribute to Harry Dean Stanton with exclusive intro from the director, John Carroll Lynch...

Watch the Lucky Trailer

A cool short film...
Food and Beverages from some of our restaurant partners...(with an on the border theme)
Surprises and treats...

Come celebrate the pleasures of sharing films, conversations, and more...

Sunday, September 24 at 6 PM

We are asking a $15 donation for the event. ($10 in advance from Highway 61 Coffeehouse)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Verdi's Macbeth - Opera Onscreen Sunday at the Strand

Rising Alternative presents
Macbeth recorded at Liceu in Barcelona

Sunday, September 17 at 2 PM

General of the victorious Scottish armies, Macbeth hears a prophecy from three witches that predicts he will be the next King of Scotland. Believing this premonition, his wife encourages him to kill the King. His divine right drives Macbeth to be bloodthirsty with friends and opponents alike, but alone and racked with guilt, he faces his last battle and death.

Giuseppe Verdi felt inspired by Shakespeare’s work and his devotion led to his first opera based on one of the writer’s texts. Verdi’s enthusiasm gave him the will of achieving “something extraordinary” with the iconic writers work.

In this version, Christof Loy directs the action in a classic timeless space with surrealistic touches dominated by blacks and whites, adding to the great dramatic intensity

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

Toy Gun - Crime comedy at the Strand

Set in what could be the same universe as FARGO and THE BIG LEBOWSKI, TOY GUN is a fun, crime-themed comedy about a meek young man who sets out to prove to his ex-wife that he is courageous and masculine by impulsively robbing a bank. The ensuing police investigation hilariously suspects everyone except our anti-hero, leading him to believe that he's gotten away with it …

Genre(s): Action / Comedy / Crime
Running Time: 90 minutes
Cast: Luke Allen Gale (Captain America: The First Avenger), John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Anthony LaPaglia (The Client, Autumn in New York), Julian Sands (Ray Donovan)
Director: Marco Serafini

Saturday, September 16 at 7 PM

Discount advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Obit., a documentary about writing coming to the Strand

Saturday, August 26 at 7 PM

Bruce Weber 
Margalit Fox 
William McDonald 
William Grimes 
Douglas Martin 
Paul Vitello 
Jeff Roth 

Directed by Vanessa Gould

It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps—and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web—an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. 
Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?

Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5
At the door: $7

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."

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...


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

Giuseppe Verdi

Sunday, August 13 at 2 PM

Opera in 3 acts - Sung in Italian

From the Bayerische Staatsoper
Recorded in 2016

Conductor Zubin Mehta
Director Johannes Erath

Chorus Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper
Orchestra Bayerisches Staatsorchester

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


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

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.

See the trailer: 

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