Wednesday, April 5, 2017

La Boheme comes to the Strand

On Sunday, April 9, Riverfest 2017 will all be over. Come back doiwntown for our onscreen opera:





Rising Alternative and the Westside Theatre Foundation present:

LA BOHÈME
Giacomo Puccini
Opera in four acts
Sung in Italian
Starring Anna Netrebko
Recorded LIVE from the Salzburg Festival



Conductor | Daniele Gatti
Director | Damiano Michieletto
Sets | Paolo Fantin
Costumes| Carla Teti
Lights | Martin Gebhardt


Cast
Piotr Beczala, Rodolfo, a poet
Anna Netrebko, Mimì
Massimo Cavalletti, Marcello, a painter
Nino Machaidze, Musetta
Alessio Arduini, Schaunard, a musician
Carlo Colombara, Colline, a philosopher
Davide Fersini, Benoît, their landlord
Peter Kálmán, Alcindoro, a state councillor
Steven Forster, Parpignol

Member of the Young Singers Project
Vienna Philharmonic
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Salzburg Festival Children's Choir

One of the operas performed most frequently all over the world, Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème will have its grand premiere in 2012 at the Salzburg Festival – its brilliance already ensured by the star cast led by conductor Daniele Gatti. “With the second opera premiere of the Vienna Philharmonic, I would like to break a spell which seems to have decreed that Giacomo Puccini is anathema to the Salzburg Festival – a fact I have never understood. Ever since this Festival was founded, there has been only one Tosca and one Turandot production, and none of his other works were ever put on the program,” Artistic Director Alexander Pereira states.

Puccini and his librettists gave a musical and dramaturgical treatment to the tales of Henri Murger, who had memorialized the life of Parisian artists and Bohemians in the serialized novel Scènes de la vie de bohème in the mid-19th century. However, the work hardly has a plot in the stricter sense. As in a film, scenes, images and impressions flit past the viewer. Like snapshots, momentary images record the pact of friendship between four young individualists in the metropolis of Paris: Rodolfo writing, Colline philosophizing, Marcello painting, and Schaunard, who has turned towards music. Into this artists’ idyll, Rodolfo introduces fragile Mimì – who, however, does not seem cut out for the life of the bohemians…

The main goal of Italian stage director Damiano Michieletto is to find a contemporary form for the story and to capture the attitude towards life of young people today: those who stand up for their passions, pursue their visions and dare to seek out new paths in art – even if they fail grandly.


At the Strand Theatre
Sunday, April 9 at 2 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $18 at the door...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Saturday Night Free Hitchcock / Sunday afternoon: Shakespeare's Tempest

Saturday, March 11, 
7 PM:
Alfred Hitchcock called Shadow of a Doubt his favorite of his films. Made in 1943 and starring Joseph Cotton and Teresa Wright, it was an early entry in the "dark mysteries that lurk in a small town" genre. Hitch was ably assisted by Thornton Wilder with the writing of this picture.

Young Charley is happy when her favorite uncle (also named Charley) comes for an extended visit. She slowly begins to suspect that he is hiding from something.

The Westside Theatre Foundation is offering free admission to this film until the seats are filled. So, come early.

Check out the trailer
  • Free Admission
  • Kid Friendly
Stella says...

Sunday, March 12,
2 PM:
The Tempest will be brought to life on the RSC stage in collaboration with Intel and in association with the Imaginarium Studios, featuring some of today's most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of this magical play, and starring Simon Russell Beale.

On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power, and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this is no ordinary island.
See the trailer:

Tickets: $12 at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets / $10 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Oscar winner at the Strand Sat., March 4 at 7

This week's film: 
The Salesman
Saturday, March 4 
at 7 PM


The winner of Best Foreign Language film at last weekend's Academy Awards was without question The Salesman. The Strand is proud to be able to bring you the Best Foreign Language winner for the third time in four years.

The Salesman
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Written by Asghar Farhadi
Starring Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Mina Sadati, Maral Bani Adam, Mehdi Kooshki, Emad Emami, Shirin Aghakashi, Mojtaba Pirzadeh, Sahra Asadollahe, Ehteram Borourmand, Sam Valipour

Run time 125 min

Synopsis
After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple's life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.

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




The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mississippi Film Showcase at the Strand - Sat. Feb. 25 all day



On Feb. 25th, Running Wild Films and The Strand Theatre will present a showcase of films made in Mississippi and by Mississippi filmmakers, including a special screening of Running Wild film's new feature film Don't Come Around Here. 

The event will include a reception with attending film makers.

Here is the final schedule and lineup of films: 

12:15 pm - Introduction with director Travis Mills and theater programmer Daniel Boone

12:30 pm - Running Wild Films in Mississippi (Featuring shorts and documentaries filmed in Mississippi)

1:30 pm - Mississippi Short Films
Featuring:
The Farmer - Tonia Lee
Hello - Konnor Megginson
Kindness of Strangers - Curtis Everitt
Perfect - Lynn Forney
Lowest Bidders (Web Series Episode) - Will Black

2:30 pm - Socializing/Networking Break

3:00 pm - Mississippi School of the Arts Student Films

4:00 pm - Panel Discussions with Mississippi Actors & Filmmakers

5:00pm - Documentaries
Featuring:
The Well Driller - Matt McCoy
Slow Buttery Death - Neil Brimelow

6:00 pm - Happy Hour with Complimentary Appetizers & Cash Bar

7:00 pm - OzLand Feature Film by Michael Williams

9:30 pm - Don't Come Around Here Feature Film by Navid Sanati. (read article from Daily Leader)

Please join us for this celebration of Mississippi film.

Whole Day Passes are available from Brown Paper Tickets and at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for $25. Tickets for individual programs will be available at the door on the day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

All in one weekend: Oscar nominee & an Opera

Saturday, February 18 at 7 PM: Life, Animated



Directed by: Roger Ross Williams
A Release from The Orchard

Synopsis
The Strand opens our 2017 film series with this 2017 Oscar Nominee: LIFE, ANIMATED. It is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song. Until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive. Incredible story well told.
$5 advance discount tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $7 at the door

Sunday, February 19 at 2 PM: La Cenerentola
Our first onscreen opera of the season: La Cenerentola
(based on the Cinderella story)

Opera in 2 acts (1817) 
Music by Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) 
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti (1784-1852) 

Capturing all the vocal sparks and dazzle generated by the charismatic Juan Diego Flórez and stunning Joyce DiDonato, this "may just be the definitive performance of Rossini's enchanting rags­to­riches fairy­tale," (Opera Today). With his airy, effortless high notes and perfect command of rapid­fire Rossinian parlando, Flórez once again proves that he was born to sing Rossini. American mezzo Joyce DiDonato is not only a beautiful Angelina, but also a prodigiously gifted artist who moves with ease and grace from the most delicate pianissimi to the most heartrending outbursts of passion. Conducting the Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Patrick Summers leads “an effervescent reading” (Opera Today) that is fully supported by the rest of the top­notch cast. Director Joan Font and his designer Joan Guillén keep the audience busy with many lovingly crafted details, including dancing mice, cheerily colorful costumes and imaginative lighting effects, courtesy of Albert Faura. Light and bubbly, this is Rossini at his finest..

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





Upcoming:

Mississippi Film Showcase 
Sat. Feb 25 / Noon to 11 P
concludes with
Don't Come Around Here
(Meet film makers)
All day pass - $25

Film
The Salesman - Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
From Iran by the director of
A Separation
Sat. March 4 at 7 PM
$7* 

Film - Free!
Alfred Hitchcock's
Shadow of a Doubt 
Sat. March 11 at 7 PM
Hitch called it his favorite film. Free while seats remain.

Shakespeare Onscreen
Fantastic production of
The Tempest 
by The Royal Shakespeare Company from Stratford-upon-Avon. Amazing special effects bring Ariel to life.
Sunday, March 12 at 2 PM - $12*

Film
My Life as a Zucchini 
Saturday, March 18 at 7 PM. Oscar nominated animated film from Switzerland about a
young boy who is sent to a group home and his search for the family he never really had.
$7* 

*discount tickets available in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse



Monday, November 28, 2016

Swedish award winning film: A Man Called Ove


Details
Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.

One of Sweden's biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.

See trailer


Director: Hannes Holm
Reactions

“...a breathless movie.” - John Hartl, Seattle Times

“A smooth, methodical black comedy... Hearts will warm, and tears may fall.” - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“A morbidly funny and moving success. Director Holm’s grip on the film’s tricky, tragicomic tone is masterful." - Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com

“The dopes saying that movies are dead haven’t seen the moving, tender ‘A Man Called Ove.’” - Nick Schager, Village Voice

Awards & Festivals

Sweden's Official Foreign Language Submission - 89th Academy Awards®
Best Actor - Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award 2016
Winner - Audience Award, Best Actor (Rolf Lassgård), Best Make-Up (Love Larson & Eva Von Bahr), 2016 Guldbagge Awards
Winner - Audience Award, 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival & 2016 Traverse City Film Festival
Winner - Audience Award for Best Film, 2016 Scottsdale International Film Festival

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

Monday, November 21, 2016

Singin' in the Rain free at the Strand the day after Thanksgiving



Singin' in the Rain - Free!
Friday, November 25 
at 7 PM
The best things in life are (sometimes) free!  
Singin' in the Rain was declared number 20 among the best films ever made in Sight and Sound's most recent poll. On the day after Thanksgiving join us to see why. Made in 1952 Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor sing, dance and charm us with this classic story set behind the scenes in the world of movie making.



It is free, but we will certainly accept donations to help us in our mission to bring great entertainment to downtown Vicksburg.

Don't get shut out: wolf down a turkey sandwich and come early to get a good seat.

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg