Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rigoletto on the lake / opera onscreen at the Strand

Rigoletto on the Lake onscreen at the Strand Sunday, February 16 at 2 PM

Verdi’s Thrilling Masterpiece Performed on the Breathtaking Bregenz Lake Stage
Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork –compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful –is being performed for the first time on the breathtaking water stage of Lake Constance, Bregenz.

One of Verdi’s most popular works, Rigoletto is an unforgettable tale of a sacrifice and revenge; of a father’s rage and a daughter’s shame. It features several of opera’s best-known arias-including Rigoletto’s passionate denouncement “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata,” Gilda’s dreamy “Caro nome” and the Duke’s instantly recognizable “La donna è mobile.”Rigoletto was first performed in 1851 and is the first of the extraordinary “middle-period” trio of Verdi masterpieces that also includes La Traviata and Il Trovatore. Directed and designed by Philipp Stölzl, this timeless tragedy will delight audiences with a powerhouse combination of entertainment and emotional intensity from the spectacular shore of Lake Constance, Bregenz.

Please Note: Rigoletto on the Lake contains a sequence of flashing lights, which might affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitivity.

Running Time: 140 minutes (incl. 15-min. intermission)

Start Time: 2 PM

Rating: Treat as PG13

Language: Italian, with English subtitles

Tickets: available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $15

2 movies at the Strand: Joker and the Lighthouse

2 movies in one night:
Joker & Lighthouse
Joker: Sat., Feb. 15 at 7 PM  
Lighthouse: Sat., Feb. 15 at 9:30 PM   
Yes, 2 Oscar nominated films in one night:
First, Joker:
Joaquin Phoenix walked away with the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Joker.

Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck seeks connection. Yet, as he trods the sooted Gotham City streets and rides the graffitied mass transit rails of a hostile town teeming with division and dissatisfaction, Arthur wears two masks. One, he paints on for his day job as a clown. The other he can never remove; it's the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel he's a part of the world around him, and not the misunderstood man whom life is repeatedly beating down. Fatherless, Arthur has a fragile mother, arguably his best friend, who nicknamed him Happy, a moniker that's fostered in Arthur a smile that hides the heartache beneath. But, when bullied by teens on the streets, taunted by suits on the subway, or simply teased by his fellow clowns at work, this social outlier only becomes even more out of sync with everyone around him.

Joker - Saturday, February 15 at 7 PM
Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $6
$8 at the door

Followed by
The Lighthouse
Nominated for Best Cinematography
starring  Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson
Two lighthouse keepers fight to keep their sanity while stranded on an isolated island.

Lighthouse: Saturday, February 15 at 9:30 PM
$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts Saturday, February 8 at the Strand

2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts 

Animated: Sat., Feb. 8 at 6:30 PM 
Live Action: Sat. Feb. 8 at 8:30 PM 

 (it's 2 separate programs, but come see them all)  It's time to crank the movies back up at the Strand for 2020, and since it's Oscar season, we start with a month of Oscar nominees...  So, on the night before the awards we present both Animated & Live Action shorts:  If you come to either of these programs you are guaranteed to see an Oscar winner.    

Program One:
Animated Nominees: 

 (Saturday / 6:30 PM) 

 Daughter (Dcera) CZECHIA/15 MINS/2019 Director Daria Kashcheeva Synopsis: In a hospital room, the Daughter recalls a childhood moment when as a little girl she tried to share her experience with an injured bird with her Father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace has stretched into many years all the way to this hospital room, until the moment when a window pa...(come see it)  

Hair Love USA/7 MINS/2019 Director Matthew A. Cherry  Synopsis: It's up to Daddy to give his daughter, Zuri, an extra-special hairstyle in this story of self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters.  

Kitbull USA/9 MINS/2019 Director Rosana Sullivan  Synopsis: KITBULL, directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pitbull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.  

Mémorable FRANCE/12 MINS/2019 Director Bruno Collet  Synopsis: The world appears to be changing for Louis, a painter, and his wife Michelle. In fact, recently all sorts of strange things have been happening to them.  

Sister USA/8 MINS/2018 Director Siqi Song  Synopsis: A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?  

$6 Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse  
At the door: $8  

Program Two:
Live Action Nominees 
 (Saturday / 8:30 PM) 
 A Sister BELGIUM/16 MINS/2018 Director Delphine Girald  Synopsis: A night. A car. Alie is in danger. To get by she must make the most important phone call of her life.  

Brotherhood TUNISIA, CANADA/25 MINS/2018 Director Meryam Joobeur  Synopsis: Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife.  

Nefta Football Club FRANCE/17 MINS/2018 Director Yves Piat  Synopsis: Two young brothers come across a donkey in the desert. Strangely, the animal wears headphones over its ears and is carrying bags full of a white powder on its back. 

Saria USA/23 MINS/2019 Director Bryan Buckley Synopsis: Saria 12, and her sister Ximena, devise a daring plan to escape horrendous abuse in the orphanage that houses them.  

The Neighbors' Window USA/20 MINS/2019 Director Marshall Curry Synopsis: Alli is a mother of young children, frustrated with her daily routine and husband. But her life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street and she discovers she can see into their apartment.  

$6 Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse 
At the door: $8 



Saturday, January 18, 2020

Marvelous Wonderettes singing songs from the '60s and '70's live onstage

Live Onstage at the Strand Theatre in downtown Vicksburg
717 Clay Street 

Friday, January 24 - 7:30 PM 
Saturday, January 25 - 7:30 PM 
Sunday, January 26 - 2 PM 

Friday, January 31 - 7:30 PM 
Saturday, February 1 - 7:30 PM 
Sunday, February 2 - 2 PM 

The girls are back!!!

It’s 1969, and The Marvelous Wonderettes are back at Springfield High (Go Chipmunks!) to throw a retirement party for their favorite homeroom teacher. As the girls sing their way through the greatest girl-group hits of the '60s and bid Ms. McPherson a fond farewell, one of the Wonderettes reveals she’ll also be saying goodbye to search for success and happiness on her own.

Act II finds the girls back together as the class of 1958 celebrates their 20-year reunion. The classic pop and rock hits of the '70s provide the perfect soundtrack for these old friends to catch up on the places life has led them, all performed with their own marvelous spin!

Discount advance tickets available at 
Highway 61 Coffeehouse 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

It's Funding Time Again...

It's time again to consider supporting our efforts to bring great stuff to downtown Vicksburg. Like what? Cutting edge international and independent films, classic films (including several free movies), documentaries, live conversations with filmmakers, community theater, Sunday afternoon onscreen opera and ballet from European stages, recorded Broadway Musicals, live musical and dance performances: all this and more is right here in downtown Vicksburg at the historic Strand Theatre.

Why we do it: The Westside Theatre Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) dedicated to providing Vicksburg a place to gather to share cultural events: programs that are entertaining, but also thought provoking and conversation fueling. We believe there is no reason a small town like Vicksburg cannot have world class films and other programming. Our goal is to make Vicksburg a better place for us to live, and to make it a more attractive place for people considering moving here.

Our mission is made possible by tax free contributions and memberships.

Please consider supporting our efforts.

Thank you for your consideration and support,

Friday, November 22, 2019

Casablanca at the Strand the day after Thanksgiving

Friday, November 29 at 7:30 PM 
Casablanca at the Strand

Everyone Comes to Rick's once more for one of the most loved of all American movies:
Casablanca. Rick, Ilsa, Louis, and a wonderful cast of colorful characters will play it
again just for us. Have your turkey sandwich and leftovers at home and come on
downtown to the Strand to see Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sidney
Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, Paul Henried, Conrad Veidt, and all the rest of this terrific
cast when they come to Rick's one more time.

“…Here’s looking at you, kid.”

"Play it, Sam..."

“It’s still the same old story/ A fight for love and glory...”

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…”

“Round up the usual suspects.”

"The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.”

“What is your nationality?” “…I’m a drunkard.”

“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here!”

“You know what I want to hear. … You played it for her, you can play it for me!”
“…Well, I don’t think I can remember…” “If she can stand it, I can! Play it!”

“We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca.
We got it back last night.”

“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

“Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$8 at the door

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Jazz at the Strand

Dr. David Miller brings his smokin' Jazztet to the Stage of the Strand for live Jazz:

Friday, November 15 at 8 PM

Tickets available at the door: $15

Cash Bar. 

Don't miss it!