Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Live Theater at the Strand - The Cocktail Hour

For the first production of our tenth year the Westside Theater Foundation presents A. R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour at the Strand Theter in downtown Vicksburg.

The time is the mid '70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John's sister, Nina, to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. In the end it is evident that what John has written is closer to the truth than his family has heretofore been willing to admit, and that beneath their WASP reserve his parents and siblings are as beset with uncertainties and frustrations as their presumed "inferiors." But while they seem shackled by the past, and tantalized by an alien future, the ties which bind them do prevail—surmounting disputes and disappointments and, with unfailing warmth and humor, converting pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation.

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play. A long-run New York success, this witty, perceptive play blends mordant humor with moments of affecting poignancy. "THE COCKTAIL HOUR is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far." —The New Yorker. "It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney's family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness." —NY Post. "The lines in the play crackle and pop with an electricity all their own." —Drama-Logue. "…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through the tears." —NY Daily News.

Advance tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for $10. Tickets at the door: $15.

At this time of the year, attendees would be well advised to dress warmly at the Strand...

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All performances at 7:30 PM

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What we are doing: 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, 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, 


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade in the Maltese Falcon the day after Thanksgiving

The Maltese Falcon at the Strand in downtown Vicksburg
Friday, November 24 at 7 PM

Okay, on the day after Thanksgiving, have a turkey sandwich and maybe some leftover 
dressing/stuffing; then bring the family to the Strand for one of the most fun film noirs 
ever: The Maltese Falcon. 

They do not make them like this anymore. Join Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sidney 
Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in their search for The Black Bird - "the stuff that dreams are 
made of.". 

Dashiell Hammett's novel has been made into a movie more than once, but this was 
director John Huston's first film and for him the stuff that careers are made of. 

The dark shadowy streets of San Francisco never seemed more sinister, the hero never 
more suspect, the villians, never more colorful. If you have never seen it, you will want to 
be there, if you have seen it, come see it on our big screen. You deserve it. 

As Caspar Gutman said, "there is only one Maltese Falcon." 

And don't forget: Free Popcorn! 

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Triple Feature at the Strand Saturday, November 18

Running Wild Films presents an old time triple feature at the Strand on a Saturday afternoon.

At 1pm, the day starts with The Curse of the Dragon Sword from the Dragon Sword Series - a fun Kung Fu/Comedy throwback for the whole family. (kids under 16 get in free) $5
Curse of the Dragon Sword Trailer

At 3pm, we have a blues documentary about Mississippi blues legend Bud Welch called Late Blossom Blues - The Leo "Bud" Welch Documentary. Running Wild is helping distribute this film in the Southeast U.S. $5
Trailer for Late Blossom Blues

At 7pm, the main event is the new film from Running Wild, a Mississippi-made Western Blood Country! A true story of murder, injustice and disorder in Mississippi following the Civil War, based on the short story "The Outlaw, the Sheriff, and the Governor" by Robert E. Jones. $10

Here is the trailer for Blood Country:

Pick one, or two, or see them all. (All in one pass: $15)

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouae 

or online: Brown Paper Tickets

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming to the Strand Sat. Nov. 11

Bob Bernard presents: The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, 1966 DeLuxe Color American comedy film directed by Norman Jewison in Panavision. It is based on the Nathaniel Benchley novel The Off-Islanders, and was adapted for the screen by William Rose.

The film depicts the chaos following the grounding of the Soviet submarine Спрут (pronounced "sproot" and meaning "octopus") off a small New England island during the Cold War. The film stars Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin in his first major film role, Brian Keith, Theodore Bikel, Jonathan Winters, and Paul Ford.

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Onstage: Jekyll & Hyde at the Strand

Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden & Frank Wildhorn 
Book and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse 
Music By Frank Wildhorn 
Orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg 
Arrangements by Jason Howland 

The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage at the Strand in the 
musical phenomenon, Jekyll & Hyde. Based on the classic story by Robert Louis 
Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy- and 
Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar- and Grammy-winning Leslie 
Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over. 

An evocative tale of two men – one, a doctor, passionate and romantic; the other, a 
terrifying madman – and two women – one, beautiful and trusting; the other, 
beautiful and trusting only herself– both women in love with the same man and 
both unaware of his dark secret. A devoted man of science, Dr. Henry Jekyll is 
driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind's most 
challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to 
make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally 
unleashing his inner demons along with the man that the world would come to 
know as Mr. Hyde. 

717 Clay Street · downtown Vicksburg 

Friday, October 20 at 7:30 PM 
Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 PM 
Friday, October 27 at 7:30 PM 
Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 PM 
Halloween! Tuesday, October 31 at 7:30 PM 

$15 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse 
$20 at the door 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Dance film at the Strand

Saturday Film:
Saturday, October 14 at 7 PM:
Trained from an early age by rigorous, perfectionist Professor Bojinski, Polina is a promising classic dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolchoï Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance. That throws everything into question on a profound level.

Polina leaves it all behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj. Despite her determination and hard work to the point of obsession, Polina just can't seem to break through. So she moves to Anvers in search of work - and a new life.


Saturday film: Advance tickets: $5 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door 

Call 601 529 7252