Sunday, September 16, 2018

It's Art House Theater Week at the Strand - 3 events in 4 days

Vicksburg’s Strand Theatre to celebrate Art House Theater "week" with 2 films (meet the film makers) and Broadway Show 

During the third week in September independent movie theaters all across America will
be observing the third annual Art House Theater Day, which celebrates the art house
theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-
round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, and staff, and the brick and mortar
theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic
experience.

Vicksburg’s Strand be extending their celebration with three special programs over a 4
day period ending on Art House Theater Day, Sunday September 23.

First, on Thursday, September 20 the American debut in cinemas of London’s West End production of An American in Paris will be shown at the Strand at 7 PM.

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by
the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the
‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin,
stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. An American GI’s chance encounter
with a beautiful young dancer leads Paris to become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern
romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war. Advance tickets for An
American in Paris are $10 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online:  and $12 at the door.


On Saturday, September 22 at 7 PM the Strand will present a free showing of the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers starring John Belushi and Dan Akroyd. It’s free, so come early to get a good seat for the Blues Brothers.



Art House Theater Day will be celebrated at the Strand with a cast reunion and showing
of the 2008 Mississippi made film,
Ballast on Sunday, September 23 at 6 PM.
Made in Canton and near Yazoo City, the film highlights the atmospheric fields of the Mississippi Delta and its people. At the Sundance festival that year the film took two prestigious awards: Lance Hammer, writer and director, won best dramatic directing and British cinematographer, Lol Crawley, won for excellence in dramatic cinematography. We wanted to bring Ballast to Vicksburg for its ten year anniversary. It not only won several awards in a number of festivals and polls, but was critically praised.

We think more people in Mississippi need to know about it and see it, and meet some of the people who helped create it. We see this as an important part of our mission in the community. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Mississippi actor Tarra Riggs and producer Nina Parikh, and other members of the cast and crew of Ballast, and the evening will conclude with dessert with the film makers, giving the audience an opportunity to socialize with the actors and others connected to the film.

Tickets for the Ballast screening and cast and crew reunion on Art House Theater Day
will be $10 and are available at the Highway 61 Coffeehouse.

The Strand Theatre is located at 717 Clay Street in the Adolph Rose Building in downtown Vicksburg. It opened as a movie theatre in 1934, and closed about 30 years later. In 2011, the Westside Theatre Foundation, a 501 (c) (3), began the ongoing task of rehabbing the theatre and bringing it back to life as a movie theatre and performance space.

For more information about Strand events call 601 529 7252.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remember the Beatles

Saturday, September 15 at 7 PM 
Deconstructing the Beatles:
1963. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah 
(An onscreen lecture) 


From  “Love  Me  Do”  to  “I  Want  to  Hold  Your  Hand”,  Deconstructing  
the  1963  Beatles  traces  the  Beatles  remarkable  story  through  the  year  
of  1963  as  they  create  their  first  hit  singles  and  albums,  including  
“Please  Please  Me”  and  “She  Loves  You”.  

Scott Freiman combines his love of The Beatles with his experience as a 
composer, producer and engineer to deliver unique educational lectures 
about the creative process of the Beatles. He moves past the personalities of 
the four Beatles to uncover the reasons why their music continues to be 
loved by millions.  

Scott's multimedia presentations transport his audiences into Abbey Road 
Studio with anecdotes about The Beatles' recording sessions, allowing fans 
to experience the evolution of The Beatles' groundbreaking albums and 
songs. 

Scott's lectures have entertained audiences of musicians and nonmusicians 
alike, from pre-teenagers to octogenarians. Once you've attended one of 
Scott's presentations, you'll never listen to The Beatles or any other music 
the same way again! 


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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

2 movies at the Strand Saturday, September 8

Okay, we have 2 movies this Saturday:
Hearts Beat Loud 
Saturday, September 8 
at 7 PM 
Starring
Nick Offerman (Parks & Rec),
Kiersey Clemons (Dope),
Ted Danson (Cheers),
Sasha Lane (American Honey), with
Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents) and
Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine) 

In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working  daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly "jam sesh" into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery. 

Watch trailer 

Director: Brett Haley 

"[An] endearing family dramedy" - EW 

"The feel good movie of 2018" - We Live Entertainment 

"Truly sweet, funny, and downright likable" - RogerEbert 

"Kiersey Clemons is the real deal" - Variety 

"A movie about sincere love and inclusion in America" - LA Times 

Festivals & Awards 
World Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival 

Official Selection: 2018 SXSW Film Festival, Annapolis Film Festival, 
Cleveland International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Montclair Film 
Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, IFF Boston, River Run Film Festival, 
Atlanta Film Festival, and more 


Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5

At the door: $7


...and special early show
4PM, Sat., Sept. 8 
The Man Who Saved the World 
by special request we are running last week's show: The Man Who 
Saved the World for those who missed it or want to see it again. 
 
"Few people know of Stanislav Petrov... yet hundreds of millions 
of people are alive because of him." 
 
The Man Who Saved the World tells the gripping true story of 
Stanislav Petrov - a man who single-handedly averted a fullscale 
NUCLEAR WORLD WAR, but now struggles to get his life back 
on track... before it is too late. 
 
The film is half documentary, half reconstruction. As Russian 
actors play out the events and the tragic story of what happened 
next to Petrov, the film-makers follow the real Petrov, now a 
crotchety alcoholic haunted by the past, as he visits the US with his 
young translator in tow in order to receive an award by the United 
Nations and to meet his all-time favourite actor: Kevin Costner. 
 
An epic and grand Cold War thriller that sends shivers down your 
spine and shows us just how close we came to Apocalypse ... and 
it's not over yet! With a NEW COLD WAR rising and thousands of 
nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert, we still live under the same 
catastrophic danger that Stanislav faced back then. 
 
"...this account of a Cold War near miss deserves a wide audience." 
- Daniel Gold, New York Times 
 
 
Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5 
 
At the door: $7 
 
 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Robert Pattinson in Damsel, a twisted Western at the Strand

Damsel
Strand Theatre
Saturday, September 1
at 7 PM
Official Selection:
2018 Sundance Film Festival – World Premiere
68th Berlinale 2018 – Competition 
2018 SXSW Film Festival 

First he was Cedric in the Harry Potter films, then he was Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, now Robert Pattinson is Samuel Alabaster, a different kind of "hero". in a different kind of Western.

Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). As Samuel traverses the Wild West with a drunkard named Parson Henry (David Zellner) and a miniature horse called Butterscotch, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel. A loving reinvention of the western genre from the Zellner brothers, DAMSEL showcases their trademark unpredictability, off-kilter sense of humor, and unique brand of humanism.

The Bros. – David and Nathan – don’t see things the same way the rest of us do. They are, it turns out, great aficionados of westerns. “We’re HUGE fans,” David enthuses. The brothers began churning around ideas for one, but he notes, “We didn’t want to do an ersatz version of the classic western. We knew we wanted to come up with an approach that would be interesting to us and do something different.” They looked not simply to the beloved Sergio Leone spaghetti western classics of the 60s, but also to the films of another favorite, director Budd Boetticher, whom, David notes, “They bridge the classic John Ford type of western into the Leone or Sam Peckinpah era, almost a merging of those two. On the surface they can seem wholesome, with a simple black and white morality, but underneath it’s much more complex and murky.” In other words, right up Zellner alley.

So what’s the classic western setup? How about a damsel in distress? And maybe one whose degree of distress depends on who’s telling the story. “We liked the idea of taking some of the tropes that are all too common – the hero and the villain, the damsel in distress – and giving them more levels, making it more complex,” David explains. Damsels, he notes, are so often weak and simplistic in these films, or they’re just there to supplement the heroic male character. “So we wanted to come up with a dynamic that would honor the tropes of the genre, but have it be more relatable on a human level, instead of these one-dimensional archetypes.”

See the trailer: 

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Incredible True Story - The Man Who Saved the World

The Man Who Saved the World
New Film at the Strand
Saturday, August 25 at 7 PM

Few people know of Stanislav Petrov… yet hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him."

The Man Who Saved the World (Starring: Walter Cronkite, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Kevin Costner) tells the gripping true story of Stanislav Petrov - a man who single-handedly averted a fullscale NUCLEAR WORLD WAR, but now struggles to get his life back on track… before it is too late.

An epic and grand Cold War thriller that sends shivers down your spine and shows us just how close we came to Apocalypse … and it’s not over yet! With a NEW COLD WAR rising and thousands of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert, we still live under the same catastrophic danger that Stanislav faced back then.

"...this account of a Cold War near miss deserves a wide audience." - Daniel Gold, New York Times

Watch trailer 

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 - live onstage at the Strand

As the play begins:: the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who...and then stuff happens...

The audience is treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author's biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.
An ingenious and wildly comic romp which enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and Off-Broadway. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood's heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the "Stage Door Slasher."

"…a kind of crossbreeding of Charles Ludlam The Mystery of Irma Vep and Terrence McNally It's Only a Play seasoned with a soupcon of NOISES OFF." —NY Times. 

"…enormous fun…Its strength comes in part from the sheer diamond wit and diamante showbiz glitter of Bishop's writing. Even his corn is succulently served." —NY Post.

"…Bishop gives us a nakedly silly and relentlessly convoluted murder-mystery plot, with twist piled on twist till you have to give way and start laughing at the silliness…it's hugely enjoyable." —Village Voice.

"MURDERS is the intelligent person's kind of nonsense." —NY Magazine.

Performances: Friday & Saturday: August 10, 11, 17, 18. All performances at 7:30.

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online are $10

At the door: $15

Monday, July 30, 2018

Three Identical Strangers - film at the Strand

Coming to the Strand Saturday, August 4 at 7 PM

Tim Wardle’s acclaimed documentary 
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS 
is the most amazing, incredible, remarkable true story ever told. 

Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret –– a secret with radical repercussions for us all. 

Winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS is an exuberant celebration of family that transforms into a thriller with colossal implications and proof that life is truly is stranger than fiction. 

See the trailer:

Read NY Times review

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