Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Rocky's Back!!!



It's back! Yes Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show returns to the stage of the Strand Theatre with old friends as well as fresh blood as they attempt, once more, to answer the question: "They can't really do that here, can they."

Answer: Fasten your seatbelt...

Brad, Janet, Dr. Scott, Eddie, Magenta, Columbia, Riff Raff, the Transylvanians, and of course, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Rocky himself will be at the Strand to do the Time Warp. Again.

Your presence is required.

"Like a late night double feature picture show...'

'I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey...'

'Dammit Janet!'

'The master is having one of his affairs...'

'I'm just a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania...'

'We'll say where we are and go back to the car...'

'He thought you were the Candyman...''

'I see you shiver with antici...pation...'

'You're a hotdog, but you better not try to hurt her, Frankfurter...'

'Come up to the lab, see what's on the slab...'

'In just 7 days, I can make you a man...'

'And crawling on the planet's face, some insects called the human race. Lost in time, and lost in space... and meaning'

'It's just a jump to the left! And then a step to the riiiight!'

Friday, October 18 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 25 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 PM
Halloween Midnight Show: Thursday, October 31 at 11:59 PM

$15 discount advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online at Brown Paper Tickets

$20 at the door.

Monday, October 7, 2019

2 movies plus live music all in one weekend at the Strand

The Strand has 2 programs in one Fall Weekend...

Saturday
October 12 • 7 PM
ROCKETMAN
that Elton John movie

This biopic focuses on Elton John's early years and his meteoric rise to fame in the 1970s.
It dwells on his relationships with his parents, his enduring partnership with lyricist
Bernie Taupin, and his romantic relationships.

See the trailer:

Director
Dexter Fletcher

Production year
2019

Rating
R

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


And Sunday afternoon:



Sunday
October 13 • 5 PM
Great movie + Live Music! 

Old Time Music comes to the Strand in downtown Vicksburg on Sunday afternoon.
Come see a movie and hear some great live music by the Mississippi Echoes String Band. 

First at 5 PM: Sister filmmakers, Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic return to their
Appalachian roots to film at the world's oldest Fiddler's Convention in Galax, Virginia..
With multiple generations jamming together, Fiddlin' is a love-letter to American roots
and the uplifting power of music.”

see the trailer:


"A wonderful, emotional look at America's most enduring music."
- Steve Martin

"I love this movie. It opened my heart and made me want to start fiddling."
- Peter Farelly

"This film must be seen….America needs to know where it’s music comes from."
- Quincy Jones


If you like fiddles, guitars, banjos, and mandolins, this is the movie and concert for you.

After the movie we will have the real thing: 
The Mississippi Echoes String Band featuring:
Tim Avalon—fiddle
Sandra Melsheimer—fiddle
Rob Anders—banjo
Joyce Mullens—bass
Mary Fitzgerald—Guitar


It's going to be a fun Sunday. Movie and live music all for one  money: $10.
Advance Tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.

MANHATTAN SHORT results are in!

SYLVIA Drives Away with the Gold Medal at MANHATTAN SHORT 2019

Sylvia, written and directed by Richard Prendergast (United Kingdom), is the Gold Medal Winner of the 2019 Manhattan Short Film Festival. Sylvia is the fact-based story of the deep meaning one car had to a family, a tale that resonated with viewers around the world. Nefta Football Club, directed by Yves Piat of France, won the Silver Medal for its hilarious depiction of a cocaine smuggling operation gone wrong. This Time Away, written and directed Magali Barbe, also of the UK, wins the Bronze Medal for its story of an aging man whose spirits are raised by a robotic companion. The Best Actor Award goes to veteran thespian John Standing for his performance in A Family Affair. The global audience has voted. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Strand vote vs. the Global vote
There was only one difference between the Strand voting and the worldwide totals: The top 2 were reversed.
Strand number 1. Nefta Football Club (Global: Sylvia)
Strand number 2. Sylvia (Global: NEFTA Football Club)
Strand & Global number 3.  This Time Away
Strand & Global: Best Actor: John Standing from A Family Affair

Many thanks to John and Lisa Martin of Martin's at Midtown for hosting the "after party" and for all their sponsorship for this event and the support they give the Strand the entire year.

Friday, October 4, 2019

MANHATTAN SHORT is back


Come to the Strand. Watch the films. Vote for the best.

MANHATTAN SHORT is back!

MANHATTAN SHORT announces the Final Ten selections for its 22nd Annual Short Film Festival, a worldwide event taking place in over 400 venues across six continents between September 26th and October 6, 2019. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind. The Final Ten are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by MANHATTAN SHORT, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.

The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from seven countries with films from France, Iran, Canada, Germany, and Finland alongside two films from USA and a record three from the United Kingdom. These Final ten films represent the best short films among 1250 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2019, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a premier showcase for female directors with five of the Final Ten films directed by woman, including ine from Iran. This year's Final Ten represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas, spine-tingling suspense, and hilarious comedies, as well as genre surprises like a pair of science fiction films and one that focuses on tennis. "A narrative short film on sports is as rare as a centaur sighting," notes Pia Andell, director of the The Match.

This year's Final Nine represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas; fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War II epic; a film shot entirely underwater and a comedy as part of the MANHATTAN SHORT program.

The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:
Nefta Football Club (France), Debris (USA), Driving Lessons (Iran),Tipped (Canada) Sylvia (United Kingdom), The Match (Finland), This Time Away (UK), Malou (Germany), A Family Affair (UK), At The End of the World (USA)

Watch the trailer:

And... Martin's at Midtown is once again hosting our "after party". Have a drink while we count the ballots and announce the Strand's winners. Thanks: John and Lisa.

Tickets are $10. Available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and the door.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Linda Ronstadt & Monty Python / 2 movies for the price of 2

Saturday, September 28 • 7 PM
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Since bursting onto the music scene in 1967, Linda Ronstadt has been an icon for more than 50 years.  Her extraordinary vocal range and ambition created unforgettable songs across rock, pop, country, folk ballads, American standards, classic Mexican music and soul.  As the most popular female recording artist of the 1970s, Ronstadt filled huge arenas like no one had ever done and produced an astounding eleven Platinum albums.  Ronstadt was the first artist to top the Pop, Country, and R&B charts simultaneously, she won 10 Grammy ® Awards on 26 nominations and attained a level of stardom the Tucson native never could have fathomed.

In LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, Ronstadt is our guide through her early
years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ‘70s and early ’80s.  She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; an early advocate for human rights, and had a high-profile romance with California governor Jerry Brown.  Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson’s disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever.  With moving performance footage and appearances by collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall inlove with her — and the sound of her voice...

And then...
for something completely different...


Saturday, September 28 • 9:30 PM
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"It's just a flesh wound." • "Bring out yer dead!" • "Your mother was a hamster and your
father smelled of elderberries!" • 'We are the Knights who say ni!' • And all the rest is
coming to the Strand.

Tickets are $6 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and $8 at the door for each of these shows.



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Men of the West - Weekend Western Movie Festival at the Strand

The Strand Theatre and Running Wild Films present
Men of the West
  
a weekend of Western movies and more  
with special guest: 
Mitchell Ryan

September 20 - 22 

The Strand Theatre & Running Wild Films are excited to present our first Western Film Festival:  Men of the West featuring 4 Western classics, a special guest: Mitchell Ryan, other programs, and free popcorn!  



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Feature Film:
Friday, September 20 / 7:00 PM
BITE THE BULLET 
Directed by Richard Brooks


Opening night film: A contrasting group of riders enter a 700-mile horse marathon across Southwest America. Mutual feelings of distrust  and a difficult race through the desert puts each rider up to the ultimate test. Filmed in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. 
Tickets

(Watch trailer)

Cast: Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Candice Bergen, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent. (Swank) 

This showing is a tribute to Jan-Michael Vincent who lived in Vicksburg until his death earlier this year.



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Program:
Saturday September 21 / 8 AM :  open casting call for 12 Westerns in 12 Months until Noon.

NO VIDEO SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED. TO AUDITION, YOU MUST ATTEND IN PERSON.


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Feature Film:
Saturday, September 21 / 2 PM
MAN OF THE WEST
Directed by Anthony Mann


Matinee -  Gary Cooper, in his last great role, portrays a former outlaw whose past returns to haunt him when he is forced by his old gang to participate in a train robbery. 

Julie London and Lee J. Cobb co-star. (Park Circus) 

Introduction by Travis Mills of Running Wild Films discussing the connection between this Western and the horror genre.  


Tickets

(Watch the trailer)

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Program:
Saturday / 4 PM
WESTERN SHORTS PRESENTATION

Free Admission

Featuring two of Running Wild Films’ Western shorts RANCH HANDS and THE OUTLAW, THE SHERIFF, and THE GOVERNOR accompanied by two Western silent classics.  




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Reception;
Saturday / 6 PM 
RECEPTION WITH MITCHELL RYAN
Festival pass holders ONLY mingle with festival guest/actor Mitchell Ryan. Complimentary snacks will be available.

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Feature Film:
Saturday / 7 PM
MONTE WALSH 
Directed by William A. Fraker

In this western adventure, two aging cowboys are finding the end of the Wild West hard to come to terms with; when one is shot by an old adversary; the other sets out on a last adventure to avenge his friend's death. Filled with richly drawn characters and magnificent photography.  


Tickets

(Here's some clips)

With Lee Marvin, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Palance, Mitchell Ryan. (Hollywood Classics USA)   

Featuring an introduction / Q&A with festival guest Mitchell Ryan 
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Program:
Sunday, September 22 / 2 PM
Selection of Readings from the 12 Westerns in 12 Months. (Free admission)
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Feature Film: 
Sunday / 6 PM (Free Show)
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Closing Night Film:  Clint Eastwood's first Western as both director and star is a revenge tale of a mysterious stranger who rides into a settlement, where the citizens beg him to defend them against a group of outlaws. 

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan, Jack Ging ( Courtesy: Swank)  






(View Trailer) 
A free showing to close our festival with another introduction / Q&A with festival guest/actor Mitchell Ryan. 
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SPECIAL GUEST: Mitchell Ryan was featured in both Monte Walsh and High Plains Drifter and will share memories of those productions with us. He also appeared in dozens of movies and televison shows including:  Lethal Weapon, Electra Glide in Blue, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Dark
Shadows
and Dharma & Greg.
 

TICKETS
The Festival Pass at $50 provides admission to all programming including a patrons only reception with guest Mitchell Ryan. It also helps support the efforts of the Strand Theatre to bring arts programming to downtown Vicksburg. 
Tickets for individual movies are $10 each.

Selected programs are free of charge including the closing night film: High Plains Drifter.

The Festival passes and tickets to individual films are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online.


Click to print your own program schedule brochure

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. 
 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Opera Onscreen Sunday at the Strand

Opera Onscreen
Orphee et Euridice
Strand Theatre
Sunday, September 8 at 2 PM

From Teatro alla Scala, in Milan, Christoph Willibald Gluck's
Orphée et Euridice is coming to the screen of the Strand in downtown Vicksburg

Juan Diego Flórez dazzled audiences and critics alike when he played the virtuoso role of Orphée in La Scala’s first ever staging of Gluck’s opera in its French version: “Juan Diego Flórez delivered a lesson in style. His tone is darker and his projection more self-effacing than in the past, but class is permanent. His agility and legato are utterly thrilling. The ovations were never-ending.” (Corriere della sera)

Conductor
Michele Mariotti

Director
Hofesh Shechter & John Fulljames

Choreographer
Hofesh Shechter

Cast
Juan Diego Flórez | Christiane Karg | Fatma Said

Opera in three acts

Total running time: 2h 09min

Sung in French

Subtitles: English

$12 Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $15 at the door