Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Love" & "Doubt" at the Strand this weekend

It's a movie on Thursday & live theatre on Friday & Saturday

Join us at the Strand on the eve of Earth Day 2016 for a new film:

Love Thy Nature

Thursday, April 21 at 7 PM

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic immersion into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. With mesmerizing artistry and fascinating details, the film explores how nature nourishes us.

Neeson is the voice of Homo Sapiens – our collective humankind – who, in the past few thousand years, has come to believe that we are separate from nature. This mind-set has caused us to disrupt billions of years of evolution, causing a mass extinction of species and threatening the survival of the human race.

Love Thy Nature shows that a new era of connectedness with the natural world is key to ensuring our species’ future. This era might just be dawning: A new science called biomimicry taps into nature’s four billion years of R&D for some of the most brilliant cutting edge inventions, pointing to a new highly advanced technological age: The Biological Revolution.

In the medical field, doctors are unveiling new findings on the role of nature to sustain and heal the human body. And experts have discovered that just spending time in nature promotes healing, emotional stability, connectedness, and even neurological health in children.

Through Sapiens’ journey, the film reveals how a relationship with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human. Traversing the globe, Love Thy Nature shares the dazzling spectacles of our planet while revealing how a deeper connection with nature transforms us as people and communities. And that transformation inspires us not only to restore our ecosystems, but also our human family, and ourselves.
See the trailer:

Discount Advance tickets for the film are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

And onstage...John Patrick Shanley's 

Doubt: a Parable

Friday & Saturday, April 22 & 23 at 7:30 PM

The production features a talented local cast: 

Linda Hadala as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, 
Matt Mitchell as Father Flynn, 
Kimberly Madsen-Thomas as Sister James, 
Cathy Sanford as Mrs. Muller.

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lee H. & the Boone Brothers Free - Sunday, April 17 at 5 PM

When Riverfest is over, there's still one more party. There's music and food, and it's free. Join us at The Strand for a party and concert featuring Lee. H & the Boone Brothers.

Join us in remembering Buddy Hallberg, a great inspiration to the Westside Theatre Foundation.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sunday, April 10 at 2:30 PM: Tales of Hoffmann

Powell & Pressburger's 1951 followup to their classic The Red Shoes is the Tales of Hoffmann. It's a film of an opera about a poet's stories presented as a ballet. The writing/directing duo long had an ideal of a "composed film." Tales of Hoffman came closest to fulfilling that dream.

Moira Shearer and all the other principal dancers from the Red Shoes are in the film lip syncing their roles. The orchestra is conducted by the legendary Sir Thomas Beecham. Opera singer Robert Rounseville portrays E.T.A. Hoffman who is "unlucky in love" in the three stories presented. But the interventions of a singular villain belie the role of luck.

 For the lover of film, dance, opera, costume design, and theater in general, this film is a must see.

Click to see the trailer...

After the film, Jay Parmegiani has invited our audience over to the Rooftop at Ten South across the street for a complimentary drink.

Advance discount tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for only $5.