Saturday, July 23, 2016

Shakespeare Live (Onscreen) Sunday, July 31 at 2 PM

If you love PBS, you will certainly want to join us at the Strand to celebrate William Shakespeare on the occasion of the 400 anniversary of his death.

The program from the Royal Shakespeare Company was recorded earlier this year, and features Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, David Tennant, David Suchet, and more...

Hosted by David Tennant on Shakespeare’s birthday, and screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon, this star-studded show celebrates Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy. 

RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, has assembled a once-in-a-lifetime cast to perform in a unique tribute to the genius and influence of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller. It includes: Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Al Murray, Alison Moyet, Noma Dumezweni, Ian Bostridge, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Paapa Essiedu, Pippa Nixon, Alexandra Gilbreath, Akala (Hip Hop Shakespeare), The Royal Ballet, English National Opera, The Orchestra Of The Swan and Birmingham Royal Ballet!

Watch the trailer...

$10 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse. $12 at the door.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Turandot - Opera Onscreen - Sunday, July 24 at 2 PM

Recorded at Bregenz Festival, Puccini's Spectacular Opera.


No man shall ever possess her: to preserve her independence,
the Chinese princess Turandot sets three riddles for every man
seeking her hand in marriage. The price for failure is death.
When an unknown prince achieves the impossible, Turandot is
still unwilling to surrender to him. The Prince, seeking Turandot’s
love, is ready to sacrifice his life if Turandot can discover his
true identity by morning. Furious, Turandot demands that no one
may sleep: everyone must try to discover his name...

This aria, “Nessun Dorma” sung by Calaf, has made Puccini‘s
Turandot world famous. On the Bregenz stage, it‘s delivered
against the imposing backdrop of a dragon-shaped wall on
Lake Constance. Marco Arturo Marelli‘s stage set makes use of
Chinese symbols of power and is inspired by the world‘s longest
man-made structure, the Great Wall of China. The Bregenz wall
is criss-crossed by detachments of terracotta warriors, over two
hundred in all, some of them sky-high, others half-submerged in
the water.

There are Chinese elements in the music, too. Puccini was
inspired by Chinese music boxes given to him by a diplomat friend. Still, however Chinese Puccini’s final opera might appear, the plot is adapted from a Persian tale and the score is fullblown Italian opera.

Sung in Italian with subtitles
Recorded 2015 at Bregenz Festival
Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

Discount advance tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sat., July 16 at 7 PM: The Last Diamond ( a romantic thriller) at the Strand

On a hot Mississippi day, what could be better than coming to an air conditioned theater, grabbing some popcorn, and an ice cold beverage, and enjoying a film about: :A beautiful woman, a priceless gem, a handsome safe cracker... it's the formula for a romantic thriller and heist film from France.

She: Berenice Bejo, the beautiful Peppy from the Academy Award winning The Artist (2011). Her work in The Artist received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won her the César Award for Best Actress.

It: The “Florentine” is an historic jewel owned by Marie Neuville and her daughter Julia (Bejo), two diamond experts.

He: Simon Carrerra (Yvan Attal) has just been released from prison and is now on parole.

See the trailer;

Advance discount tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

Friday, July 8, 2016

Les Cowboys at the Strand Sat. July 9

Join us at the Strand Saturday, July 9 at 7 PM for Les Cowboys, a modern day, real world take on John Ford's The Searchers. Instead of John Wayne riding across the desert to find Natalie Wood, this time it is Alain who cannot let the disappearance of his daughter go. He rides out over and over to find her; and like John Wayne, he is not sure what he will do when he finds her especially if she has "gone native." This time, there's no Indians; the "savages" are Muslims and the American frontier has been replaced by Europe and eventually the Middle East. A serious drama in French with English subtitles.

See the trailer

Read review from New York Times.

Discounted advance tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.