Monday, August 14, 2017

The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary

Returning to the Strand (for the first time) it's the 30th anniversary of the movie that never grows old:

The Princess Bride
Saturday, August 19 at 7 PM

"Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all."

Robin Wright
Cary Elwes
Peter Falk
Mandy Patinkin
Chris Sarandon
Christopher Guest
Wallace Shawn
André the Giant
Fred Savage
Peter Cook
Mel Smith
Carol Kane
Billy Crystal
and, a lot more...


Advance Tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for $6 / $8 at the door.

"I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sunday Opera - Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera

Westside Theatre Foundation and Rising Alternative present

Giuseppe Verdi

Sunday, August 13 at 2 PM

Opera in 3 acts - Sung in Italian

From the Bayerische Staatsoper
Recorded in 2016

Conductor Zubin Mehta
Director Johannes Erath

Chorus Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper
Orchestra Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Riccardo Piotr Beczala
Renato George Petean
Amelia Anja Harteros
Ulrica Okka von der Damerau
Oscar Sofia Fomina
Silvano Andrea Borghini
Samuel Anatoli Sivko
Tom Scott Conner
A judge Ulrich Reß
Amelia's servant Joshua Owen Mills


Praise for Munich’s new Ballo in Maschera: “A formidable vocal feast” (Bayerische Staatszeitung). “The singers sent the audience into raptures (Südwestpresse). “A total triumph” (La Razón). “This production shows what a utopia opera can be” (Abendzeitung).
The Bavarian State Opera’s former music director Zubin Mehta returned to the fabled house (where his image in bronze adorns one of the foyers) to celebrate his 80th birthday conducting
Verdi’s middle-period masterpiece for the first time in a staged production. His remarkable cast includes soprano Anja Harteros singing Amelia for the first time and “filling every note with Verdian intensity”, tenor Piotr Beczala as a “visually and vocally dashing Riccardo” and George Petean as an “exemplary” Renato (Neue Musikzeitung). In director Johannes Erath’s musically super-sensitive new production, this historically-based tale of illicit love, conspiracy and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy setting transformed by lighting and projections. Special praise was showered by the enthusiastic critics on Maestro Mehta, who “creates concentrated musical connections, miraculously guiding his orchestra and unsurpassable voices the way a thermal lifts a paraglider [...] Musically the performance was a dream” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

$15 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$18 at the door

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Free Hitchcock / Free Popcorn

Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train

Saturday, August 12 at 7 PM

Ten years before Psycho, there was Strangers on a Train.

Before that famous shower there was a merry-go-round, a pair of broken glasses, a tennis match in the bright sun, a cigarette lighter...and before Norman Bates, there was Bruno.

Another free masterpiece from the Master of Suspense. The story of two men who meet on a train and decide to switch murders. Or at least Robert Walker's Bruno does. 

Join us for Free Hitchcock & Free Popcorn, but come early to get a seat.

See the trailer: 

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Live Musical - The Marvelous Wonderettes

Westside Theatre Foundation presents: The Marvelous Wonderettes live onstage

This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!


Friday & Saturday July 28 & 29 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 30 at 2 PM
Friday & Saturday August 4 & 5 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 6 at 2 PM

$15 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online from

$20 at the door

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Cool program about Beatles' Sgt. Pepper coming Sat., July 22

The Beatles? Sgt. Pepper? Abbey Road Studio? George Martin? Modern recording techniques?

Learn all about these subjects as we celebrate the 50th annniversary of the release of this classic album.

Rolling Stone called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art, and studio technology by the greatest rock-and-roll group of all time.” Learn about it from multiple angles as Freiman explores the history behind the music and the Beatles’ innovation in the studio.

Deconstructing the Beatles with Scott Freiman 

After a few years of hosting Scott Freiman’s incredibly engaging series, Deconstructing the Beatles,the Jacob Burns Center is now proud to be filming his performances, which will allow them to be distributed widely. And now, the Strand is proud to present this cool program.

Scott Freiman combines his love of the Beatles with his experience as a composer, producer, and engineer to deliver unique multimedia presentations about the band’s creative process. With rare insights, anecdotes, film clips, and recordings, he takes audiences on a journey through performances and recording sessions, allowing viewers to see and hear the evolution of groundbreaking songs and understand their lasting influence on popular music. Freiman has composed music for more than 10 films, as well as the Emmy-award–winning BBC/Discovery series Life.

The show starts at 7 PM on Saturday, July 22 at the Strand. 

Discount advance tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffehouse.

Free popcorn!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Nise, Brazilian drama about the power of art..

Saturday Film:
 Nise: The Heart of Madness
Coming to the Strand
Saturday, July 8 at 7 PM:
Gloria Pires, a famed Brazilian Globo telenovela and film actress, stars as Dr. Nise da Silveira, who in the 1940's, leads a revolution in psychiatric care in Brazil. Her weapons: canvases, paints and brushes. Among her faithful allies; cats and dogs. 

Dr. Nise da Silveira is back at work in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock for the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by doctors, she is forced to take the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she starts a revolution through paints, dogs and love. 

Watch the trailer

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sam Elliott in The Hero at the Strand Sat. July 1 at 7 PM

Sam Elliott in the role of his lifetime as an ageing star of at least one memorable Western, who has to make tough decisions about his future. And maybe have some fun along the way.

with Laura Prepon

(Rated R for Drug Use, Language, and some Sexual Content)

Watch the trailer: 

Read this review from Rolling Stone: "Give Sam Elliott the best actor Oscar now"

Saturday, July 1 at 7 PM
$5 Advance discount tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.
$7 at the door.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Verdi's Falstaff onscreen at the Strand - Sunday, June 25 at 2 PM

Westside Theatre Foundation and Risiing Alternative present Falstaff - Opera Onscreen

For his last masterpiece, Verdi found the material for the comedy of his life-long dreams in the story of this old, penniless and pot-bellied knight: a huge roar of laughter, which still reverberates in us a century later.FALSTAFF, Verdi Opéra Bastille

A lyric comedy opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV Creation : Teatro alla Scala, Milan, February 9, 1893

Sung in Italian

Conductor Daniel Oren
Director Dominique Pitoiset
Sets Alexandre Beliaev
Costumes Elena Rivkina
Lighting Philippe Albaric
Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Sir John Falstaff - Ambrogio Maestri
Ford - Artur Rucinski
Fenton - Paolo Fanale
Dottore Cajus -Raúl Giménez
Bardolfo -Bruno Lazzaretti
Pistola - Mario Luperi
Mrs Alice Ford - Svetla Vassileva
Nannetta - Elena Tsallagova
Mrs Quickly - Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Meg Page -Gaëlle Arquez

“For forty years I have wanted to write a comic opera”. When Verdi wrote these words in 1890, he had already bid farewell to the stage not once but twice, with Aida and with Otello. Fifty years earlier, he had tried his hand at opera buffa with Un giorno de regno.

The piece was a flop and, since his wife died during its
composition, the failure left him highly embittered. Was it the desire to ward off the ill fortune that appeared in so many of his operas that made him take up his pen again one last time? Or was it the shadow of Shakespeare? Or perhaps the libretto written by the talented Boito, inspired by Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor, overcame his reluctance? “I am having fun…”

Verdi repeated continually when composing Falstaff. The composer views the escapades of the old penniless and pot-bellied knight, who wants to deceive the wives and ends up routed, in a dirty washing basket and tossed into the river Thames, with the clear-sighted, distant and mischievous gaze we recognise from his later photographs. At the age of eighty, his composing was leisurely and liberated from the rules. Arias, duets and ensembles merge together in the same musical movement, continuous and boisterous, making Falstaff an unsurpassed operatic comedy that, a century later, continues to give us the gift of joyous laughter.

$15 tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$18 at the door

Best of Oxford Film Festival comes to the Strand - Sat. June 24 at 6 PM - Free!


OXFORD, MS- Oxford Film Festival will take the greatest hits of the February 2017 festival to Vicksburg on June 24 in partnership with The Strand Theatre. The Best of Oxford Film Festival free screening will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will screen Firemax, Otha Turner, All Are Welcome Here, Broken Paths and Shake Em On Down. This is part of a state wide tour in June of the Best of Oxford Film Festival. 

"We are so excited to take the Best of Oxford Film Fest tour around the state, "Executive Director Melanie Addington said. "I am also pleased to get to partner with The Strand in Vicksburg.”

ALL ARE WELCOME HERE is a short documentary on the Mississippi Coast's reaction to House Bill 1523 approved by Governor Bryant that gives people the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people based on their religious beliefs. The total run time for the film is 28 minutes and 26 seconds.

BROKEN PATHS is a music video filmed in Brandon, Miss. Created by Stace and Cassie and J. B. Lawrence. The video is 4 minutes and 44 seconds.

The Oxford community film FIREMAX features superheroes in the town of Oxford with no crime to fight. The run time for this film is 10 minutes.

The short documentary OTHA TURNER digs into the archives to take us back in time to Labor Day 1978. In the late 1950’s, fife and drum legend Otha Turner began hosting annual Labor Day picnics at his property in Gravel Springs, Mississippi. The documentary runs for 6 minutes and 2 seconds.

SHAKE EM ON DOWN tells the story of Mississippi Fred McDowell, the godfather of the North Mississippi style of blues. The film is 56 minutes and 40 seconds long.

The Oxford Film Festival was founded in 2003 to bring exciting, new, and unusual films (and the people who create them) to North Mississippi. The annual five-day festival screens short and
feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, including narrative and documentary features and shorts; Mississippi narratives, documentaries and music videos, and
narrative, documentary, animated and experimental shorts and virtual reality films. The festival is a 501c3 not-for- profit organization that also hosts year-round screenings. To learn more, visit

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Travel back to 1967 and Monterey Pop

Otis, Janis, Jimi - by 1971 they were all gone. But in 1967 they were all showing us something at Monterey.
D. A. Pennebaker United States, 1968
On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade's spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his.

50th Anniversary Release! New 4k Restoration!

See trailer:

$5 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door
And be sure to wear flowers in your hair...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Avenue Q live onstage at the Strand

Westside Theatre Foundation presents
Live theater:
Avenue Q
Music & Lyrics by
Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx

Book by Jeff Whitty

Based on a Concept by 
Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx

Those irreverent puppets are coming to Vicksburg!!!
Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, AVENUE Q is the funniest and freshest show in Vicksburg! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on AVENUE Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends! Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Mature audiences

Friday, June 2 at 7:30 PM 
Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 PM 
Friday, June 9 at 7 PM 
Friday, June 9 at 10 PM 

Avenue Q: 
$15 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
or from 

brown paper tickets

$20 at the door

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cute Cats Movie at the Strand

(click on the photo to see how cute these cats are)


Directed by CEYDA TORUN
Run Time:79 minutes

Poetic, philosophical, a treat for the eyes. A celebration of felines.

Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame –and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Movie and Opera this weekend

Saturday, May 13 at 7



The Strand is comemmoratiing the recent passing of director Jonathan Demme with his landmark filmed record of the Talking Heads,

“One of the greatest rock movies ever made” – Leonard Maltin​

New York, NY – The big white suit that seemed to dance on its own is back. Palm Pictures proudly brings back STOP MAKING SENSE, the extraordinary concert film presenting the Talking Heads at their phenomenal peak – a true piece of pop-culture history.

Talking Heads emerged from New York’s punk rock scene in the late 1970s with a thrilling new sound combining art rock, funk, world music and the droll vocals of sensationally cerebral frontman David Byrne. By 1984, Talking Heads – comprising Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison -- were one of the world’s leading bands, creating records that were artistically innovative and challenging but also hugely popular. Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the greatest rock albums of all time includes four by the Talking Heads; the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

STOP MAKING SENSE captures Talking Heads at their best in concert footage shot at the famed Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Directed by the late Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winner for “The Silence of the Lambs,” the film contains 16 songs, including such favorites as “Psycho Killer,” “Burning Down the House,” “Life During Wartime,” “Once in a Lifetime” and the hit cover of Al Green’s “Take Me to the River.” David Byrne doing his art-nerd dance wearing an oversized, broad-shouldered white suit became the film’s signature image -- and one of the most iconic of the 1980s.

The film also made technical history as the first made entirely utilizing digital audio techniques. STOP MAKING SENSE has been remastered in high definition from a 35mm interpositive.

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


Sunday, May 14 at 2 PM
Join us Mother's Day for:

Giuseppe Verdi
An opera in three acts
Sung in Italian

From the Teatro Regio di Parma

129 minutes,

Conductor | Massimo Zanetti
Directed | Stefano Vizioli
Sets and Costumes | Pierluigi Samaritani
Libretto | Francesco Maria Piave (from the drama Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo)

Il Duca di Mantova | Francesco Demuro
Rigoletto | Leo Nucci
Gilda | Nino Machaidze
Sparafucile | Marco Spotti

Program Note
Considered one of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest accomplishments, Rigoletto continues to enthrall audiences worldwide with its tragic plot and famous arias. One of the most popular arias of all time, “La donna e’ mobile,” is so catchy that prior to Rigoletto’s premiere in Venice of 1851, Verdi swore the tenor to secrecy, forbidding him to sing, hum, or whistle it anywhere except in his private rehearsals. Verdi knew that if someone heard the melody on the street, they could copy it down and claim to have written it themselves, before the opera’s debut!

This production is conducted by Massimo Zanetti, who was voted Best Young Conductor in 1997 by “Opernwelt” and also by the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” in 1998. Since then, he has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. In January 2008, Leo Nucci sang his 400th performance of the title role in Piacenza; the audience was so enthusiastic that Nucci gave three encores of Rigoletto’s aria “Si Vendetta, Tremenda Vendetta.”

$15 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

$18 at the door

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

La Boheme comes to the Strand

On Sunday, April 9, Riverfest 2017 will all be over. Come back doiwntown for our onscreen opera:

Rising Alternative and the Westside Theatre Foundation present:

Giacomo Puccini
Opera in four acts
Sung in Italian
Starring Anna Netrebko
Recorded LIVE from the Salzburg Festival

Conductor | Daniele Gatti
Director | Damiano Michieletto
Sets | Paolo Fantin
Costumes| Carla Teti
Lights | Martin Gebhardt

Piotr Beczala, Rodolfo, a poet
Anna Netrebko, Mimì
Massimo Cavalletti, Marcello, a painter
Nino Machaidze, Musetta
Alessio Arduini, Schaunard, a musician
Carlo Colombara, Colline, a philosopher
Davide Fersini, Benoît, their landlord
Peter Kálmán, Alcindoro, a state councillor
Steven Forster, Parpignol

Member of the Young Singers Project
Vienna Philharmonic
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Salzburg Festival Children's Choir

One of the operas performed most frequently all over the world, Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème will have its grand premiere in 2012 at the Salzburg Festival – its brilliance already ensured by the star cast led by conductor Daniele Gatti. “With the second opera premiere of the Vienna Philharmonic, I would like to break a spell which seems to have decreed that Giacomo Puccini is anathema to the Salzburg Festival – a fact I have never understood. Ever since this Festival was founded, there has been only one Tosca and one Turandot production, and none of his other works were ever put on the program,” Artistic Director Alexander Pereira states.

Puccini and his librettists gave a musical and dramaturgical treatment to the tales of Henri Murger, who had memorialized the life of Parisian artists and Bohemians in the serialized novel Scènes de la vie de bohème in the mid-19th century. However, the work hardly has a plot in the stricter sense. As in a film, scenes, images and impressions flit past the viewer. Like snapshots, momentary images record the pact of friendship between four young individualists in the metropolis of Paris: Rodolfo writing, Colline philosophizing, Marcello painting, and Schaunard, who has turned towards music. Into this artists’ idyll, Rodolfo introduces fragile Mimì – who, however, does not seem cut out for the life of the bohemians…

The main goal of Italian stage director Damiano Michieletto is to find a contemporary form for the story and to capture the attitude towards life of young people today: those who stand up for their passions, pursue their visions and dare to seek out new paths in art – even if they fail grandly.

At the Strand Theatre
Sunday, April 9 at 2 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $18 at the door...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Saturday Night Free Hitchcock / Sunday afternoon: Shakespeare's Tempest

Saturday, March 11, 
7 PM:
Alfred Hitchcock called Shadow of a Doubt his favorite of his films. Made in 1943 and starring Joseph Cotton and Teresa Wright, it was an early entry in the "dark mysteries that lurk in a small town" genre. Hitch was ably assisted by Thornton Wilder with the writing of this picture.

Young Charley is happy when her favorite uncle (also named Charley) comes for an extended visit. She slowly begins to suspect that he is hiding from something.

The Westside Theatre Foundation is offering free admission to this film until the seats are filled. So, come early.

Check out the trailer
  • Free Admission
  • Kid Friendly
Stella says...

Sunday, March 12,
2 PM:
The Tempest will be brought to life on the RSC stage in collaboration with Intel and in association with the Imaginarium Studios, featuring some of today's most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of this magical play, and starring Simon Russell Beale.

On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power, and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this is no ordinary island.
See the trailer:

Tickets: $12 at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets / $10 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Oscar winner at the Strand Sat., March 4 at 7

This week's film: 
The Salesman
Saturday, March 4 
at 7 PM

The winner of Best Foreign Language film at last weekend's Academy Awards was without question The Salesman. The Strand is proud to be able to bring you the Best Foreign Language winner for the third time in four years.

The Salesman
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Written by Asghar Farhadi
Starring Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Mina Sadati, Maral Bani Adam, Mehdi Kooshki, Emad Emami, Shirin Aghakashi, Mojtaba Pirzadeh, Sahra Asadollahe, Ehteram Borourmand, Sam Valipour

Run time 125 min

After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple's life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.

$5 advance discount tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $7 at the door.

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mississippi Film Showcase at the Strand - Sat. Feb. 25 all day

On Feb. 25th, Running Wild Films and The Strand Theatre will present a showcase of films made in Mississippi and by Mississippi filmmakers, including a special screening of Running Wild film's new feature film Don't Come Around Here. 

The event will include a reception with attending film makers.

Here is the final schedule and lineup of films: 

12:15 pm - Introduction with director Travis Mills and theater programmer Daniel Boone

12:30 pm - Running Wild Films in Mississippi (Featuring shorts and documentaries filmed in Mississippi)

1:30 pm - Mississippi Short Films
The Farmer - Tonia Lee
Hello - Konnor Megginson
Kindness of Strangers - Curtis Everitt
Perfect - Lynn Forney
Lowest Bidders (Web Series Episode) - Will Black

2:30 pm - Socializing/Networking Break

3:00 pm - Mississippi School of the Arts Student Films

4:00 pm - Panel Discussions with Mississippi Actors & Filmmakers

5:00pm - Documentaries
The Well Driller - Matt McCoy
Slow Buttery Death - Neil Brimelow

6:00 pm - Happy Hour with Complimentary Appetizers & Cash Bar

7:00 pm - OzLand Feature Film by Michael Williams

9:30 pm - Don't Come Around Here Feature Film by Navid Sanati. (read article from Daily Leader)

Please join us for this celebration of Mississippi film.

Whole Day Passes are available from Brown Paper Tickets and at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for $25. Tickets for individual programs will be available at the door on the day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

All in one weekend: Oscar nominee & an Opera

Saturday, February 18 at 7 PM: Life, Animated

Directed by: Roger Ross Williams
A Release from The Orchard

The Strand opens our 2017 film series with this 2017 Oscar Nominee: LIFE, ANIMATED. It is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song. Until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive. Incredible story well told.
$5 advance discount tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $7 at the door

Sunday, February 19 at 2 PM: La Cenerentola
Our first onscreen opera of the season: La Cenerentola
(based on the Cinderella story)

Opera in 2 acts (1817) 
Music by Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) 
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti (1784-1852) 

Capturing all the vocal sparks and dazzle generated by the charismatic Juan Diego Flórez and stunning Joyce DiDonato, this "may just be the definitive performance of Rossini's enchanting rags­to­riches fairy­tale," (Opera Today). With his airy, effortless high notes and perfect command of rapid­fire Rossinian parlando, Flórez once again proves that he was born to sing Rossini. American mezzo Joyce DiDonato is not only a beautiful Angelina, but also a prodigiously gifted artist who moves with ease and grace from the most delicate pianissimi to the most heartrending outbursts of passion. Conducting the Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Patrick Summers leads “an effervescent reading” (Opera Today) that is fully supported by the rest of the top­notch cast. Director Joan Font and his designer Joan Guillén keep the audience busy with many lovingly crafted details, including dancing mice, cheerily colorful costumes and imaginative lighting effects, courtesy of Albert Faura. Light and bubbly, this is Rossini at his finest..

$15 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$18 at the door


Mississippi Film Showcase 
Sat. Feb 25 / Noon to 11 P
concludes with
Don't Come Around Here
(Meet film makers)
All day pass - $25

The Salesman - Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
From Iran by the director of
A Separation
Sat. March 4 at 7 PM

Film - Free!
Alfred Hitchcock's
Shadow of a Doubt 
Sat. March 11 at 7 PM
Hitch called it his favorite film. Free while seats remain.

Shakespeare Onscreen
Fantastic production of
The Tempest 
by The Royal Shakespeare Company from Stratford-upon-Avon. Amazing special effects bring Ariel to life.
Sunday, March 12 at 2 PM - $12*

My Life as a Zucchini 
Saturday, March 18 at 7 PM. Oscar nominated animated film from Switzerland about a
young boy who is sent to a group home and his search for the family he never really had.

*discount tickets available in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse