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

Synopsis
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





Upcoming:

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

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

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*

Film
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.
$7* 

*discount tickets available in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse



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