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

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Two Rooms live onstage at the Strand


Two Rooms
by Lee Blessing

The Westside Theatre Foundation presents
Two Rooms written by Lee Blessing live onstage at the Strand.

THE STORY: The two rooms of the title are a windowless cubicle in Beirut, where an American hostage is being held by Arab terrorists, and a room in his home in the United States, which his wife has stripped of furniture so that, at least symbolically, she can share his ordeal. In fact the same room serves for both and is also the locale for imaginary conversations between the hostage and his wife, plus the setting for the real talks she has with a reporter and a State Department official. The former, an overly ambitious sort who hopes to develop the situation into a major personal accomplishment, tries to prod the wife into taking umbrage at what he labels government ineptitude and inaction, while the State Department representative is coolly efficient, and even dispassionate, in her attempt to treat the matter with professional detachment. It is her job to try to make the wife aware of the larger equation, of which the taking of a hostage is only one element, but as the months inch by it becomes increasingly difficult to remain patient. The wife is finally goaded by unforeseen developments to speak out against government policy and, in so doing, triggers the tragic series of events that brings the play to its startling conclusion. In the end there are no winners, only losers, and the sense of futility and despair that comes when people of goodwill realize that logic, compassion, and fairness have become meaningless when dealing with those who would commit such barbarous acts so willingly.

Tickets: $10 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online at https://strand2rooms.brownpapertickets.com/

$15 at the door

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

2 movies Friday, August 30: One night / 2 movies / free popcorn


Peter Jackson's
They Shall Not Grow Old
Friday, August 30
at 7 PM
On the centenary of the end of the First World War, Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you've never seen it. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage that's more than 100 years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there.

"Jackson has brought history to life..." New York times

Watch the trailer:

They Shall Not Grow Old:
 7 PM
Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $6
At the door: $8

followed by a secret movie:
Under the Silver Lake
Friday, August 30
at 9:30 PM


The Strand presents another one of our secret movies. Tell anyone you like, but be sure to let them know it's a secret.

Under the Silver Lake - Friday, August 30 at 9:30
An aimless man falls down the rabbit hole as he unravels the mystery of a disappearing woman. Convinced that the shoebox she leaves behind contains the answers, his quest for an answer leads him into a Los Angeles underworld.

With: Andrew Garfield, Topher Grace, Wendy Vanden Heuvel, Deborah Geffner, Riley Keough

Cash bar. Free popcorn!

Under the Silver Lake: 9:30 PM

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $6

At the door: $8

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Apocalypse Now, the Final Cut is coming to the Strand

Apocalypse Now, the Final Cut
Strand Theatre
Saturday, August 24 at 7 PM

It's been 40 years since Apocalypse Now was released, and The Strand in downtown Vicksburg is participating in the brief national theatrical rollout of Francis Ford Coppola's vision of wartime insanity in this brand new cut and restoration.

Restored from the original negative, Apocalypse Now Final Cut is Coppola’s most realized version of the film to date.


I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one...


Terminate with extreme prejudice.... 
  
One day this war is going to end...

I love the smell of napalm in the morning...
 
If I say it’s safe to surf this beach, Captain, it’s safe to surf this beach! 

Never get out of the boat...Never get out of the boat...Never get out of the boat...
 
You’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill...

I don't see any method at all, sir...

The Horror...the Horror

 

"In its present and restored form, the majesty and madness of 'Apocalypse Now' is more vivid and hallucinatory than ever." - Jack Coyle, AP

"You'll feel those choppers before you even hear them. It sounds like artistic sonic warfare." - Chase Burns, The Stranger

"From Marlon Brando's extraordinary cameo to Dennis Hopper's crazed photojournalist, Coppola's epic 'definitive' cut of his brilliant 1979 war film is triumphant...." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Read new article from Rolling Stone about this Final Cut: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/apocalypse-now-final-cut-coppola-165040253.html

Here's a new trailer with a special message from Francis Ford Coppola: https://youtu.be/gW2TD-lh4Dg

Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $7 or online: apocalypsestrand.brownpapertickets.com

/ $9 at the door

Blackwater Trio coming to the Strand

Blackwater Trio
Friday, August 23 at 7:30 
Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Downtown Vicksburg

Come see this Memphis Trio when they take the stage at the Strand on Friday for the latest edition of Smokey Jack's concert series.

Here's a short video with an expanded version of the trio: https://youtu.be/4btpH7F-pYI

Tickets: $15 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online: https://blackwaterstrand.brownpapertickets.com/

and $20 at the door.

Cash Bar.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Abbey Road side 2 at the Strand

And in the end...

Deconstructing the Beatles: Abbey Road (side 2)

Saturday, August 17 at 7 PM 

The Beatles’ Abbey Road is a masterpiece filled with classic Beatles songs, such as “Come Together,” “Something,” and “Here Comes the Sun.”  George Martin told the Beatles to think “symphonically,” and they responded by creating the remarkable side two song suite. 

Abbey Road was the last time that the Beatles recorded together at EMI Studios — soon-to-be-christened Abbey Road Studios after the album’s release. Despite the bittersweet atmosphere that surrounded the recording sessions, The Beatles’ outstanding songs and performances together with George Martin’s orchestrations produced an album that continues to be regarded as one of the best albums ever created. 

In Deconstructing Abbey Road, Beatleologist Scott Freiman has created one of his most in-depth “deconstructions.” Freiman takes the audience on a journey track-by-track explaining the inspiration for the songs and their evolution in the studio. 

$6 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.
$8 at the door. 



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Meet the Film makers and see new Mississippi Film

If These Porches Could Talk
Saturday, August 10 at 7 PM
Strand Theatre
We are excited to announce a special showing of our new movie
If These Porches Could Talk at
The Strand Theatre in Vicksburg!

Tickets available now. Online: http://porches.brownpapertickets.com/ or at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

The showing begins at 7:00pm on August 10th. Tickets are only 10 dollars in advance and 15 dollars at the door. Select cast and filmmaker Travis Mills will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/wACiTQ1nUvs

If These Porches Could Talk is the second installment in our Porches and Private Eyes Movie Series. This time, it's Halloween and our Southern Belles are deep in pursuit of the supernatural!

While our trio are dining at their favorite lunch spot, Porches Restaurant of course, Patsy (Marlene Cupit) is arrested by the new sheriff (Kelly Porter) as an accomplice in an attempted murder. And who might have been killed, or "almost killed"? The husband of her best friend Jenny (Holly Bonney)! Now, Patsy's husband Randall is in jail, accused of the crime, and Brennan, the victim, is in the hospital in a coma! Something must be wrong and it's up to small town detective Ann (Sadie Hebert) to figure it out. When another innocent bystander gets "almost killed" in Hattiesburg, the mystery hits the road from there to Natchez, Port Gibson, and Yazoo City. With the help of their mysterious new friend Ben Pickers (Bill Perkins) and old buddies like Charlotte (Martha Arrington), the ladies are in for quite a fun, spooky ride!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Butch and Sundance coming to the Strand

Saturday, August 3 at 7 PM
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 
 
1969: the moon landing, Woodstock, Manson murders, Abbey Road and...Butch and
Sundance.

Redford and Newman are perfectly cast as the outlaw buddies who are running for their
lives to Bolivia with Katharine Ross and are not exactly sure who's chasing them. This
classic of the changing West won five Academy Awards.

"I don't want to sound like a sore loser, but when it's over, if I'm dead, kill him. ..."

 "Let's you and me jump in that river...."

"I'll do anything you want me to but I won't watch you die."

"If he'd just pay me what he's spending to make me stop robbing him, I'd stop robbing
him."

"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

"That's what happens when you live 10 years alone in Bolivia: you get colorful..."

"What's Bolivia?"

"You just keep thinkin', Butch. That's what you're good at."

"Rules? In a knife fight? No rules!" 

 "the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia,' let's go someplace like Bolivia."

"Why, you crazy — the fall'll probably kill ya!"

"This might be the Atlantic City, New Jersey of all Bolivia for all you know."

"Who are those guys?"

"Fuego! Fuego! Fuego!"

See the trailer



$6 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse • $8 at the door.
Strand Theatre • 717 Clay Street 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Meet the film makers & see their new film: Phoenix Oregon Sunday

Phoenix Oregon
Sunday, July 21 at 6 PM
The makers of Phoenix, Oregon have set out on a national tour in two very colorful RVs. Come meet them at this special screening of a new people pleasing American Independent film.



Defying the haze of midlife, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore a bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.”

Divorced bartender Bobby Hoffman (James LeGros), living alone in the Airstream trailer inherited from his late mother, has drifted into a sleepy eddy. Life passing him by and struggling to complete his graphic-novel opus, Bobby comes to believe his life is doomed – just a meaningless simulation written by some alien civilization. On Bobby’s birthday, when his old high school buddy Carlos (Jesse Borrego) tries to shake him awake with a bold new business venture, shadows rear up from the past and threaten to crush him.

Does positive thinking still work at mid-life? Can teamwork and friendship improve the odds for success of “the stupidest idea ever”? Irresistible Tanya (Lisa Edelstein) stirs Bobby’s bravery until his passion and dreams begin to breathe again. Enthusiastic Carlos (“you aren’t visualizing it!”) and his spirited, entrepreneurial family will not give up. Finally, when Bobby’s comically awful boss, Kyle, (Diedrich Bader) has shrunk his piece of the pie to crust, playing it safe just doesn’t feel safe anymore.

The road out of hiding and becoming a business owner, though at times exhilarating, isn’t easy. Snarky bowling rival, Al, (Kevin Corrigan) pins him around every corner, while slick venture capitalist, Mario, (Reynaldo Gallegos), captures Tanya’s eye and hopelessly intimidates Bobby with his worldly charm. When trouble and setbacks rear up, Bobby must decide whether he owns his life, or is merely a chump for his comic book aliens’ entertainment. Finally, it’s his choice.

The film takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at mid-life. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads stumble out of hibernation with courage and resilience, called to what may be their last chance to resurrect heartfelt dreams.

Tickets are $10 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or at the door

Watch the trailer:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lee H., Eric, Sweepy and the Boone Brothers at the Strand Saturday

Sometimes a once-in-a-lifetime event happens again. (or to put it another way: sometimes the perpetrators return to the scene of the crime.)

So, on Saturday, July 11 at 7 PM, once again, Lee H. Abraham is joined by his nephew,  Eric Hamilton, along with Eric's Nashville running buddy: Sweepy Walker. Vicksburg's own Boone Brothers will be tying it all together.

Join us for an evening of singer-songwriters / musicians performing their originals and considered covers.

Fun was had by all last year, and it's entirely possible, fun will be had again this year. So come to this high wire act. There is no net.

Advance tickets are $10 per person; available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse. And at the door.
Or get them online: 
 Our bar will be open. Just saying.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Egyptian Road Movie - Yomeddine at the Strand

Yomeddine
Saturday, July 13 at 7 PM

Beshay – a man cured of leprosy – has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. With his meagre possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he sets out. Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, its hardships and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong, a little humanity…

Watch the trailer:

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Deconstructing the Beatles: Abbey Road side 1 at the Strand

Deconstructing the Beatles
Abbey Road (side1)
Saturday, July 6 at 7 PM
The Beatles’ Abbey Road is a masterpiece filled with classic Beatles songs, such as “Come Together,” “Something,” and “Here Comes the Sun.” George Martin told the Beatles to think “symphonically,” and they responded by creating the remarkable side two song suite.

Abbey Road was the last time that the Beatles recorded together at EMI Studios — soon-to-be-christened Abbey Road Studios after the album’s release. Despite the bittersweet atmosphere that surrounded the recording sessions, The Beatles’ outstanding songs and performances together with George Martin’s orchestrations produced an album that continues to be regarded as one of the best albums ever created.

In Deconstructing Abbey Road, Beatleologist Scott Freiman has created one of his most in-depth “deconstructions.” Freiman takes the audience on a journey track-by-track explaining the inspiration for the songs and their evolution in the studio.

90 Mins | Not Rated

View the trailer.
$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
At the door: $8

Appomatox The Last 48 Hours - live onstage at the Strand

Appomatox the last 48 hours
Wednesday, July 3 at 7 PM
A live performance on the stage at the Strand Theatre starring Curt Fields as General Ulysses S. Grant & Thomas Jessee as General Robert E. Lee.

This presentation is an examination of the written communications between the generals from April 7th - April 9th, 1865. Learn what was happening in both armies during this exchange, and what both men were thinking at the end of the American Civil War. This performance is presented with awareness and reverence for the soldiers of both armies.

This show brought to you by the Baer House Inn and the Strand Theatre.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Highway 61 Coffeehouse in downtown Vicksburg or online at LeeGrantStrand.brownpapertickets.com

Monday, June 24, 2019

Echo in the Canyon (Sixties California music Doc.) coming to the Strand Saturday, June 29


Echo in the Canyon
Strand Theatre
Saturday, June 29 at 7 PM

Jakob Dylan asks the questions and David Crosby, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and more tell the story of the music scene in and around Laurel Canyon in the mid sixties. Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of that place and time as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.

Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the Laurel Canyon scene via never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today. Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (Mamas & the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby (The Byrds), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash and slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last film interview) as well as contemporary musicians influenced by their music such as Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.

Watch the trailer:

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Strand will be dark the weekend of June 14 - 16. No programs.

Storm Boy comes to the Strand June 22

Storm Boy
Saturday, June 22 at 7 PM

A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele’s classic Australian tale.
‘Storm Boy’ has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can’t explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his granddaughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives.
Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.
$6 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse...
At the door: $8

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Apollo 11 - fantastic documentary lands at the Strand









Apollo 11
Strand Theatre
Saturday, June 8 at 7 PM

Almost 50 years after the fact, Apollo 11 is landing at the Strand in
downtown Vicksburg

From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event
fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm
footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings,
Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA's most celebrated
mission-the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the
perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

One of the unexpected but welcome things "Apollo 11" accomplishes is
restoring a sense of how insanely complex the lunar mission was, and how audacious. - Kennrth Turan / Los Angeles Times

Apollo 11" isn't like other documentaries about the first moon mission. In
fact it isn't like most other movies, period. It's magnificent and unique, an
adrenaline shot of wonder and skill. RogerEbert.com

...generates and maintains suspense. And it rekindles a crazy sense of
wonder...- Glenn Kenny / New York Times

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Nureyev at the Strand Saturday, June 1

Saturday, June 1 at 7 PM 
Nureyev 

This striking documentary from BAFTA nominated directors, Jacqui Morris and David Morris, traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male dancer that transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time. It charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his eventual defection to the West, an event that shocked the world.

The film features never-before-seen footage and contextualizes not just the man,but also the times in which he lived, discussing the politically charged divide between Russia and the West and the critical role that Nureyev played as a cultural and global phenomenon. A quarter of a century after Nureyev’sdeath, his story has never been more relevant: his defection to the West is symbolic as Russia and the West struggle once more to reconcile conflicting values; as we obsess over celebrity, Nureyev’s status as a global icon in an age before social media is doubly significant; as the Russian government’s attitude towards homosexuality is seen as medieval in its archaism, Nureyev’s unapologetic openness about his sexuality over half a century ago can be seen for the act of trailblazing bravery it truly was; and finally, having left a legacy in the dance world stemming from Mikhail Baryshnikov to the current era of Marcelo Gomes, Carlos Acosta and Sergei Polunin, it is telling that Nureyev is still widely considered the finest male ballet dancer ever to grace the stage.

Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for $6
At the door: $8

Watch the trailer:  

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Joyful Vampire Tour of America arrives at the Strand Friday, May 31

Bite Me / Joyful Vampire Tour of America
Friday, May 31 at 7 PM
The Joyful Vampire Tour of America is coming to downtown Vicksburg bringing capes, cocktails, and a film...(plus a docu-series)


(Naomi McDougall Jones as Sarah)

What is the JVTA?

The filmmakers of Bite Me are renting an RV and taking Bite Me on the road - a 3-month Joyful Vampire Tour of America from May 8 - July 31, spreading the wild, raucous joy of this film and its characters.

Join writer, producer and actress Naomi McDougall Jones and friends for a special screening of Bite Me - a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. Bite Me is a unique, while universally relatable story about outsiders fighting to be seen.


(Christian Coulson as James)

After the screening at the Strand there will be a Q&A followed by a Joyful Vampire Ball.

WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WHAT IS A JOYFUL VAMPIRE BALL? AND WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO WEAR?

A Joyful Vampire Ball is a chance to meet the filmmakers and team behind Bite Me, celebrate, laugh, and chat with your fellow audience members, but, most importantly, Joyful Vampire Balls are a chance for each and every person to celebrate whatever makes them feel most joyful.

Everyone is invited to wear a special outfit to their screening/vampire ball - it can be a vampire costume, of course, but it could also be a tiara, wings, a Viking dress, a Christmas sweater - really anything that makes you feel fabulous and joyful. That thing that you love but have thought, "but when the heck am I ever going to wear this?" Wear that. Now.

Part-party, part-event, part celebration, each Vampire Ball is a space where everyone is welcome, nobody is judged, and every uniqueness, large and small, is given room to be expressed. Come wearing whatever you like and get ready for the most joyful night you'll have all month!

For more information, watch here:

 or visit the official site:

 Award-winning documentary filmmaker Kiwi Callahan is making a behind-the-tour docu-series so that global audiences can follow along on YouTube and experience the joy. (and see what the heck a Vampire Ball is all about)


Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:



Naomi and the gang are coming all the way to Vicksburg, so come out of the shadows, and on down to the Strand and be a part of the tour. Wear your cape. Or, you know, whatever. (You could end up featured in the docu-series.)

Tickets are $12 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or $15 online


Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $12

At the door: $15

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Goonies at the Strand



The Goonies 
Saturday, May 11 at 7 PM

"Hey, you guys..." a classic comes to the Strand...The Goonies from 1985

A group of teenagers finds a map leading to a hidden treasure. They must overcome booby traps, natural obstructions, and a gang of desperate thieves in their race for the loot.

“First, you gotta do the truffle shuffle.”

"You boys like tongue?"

“I’m gonna hit you so hard when you wake up your clothes are gonna be out of style!”

"In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog..."

“Mikey! Come here and make me feel like a woman.”

"Always separate the drugs.”

“Goonies never say die!”


Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Cory Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Joe Pantoliano, etc...

See the trailer:

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Live onstage

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Text by John Cameron Mitchell, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Live on the stage of the Strand Theatre in downtown Vicksburg, this groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash which also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation. It tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just "an angry inch." This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band "The Angry Inch." Using songs and monologues, Hedwig tells her story... Hedwig describes her life's search for "The Origin of Love" and her other half. It's a rocking ride, funny, touching, and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.

All performances at 7:30 PM

Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4

$15 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online at Brown Paper Tickets

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A foodie's delight: Ramen Shop

Ramen Shop 
Saturday, April 20 at 7 PM

Food can comfort us, and connect us to memories of family.

RAMEN SHOP: a new film (Singapore/Japan/Cooking/Romance)

A young man who is curious about his deceased parents' past takes a food journey to Singapore where he uncovers more than just delicious meals. Takumi Saito plays a young Japanese chef looking for his roots in Singapore and pop star Seiko Matsuda is his food muse in Eric Khoo's reunion drama.

"One can imagine the tingle of spices on the tongue." – Maggie Lee, Variety

"A tear-stained tale of broken families and healing recipes."
– Allan Hunter, Screen International

"What better way to bring nations together than over a steaming plate of delicious chow?" – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Watch the trailer:

$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Best Picture Oscar Winner: Green Book at the Strand


 Green Book
Saturday, April 6 at 7 PM

 Green Book is the year's Best Picture Oscar winner: (with Viggo Mortensen in his Oscar nominated role and Mahershala Ali in his Oscar winning role)

Based on the true story of pianist Don Shirley and his new driver as they tour the South.

See the trailer:

$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Free Solo - Oscar winner at the Strand

Free Solo
Saturday, March 30
at 7 PM

Free Solo - Oscar winner: Best Documentary
(Screening sponsored by NOLO Consulting)

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film’s FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope.

Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.

"Alex Honnold’s Free Solo climb should be celebrated as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever." - The New York Times

Watch the trailer:

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