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Oscar nominated short films at the Strand on Saturday

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In preparation for the Oscar awards ceremonies on Sunday, the Strand Theater (717 Clay St.) in downtown Vicksburg will present two programs of the short films nominated for 2020 Oscars on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Animated films will be shown starting at 6:30 p.m., and the live-action films will start at 8:30 p.m.

Come to one or both programs, and you are guaranteed to see an Oscar winner.

Tickets for each program is $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Purchase advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse (1101 Washington St.)

 

Animated Nominees (Saturday at 6:30 p.m.)

“Daughter” (“Dcera”)
CZECHIA/15 MINS/2019
Director: Daria Kashcheeva
In a hospital room, a daughter recalls a childhood moment when, as a little girl, she tried to share her experience of an injured bird with her father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace has stretched into many years all the way to this hospital room, until the moment when a window pa… (come see it)

“Hair Love”
USA/7 MINS/2019
Director: Matthew A. Cherry
It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter, Zuri, an extra-special hairstyle in this story of self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters.

Kitbull”
USA/9 MINS/2019
Director: Rosana Sullivan
Kitbull reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pitbull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.

“Mémorable”
FRANCE/12 MINS/2019
Director: Bruno Collet
The world appears to be changing for Louis, a painter, and his wife Michelle. In fact, recently all sorts of strange things have been happening to them.

“Sister”
USA/8 MINS/2018
Director: Siqi Song
A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?

 

Live-Action Nominees (Saturday at 8:30 p.m.)

 “A Sister”
BELGIUM/16 MINS/2018
Director
Delphine Girald
A night. A car. Alie is in danger. To get by, she must make the most important phone call of her life.

“Brotherhood”
TUNISIA, CANADA/25 MINS/2018
Director: Meryam Joobeur
Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife.

“Nefta Football Club”
FRANCE/17 MINS/2018
Director: Yves Piat

Two young brothers come across a donkey in the desert. Strangely, the animal wears headphones over its ears and is carrying bags full of white powder on its back.

“Saria”
USA/23 MINS/2019
Director
Bryan Buckley
Saria, 12, and her sister, Ximena, devise a daring plan to escape horrendous abuse in the orphanage that houses them.

“The Neighbors’ Window”
USA/20 MINS/2019
Director: Marshall Curry
Alli is a mother of young children, frustrated with her daily routine and husband. But her life is shaken up when two free-spirited 20-somethings move in across the street, and she discovers she can see into their apartment.

 

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Annual Christmas Parade of Lights canceled

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Vicksburg Christmas Parade 2019

Vicksburg Main Street has announced that the annual Christmas Parade of Lights scheduled for Dec. 5 has been canceled.

Applications to participate in the parade, themed “Frozen in Time,” were due today.

Instead of the parade, Vicksburg Main Street is “reimagining” the event, substituting several smaller events to celebrate Christmas in Vicksburg.

  1. “This is an unusual year and we certainly want everyone to have a safe holiday,” said Board President Christi Kilroy. ” These well-thought-out changes were made to protect the people who visit downtown. The board and staff have done everything they can to keep the downtown
    experience festive and fun for the holidays.”

Vicksburg Christmas events include:

  • Friday, Nov. 27, live music at 5:30 p.m. and City of Vicksburg Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. – Santa will be present
  • Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 27 – Christmas in the Park- Make plans to see all the Christmas lights and decorations at Washington Street Park
  • Saturday, Nov. 28, All Day – Small Business Saturday
  • Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 to 5 p.m.- Old Fashion Holiday Open House. Shoppers who spend $25 or more will receive a poinsettia from the Vicksburg Main Street Program. Santa will be strolling Washington Street and available for pictures – bring your camera!
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 a.m. Reindeer Run at Catfish Row
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Levee Street Marketplace Christmas Open House
  • Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 to 8 p.m., Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Kids in the Kitchen Christmas
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Vicksburg Convention Center’s Breakfast with Santa
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bella la Vita Photography Toys for Tots Toy Drive
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 to 6 p.m., Second Saturday
  • Sunday, Dec. 13-12:30 p.m. Vicksburg Convention Center’s Holiday Jazz Brunch “Miracle on Swing Street”

Vicksburg’s Main Street organization appreciates the public’s support in the redesign of this year’s celebration and hopes that each and every citizen will visit the festive downtown area this holiday season to support our merchants, restaurants and businesses. The board and staff of Vicksburg Main Street remains committed to growing the economic vitality of our downtown and community.

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Vicksburg father and daughter finish St. Jude marathon together

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(photo courtesy of Philip Doiron)

Vicksburg natives Anna Kate Doiron and her father, Phillip Doiron, finished the virtual St. Jude race together Saturday, Nov. 14, making them two of the first participants of the first virtual marathon hosted by the Memphis children’s hospital.

Both Anna Kate and Phillip began training in June during the height of the pandemic. They met on some weekends in places like Lake Bruin, Louisiana, to train in preparation for what would be Anna Kate’s first marathon.

They traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, last weekend where they had plenty of supporters cheering them on.  Anna Kate and Phillip ran distance of 26 miles in 4 hours and 58 minutes.

During the race, Anna Kate and Phillip made it to Taylor, Mississippi, where some of Anna Kate’s closest friends held signs and cheered them on. Phillips’s wife, Kara, was waiting at the finish line to congratulate her daughter and husband.

Anna Kate posted her excitement on her Instagram page where she shared a photo with her father after completing the marathon.

Phillip, Executive Director and CEO of the Vicksburg YMCA, was thrilled to be able to share his love of fitness with his daughter.

“What started out as a fitness goal turned into some of the best memories that I have had in a long time with her,” Phillip said.

Anna Kate, who was the 2017 valedictorian of St. Aloysius High School, is now a senior at Ole Miss majoring in integrated marketing communications. After the race, the Doiron family stayed in Oxford and continued celebrating as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated South Carolina 59-42.

The race, an annual fundraising event, began in 1977 as the Memphis Express Marathon, and became St. Jude Memphis Marathon in 2002. Since then, it has raised more than $60 million to support the hospital and allow countless children to receive free health care.

St. Jude marathon organizers knew they could not cancel the hospital’s largest fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they reinvented the way racing is done. The 19th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend transitioned to an interactive virtual experience taking place over four-months, beginning in August and culminating with a virtual race day Saturday, Dec. 5.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.

 

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VIDEO – Stormy Daniels investigates the paranormal in Vicksburg

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David Childers and Stormy Daniels (photo by Thomas Parker)

Stormy Daniels is at the McNutt House in Vicksburg this weekend.

She is in town to do a paranormal investigation at the house with local ghost hunter David Childers, Ashley Storm and others. The event, which takes place Saturday evening, is a memorial fundraiser for Childers’ brother, Bradley Sandford, who died in September at the age of 36.

Tickets are sold out for the event.

Daniels, a former adult film star, rose to national attention because of her accusations that President Donald Trump paid her $130,000 to keep their 2006 affair quiet a month before the 2016 election. Although Trump’s then attorney Michael Cohen initially denied the payment, he eventually admitted that he had paid Daniels. Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges in relation to the case. For that accusation and others, Cohen was convicted and sentenced to federal prison. Trump has denied that he instructed Cohen to pay Daniels.

 

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