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Vicksburg’s Strand Theatre has gone virtual

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(images courtesy the Strand Theatre)

In a recent email, Vicksburg’s Strand Theatre explained how virtual movie screening works.

Back in March, I introduced “Parasite” by professing my love for Vicksburg, the Strand, and the folks who come out to see our programming. A few things have changed since then…

But we still love you and miss you at the Strand.

And we hope you miss us: breathing in the smell of the fresh popcorn as you open the door; catching up with friends old and new; checking out this week’s beer selection; finding the perfect seat (until some tall person sits in front of you)… and then watching a new or classic film with an audience – those were the days. And hopefully all those little things will return to our lives soon. Or eventually.

Until then some of our film distributors have come up with a plan to keep you thinking about the Strand and even supporting the Strand by partnering with us to offer unreleased films you can watch at home. Typically, these films are available for a week or two or three, and once rented can be watched over a 72-hour period. The easiest way to watch them is on a computer, or tablet, or phone, but they can usually be cast to your TV using Airplay or ChromeCast or something similar. Also, a cable that connects your device to your TV by HDMI can be used.

It’s not the same, but these are brand new films of the caliber we would be presenting on our screen, and if you choose to watch them, the Strand gets to split the ticket price.

The Strand has several films you can watch now, including full-length feature films and selections just for the kids.

Click here to get more info and to purchase screenings of all our Virtual Strand Films

Here are the films presented by the Virtual Strand starting Friday, May 15:

“Up from the Streets: New Orleans, City of Music”

If you missed this year’s Jazzfest or would just like to know more about New Orleans music, here’s another great film to enjoy at home wherever that may be while supporting the Strand in Vicksburg.

It even features Vicksburg’s own Bill Ferris giving insights about the city’s greats.

Four-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard serves as executive producer, music director and host. The film features personal reflections from New Orleans’ most impactful musicians including, but not limited to, Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Fresh and Dr. Michael White, and commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances by iconic artists such as Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and The Neville Brothers.

Special LIVE Q&A via ZOOM with Terence Blanchard and director Michael Murphy at 6 p.m. Central time on Saturday, May 16.

For every ticket sold, $2 will be donated to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation COVID-19 relief fund for musicians.

Watch the trailer

Click here for a link to see the film:

 

And for something completely different:

“New French Shorts”

An annual presentation of the best of recent short films from France selected by UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for their Young French Cinema program

A single feature-length program of seven delightful, funny, charming, provocative festival favorite Gallic shorts, perfect to watch at home and benefit the Strand.

“Bahmed’s Song” (“Le chant d’Ahmed”) 30 min
Director: Foued Mansour
Winner of Bridging the Borders Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest 2019

“Sheep, Wolf and a Cup of Tea” (“Moutons, loup et tasse de thé”) 12min
Director: Marion Lacourt
Official selection: 2019 Locarno Film Festival

“Tuesday from 8 to 6” (“Mardi de 8 à 18”) 26 min
Director: Cecilia de Arce
Official selection: 2019 Cannes Critics Week

“The Distance Between Us and the Sky” (“La distance entre nous et le ciel”) 9 min
Director: Vasilis Kekatos
Winner of Short Film Palme d’Or and Queer Palme at Cannes 2019

“The Tears Thing” (“Le coup des larmes”) 25 min
Director: Clémence Poésy
Official selection: 2019 Venice Film Festival

“Magnetic Harvest” (“La traction de poles”) 24 min
Director: Marine Levéel

TOTAL : 126 min

Plus, special bonus short:

“The Glorious Acceptance Speech of Nicolas Chauvin” (“Le discours d’acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin”) 26 min
Director: Benjamin Crotty
Official selection: 2018 New York Film Festival | Winner of Mantarraya Award

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Click this link starting May 15 for a link to the films:

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Local artists opening for rapper Fredo Bang Nov. 27

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Organizer Lil Sleepy, left, and rapper Rob G, one of the local artists in the show. (photos courtesy the artists)

Multiple local Vicksburg music artists will open the performance for rapper Fredo Bang on Nov. 27, at the Claiborne County County Convention Center.

Among the artists selected for the show are Rob G, Dizziboi, Platinum Diesel, Devon 24k, and Dyme Charity. Opening for a nationally recognized rapper like Fredo Bang gives them a great chance to increase their exposure and expand their audiences.

Vicksburg native Lil Sleepy is responsible for organizing the big event and recruiting local artists.

“This is basically what I do, and I try to keep it going as a traditional thing, just like the graduation parties and the New Years Eve Bash I throw,” Lil Sleepy said.

DJ KG (photo courtesy the artist)

The event will be hosted by MC Skooter, Bri, KC, Dixiee and Jada Jay. Local DJs KG, DJ Trap, and DJ 100 will be there as well to entertain the guests.

“It’s a great event, and every year it’s getting bigger,” DJ KG said. “It’s giving local artists what they need by having them perform when a known rapper will be in attendance.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased on Eventbrite, or at Roe’s Rims and Accessories on Clay Street, Supreme Bladez Barbershop at 2713 Halls Ferry Road, or Headquarters Barbershop in downtown Vicksburg. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for the VIP booths.

The event is expected to have a great turnout just as it did in 2018, which was the last time Fredo Bang performed in Port Gibson.

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Vicksburg Daily News presents ‘Festival On The River’

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Credit: Tobi Lee and the Mustang Sally Band

Vicksburg Daily News is pleased to announce “Festival On The River” will be held this coming Saturday, Oct. 24, in downtown Vicksburg. This event is presented in conjunction with the City of Vicksburg and the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Daytime activities will be held at and near the Levee Street Marketplace, 1001 Levee St., from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Food and merchandise vendors will be on hand displaying unique items for sale. The Vicksburg Warren County Tractor Club will be on hand with antique tractors. Garry James will be picking on the porch for your musical entertainment.

Beginning at 5 p.m., come up the hill to the Washington Street Park, at 1001 Washington St., for an evening of musical entertainment. DJ Shaggy from KHits 104.5 will be your host on the stage powered by Cook Tractor Company. Also appearing will be “The Blues Experience” featuring Calvin “Dr Who” Carson and Mark “Duvelle” Doyle and three-time Josie Award winning group Tobi Lee and the Mustang Sally Band from Nashville.

There is no admission charge for either of these family-friendly events. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, along with your mask, and be prepared to socially distance. The street will be closed to traffic during the concert.

For vendor information, contact Mary Landers at Levee Street at 601-638-7191. For all other inquiries contact Tommy Parker at 601-218-1524. 

We hope to see you there. Come join us, and let’s show the world #Vicksburgisopenforbusiness!

Visit Levee Street Marketplace on Facebook and Festival On The River-Vicksburg, Mississippi, for updates this week.

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Eddie Van Halen dead at 65

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Eddie Van Halen in 2007 (photo by Anirudh Koul from Montreal, Canada - Eddie Van Halen Shredding His Guitar @ "Eruption" - Van Halen Concert, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5141962)

Rock ‘n’ roll guitarist Eddie Van Halen, co-founder of the eponymous band Van Halen, is dead at 65.

Van Halen died after a decadelong battle with throat cancer at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday with his wife, Janie, son, Wolfgang, and brother, Alex, at his side, reports TMZ.

Van Halen formed the band in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums and David Lee Roth as lead singer. Sammy Hagar joined the band in 1985 on lead vocals after Roth left.

Considered by many to be one of the best rock guitarists in the business, Eddie Van Halen’s guitar was the basis for the band’s many hits, among them “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Unchained,” “Hot for Teacher,” “Panama” and “Jump.”

Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

“He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on stage and off stage was a gift,” his son, Wolf, wrote on social media Tuesday. “My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.”

“I love you so much, Pop,”

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