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‘Big Night’ still taking reservations

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The reservation deadline has been extended through today for "Big Night — The Film and The Feast," a fundraiser for the Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The event is slated for Sunday.

The annual event is an exciting and unique cinematic, dining and cultural experience, pairing the critically acclaimed film "Big Night," starring Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Minnie Driver and Isabella Rosellini, with a traditional Italian feast.

"Big Night" is the tale of two immigrant brothers from Abruzzo who own and operate a restaurant called "Paradise." One brother, Primo (Tony Shalhoub), is a brilliant, perfectionist chef who chafes under their few customers' expectations of "Americanized" Italian food. Their uncle's offer for them to return to Rome to help with his restaurant is becoming more and more appealing to Primo. The other brother, Secondo (Stanley Tucci), is the restaurant's manager, who is enamored of the possibilities presented by their new endeavor and life in America. Despite Secondo's efforts and Primo's magnificent food, their restaurant is failing. They host a final "Big Night" to save the restaurant.

Following the film, celebrated and award-winning local chef Antonio Ayestaran will create a mouth-watering five-course meal of traditional Italian dishes for guests to savor while enjoying Italian wine and the music of Dean Martin, Claudio Villa and Louis Prima.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and the film begins at 4 p.m. with dinner to follow. Tickets are $65 general admission and $60 for Miners Foundry/Magic Lantern Film Society members. Reserve a table for eight and receive two bottles of wine (red and white). Reservations must be made by today to reserve your dinner and seat. Tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry and at Briar Patch Co-op. For information, visit http://minersfoundry.org.

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