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Release: April 24, 2003

Bijou Theatre Presents Dinner And A Movie

Italian immigrants and Italian food are the subjects of the Bijou Theatre's first dinner and a movie night on Thursday, May 1, the kick-off of what organizers hope will be an ongoing series of evenings of related food and movie entertainment.

"If this event is successful, we'd like to continue to do this in future semesters with other movies and other types of food," said Bijou Director Andy Stoll.

The first event will feature the 1996 Sundance Award-winning film, "Big Night," and a multi-course meal similar to that served in the film served by the chefs of Adagio restaurant. The movie begins at 6 p.m. in the Illinois Room in the Iowa Memorial Union, and will immediately be followed by dinner at Adagio's.

Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased by Tuesday, April 29 from the IMU Box Office or Adagio. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Iowa Chapter of Slow Food USA, an organization promoting the use of seasonal and locally grown food for cooking.

"Big Night," directed by Campbell Scott and starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub, tells the provocative tale of two immigrant brothers who pin their hopes to save their struggling restaurant on one meal. Primo and Secondo are two brothers who have emigrated from Italy to open an Italian restaurant in America. Primo (Shaloub) is the irascible and gifted chef, brilliant in his culinary genius, but determined not to squander his talent on making the routine dishes that customers expect. Secondo (Tucci) is the smooth front man, trying to keep the restaurant financially afloat, despite few patrons other than a poor artist who pays with his paintings. The owner of a nearby, enormously successful restaurant offers a solution -- he will call his friend, a big-time jazz musician, to play a special benefit at their restaurant. Primo begins to prepare his masterpiece, a feast of a lifetime, for the brothers' big night.

Following the movie, the master chefs at Adagio will serve a multi-course meal closely replicated from Primo's feast in Big Night. The dinner will be the last served at Adagio before the restaurant closes its doors.

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