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Pre-turkey indulgence

Kimberly Nicoletti

SUMMIT COUNTY -If there’s such a thing as Thanksgiving Eve, Summit County’s on it.Whether you prefer bars or big screens, there’s plenty to fill your plate tonight.An earfulWild Bill’s Saloon rocks into Thanksgiving tonight with Primeval Soup.The band bases its musical stew on the early stuff of rock- Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Cream. The three-piece band believes in the power of volume and overdrive.”It’s definitely straightforward rock,” Jeff Lawrence, owner of Wild Bill’s Pizza Saloon said about the band when it played in the saloon’s annual Dillonstockapalooza.”We’re going back and taking a swim in the early stuff of rock ‘n’ roll,” said lead guitarist and vocalist Baryonyx. “We have 35 covers just to pour a foundation. We have the design and the resources to build upward from that slab. We’re just going to swim around and have fun and see what evolves.”Drums & Tuba, whose three members (guitar’s the third instrument) are split between New York City and New Orleans, stop at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge as part of its tour to support its new album, “Gas Up, Blow Up.”Elements of funk, new wave, rock, jazz and electronic music seep into the group’s inventive rhythms.”Funk, jazz, new wave -it’s either all of those or none of those,” said Brian Wolff, who brings the bold sounds of the tuba to the mix. “Maybe it’s in there – to me, it’s just music.”Or, an engrossing conversation between tuba, guitar and drums.Bill Breznau from The Burn hosts open mic night at Maxwell St. Grill in Dillon. Any high altitude funk, rock, blues and beyond is welcome.Word of Mouth Experience jams at the Goat in Keystone. Word on the street is the band morphs covers drastically.And, there’s weekly Wednesday entertainment throughout the county, including aprs ski with the antics of the Swing Crew from 3-7 p.m. at the Mountain House base area at Keystone; Rob Wivchar’s classic and contemporary covers from 8-11 p.m. at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., in Breckenridge, Solomons Lane at El Vaquero Cantina in Wildernest and a DJ at Upstairs at Jonny G’s in Frisco.For girls (and guys) who just wanna have fun, there’s ’80s night at Cecilia’s in Breckenridge. If you prefer playing your own tunes, try open mic night with songwriter Leon Joseph Littlebird, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Blue Spruce Inn in Frisco.An eyefulThree new movies begin at Skyline Cinemas in Dillon today.”Haunted Mansion,” “Timeline” and “The Missing” open, replacing “The Matrix Revolutions,” “Looney Tunes” and “Brother Bear.”Kids may enjoy “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat,” “ELF” or “Haunted Mansion.”Though it doesn’t quite sound like a kid’s movie, Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” has a family-friendly message. It features Eddie Murphy, who plays a workaholic who visits a haunted house with his family during a job interview. At the house, he meets a ghost that teaches him a lesson about the importance of the family he has neglected.”The Cat In The Hat” revives one of Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters. Mike Myers brings the magic of childhood to the big screen in this week’s top-selling movie.This holiday, discover your inner elf with Buddy, a 30-something-year-old man who leaves the North Pole after inadvertently wreaking havoc because of his large size.Will Ferrell plays the boyish elf who apparently doesn’t have a clue tights and a pointed hat aren’t fashionable. He travels to New York to find his father (James Caan), a callous children’s book publisher who doesn’t know he exists.For adults and older kids, two PG-13 movies, “Master and Commander” and “Timeline,” and two R-rated movies, “Love Actually” and “The Missing” round out the lineup.”Master and Commander,” an epic action-adventure movie stars Russell Crowe as Capt. “Lucky Jack” Aubrey. He plays a game of cat and mouse with a French ship bent on destroying the lucky captain’s 1800s ship. Meanwhile, his friend, a doctor with the crew, simply wants to walk the Galapago Islands to discover, record and collect new species.Archaeological students become trapped in the past when they attempt to retrieve their professor in “Timeline.” The group must survive in 14th century France long enough to be rescued.In “The Missing,” director Ron Howard depicts 19th-century Mexico. Tommy Lee Jones stars as a father who returns home, hoping to reconcile with his adult daughter Maggie (Cate Blanchett).Maggie’s daughter is kidnapped, forcing the father and estranged daughter to work together to get her back.If romance is where your heart is this holiday, try “Love Actually.” Britain’s upright prime minister pines for one of his cabinet aides, but that’s only one of the eight romantic storylines in the movie.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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