Forget Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol or even Home Alone: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is the quintessential American holiday movie of the last century. See for yourself tonight when Clark Griswold once again battles trashy relatives, uppity neighbors and a psychotic squirrel at Movie and a Martini, an adults-only event at the Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker.
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"We get people who come dressed as cousin Eddie, in bathrobes and everything," says Tori Labs, spokeswoman for the Wildlife Experience, of the film's fanatical followers. But pajamas and a hunting cap aren't required to get into this holiday soiree: $25 gets you access to the screening, two holiday-themed martinis and some pre-show popcorn and snacks, as well as Lampoon-inspired trivia and door prizes. Admission is $20 for members, $25 for non-members; doors open at 5:30 p.m., martinis are served at 6:30, and the film starts at 7:30.
Not a martini lover? Watch for the museum's next round of films: Whiskey and a Western will debut in 2012. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 720-488-3344 or visit www.thewildlifeexperience.org.
Wed., Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., 2011