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Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas (2017)
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 3:00PM
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with a distinct musical experience! This poignant, feel-good film about the traditional Christmas songs you love tells the story of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin and Mel Tormé, who wrote the soundtrack to Christmas. See how they moved beyond their parents’ immigrant past, embracing Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, to make pop culture history.
Set in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas features musical performances, archival footage, and interviews with contemporary historians, comedians, writers, and connoisseurs of North American popular music. Celebrity appearances include Jackie Mason and Alan Dershowitz.
Afterward, join us for holiday treats, and hear renditions of these seasonal hits from pieces in our Guinness Collection – a treat in itself!
Or, come early for a Guinness Collection demonstration at 2:00PM (just $3 more, and offers admission to the entire Museum).
Museum Members: $10
Daily Live Demonstration:
Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata
Every Tuesday – Sunday, 2:00PM
Join us in the galleries for an historical overview and live demonstration of some of the mechanical musical instruments and automata from the Museum’s Murtogh D. Guinness Collection. This custom designed, 4300 sq.ft. permanent exhibit features 150 superb examples of early mechanical musical entertainment from precious small instruments that can fit in the palm of your hand, to the huge 9 foot tall European Dance Hall Orchestrion.
Free with Museum admission.