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Holiday hi-jinks Sunday: Jokester clergy, a classic movie and Chinese takeout!

Published 12:57 pm, Friday, November 30, 2012
  • A poster featuring a scene from the 1945 movie comedy, "Christmas in Connecticut" -- a screening of the film will be featured Sunday at a program sponsored by the Westport Cinema Initiative. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News contributed
    A poster featuring a scene from the 1945 movie comedy, "Christmas in Connecticut" -- a screening of the film will be featured Sunday at a program sponsored by the Westport Cinema Initiative. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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As holiday-season entertainment, it promises to be both eclectic and ecumenical. Not to mention tasty.

The Westport Cinema Initiative on Sunday, Dec. 2, is offering a program featuring clergy-turned comics, the screening of a 1940s Christmas film and the chance to make it dinner theater by ordering Chinese takeout -- a nod to the Jewish tradition on Christmas.

The event is planned at 4 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane.

Proceeds benefit the nonprofit cinema initiative, which hopes to build a movie theater downtown.

The program will begin with various local clergy telling their favorite family holiday jokes, led by Rabbi Robert Orkand of Temple Israel and the Rev. Ed Horne of the United Methodist Church.

The 1945 romantic comedy, "Christmas in Connecticut," will follow. The film stars Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet in the tale of a famous food writer who supposedly lives on a farm with her family and is an excellent cook.

But in fact, she's an unmarried New Yorker who can't even boil an egg. She has to play the role, however, when the magazine she works for decides a heroic sailor should spend Christmas on her "farm" in Connecticut.

Tickets are $10. For an additional $10, Chinese food from Westport Takeout can be ordered for delivery when the film starts, the organization said.

The Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas dates to an era when Chinese restaurants and movie theaters were among the only places open on the holiday .

For more information, visit www.westportcinema.org or facebook.com/westportcinema