Greater Morristown weekend preview: The whole world is coming

Argentinian tango. Chinese acrobats. Czech choirs. Russian satirists.

The whole world comes to Greater Morristown this weekend. Shouldn’t you come, too?

Chew on some dinner theater with a message, talk crime with a fiction author or learn the finer points of the Dolceola.

And if you crave even more stimulation, see our handy calendar.


Crime novelist Brad Parks.

Crime novelist Brad Parks.

What does it take to write crime fiction? Ask Brad Parks, who has just published The Player, the fifth novel in his series about the exploits of fictional reporter Carter Ross. Brad, a former sportswriter and investigative reporter for The Star-Ledger, will speak at 1 pm at the Morristown & Township Library, at One Miller Road in Morristown.

The Moody Blues conclude a two-night visit to Morristown with an 8 pm show at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.  Hear such classic rock standards as Nights in White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Ride My See Saw and I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band). Tickets are $89-$150. Call 973-539-8008 for more. The Mayo Center is at 100 South St.

Want to get involved in this year’s Relay for Life?  The American Cancer Society’s kickoff rally starts at 6:30 pm in the public meeting room of the Morris County Library, at 30 E. Hanover Ave. in Whippany. Learn all about this year’s Greater Morristown Relay, scheduled for June 13 at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.


The Bonifantes Czech Boys Choir, featuring singers from ages 4 to 18 from the Bonifantes School of Arts in the Czech Republic, performs at 7:30 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown at 57 East Park Place. The choir is directed by Jan Misek.  Admission is free; freewill donations welcome.  Call 973-538-1776 for more.

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen introduces acoustic country blues traditions from the ’20s to the ’40s to The Minstrel in Morris Township at 8 pm. Any plays a variety of stringed instruments and the Dolceola, a zither-based keyboard instrument. Low ‘N Lonesome-–singer-songwriters Rob Adkins and Phil Drum of  Saratoga Springs, NY, open the show. Admission: $8; children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

The Stars of Forever Tango dance into the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. It’s billed as a sensual production celebrating the tango’s rise from Buenos Aries bordellos to high society. Tickets are $29-$59. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for more.

The Community and Universal Rebel join forces for some high-wattage musical entertainment, starting at 9 pm at Morristown’s Dublin Pub, on 4 Pine St.


The Community and Universal Rebel at the dublin pub


The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown at 3 pm. “Traditional Chinese acrobats…dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form.” For ages 5 and up. Tickets: $19-$39. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for more.

Til Death Do Us Part, bethel ameTill Death Do Us Part, a play that examines the impact of domestic violence on an ordinary family, starts at 5 pm at the Bethel AME Church in Morristown. Presented by Ty Low Productions in conjunction with Jersey Battered Women’s Services, the aim of the evening is to help “combat domestic violence and continue to provide a lifeline to those who are dealing with this issue,” says Bethel Pastor Sidney Williams Jr.  Members of the the JBWS will be on hand to share information about the organization’s wide range of programs. The Table of Hope Community Kitchen will serve a pre-performance meal at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $40, and the church is accepting donations to cover admission for community members who cannot afford it.  The church is at the corner of Spring Street and Bishop Nazery Way. Call 973-267-8912 for more information.

Pianist Paul Ziegler

Pianist Paul Ziegler

Pianist Paul Ziegler returns to the Morristown United Methodist Church at 7:30 pm, with a Beethoven program. His opener, precocious 10-year-old pianist Nicholas Gritz, will perform a work by Schuman. A reception will follow the concert. Suggested donation: $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens.  Advance tickets are available ($17 adults/$12 seniors) by telephoning the church office 973-538-2132.  Students with ID are admitted free. At 50 Park Place, on the Green.






The Winter Farmers Market makes its monthly return, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, at 73 Kahdena Road in Morris Township. Fresh, locally produced meats, cheeses, artisan breads, prepared foods, honey, preserves and winter produce will be available.

team 26 returns to morristown with gun reform messageTeam 26–cyclists representing each of the children and teachers slain in Newtown, CT., in December 2012–will stop at Morristown town hall at 11 am en route to Washington DC to press for gun law reforms.  Maura Sherlach Schwartz, daughter of a psychologist killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, is among the scheduled speakers. Town hall is at 200 South St.

Vladimir Zaitsev trains his dead-pan humor on Chopin and Liszt, mixing music with anecdotes from their lives, at 2 pm at the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township. Tickets: $35 for Morris Museum members and Theatre Guild Members, $40 for general public, $28 for groups of 10 or more, $20 for students 18 and under or with a valid college ID. At 6 Normandy Heights Road. Call 973-971-3706 for more.

The Hanover Wind Symphony comes to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 3 pm with a program highlighting New Jersey artists and composers. Look for a special guest soloist. Tickets: $20-$25.  At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for more.


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