Weekend preview: Art openings, folk dances and polar plunges

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Universal Rebel, pictured at last spring's Festival Earth, performs Friday at the Famished Frog in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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There is plenty to do around Morristown this weekend, as always. Here are some ideas; for more, check out our great calendar.

FRIDAY, Jan. 14:

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Universal Rebel, pictured at last spring's Festival Earth, performs Friday at the Famished Frog in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The weekly Peace Vigil on the Morristown Green will remember victims of the Tucson shootings, 6 pm.

Like art?  The Morris Museum in Morris Township today opens a photography exhibit, O Write My Name: American Portraits–Harlem Heroes, featuring portraits of Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and many more African American artists. The show runs through Feb. 27. Museum admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors, students and children.

But wait, there’s more art: Two gallery receptions in Morristown. At 6 pm, the Simon Gallery welcomes painter Robert Atwell; at 7 pm, Gallery Egan introduces Kimberly Martin.

Want to try out your musical act?  At 8 pm, it’s open mic night at The Minstrel in Morris Township. Admission: $7.

At the Community Theatre, Mummenschanz fills the stage with creative whimsy at 8 pm. Tickets are $32-57.

Morristown’s HipHop home team, Universal Rebel, brings its bouncy “HipHop Dub/Luv” to the Famished Frog at 10 pm.

SATURDAY, JAN. 15:

NBC’s Last Comic Standing tour invades the Community Theatre at 8 pm. Tickets: $42-67.

Learn how they made fire in days of old, and how they fed George Washington’s Army, at two talks at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow. Flint and Steel starts at 10 am, Feeding the Army starts at 1:30 pm.

SUNDAY, JAN. 16:

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The Rev. Sidney Williams Jr., new pastor of Morristown's Bethel AME Church. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The Rev. Sidney Williams Jr., new pastor of Morristown’s Bethel AME Church, is guest preacher for Martin Luther King Jr. services at Morristown’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 8 am and 10:30 am.

Retired Bishop John Shelby Spong continues his free lecture series, Christianity Before the Bible, in the Great Hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown.

Pastor Neill Tolboom of the Morristown United Methodist Church plunges into ice water to pay off a charity bet: 11:30 am in the church parking lot.

The Eletfa Hungarian Folk Band dances into the Community Theatre at 3 pm. Tickets: $15.

MONDAY: JAN. 17

Martin Luther King Day will be observed with an Interfaith Breakfast at the Hyatt Morristown at 8 am, followed by a noontime service at the Calvary Baptist Church. Admission to the breakfast is $20; tickets available through local churches. This year’s theme: The Dream Will Not Die.

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Hungarian dance comes to the Community Theatre at 3 pm on Sunday,
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