Morristown weekend preview: Christine & Blaire, Gilbert & Sullivan, Contra & Dancers

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There is no shortage of fun to be had this weekend around Morristown. Here are some highlights; see our calendar for more things to do.

Friday, Feb. 4

Christine DeLeon is playing at The Minstrel. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

If you are free during the day, spend some time at Art in the Atrium. The free exhibition, which runs through March 11, features works by three dozen African-American artists who will not disappoint. The Atrium gallery is in the Morris County Administration and Records Building on Court Street and is open during business hours. The show starts on the second floor and extends to the fifth floor.

MG Film Fest friend Christine DeLeon appears along with Gathering Time at The Minstrel tonight starting at 8 o’clock.  Glen Roethal, Stuart Markus, and Hillary Foxsong are Gathering Time, a vocal harmony-based trio from Long Island.   They’ll sing and play their own songs, music written by other acoustic singer-songwriters, and some classics from the 60’s.  Christine DeLeon will follow with her own brand of artful music.  At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown.   Adults $7 – Children 12 and under free.  Call (973) 335-9489 for more information, or see  www.folkproject.org.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players present HMS Pinafore (or, The Lass that Loved a Sailor) tonight at 8 p.m. at The Mayo Center for the Performing Arts. Gilbert and Sullivan’s delightful comedic tale about “overblown nationalism, personal ambition and forbidden love amongst the social classes of British society and the Royal Navy.” 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960; tickets $37-$62. Call 973-539-8008 for more information. On the web at www.mayoarts.org

Blaire Reinhard
Blaire Reinhard brings her band to the Famished Frog on Friday. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The Blaire Reinhard Band plays tonight at the Famished Frog starting at 9.30. Blaire will be a judge at Morristown’s Got Talent! later this month; the Morristown High School alum sets a high standard for contestants.

Tonight’s acoustic night at Hennessey’s.  Morristown’s Brian Leopold plays the Beatles, Billy Joel, Lynard Skynrd ballads, Alman Brothers and more.  His set starts at 10.  140 Morris Street, Morristown.

Mariners, Merchants & Pirates, a new exhibit at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison, opened this past week. The exhibit looks at Early American seafaring techniques, and tools; period nautical instruments and objects will be on display. Other special events are planned; keep an on our calendar and columns for more. 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940. On the web at www.metc.org; call 973-377-2982 for more information. The exhibit will run through September 4, 2011.

Saturday, Feb. 5

The New Shanghai Circus
The New Shanghai Circus

Acrobats, jugglers and contortionists wow the crowd with amazing stunts and high energy in this performance that brings more than 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions to life.  The New Shanghai Circus is at The Mayo for two shows:  3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets $25-$32.   100 South Street, Morristown; call 973-539-8008 for more information.  On the web at www.mayoarts.org

The Folk Project brings Contra & Square Dancing to the area, with Caller Richard Fischer and Blue Jersey – Louise McClure on fiddle; Frank Ruck on Mandolin, Ellen Ruck on guitar, Michael Sutton of guitar.  7:30 – 11pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover. $10 per adult and $5 per student.  Phone 973-551-4441.

Fully Loaded plays alternative and classic rock at Hennessey’s in Morristown tonight at 10.

Sunday, Feb. 6

The Presbyterian Church children’s choirs present the musical, “The Troubbable of Zerubbabel” by William Anderson at the 10 a.m. worship service.   The Presbyterian Church in Morristown, 57 Park Place (On the Green), Morristown.  The public is invited to this free fun family event.  Phone 973-538-1776; on the web at  www.pcmorristown.com

Winter Farm
Winter Farm

What better year to take in A Winter’s Day on the Farm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm?   Visitors can help with maple-tapping, wood-sawing, corn-cracking, egg-collecting, and butter-churning; there’ll be wood-stove cooking demonstrations in the Farmhouse and The Willows kitchens, too.  Watch ice-harvesting on the pond, go for a tractor-pulled wagon ride, or do Valentine crafts at the Visitors Center.  12 – 4pm; $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 – 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3.  73 Kahdena Rd., Morristown.  Call 973-326-7645 for information; see more at www.morrisparks.net

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast comes to The Mayo Center for the Performing Arts today; shows at 1:30 and 4pm.  Magic spells, enchanted castles, and the power of love in this musical based on the beloved fairy tale.  Note: Does not feature music from the Disney film. Ages 4-10.  Tickets $12.  100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.  Call 973-539-8008 for more information; on the web at www.mayoarts.org

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