Morristown weekend preview: Elvis, paper-shredding, murder mysteries and more

Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
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If you can’t find something to do around Great Morristown this weekend, you’re just not trying! A panoply of options beckons… have a look-see. And if you still crave more, dive into our great calendar.

THURSDAY, March 24

Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Director Paul Sanderson will be at the Morris Museum to screen the director’s cut of Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture. The film will be followed by a discussion about the artist and how the PBS documentary was created. It starts at 6:30 pm; admission is free but pre-registration is requested; please email programs@morrismuseum.org or call 973-971-3718. The museum is at 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.

Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin

Legendary funny lady Lily Tomlin (The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe) is at Morristown’s Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South St., at 8 pm. Tomlin will no doubt perform her classic characters and offer observations about the human condition. Tickets are $57-$87; call 973-539-8008 or see the Mayo website for more information.

Eat out for a good cause: 10 percent of The Black Horse Pub‘s net sales from 5 – 9 pm will be donated to CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, a local nonprofit working on behalf of vulnerable children in our area. The Black Horse Pub is at One West Main Street in Mendham.

FRIDAY, March 25

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown offers a free lunchtime concert at 12:15 pm. Bagpiper Paula Glendinning performs original arrangements of Scottish folk melodies, accompanied by organist James Hicks. Lunches prepared by C’est Cheese available for a nominal price before and after the concert. The church is at 57 Park Place, on the Green. Call 973-538-1776 or see www.pcmorristown.org for more.

Visit the opening reception for the 23rd annual Blackwell Street Juried Student Show at the Atrium Gallery, located on floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, at 12 Court St. in Morristown. Presented by The Arts Council of the Morris Area, the show features sculpture, oil, acrylic, collage, multimedia, drypoint etching, charcoal, pen and ink, graphite, photography and more, all by young artists in Morris County. The reception runs from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, and the exhibit extends through May 5. Admission is free. For more details, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert of the Arts Council of the Morris Area, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or Lsiebert@morrisarts.org.

Morristown’s cycling community was hoping to welcome spring with a marching band theme at its monthly Critical Mass ride. Maybe the whistles, bells and noisemakers can be used to scare off lingering Evil Winter Spirits once and for all! The Critical Mass ride rolls from the town hall parking lot at 200 South Street around 6:30 pm for a leisurely loop that takes a half hour, tops.

march bike ride

Good News!
Good News!

The Morristown High School Theatre Department presents the classic 1920s musical, “Good News!” Shows Friday and Saturday at 7 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm. There are some great classic songs in this show, including Button Up Your Overcoat, The Best Things in Life are Free, You’re the Cream in My Coffee, Keep Your Sunny Side Up, and Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries. For ticket information, call 973-292-2000, x 3733.

New Jersey AIDS Services usually raises funds with walk-a-thons and breakfasts. But at 7:30 pm the nonprofit goes for provocative drama with Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at the Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township. New Jersey AIDS Services presents the play to raise money, and to raise awareness to end violence against women and girls. Suggested donation is $30 (general theater seating); VIP seating $75 (limited). Doors open at 6:45 pm. For additional information, contact Rosanne Maglio at R.Maglio@NJAS-Inc.org.

All Shook Up: The Elvis Tribute starts at 8 o’clock this evening at the Mayo. A rock ‘n roll romantic comedy featuring classic Elvis Presley songs including Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel, Burning Love and many more favorites. The Mayo is at the Community Theatre, on 100 South Street, Morristown. Tickets are $37-$67. Call 973-539-8008 or see the Mayo website for more information.

SATURDAY, March 26

Calling all shredders! It’s tax time…do you need to shred sensitive documents? A shredding truck behind town hall will handle the deed for $3 per bag, from 9 am to 1 pm. Maximum paper bag or cardboard box size: 10 pounds, no binders or magazines. Co-sponsored by the Morristown Clean Communities Program and the Morristown Kiwanis Club, the event will benefit the Kiwanis High School Scholarship Fund. Organizers advise coming early; once the truck fills up, that’s it.

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown is serving a Men’s Breakfast: How To Survive the Economic Meltdown, from 8 am to 9:45 am. It’s a discussion and sharing of practical and spiritual strategies for dealing with ongoing economic difficulties. Contact Stan Mack at stanmack@optonline.net to register. At the Parish House location at 65 South Street, Morristown; free parking in lot in front of Parish House. Cost is $5. Call 973-966-9351 or see www.pcmorristown.org for more.

Russian National Ballet
Russian National Ballet

There’s a Rummage Sale at the Methodist Church from 9 am to 2 pm. Find something you didn’t know you couldn’t live without! Proceeds go to a great cause: The church youth mission trip. The church is at 50 South Park Place, Morristown. Call 973-538-2132 for more information.

Saturday Volleyball continues from 10 am to 11:15 am at the Parish House of the Presbyterian Church, 65 South St., Morristown. It’s an opportunity for middle school students to work on skills — but it’s open to all ages and skill levels. Adults too! Contact Angie Rines at arines@pcmorristown.org for information and scheduling. Admission is free, and so is parking, at the lot in front.

The Ford Mansion presents Women of the House at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. Learn how Martha Washington, Theodosia Ford, Mrs. Thompson and Peggy Lee helped make General Washington’s headquarters feel more like home. Cost: $4. Call 973-539-2016 x 210 for more information.

An interactive mystery drama, Spy Smart: Murder at the MUF Mansion, is on tap from 6:30 – 9:30pm at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship’s atmospheric location at 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township. Written by David Landau, the drama centers around secret agent 008 — and a murder at a spy convention. The audience participates in solving the crime, with prizes for the winning team. Dinner is preceded by appetizers, wine and soft drinks. Cost is $30 per attendee; call 973-540-1177 x 203 for more information.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre appears at 8 pm at The Mayo Center. Russia’s elite dancers perform two classic ballets: Mikhail Fokine’s Chopiniana, based on Chopin’s Seventh Waltz; and Romeo and Juliet, with original choreography by Marius Petipa and a Tchaikovsky score. Tickets are $27-$57.

SUNDAY, March 27

Slight Imperfection
Slight Imperfection

Sunday Morning Seminar is a weekly adult bible study at The Parish House of The Presbyterian Church at 65 South Street. Scheduled on most Sundays through May 15, topics run from mourning losses to the Gospel of Mark to issues in adoption. Free. Call 973-538-1776 for more.

The Morris Museum offers Beauty in the Brushstroke: Chinese Brush Painting by Lynn Vergano at 2 pm. View the exhibition, meet the artist, and enjoy light refreshments. Registration is required for this event; please email programs@morrismuseum.org or call 973-971-3718. Free with admission to the museum, at 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.

Join harpist Odarka Stockert and guitarist Redentor Jimenez at 2 pm for a Slight Imperfection Concert at Madison’s Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main Street. The duo will perform a mix of Celtic and original songs. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly recommended. Admission is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Call 973-377-2982 x 14 for reservations.

Deniz Uz
Deniz Uz

The Wheeler Endowment for Young Organists series at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church presents Yale’s Deniz Uz in recital on the renowned E.M. Skinner pipe organ at 3 pm. Mr. Uz, who studies with Thomas Murray, will play works by Dupré, Bach, Franck and Reubke. Suggested $15 donation for adults; $10 suggested donation for students. The church is at South Street and Miller Road (use “121 South Street” for GPS). Call 973-538-0555 or see the website for more.

Brett Grigsby
Brett Grigsby

Also at 3 pm, Abendmusik, the venerable concert series at Morristown’s United Methodist Church, presents Brett Grigsby playing classical guitar. Grigsby will play music by Brouwer, Bach, Roux, and Joplin, and arrangements of tango music and French Songs by Dyens. Suggested donation is $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and students. Advance tickets are available ($12 adults/$10 seniors and students) by telephoning the church at 973-538-2132. Student groups with teachers are admitted free. Desserts available at the beginning of the event. The church is at 50 Park Place (on the Green). See www.morristownumc.com for more.

NJ Jazz Society Presents Antoinette Montague at 8 pm at the Mayo Center. Newark native Antoinette Montague sings blues and ballads in the spirit of Carrie Smith and Etta Jones. Tickets are $15. The Mayo is at 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 or see the Mayo website for more.

MONDAY, March 28

The Morristown Rotary’s ninth annual Taste of Morristown runs from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Hanover Marriott, 1401 Rt. 10 East in Whippany. Sample cuisine from dozens of area restaurants. You must be at least 21 to attend. Admission: $60.

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