Greater Morristown weekend preview: k.d. lang, art shows, hikes…bring on the fall!

Ruth Bauer Neustadter’s acrylic, cement, glass work, Contiguity, is on display at the Atrium Gallery in Morristown.
Ruth Bauer Neustadter’s acrylic, cement, glass work, Contiguity, is on display at the Atrium Gallery in Morristown.

From art shows to Georgian guitar music to Shakespeare, Greater Morristown has your ticket to an entertaining weekend. And if that’s not enough, there is plenty more in our great calendar.

THURSDAY,  Sept. 22

Ruth Bauer Neustadter’s acrylic, cement, glass work, Contiguity, is on display at the Atrium Gallery in Morristown.
'King Arbor,' by Tom Wade, is on display at the Atrium Gallery in Morristown.

The Arts Council of the Morris Area unveils its Fall/Winter exhibition at the Atrium Gallery with a reception from 6 to 8 pm. Nearly 200 artworks by 39 artists will fill four floors of the Atrium, at the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court St., Morristown. Free parking is available in the garage below the building, accessible via Schuyler Place. Acrylic, collage, photography, mixed media, watercolor, pastel, mobile–there’s something for every artistic taste.

Singer k.d. lang and Sis Boom Bang come to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tony Bennett has called k.d. lang the best singer of her generation–and he knows what he’s talking about. Impossible to pigeonhole, lang imbues every genre she touches–from country to torch–with beauty bordering on magic. Tickets are $67 to $107. Call 973-539-8008  for more information.

Othello takes the stage at the F.M. Kirby Theatre in Madison at 8 pm, starring Keith Hamilton Cobb as the Moor of Venice. Also on Friday, Saturday  and Sunday at 8 pm. At 36 Madison Ave.; tickets are $32-$55. Call 973-408-5600 for more.

FRIDAY, Sept. 23

The Mayo Performing Arts Center welcomes kd laing on Sept. 22.
The Mayo Performing Arts Center welcomes k.d. lang on Sept. 22.

DJ Joshua Thomas, MG’s ace music critic, returns to Zebu Forno at 6:30 pm with a new three-hour set of deep and tech house music. Admission: Free.  At 9 South St.

The Minstrel in Morris Township features guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze and sounds from the Republic of Georgia, with opener Kirsten Lamb, an Oberlin-trained classical musician who is exploring new sonic terrain with the double-bass. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township. Admission: $7.

Lost in the Field, a musical drama by Keith E. Brown, will be performed at 8 pm tonight and on Saturday at the Darress Theatre, 615 Main St., Boonton. Admission: $20.

SATURDAY, Sept. 24

Take a Hike!  The Civilian Conservation Corps changed Jockey Hollow forever during the Great Depression. Join a Park Ranger on a2.25 mile round-trip hike on the Yellow Trail to discover how these men transformed Jockey Hollow while only earning $30 a month!  Starts at 10 am at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center.

The Civilian Conservation Corps also restored the Wick house at Jockey Hollow. A Park Ranger will explain how, from 1:30 pm to 4 pm at the Wick House.

Experience nature in a new way, with a Park Ranger as your guide on the Red Trail at Jockey Hollow.  Call 973-543-4030 for further details. Start time: 1 pm at the Trail Center Parking Lot.

Enjoy a walking tour of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township at 1 pm. A horticulturist from the Morris County Park Commission will describe the arboretum’s history, and it seasonal blooms. Cost: $2; please bring exact change. Call  973-326-7601 for more information.

The Seeing Eye is holding its first open house in more than 30 years, from 1-4 pm at its main campus at 10 Washington Valley Road in Morris Township. Meet Seeing Eye puppies, watch a training demo and talk to dog handlers and trainers. Cost: $5; children 5 and under, free. Call 973-539-4425 for more details.

Hoboken-based Yo La Tengo brings its eclectic indie-rock show to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets are $27 to $55.

SUNDAY, Sept. 25

The Morristown Farmers Market offers a bounty of locally grown foods, from 8:30 am to 2 pm in public parking lot No. 10, at the corner of Morris Avenue and Spring Street, next to Dumont Place. Questions? Call 973-455-1133.

The Alleycat kicks off Bike-O-Rama Week at 3 pm Sunday.
The Alleycat kicks off Bike-O-Rama Week at 3 pm Sunday.

The National Park Service at Morristown National Historical Park hosts a Fall Harvest Sale sponsored by the Herb Society of America, including fresh vegetables, pies and crafts, from 10 am to 4 pm. The event will be held at the Wick House behind the Visitor Center in Jockey Hollow. Proceeds help the Herb Society of America- Northern New Jersey Unit continue the garden for next year.  Tours of Washington’s Headquarters at the Ford Mansion are offered daily at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Please call 973-539-2016 x 210 between 9 am and 5 pm for updates. Washington’s Headquarters Museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The Wick House at Jockey Hollow is open daily from 9:30 am to noon and from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Admission to the Washington’s Headquarters Museum is $4 per person, age 16 and older. Federal Recreation Passports honored.  Admission to Jockey Hollow is free.

The second annual Bike-O-Rama Week starts at 3 pm with the Alley Cat, a race/non-race around town with games, prizes, bonuses and more. Meet at 3 pm at the fountain on the Morristown Green. The rest of the week: Meatless Monday ride from Greenberry’s at 6  pm; Tuesday Cruiseday from Zebu Forno at 6 pm; Wednesday Walk from Starbucks at 6 pm; Thursday Hill No! ride from the Morristown Green at 6 pm; and Friday, Bike-In Movie Night, starting with the monthly Bike Morristown ride from town hall at 6:30 pm, followed by music by Eyeswan at the Early Street Community Garden and short films about biking.

The Faith on Film series resumes at 4 pm in the Parish House of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown with Of Gods and Men, followed by pizza and a discussion led by Vern Verhoef. Admission: Free. At 65 South St.

grow it green alfresco poster sept 2011Good food, good friends, good cause: Bring a healthy appetite to Alfresco in the Garden, the annual fundraising dinner for Grow It Green Morristown. It’s from 4 pm to dusk at the Urban Farm at Lafayette in Morristown, and costs $75. For that, you get music, dancing, delicious food from a restored 1949 “pizza truck” and the satisfaction of supporting a program that teaches gardening to hundreds of schoolchildren and donates more than a ton of produce to the Interfaith Food Pantry every year. Grow It Green also is planning a second community garden and a winter harvesting program to provide fresh greens to Morristown High School this winter. Reservations are required; see or call Maureen at 973-714-3150 for details. Heavy rain cancels.

The Open Studio Drawing Project has a month-long show at Zebu Forno in Morristown; the reception is from 6-8 pm. The project was hosted at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in August and funded with donations via More than 120 artists spent more than 1,700 hours sketching their hearts out. You can buy some of their drawings, and meet artists/instructors Danielle and Chris Merzatta. Zebu Forno is at 9 South St.

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