Greater Morristown weekend preview: Atrium art and nutrition, divas and dinosaurs, Eraserheads and ‘American Pie’

Leroy Campbell's 'The Right Touch,' from the 2014 Art in the Atrium show.

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Greater Morristown offers a little something for everyone this weekend.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014:

Pianist Diane Goldsmith
Pianist Diane Goldsmith

Music at Noon at the Morristown United Methodist Church features pianist Diane Goldsmith.   Her 30-minute program, From Romanticism to Ragtime, combines performance and commentary. The concert begins at 12:15 pm, in the church sanctuary at 50 Park Place (on the Green). A light luncheon is available for purchase before or after the concert, 11:30 an to 1:30 pm.  The meal costs $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.  For the concert, there is a suggested donation of $6 adults/$5 seniors.  Students are admitted free to all concerts.  Free childcare is available during the show.  The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Read more about Diane here.

Having trouble sticking to your New Year’s dieting resolution?  Nutritionist Jessica Guarnieri may be able to help.  Jessica, the registered Dietitian at the new Shoprite of Greater Morristown in Cedar Knolls, is speaking at 2:30 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown.  She will talk about how to control calories the old-fashioned way: Balance, variety and moderation. Enter the church’s Great Hall via Miller Road. For more information please email Adriana Grafals  or call 973-538-0555 x 12.

Critics didn’t get it, but Stanley Kubrick loved it. Eraserhead  (1977, rated R) was David Lynch’s first movie, and funding woes nearly kept it on the cutting room floor. Is that where it belongs?  Decide at Midnight Movies at 7, at the Morristown & Morris Township Library.   The free screening, at One Miller Road in Morristown, begins at 7 p.m. and will include light refreshments.  The library series shows cult and B-movies usually reserved for Midnight Movie houses.


Art in the Atrium is back for its 22nd year of celebrating African-American artists.
Art in the Atrium is back for its 22nd year of celebrating African-American artists. This is ‘Sheer Elegance’ by James Denmark

Meet some of the country’s top African American artists, at the official opening of the 22nd annual Art in the Atrium exhibition in Morristown. This year’s exhibition–which runs through March 14 and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act–features creations by Leroy Campbell, Maceo Mitchell, Bisa Butler, Janet Taylor Pickett, Sandra Smith, Dwight Carter and Alonzo Adams, among others. Painter James Denmark of South Carolina will speak at the reception, open from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Morris County administration building on Court Street.  There will be a free buffet and free parking, in a garage below the building. Enter on Schuyler Place and take the elevator from the garage to 5th floor.



Jean Rohe
Jean Rohe

Jean Rohe would be a favorite at The Minstrel even if she had not started performing there at the age of 8.  She writes thought-provoking songs and performs traditional folk, jazz and music of the Americas, North and South. At 8 pm she brings her band, The End Of The World, which adds mandolin, guitar, accordion, bass, percussion, and vocal harmony.  The Four Baris is an award-winning quartet of “Sweet Adelines,” female singers excelling at a cappella harmony. They shift effortlessly from jazz, swing and Dixieland to contemporary dance anthems and classic ballads. Among them, Carolyn Schmidt, Laura Partynski, Carol Bailey, and Dana Dunlevy have more than 75 years of barbershop-singing experience. Admission is $8 for adults; children 12 and under are free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, in Morris Township.

Here is Jean performing her song Lale–inspired by a Georgian folk chant–at the Folk Project’s 2013 Fall Festival with Ilusha Tsinadze and their band:



Don McLean and Judy Collins are coming to the Mayo Center.
Don McLean and Judy Collins are coming to the Mayo Center, Jan. 25, 2014.

Before Wikipedia, the best guide to pop music was American Pie by Don McLean. And before that song was filling the airwaves (anyone remember airwaves?), Judy Collins was re-defining folk music with a voice so pure it should have been illegal. See Both Sides Now, at 8 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $49-$79. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for more.



Morristown’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer  welcomes Deacon Chris McCloud at 9 am for a talk: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness in New Jersey and America: What Works.  Chris is founder and director of Turning Point Community Services in Irvington, a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter and services for homeless women and their children. Chris will talk about how faith communities can help these people become self-sufficient by breaking cycles of violence, substance abuse, poverty, and incarceration. At 36 South St., in the parish house next to the church.

Best-selling author and Bishop John Shelby Spong continues his Sunday lecture series on the biblical story of Jesus’ birth at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown. In addition to broadening the understanding of a progressive Christianity via many books, the retired Bishop of Newark lectures around the world and has appeared on Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, FOX News Live, Politically Incorrect, and Extra. His upcoming lectures will draw from his book Born of a Woman: A Bishop Rethinks the Birth Narratives and the Place of Women in a Male-Dominated Church. All are invited at 10 am to the church, at 121 South St. For more information call (973) 538-0555. The final lecture will be on Feb. 9.

All aboard!  It’s Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure, at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.  Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don and their friends and family from the PBS Kids series transport you to the days when dinosaurs…rode in trains! For ages 2-6. Tickets: $15-30. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for more.

Simon the Magician has some surprises up his sleeve, and he plans to spring them on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Wintertainment for Kids. It’s a presentation of Temple B’Nai Or in Morristown, and it runs from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Kids also can dance with Gwen, from Gwen’s Fitness and Dance, and participate in an interactive sports clinic. And there will be concession stands, activities- and crafts rooms, and chair massage for adults. Admission is $10 per child; kids under 3 are free. Tickets can be purchased from the temple website. The temple is at 60 Overlook Road, near the Thomas Jefferson School. Call 973-539-4539 for more information.

There is no football this week. So why not kick back with some opera arias and show tunes?  Opera at Florham presents professional artists singing two hours of classics by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison. The show starts at 3 pm. General admission tickets are $30; seniors are $25, students (under 22) $10, special prices for groups of 10 or more, and for senior care centers. Light refreshments will be served at intermission. The university is at 285 Madison Ave. Call (973) 443-8620 for more information.Opera at Florham, FDUCompiled by Kevin Coughlin

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