Greater Morristown weekend preview: Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. Photo: Library of Congress
Martin Luther King Jr. Photo: Library of Congress
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Compiled by Kevin Coughlin

Greater Morristown will honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with an interfaith breakfast, followed by a service.  A Saturday discussion will focus on affordable housing, a subject that would have resonated with the martyred civil rights leader.

On the entertainment side, there also is plenty to see and do this weekend.  Classical piano, a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, and a bluegrass version of The Who’s Tommy are just a few of your choices.

Scroll down for details on all this and more. Peruse our handy calendar for additional activities — and add your own.


THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2016:

Carolyn Enger
Carolyn Enger

Pianist Carolyn Enger performs Schubert at Music at Noon, at the Morristown United Methodist Church.  Suggested donation:$7 adults/$6 seniors; students, free.  A light lunch also is available for purchase. At 50 Park Place, on the Green. Call 973-538-2132 or read more here.

amy winehouse movie posterThe Moving Image of Rock movie series starts 2016 at the Morristown & Township Library with Amy, the story of Amy Winehouse in her own words. Showtime is 7 pm. Admission: Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

 Rosemary Hilbert of the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table will discuss Battles of Connecticut Farms and Springfield, at 7:14 pm in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum Great Hall, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Free.

Jenny Milchman
Jenny Milchman

New Age guru Deepak Chopra’s 8 pm talk is sold out at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center  — but it never hurts to call the box office: 973-539-8008.  Tickets: $49-$99. At 100 South St.

Arts By the People presents an evening with award-winning novelist Jenny Milchman,  8  pm at The Artist Baker, 16 Cattano Ave., Morristown. Suggested donation: $10.  Light refreshments served at 7:30 pm.

 

 

 


FRIDAY, JAN. 15:


The Amphion String Quartet
presents a free children’s lecture/demonstration at 4:30 pm, followed by a 7:30 pm concert at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown. Tickets for the concert: $20 adults, $10 students with college ID; children free. At Miller Road and South Street. Read more about the Music at St. Peter’s Discovery Series here.

The Amphion String Quartet
The Amphion String Quartet
Susanne Salem-Schatz and Martin Grosswendt.
Susanne Salem-Schatz and Martin Grosswendt.

Roots musicians Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz headline at  The Minstrel in Morris Township. Songwriter Tom Gala and his trio open the 8 pm show. Admission: $9, children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Criss Angel and the Supernaturalists have sold out Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center.  But maybe that’s only an illusion! Call the box office ( 973-539-8008) and hope for some magic. Tickets: $59-$99. At 100 South St.

 


SATURDAY, JAN. 16:

Making Housing Affordable: A Public Discussion will attempt to demystify the process of finding affordable housing. From 11:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Morristown’s Bethel AME Church.  A free lunch will be provided. Panelists will include members of Habitat for Humanity, the Housing Alliance, and former Councilwoman Raline Smith-Reid. At 59 Spring St.

bethel ame housing forum jan 2016

How would The Who’s rock opera Tommy sound as a bluegrass opera? Find out when The Hillbenders perform Tommy, A Bluegrass Opry at The Sanctuary series in Chatham.  Showtime is 8 pm; admission: $25, or $20 apiece for two tickets. At the Presbyterian Church, 240 Southern Blvd.

 Video: The Hillbenders perform The Who’s “Pinball Wizard”

Steve Lippia brings his Sinatra Centennial Celebration to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $39 to $59. At 100 South St. Call 973-539-8008.

Steve Lippia celebrates Sinatra
Steve Lippia celebrates Sinatra

SUNDAY, JAN. 17:

The Morris County Winter Farmers Market has a new home, Morristown’s Alexander Hamilton School, from 10 am to 2 pm every Sunday through April. Organized by theFoodshed Alliance andSustainable Morristown, the market aims to present up to 25 vendors of locally grown produce. On Mills Street.

Johan Fernandez, a Certified Affordable Care Act Application Counselor, will provide free information and assistance with Affordable Health Care Act enrollment, between 1 pm and 4:45 pm at the Morristown & Township Library. He will return every Sunday through Jan. 31. At One Miller Road, Morristown

Mummenschanz brings its unique form of visual theater to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 7 pm. Tickets: $29-$59. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008.

Mummenschanz
Mummenschanz

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, MONDAY, JAN. 18:

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.

For the 31st straight year in Morristown, an interfaith breakfast will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.  It starts at 8 am at the Hyatt Morristown, and Dr. Yolanda Pierce will deliver the keynote. Donations are $25 per person, or $250 for a table for 10.  Call 973-538-2651 for more details.  The Hyatt is at 3 Speedwell Ave.

At noon, Calvary Baptist Church in Morristown will host a service commemorating Dr. King. Dr. Josiah Young is the keynote speaker.  Donation: Free will offering.  At 10 Martin Luther King Ave.

The Morris Museum in Morris Township presents a full roster of educational and entertainment events for all ages on Martin Luther King Day. Make a “peace bus” at a crafts workshop. Watch a laser tribute to black history in the Bickford Theatre.  Create a friendly animal figure with wire and yarn. Learn about ancient Chinese hand-scroll art, or the works of Pablo Picasso.  See the website for times and prices, or call 973-971-3706.  At 6 Normandy Heights Road, at the corner of Columbia Turnpike.

lack History Laser Tribute at the Bickford Theatre
Black History Laser Tribute at the Bickford Theatre
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