Greater Morristown (virtual ) Weekend Preview: Escape from real frights with Frankenstein

'HOPE ISN'T CANCELLED' : MPAC sign, April 8, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Compiled by Nicholas Voltaggio

Let your computer do the walking during this pandemic. Check out these visual art shows and tours.

Morris Arts has published its new exhibit, Vanishing Worlds. The works, in varying styles, all explore the central theme of change and human response to it. Viewers can explore each piece of art and artist in depth, while learning about the context and inspiration surrounding each work.

Opera at Florham has posted videos of its past events, featuring young opera singers in ten performances.

The Morris County Tourism Bureau has posted a virtual walking tour, in the form of an app available on the iTunes and Google Play stores. The tour includes some of the most prominent historical features of Morristown, including the home of Thomas Nast, history of architecture in Morristown, the many historical churches in the center of town.

Hoping to see an original film while movie theaters are closed? The Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium is working in conjunction with Black Maria Films to deliver short films to audiences within the comfort of their own homes, free of charge, for the duration of the pandemic. Accessible anytime at www.blackmaria.org, one will find a curated program of short films, in addition to healthy recipes to emulate the feeling of “dinner and a show” without having to leave the house.

Here are more fun things to explore in our virtual world.


THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020:

Although theater lovers may not be able to see their favorite productions from an auditorium chair, London’s National Theatre is making professional drama available to all, within the comfort of  home. Starting at 2 pm EDT, fans can see Benedict Cumberbatch as “the creature” and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein in the stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s timeless novel, Frankenstein. The show will be available until May 7th, at which time the actors will switch roles, in a performance available until May 8th. Links to the performances and more about the National Theatre are available here.


FRIDAY, MAY 1:

Yoga instructor Munah Hayes takes her 9:30 am session from the Morristown and Morris Township Library to the digital world.

Singer-songwriter Carla Ulbrich specializes in making people laugh. Check out her free concert series on YouTube at 6:30 pm.

For the Mayo Performing Arts Center’s fourth installment in its weekly virtual concert series, the theater welcomes singer-songwriter Megan Chappius at 12:30 pm. Chappius blends soul, jazz, folk, and R&B style on guitar, piano, and an array of percussion instruments, creating unique “soundscapes.”  She also is a musical therapist. Watch her performance on the MPAC Facebook page. More information aboutMPAC virtual events is here.

The Folk Project  welcomes guitarist/ violinist Dave Rimelis  to its weekly Acoustic Stayway series at 7 pm. More information is here


SATURDAY, MAY 2:

Singer Brynn Stanley brings her silky vocals and sparkling personality from her living room to yours with weekly 7 pm shows on her Facebook page. Look for weekly themes and special (remote) guests.


MONDAY, MAY 4:

Take turns singing a song with the Folk Project community, led by Jay Wilensky. Songs that Sing to Me starts at 7 pm.


 

TUESDAY, MAY 5:

The Folk Project  welcomes singer-songwriter Grace Pettis, live online. She straddles the soul, folk, and Americana genres to express. Catch her 7 pm performance, and information about upcoming virtual events, here

Hoping to help out a worthy cause on  #GivingTuesdayNow? Brian Kirk of the band Brian Kirk and Jirks is partnering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey (BBBSCNNJ) to help the organization continue to provide one-on-one mentoring and essential services to children in underserved communities. Kirk hopes to provide $5,000 in donations to the BBBSCNNJ and the 1,500 children and families it serves, and is planning a unique celebration if donors meet his goal. If the organization hits that goal by 7 pm, Kirk will perform a live, solo Bruce Springsteen set on Facebook Live. To make that happen, you can donate at this link or on Facebook or Instagram, which all will be accepting donations.

Brian Kirk

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