Greater Morristown (virtual) weekend preview: Keep that mouse well oiled

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

Virtual fun still may be had!

Scroll down for details. Check our handy calendar for rescheduled activities–and add your own rescheduled events, too!


ONGOING VIRTUAL EVENTS:

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

Although artists will have to take from seeing the excited faces of art fans at gallery openings, the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, New Jersey, is continuing to support those who create, even in the face of such an unprecedented international challenge. Until it can once again open its doors to the public, the Center is making available its newest virtual exhibition – Isolation. The gallery, accessible through June 22nd, is constantly adding pieces of art as entries come in, so check back often for new installations! The virtual gallery is available here.


THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020:

Bedminster’s Center for Contemporary Art is offering a behind-the-scenes look into the artistic process when it hosts a “Brown Bag Lunch” studio visit with local artist Andrew Werth at 12:30 pm. Although Werth’s planned spring exhibition won’t be available until 2021, you can still catch a sneak peek at his works in progress as he discusses his methods and answers live questions from the audience. Sign-up is available here.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th Dist.) is hosting a virtual town hall to discuss steps to safely reopen the economy. It’s scheduled for 5:10 pm. The event can be streamed from the Congresswoman’s website, where constituents may submit questions.


FRIDAY, MAY 15:

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center continues to keep the community connected to the arts. This week’s 12:30 pm live-streamed show features Donna Ward of Mama D and The Vexations. For the link to the Facebook livestream, and information about past and future online events, visit  MPAC’s Virtual Arts page.

Who says you need to leave the house for a curated happy hour, filled with art and wine? Friday at 5 pm, Summit’s Visual Arts Center of New Jersey hosts Exhibitions on Screen: The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism, as part of the Center’s  “Sip and Cinema” series. Information on streaming the film – and expert recommendations on wine selections – are available at the Center’s website.

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

For this week’s edition of The Folk Project’s Acoustic Stayaway series,  Joe Jencks brings messages of social consciousness and spiritual exploration, To see Jencks’ 7 pm performance, and to learn more about the Folk Project’s virtual events, visit the Acoustic Stayaway page

Running a small business is not easy, but if there’s one thing local business owners have in abundance, it’s stories! At 8 pm, Montclair Film is celebrating the successes and missteps of business ownership with the first of its new Virtual StorySLAM events. The rules of StorySLAM are simple: Each participant has five minutes to tell a story about a topic on that week’s theme. For those looking to tell a tale of their own in a future event, or just hoping to hear the voices of fellow community members, more information is  here


SATURDAY, MAY 16:

Singer Brynn Stanley brings her silky vocals and sparkling personality from her living room to yours with weekly 8 pm shows on her Facebook page. Look for changing themes and special (remote) guests.


SUNDAY, MAY 17:

The Folk Project introduces a Sunday lineup with a 2 pm stream of Chasin’ the Blues, a video and commentary documenting Toby Walker’s journey down South to meet and study blues with some of the original, old time musicians.  That’s followed at 3 pm by The Folk Project Television Show, hosted by Joe Guzzo.  He promises a mix of recorded and live performances and interviews with Folk Project favorites, song selections from the TV show Horses Sing None of It, and more.

Blues wizard Toby Walker at the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway in Stony Point, May 18, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Blues wizard Toby Walker at the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway in Stony Point, May 18, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

UPDATE: Sorry– Grow It Green’s seedling sale was by advance order only. We’ll keep an eye out for the next one and give you more advance notice!

Now more than ever, it’s important to celebrate individual victories in whatever way we can. Luckily, Grow It Green Morristown is making it easy to plant a personal victory garden of any variety, from a potted basil plant on a windowsill to a sprawling backyard garden, while also providing an opportunity for the growth of local, healthy food. The nonprofit is selling seedlings of all types, available for purchase on its website. Contactless pickup will be available at the Urban Farm – 31 Hazel St. in Morristown.

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