First Night Morris County will offer music, comedy, film and more

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The Matt O’Ree Band will perform at First Night Morris County.

As has usually been the case in recent years, First Night Morris County in Morristown will offer New Jersey’s most ambitious program of family-friendly arts events on New Year’s Eve this year, with music, comedy, film, visual arts and children’s entertainment at various venues, some of which also will be streamed or offered on-demand, online.

Complimentary parking and free shuttle service between venues will be available. For ticket information and more details, visit

Here is the schedule. Asterisks (*) denote events also available as live streams or on-demand.

AMC Headquarters Plaza 10, 72 Headquarters Plaza

Theater 1

6 p.m.: “Hamlet/Horatio” (film)
8:20 p.m.: Documentary Series (films)*
9:30 p.m.: “Hamlet/Horatio” (film)

Theater 2:

6 p.m.: “Transition” (film)*
7:30 p.m.: Film Festival Discussion and Awards
8:20 p.m.: “Transition” (film)*
9:45 p.m.: Imaginative (films)
10:40 p.m.: Into the Future (films)*

Theater 3:

6 p.m.: Animation Series 1 (films)*
7:10 p.m.: Animation Series 2 (films)*
8:20 p.m.: Family and Relationships (films)*
9:30 p.m.: Into the Future* (films)*
10:40 p.m.: Family and Relationships (films)*

Theater 4:

6 p.m.: Younger Audiences 1 (films)*
7:10 p.m.: Younger Audiences 2 (films)*
8:20 p.m.: Identity Changes (films)*
9:30 p.m.: Space and Technology (films)*
10:40 p.m.: Identity Changes (films)*

Theater 5:

6 p.m.: Documentary Series 1 (films)*
7:10 p.m.: Documentary Series 2 (films)*
8:20 p.m.: Genre-Bending Series 1 (films)*
9:30 p.m.: Genre-Bending Series 2 (films)*
10:40 p.m.: Space and Technology (films)*

Atrium Gallery at County Administration Building, 10 Court St.

4 p.m.: “The Color of Life” exhibit. Works by Santiago Cohen, Danielle Masters, Daniel Sroka, Yvette Lucas, Bryant Small and Gregory Egan.

Hyatt Regency, 3 Speedwell Ave.

Morris Room

7 and 8:15 p.m.: Music From China
9:45 and 11 p.m.: Random Test reggae band

Regency Room

7 p.m.: Joe Larson, comedy
8:15 p.m.: Leighann Lord, comedy
9:45 p.m.: Joe Larson, comedy
11 p.m., Leighann Lord, comedy

Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St.

Main Stage

6:30 p.m.: Dinoman, dinosaur show for children*
7:45 p.m.: Ben Rosenblum Trio, jazz*
9:30 p.m.: Rio Clemente, jazz*
10:45 p.m.: Matt O’Ree Band, rock*

Starlight Gallery

4 p.m.: Works by Mike Dziomba

Second Floor Gallery

6 p.m.: Paintings, sculpture, photography and multimedia works from the New Jersey Art Association’s juried show.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, South Street and Miller Road

5:30 p.m.: Harmonious Beginnings vocal trio (Ted Chletsos, Lauren D’Imperio and Stephen Lasher, accompanied by pianist Kristin Dabaghian)
7 and 8:15 p.m.: Harmonium Choral Society
9:45 and 11 p.m.: Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey

St. Peter’s Parish House, 70 Maple Ave.

7:30 and 8:30 p.m.: Maurício de Souza’s Bossa Brasil
9:45 and 11 p.m.: Mr. Fish, Super Circus Stuff

Vail Mansion, 110 South St.

7:25 p.m.: Discussion: “Beyond The Program: How First Night Morris County is Programed, Part 1” featuring Lynn Siebert of Morris Arts and Craig Schlosser of First Night Morris County.*
9 p.m.: Discussion: “Beyond The Program: How First Night Morris County is Programed, Part 2” featuring Lynn Siebert of Morris Arts and Craig Schlosser of First Night Morris County.*
10:25 p.m.: Discussion: “Featured Partner — The Mayo Performing Arts Center,” featuring MPAC general manager Ed Kirchdoerffer*


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