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Going out in Greenbelt* December 13 – 22

*Here are the special events, movies, live music, theater, talks, etc coming up in the next 10 days – in Greenbelt Maryland, plus a few choice events in nearby towns like College Park.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

At The New Deal Cafe

Cold Hard Cash – join Rob Petrie and his talented co-conspirators for a special evening of Johnny Cash favorites with a liberal sprinkling of holiday-themed numbers. This special night includes a guest appearance by The Man In Green, the old Grinch himself. Don’t be shy — participate in our annual UGLY SWEATER CONTEST! Dazzle, delight, or disgust (or all three at once) with your ugliest holiday knitwear! (8:30 to 11:30pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor. Based on the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.  Showtimes here.

“Two Popes”. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. “This lively, intriguing and insistently humanistic flight of fancy… brims with wit, warmth and some tantalizing what-ifs.” – Ann Hornaday. WashPost. Showtimes here.

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

Click for movies and times. It’s all-new, with reclining seats and more!

At the Greenbelt Arts Center

“The Phantom Tollbooth” 8 pm. In this play, the beloved children’s fantasy adventure comes to life as Milo and the faithful watchdog Tock travel to the Lands Beyond to rescue Princess Sweet Rhyme and Princess Pure Reason from the Castle-in-the-Air. The play, which features many Greenbelt residents both on- and off-stage, will appeal to all ages, with its fast action and amusing wordplay.  Click for more info and tickets.

At Hope Lutheran Church in College Park

Movies@Hope Presents “Meet John Doe” 7:30 pm. This year’s holiday season offering from 1941 comes from the legendary director Frank Capra, best known today for the perennial favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This tale of hope’s eternal struggle with cynicism and despair also stars the great Barbara Stanwyck. As always, admission and refreshments are FREE!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

At The New Deal Cafe

Still Standing – the best Rockin’ Blues, American Roots, Jump, Swing, and Rockabilly in the DMV region featuring Linwood Taylor, Michael Tash, Scott Rabino & Wolf Crescenze! (8:30 to 11:30pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “Two Popes.” See Dec 13 listing above.  Showtimes here.

The classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” – FREE at 11 am

At the Greenbelt Arts Center

“The Phantom Tollbooth” 8 pm. (See Dec 13 listing above.) Click for more info and tickets.

At the Greenbelt Community Center

“The New Deal Nut: A Greenbelt Nutcracker,” in the Greenbelt  Dance Studio. 3 pm FREE

At Beltway Plaza

AMC Academy 8 movies –  Click for movies and times. It’s all-new, with reclining seats and more!

$1,000 Shopping Spree Giveaway, Treasure Chest and Captain Jack Sparrow, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, TJ Maxx Entrance

At the American Legion in College Park 

Blob’s Park Social Dance Club with Bayside Big Band. 9215 Baltimore Avenue. 8-11 pm. Admission is normally $10/person, cash only.

In University Park

The University Park Woman’s Club Holiday House Tour featured 5 homes for tours and to view holiday decorating. 4-8 p.m. $20 Call Jean Pirovic at 301-520-8420 or email her: jean.pirovic@Inf.com..Payment can be made through PayPal or with cash or check or at the door the night of the tour.

At Old Parish House in College Park

Glade Dance Collective Workshop & Performance, 4 pm. Come move with us! Improvisation can be a rich way to generate choreography, or it can be the performance itself. Glade Dance Collective members will lead a workshop introducing participants to improvisation techniques and scores, sharing how Glade uses improvisation in dance creation and performance. PLUS, participants will have the opportunity to perform improvisation scores that same evening as part of Glade’s performance. Performance participation is totally optional. You may participate in the workshop without wanting to perform! Movers of all levels are invited to participate; ages 12+. Dancers wishing to perform should wear black pants and a black shirt for performance. Cost is $10 to participate. Register onsite.

At Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier

2nd Annual Drum Circle Presented by Domain Cymbals, noon to 8 pm, The Domain Cymbals Drum Circle is an event open to drummers of all ages. This platform opens up the world of professional musicianship to grow in their craft and/or progress on their musical journey. Master Classes,Hands-on Product Demonstrations, Live Performances, Panel Discussions (Financial Literacy, Health & Wellness, Music Business), and Drum Circle Shed. $10-20. Tickets.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

At The New Deal Cafe

Fez Tones Hafla at New Deal Cafe

Fez Tones Hafla – Join us for an evening of live Middle Eastern music & dance. Musicians will play exotic instruments such as qanun, oud, darbuka, and riq.  Amazing performances by the region’s best belly dancers. There will be open dancing between dance performances, so dancers – bring your shimmy! (6 to 8pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “Two Popes.” See Dec 13 listing above.  Showtimes here.

Rembrandt Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this EXHIBITION ON SCREEN favorite makes a welcome return to the big screen.

At the Greenbelt Arts Center

“The Phantom Tollbooth” 2 pm. (See Dec 13 listing above.) Click for more info and tickets.

At the Greenbelt Community Center

“The New Deal Nut: A Greenbelt Nutcracker,” in the Greenbelt  Dance Studio. 10 and 3 pm FREE

At Beltway Plaza

Holiday Carolers and Hot Chocolate, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, TJ Maxx Entrance

AMC Academy 8 movies –  Click for movies and times. It’s all-new, with reclining seats and more!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

At The New Deal Cafe

Reel and Meal at the New Deal: The documentary “Vegan 2019” will be shown. It highlights what has happened in 2019 in the movement toward plant-based eating, touching on important aspects of climate solutions, the loss of biodiversity through our land use practices, the health benefits, and the impact on sports. Discussion, with a question and answer session, will follow the documentary. The evening begins with an optional plant-based buffet at 6:30 p.m. and the screening starts at 7 p.m.

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “Two Popes.” See Dec 13 listing above.  Showtimes here.

At Beltway Plaza’s AMC Academy 8

Click for movies and times. It’s all-new, with reclining seats and more!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

At The New Deal Cafe

New Deal Open Mic with Joey Campfire – sign-ups begin at 6:30 pm. Performers will typically have 3 songs or fifteen minutes on the stage. (7 to 10pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “Two Popes.” See Dec 13 listing above.  Showtimes here.

At Beltway Plaza’s AMC Academy 8

Click for movies and times. It’s all-new, with reclining seats and more!

At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in College Park

Combined Community Concert, 7 pm. Join College Park Arts Exchange and performing groups for a fun joint concert, and bring a canned good and/or donation for CPAE. Click for more info.

At the College Park Community Library 

College Park Arts Exchange Book Club – Nonfiction for Women, which meets the third Tuesday of every  month. This month will discuss Heart Berries: A Memoir, by Terese M. Mailhot.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18

At The New Deal Cafe

Pub Quiz – bring your own team, or form one on the spot. We will collect a dollar from each participant, which will be the prize for the winning team.  Come out and test your knowledge on topics from Aardvarks to Zymurgy. See if you can beat the winning team from the last quiz! Hope you can join us! (7 to 9pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “Two Popes.” See Dec 13 listing above.  Showtimes here.

At Beltway Plaza’s AMC Academy 8

Click for movies and times. It’s all-new, with reclining seats and more!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19

At The New Deal Cafe

Paulverizers

The Paulverizers – hard drivin’ blues with some of the finest musicians in the DMV region including Steve Watson on drums, Steve Carey on bass, The Fabulous and Legendary Sam Paladino on Hammond and piano, Paul Mastradone on guitar, and featuring Big Boy Little on harmonica and vocals. (7:30 to 9:30pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “Two Popes.” See Dec 13 listing above.  Showtimes here.

At Beltway Plaza’s AMC Academy 8

Click for movies and times. It’s all-new, with reclining seats and more!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

At The New Deal Cafe

Geraldine  As stewards of Appalachian motifs in a modern framework, Geraldine brings banjo, dobro, guitar, fiddle, and Appalachian flat foot dancing to the front of the stage, accented with lush four-part harmonies, in a free-wheeling repertoire of both original and rare and wonderful gems from the past. (8:30 to 11:30pm) 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

At the Greenbelt Arts Center

Yuletide Sampler with The Chromatics

Yutetide Sampler by The Chromatics  8:00pm  The Chromatics return to the Greenbelt Arts Center with their entertaining variety of a cappella songs, from covers spanning the past several decades to original songs, and, of course, a selection of holiday tunes in all styles! They promise a festive show, a real Yuletide Sampler! Buy tickets.

At The New Deal Cafe

Poetry Open Mic!!! – come express your inner beatnik through the spoken word!! Read originals, OPP (other people’s poetry) or just hob nob with the literary. Everyone is welcome! (1 to 3pm)
Just Stones at the New Deal Cafe
Just Stones – a musical tribute to the Rolling Stones whose repertoire consists entirely of Rolling Stones music that will please the ‘Stones connoisseur as well as the layfan. (8:30 to 11:30pm)

At Beltway Plaza

$1,000 Shopping Spree Giveaway, Treasure Chest and Captain Jack Sparrow,  2-4:00 pm, TJ Maxx Entrance

At AMC Academy 8Click for movies and times. It’s all-new, with reclining seats and more!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22

At the Greenbelt Arts Center

Yutetide Sampler by The Chromatics  (See Dec 21 above for more info.)

At The New Deal Cafe

Deaf Group: Weekly Brunch Meeting – Deaf and hearing people socialize together using sign language. Newcomers welcome! Visit us on Facebook. Interested in learning sign language? (10am to 12pm)


Kiva – Acoustic World Music for the Spirit! Using mythological stories and images, KIVA weaves a rainbow tapestry of ancient cultures and natural imagery into energizing mystical folk music for all ages. (6 to 9pm)

At Beltway Plaza

Holiday Carolers and Hot Chocolate, 2 – 4 pm, at TJ Maxx Entrance

At AMC Academy 8Click for movies and times. It’s all-new, with reclining seats and more!


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