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Going out in Greenbelt* for January 24 – February 2

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

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre


1917. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. Showtimes here.

Just Mercy. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter.  Showtimes here.

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

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At The New Deal Cafe

The Mojo Priests – take the Blues, add in a helping of Rock, a dash of R&B and a splash of the Jazz and stir. Voila! You get The Mojo Priests. Winner of The DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands! (8:30 to 11:30pm)

At Maryland Meadworks in Hyattsville

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“1917”and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 24 listing above. Showtimes here.

From left: Harold Dean Trulear and Will Schwarz

Panel discussion after the 7:30 screening of Just Mercy, with Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, Professor of Applied Theology, School of Divinity, Howard University, and Will Schwarz, Founder & President, Maryland Lynching Memorial Project.

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

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Jazz Jam – come on out and enjoy an afternoon of jazz with an ensemble of some of the finest musicians in the DMV region. (2 to 5pm)

5-7 pm: the New Deal Cafe is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and kicking it off with a SPECIAL SATURDAY HAPPY HOUR! Stop by and find out about all the cool things we’re doing in 2020 to honor this milestone. This is a great opportunity to meet other Cafe members, volunteers, staff and board members, and find out how you can help support this incredibly special cafe that serves as a community living room AND award winning music venue.

Black Masala – featuring a wide array of instruments from tuba to accordion to banjo, 2013 double WAMMIE-winning, Black Masala, features a colorful mix of sounds that draw inspiration from the melodies of Eastern European brass bands, New Orleans jazz, Latin grooves, and even a hint of Appalachian twang. Expect a party! (9 to 11:30pm)

At the College Park American Legion

Blob’s Park Social Dance Club. Dance to Karen Collins & Squeeze Bayou $10 cash only.  8-11. Doors open at 7:30. Check out the Greenbelters in this video from 2014!

At Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“1917”and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 24 listing above. Showtimes here.

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

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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? (11am to 12pm)

From left: Dar Stellabotta; Bachelor and the Bad Actress
Bachelor and the Bad Actress – absurdist honky tonk.
Dar Stellabotta – heavy stoner-blues-rock one-woman band with a homemade cigar box guitar, slide, muddy distortion and a kick drum. 
(7 to 9pm)

At St Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in College Park

College Park Chorale Winter Concert – Music from Operas. 7 – 8:30 pm. The College Park Chorale is a fun, low-key community choir of about 60 members which performs a wide variety of choral music at two concerts per year. In this year’s winter concert, the Chorale and Chamber Singers will present music by Puccini, Verdi, Bernstein, Gershwin, Gilbert and Sullivan, and more! Reception to follow the concert. FREE.

MONDAY, JANUARY 27

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“1917” and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 24 listing above. Showtimes here.

Storytime on Screen. 10:30 am. A story, a short movie, and a craft recommended for ages 0-5. FREE

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 28

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“1917”and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 24 listing above. Showtimes here.

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

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At The New Deal Cafe

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“1917”and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 24 listing above. Showtimes here.

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

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At The New Deal Cafe

Red Sammy – lyric driven Americana folk rock n’ roll! A “graveyard country” band with gritty, stark storytelling that’s part southwest rock, part Cash and Escovedo. Sparse, but accessible, there’s a thread that runs through the music, from Hawthorne and Poe (fitting, since the band is from Baltimore), to Faulkner and Flannery O’Conner. (7:30 to 9:30pm)  cLICK FOr video.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“1917”and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 24 listing above. Showtimes here.

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

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At The New Deal Cafe

New Blue Soul – originating out of The Rogue Johnsen Trio (winners of the 2017 DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands and competitors at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis), New Blue Soul is an exciting DC area octet melding Old School Blues and Soul into modern originals as well as playing a ton of great tunes that leave you with no option but to get up and dance. Featuring Mary Shaver on vocals! (7:30 to 9:30pm) Hosted and emceed by Greenbelt author and music historian Mark Opsasnick

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

January 31 – February 6

Animated Shorts 83 minutes, PG-13. Animation Nominees include: Daughter (Czech Republic), Hair Love (USA), Kitbull (USA), Memorable (France), Sister (China, USA).

Live Action Shorts 83 minutes, PG-13. Live Action Nominees include: A Sister (Belgium), Brotherhood (Canada, Tunisia, Qatar, Sweden), Nefta Football Club (France, Tunisia), Saria (USA), and The Neighbors’ Window (USA).

Documentary Shorts 80 minutes, R. The Documentary Shorts Program is broken into two separate programs of 80 minutes each.
Program A includes: Life Overtakes Me (Sweden, USA), Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) (UK).
Program B includes: In the Absence (South Korea), Walk Run Cha-Cha (USA), St. Louis Superman (USA).

At The New Deal Cafe

The Fuss – dynamic ska, rocksteady, and early reggae with a sound that pays tribute to the music of 1960’s Jamaica and the British Mod scene, while putting a modern slant on these timeless styles. (8:30 to 11:30pm)

At the Greenbelt Arts Center

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” guest production opens. 8 pm.

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Oscar-Nominated Short Films – see info above for January 31. Showtimes here.

At The New Deal Cafe

Community Drum Circle with Katy Gaughan – connect with community and have fun with friends by playing awesome world drums with drum circle facilitator Katy Gaughan. Drums will be provided or bring your own. All ages. No experience necessary.
(3 to 5pm)
Little Red and the Renegades – Zydeco, New Orleans R&B, Rock & Roll, Funk, Blues and Cajun. Come get your Mardis Gras on with this WAMMIE-nominated, high energy, fun group of musicians! (8:30 to 11:30pm)

At the Greenbelt Arts Center

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” guest production opens. 8 pm.

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

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At the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel

Music and the Black Vote Panel Discussion. 1 pm. Explore the times and history of the Black Vote in America and how music was influenced by its many challenges from the Black Codes to the 15th Amendment and today’s times. Three experts, a musician, social scientist, and historian will take you on this musical and educational journey. This event is in partnership with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts.Located at Montpelier Arts Center (9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD) and is free.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Oscar-Nominated Short Films – see info above for January 31. Showtimes here.

At The New Deal Cafe

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band – join this multiple WAMMIE-nominated band for some classic honky tonk, original roots songs, and vintage country from the 1940s-1970s.  (7 to 9pm)

At the Greenbelt Arts Center

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” guest production opens. 2 pm.

At the Greenbelt Community Center

Mudcloth Workshop! (a Greenbelt Community Art Drop-in) 1-3 pm. Seatings at 1pm and 2pm. All ages. FREE! Use earthen dyes to create your own mudcloth, inspired by the
Bogolanfini tradition of Mali. This workshop is led by Artist in Residence Karen Arrington. Materials provided. Advance registration is suggested. A limited number of walk-up participants will also be welcome for each one-hour seating on a space-available basis.

At Beltway Plaza’s Academy 8 Theater

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