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Going out in Greenbelt* January 17 – 26

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*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 towns – all Prince Georges Proud.

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At The New Deal Cafe

Shannon Bielski & Moonlight Drive – winner of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Competition and made up of five of the most promising up-and-comers on the D.C. bluegrass scene, Moonlight Drive mixes progressive bluegrass, country, and traditional American music with a solid dose of the traditional bluegrass the band members grew up immersed in. (8:30 to 11:30pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

1917 opens!

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 opens! 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 the Greenbelt Arts Center

Quadrille: A Romantic Play. Story and Script by Melynda Kiring, Directed by Stephen Foreman. Ingredients:1 Self-Sufficient Woman Baker, 1 Nobleman in need of a Cook, 1 Sweet Young Lady, 1 Dashing Hero.Preheat to the year 1835. Mix the Baker and the Nobleman together until romance blossoms. For a little confusion, gently add the Sweet Young Lady into the mix. Sprinkle in a pinch of frustrated love, and then add a dash of Hero rushing in to save the day. Bake at 350 degrees for the length of one duel, or until ready to admit the truth. Serves them all right. Quadrille is a delicious tale featuring romance, secret plots, good food, more secret plots, bad food, heroic duels, and plenty of perfectly prepared corn muffins. Bon appetit!
Featuring Jim Adams, Jeannette Connors, Justin Diaz, Tyler Dos Santos, Michaela Haber, Michael Iacone, and Pamela Northrup. Showtime 8 pm. Buy tickets here.

At the Greenbelt Community Center

Work by Chris Corson in progress.

Art show reception for “In Witness: Contemporary Figurative Art by Chris Corson  6-7pm

At Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier

Happenstance Theater opens “Juxtapose.”  The Happenstance Theater quintet is developing a Theatrical Collage inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell. Please note this is a NEW work-in-progress that has only begun development right here at Joe’s on January 6th. The audience is invited to stay for talk-backs after all the performances to give the artists your candid (but loving) feedback. Also performing January 18 and 19.


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)


Great Northern – music  from all eras of the Grateful Dead’s rich history including both acoustic and electric arrangements of the material. (8:30 to 11:30pm) Click for videos.

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Special speaker(s) event after the 5:30 screening of 1917: Discussion of the film’s unique cinematography, led by Dr. Oliver Gaycken, who teaches film history at U.MD, and Dr. Caitlin McGrath, executive director of the Old Greenbelt Theatre.

and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 17 listing above. Showtimes here.

At the Greenbelt Arts Center

Quadrille, a Romantic Play. 8 pm. See listing for Jan 17 above for details. Buy tickets here.

At the Clarice Smith Center for Performing Arts

Bach Cantata Series: BWV 51 J.S. Bach, known as the great master, wrote more than 200 cantatas, and UMD Choral Activities aims to sing them all in this series of short performances by students, faculty, staff and community friends led by conductors in the graduate program. Conducted by Jonathan King, this performance will feature Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (Shout for Joy to God in All Lands). 12:30 FREE


At the Prince George’s African American Museum in N. Brentwood

The opening reception for Arnold Hurley exhibit will provide insight on his artistic process, explore the themes behind his work, and answer audience questions. 1-3 pm.



At The New Deal Cafe

Veg Society of DC – a monthly discussion on vegan topics. (12 to 2pm)


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 

“1917”and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 17 listing above. Showtimes here.

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch 8 pm. Part of the fabulous Exhibition on Screen series. 90 minutes.

At the Greenbelt Arts Center

Quadrille, a Romantic Play. 2 pm. See listing for Jan 17 above for details. Buy tickets here.


At The New Deal Cafe

Reel and Meal at the New Deal: Upstander Project’s documentary film Dawnland tells the story of the removal of Native American children from their homes in Maine, and the trailblazing Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission that was formed to begin the process of healing, cooperation, and justice. More information here. (7 to 9pm)  

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“1917”and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 17 listing above. Showtimes here.

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch 1 pm. Part of the fabulous Exhibition on Screen series. 90 minutes. See trailer above.

“The Secret World of Arrietty” at 11 am and 8 pm.  Arrietty, a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper. Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn, a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. The 11 am showtime will be DUBBED so that families with younger children can enjoy the film. The 8 pm showtime will be SUBTITLED.

At Beltway Plaza Mall

RSVP for your turkey today – at TISFoundation.org Event starts at 11:00.


At The New Deal Cafe

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

“1917”and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 17 listing above. Showtimes here.

At the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Hyattsville

Figure Drawing every Tuesday 6-9. Sharpen your drawing skills in a relaxed, informal setting at Hyattsville Figure Drawing Group’s drop-in drawing sessions. No registration required, all skill levels are welcome. A live, nude model is provided at each session. Sessions consist of several short warm-up poses and a single sustained pose for the duration of the session. Bring your own art supplies; drawing boards and chairs provided.

Cost: $20/session or $75/5-session punch card or $15/session for Pyramid Atlantic Members (proof required)

At the College Park Community Library

College Park Arts Exchange Book Club – Nonfiction for Women –  this month will discuss All you Can Ever Know, by Nicole Chung. 7 pm.


At The New Deal Cafe

The Campfire Sessions – monthly “listening room” showcasing local songwriters with something to say. Brief Q&A follows each performance. Get to know the songwriters, get to know the songs!!! (7 to 9:30pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“1917”and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 17 listing above. Showtimes here.

At the Duckworth School in Beltsville 

Beyond Behnke’s” talk by Behnke family member Stephanie Fleming for the Beltsville Garden Club. 7:30.  Stephanie will share a brief history of Behnke Nurseries, the journey of her grandparents Albert and Rose Behnke as they created a much-loved local garden center, and her own pursuits beyond Behnke’s. Open to all. FREE. (Stephanie gave this popular talk in Greenbelt last fall, thanks to the Greenbelt Museum.)


At The New Deal Cafe

Rok – orchestral rock.
Casanovela – loud folks playing loud folk. Known to play shoegaze rockabilly, folk punk, and sad bastard power pop. Always high energy. Always humble. Always low calorie and gluten-free.

Sonic Spell – smooth & saxy psychedelic funk! (7 to 10pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“1917”and “Just Mercy.” See info and trailer in Jan. 17 listing above. Showtimes here


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


At The New Deal Cafe

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


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)

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