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*Greenbelt Events April 8 – 18

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Live music, great movies and more coming up in Greenbelt, College Park and Bowie – all Prince Georges Proud – over the next 10 days.

Friday, April 8

At the New Deal Cafe

The Big Boy Little Band – the deep, deep blues…..The kind of blues you used to hear on a distant radio station broadcasting from somewhere down south, late at night. The kind of blues where you wake up early in the morning and all you can think of is your lover and you wonder, “where did you go?”. The kind of blues that makes you want to go somewhere and dance or shout or just be alive. Those kinds of blues. (8 to 11pm)

At the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park

Later the Same Evening: Maryland Opera 7:30 p.m. Pay What you Wish. Repeated April 10, 13 and 16.
In a reimagining of Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer John Musto’s one-act opera, which first premiered at The Clarice in 2007 in a joint project with the National Gallery of Art, audiences are transported to 1932 New York City for one extended evening. Co-commissioned by the UMD School of Music and The Clarice, Later the Same Evening is inspired by figures in five Edward Hopper paintings of Manhattan. As the opera unfolds, the characters from the paintings vividly come to life to intertwine in interesting ways centered around the solitude that a large, bustling city can invoke.

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre


CODA opens! 5 and 8 pm on the Main Screen. Winner of Oscar for Best Picture of 2021! Ruby is the only hearing member of a deaf family from Gloucester, Massachusetts. At 17, she works mornings before school to help her parents and brother keep their fishing business afloat. But in joining her high school’s choir club, Ruby finds herself drawn to both her duet partner and her latent passion for singing.

“The Worst Person in the World opens! at 5:30 & 8:30 pm in the Screening Room. The Worst Person in the World is a modern dramedy about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo. It chronicles four years in the life of Julie (Renate Reinsve), a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.

Saturday, April 9

Greenbelt Council Member Ric Gordon

At the New Deal Cafe

Ric’s Candidate Meet & Greet – Hosted by councilman Ric Gordon, you’re invited to a meet & greet for Greenbelters who would like to mingle with some Dist .4 & Legislative 22 candidates. Come ask the questions relevant to your lives and communities! (2 to 5pm)
On The Busthe longest-running premier Grateful Dead tribute band in the Washington DC area, known for its faithful recreation of the music, vibe and experience of a Dead show. On The Bus is not just a tribute to the Dead, but to the entire community that spawned a multi-generational genre that artfully blends the essential elements of rock, blues, jazz, funk, country, bluegrass, and gospel. (8 to 11pm)

At the Greenbelt Museum

Free WalkingTour at 10 a.m.From the museum’s newsletter: Our next free walking tour is scheduled for April 9, 10am. If you’re interested, please sign up via Evenbrite. Tours are limited to 12 people and take place outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, the tour may be rescheduled.

We are also booking walking tours for small groups. These must be scheduled in advance by emailing Education/Volunteer Coordinator (E/VC) Sheila Maffay-Tuthill at education@greenbeltmuseum.org. Walking tours take approximately 90 minutes and cost $10 per person. Our E/VC took the photograph above while leading a group tour earlier this month. Pictured are students in Virginia Tech’s Master’s Program in Urban and Regional Planning.

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

CODA at 5:30 & 8:30 PM in the Screening Room

“The Worst Person in the World” at 5:00 & 8:00 pm on the Main Screen.

Sunday, April 10

At the New Deal Cafe

Deaf Brunch (10:30 am – 12pm). This is a gathering of Deaf and hearing people who meet on 2nd and 4th Sunday mornings at the New Deal Café to socialize. The Brunch is focused not only on socializing but also on increasing Deaf access to movies, services, and other aspects of living together. We solve problems and take action together. Newcomers are welcome.

Art Reception (3 to 5pm), a reception for Gaby Nobody, whose work is currently on display in both the front and back rooms of the Cafe.

Fast Eddie & The Slow Pokes – a blend of Chicago, West Coast, Swing and Jump Blues peppered with Soul that serve up a menu to get the joint jumpin’! (6 to 8pm)

In Greenbriar Park

Join us for a guided walking tour of the newly acquired, Greenbriar tract. Board members will be available to answer questions, address concerns, and to give insight into this unique parcel. For more information, email Kevin Carpenter-Driscoll at kdriscoll@greenbeltmd.gov

In Greenbelt National Park

Campfire Cookout to Organize Friends of Greenbelt National Park 4-6. Campfire cookout for anyone interested in learning more about the plan to form a non-profit volunteer group to serve Greenbelt National Park, a unit of the National Park Service. NPS Volunteer Campground Host Glynn Wilson is sponsoring this FREE cookout in the B Loop camp host site.

At the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park

Spring Choral Collage: University Chorale, UMD Men’s Chorus and UMD Treble Choir. 7:30 pm. FREE. No tickets required. Embark on an exciting exploration of the breadth and depth of music history’s most enchanting choral literature. As a special treat, the University Chorale performs John Corigliano’s Fern Hill with strings, harp and piano.

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

CODA at 2:30 & 5:30 pm in the Screening Room..

“The Worst Person in the World at 2:30 & 5:30 pm – S2 in the Screening Room

Monday, April 11

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

CODA at 5:30 & 8:30 pm in the Screening Room.

“The Worst Person in the World at2:00 & 5:00 pm on the Main Screen

At the New Deal Cafe

Utopia Film Festival Encore Screening for Refugee Relief. 6:30 to 9 pm. Donations of any amount will be requested at the door to go to helping these people in dire need. Films shown will be:

  • Laymun” is a 5 minute animation about a gardener living in a Middle eastern war zone who fights the destruction around her with life-giving plants.
  • A Quest for Peace” is a 10 minute documentary featuring interviews with Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and other religious leaders on how to end the violence and hatred that so plague humanity.
  • The feature length “A Bold Peace” shows how Costa Rica has, since 1948, been able to exist peacefully while having no military. Through cultivated security relationship treaties, international laws, courts and organizations, they have been freed from the burden of military spending and have been able to invest those financial savings to better the lives of their citizens.

Need more info? Email Greenbeltrefugeeaid@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 12

At the New Deal Cafe

New Deal Open Mic with Tom Woycheck-Gleason – sign-ups begin at 6:30 pm. Performers will have 2 songs and then an opportunity for a third once everyone on the list has played.  (7 to 9:30pm)

Wednesday, April 13

At the New Deal Cafe

Tower Green – high energy folk ensemble playing instrumental and vocal music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. They breathe modern life into amazing period music that transports listeners to a timeless space. Tower Green specializes in music from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries played on modern and period instruments including recorders, hurdy gurdy and percussion. (7 to 9pm)

Thursday, April 14

At the New Deal Cafe

InToneNation – classic and roots rock, blues and funky ol’ soul that shakes, rattles and rolls! Emceed by Greenbelt author (“Rock the Potomac”) Mark Opsasnick. (7 to 9pm)

Friday, April 15

At the New Deal Cafe

 

Jelly Roll Mortals – a DC-area collision of musical vagabonds. Formed in 2007, this quintet of seasoned DC players combine top-drawer tune-smithing, stellar harmonies, virtuosic playing and low-key sense of humor into an entertaining stew of rock, country and the like.  (8 to 11pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre


“Mothering Sunday opens! .(Times to be announced soon.) On a warm spring day in 1924 in England, housemaid and foundling Jane Fairchild finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven, are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul is the boy from the manor house nearby, Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend, and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.

“Everything, Everywhere All at Once” opens. (Times to be announced soon.)

At the Clarice Smith Performing  Arts Center in College Park

“Stick Fly opens and runs through April 24. Pay What You Wish This comedy drama by Lydia R. Diamond explores issues of race and class privilege through the story of the LeVays, a wealthy African American family vacationing at their home in Martha’s Vineyard. Set by the beach, Stick Fly reflects the shifting sands of power dynamics as the family negotiates difficult conversations and finds the language to communicate with loved ones.

Saturday, April 16

At the New Deal Cafe

Zoom Poetry Open Mic – Express your inner beatnik through the spoken word! Learn how to join this online event by clicking here. (1 to 3pm)

Danger Bird – the Mid-Atlantic’s premier Neil Young tribute band! Drawing from Neil’s acoustic days in the Toronto folk scene, through the golden sound of the Buffalo Springfield in L.A., the proto-grunge of Crazy Horse, the shimmering vocals of CSNY, the country roots of The Stray Gators and The International Harvesters, all the way to the raw energy of The Promise of the Real, Danger Bird digs deep into the catalog of one of the greatest songwriters ever.. (8 to 11pm)

Sunday, April 17

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Orchester Prazevica resistance is futile, this is Turbo Folk! High energy dance music drawing on the tradition of Eastern European Czardas and Gypsy Swing, but widely influenced by jazz and blues. Under the direction of Slovak born and raised guitarist and singer, Tomáš Drgon, this band delivers a unique, authentic and entertaining blend of musical traditions. (6 to 8pm)

Monday, April 18

At the New Deal Cafe OR via Zoom

[On Zoom and in person] Reel and Meal at the New Deal: Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. More information and pickup dinner plans! (7 to 9pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

The theater is open, but details aren’t available yet.

On-Going

Online from the Greenbelt Arts Center – GAC’s Old Time Radio Series

 

Arch Obler’s Another World, aka Alter Ego.” On a cold, dismal, dreary night… in a death-row cell of a southern penitentiary…a young woman kneels beside her prison cot, weeping, speaking softly to the memory of her mother, and explaining that it all started when she first heard that evil voice within her head. Featuring Amy Conley, Rob Glass, Katherine Gourianova, Emily C Letchworth, Hillary Leyendecker, and Pamela Northrup Directed by Rikki Lacewell

At the Old Bowie Town Grille

Live music Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – check the calendar.

Save the Date!

Green Man Festival – May 7-8

Jazz Festival – June 25

Blues Festival – September 17

Crazy Quilt Festival – October 8

Follow Susan Harris:
“Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that first blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com. In 2021 Susan joined the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Access TV.

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