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*Greenbelt Events April 1 – 11

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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 1

At the New Deal Cafe

Hard Swimmin’ Fish – a blues quartet playing a range of styles covering the country blues of Mississippi and the Piedmont, the urban blues of Chicago and funk infused varieties with roots in New Orleans’ second line. (8 to 11pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Summer of Soul opens! 5 and 8 pm on Main Screen. Winner of 2021 Best Feature Documentary Oscar! It’s part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park. The footage was never seen and largely forgotten-until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.


West Side Story at 5:30 pm in Screening Room. Academy Award Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ariana DeBose). Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s adaptation of the 1957 musical and 1961 movie returns to our big screen.

At the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park

Comfort & Embrace: Brahms’ Human Requiem. 7:30 pm. Pay What You Wish. Often known as a Requiem for the living, Brahms’ masterpiece has touched concertgoers for over 150 years. In Comfort & Embrace, the UMD Chamber Singers join forces with the Washington, D.C.-based professional choir The Thirteen to remake this beloved work into a fully staged theatrical production designed to move each and every member of the audience. This production will feature the audience interspersed among the performers, creating a new relationship between audience, musicians and this touching work. Featuring exceptional pianists Derrick Goff and Rachelle Jonck, this production will be performed with its original and intimate orchestration—piano for four hands.

Saturday, April 2

In Roosevelt Center

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. (4 to 5pm)

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. This will be a benefit concert for The New Deal Cafe! (8 to 11pm). NOTE: This is a fund-raiser for the Cafe, thanks to Just Stones’ pledge to donate all tips to the Cafe.

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Infinite Storm – One night only!. 5 pm on Main Screen. Cast: Naomi Watts, Billy Howle, Dennis O’Hare.

As Pam, an experienced climber ascends Mt. Washington, she turns back before she reaches the summit as a huge blizzard approaches. But on her way down, she encounters a lone, stranded, and ill-prepared man, and takes it upon herself to get them both down the mountain before nightfall arrives and they succumb to the storm. Infinite Storm is based on a true story.

Summer of Soul 5:30 & 8:30 pm in the Screening Room

West Side Story at 7:30 pm on Main Screen

Sunday, April 3

At the New Deal Cafe

The Music of Lennon & McCartney – all the BEST of the Beatles catalogue from one performer, with world class impersonations of John and Paul in a thrilling theatrical evening of music, celebration and storytelling. (6 to 8pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Summer of Soul. 2:30 & 6:00 pm in the Screening Room

At the Greenbelt Community Center

Artful Afternoon! 1-3. Enjoy FREE all-ages art workshops at the Greenbelt Community Center! Also May 1, and June 5. Pre-registration is required.

Monday, April 4

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Sunset Boulevard is today’s FREE Monday Matinee. 1 pm. Cast: William Holden; Gloria Swanson; Erich von Stroheim; Nancy Olson; Fred Clark; Lloyd Gough; Jack Webb. An aging silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter to help set up her movie comeback. The screenwriter believes he can manipulate her, but he soon finds out he is wrong. The screenwriters ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to a situation of violence, madness, and death. Preregister here for the free ticket.

Summer of Soul 2:00 & 5:00 pm in the Screening Room

West Side Story at 4 pm on the Main Screen

Tuesday, April 5

At the New Deal Cafe

S.A.W. (Songwriters Association Of Washington) Open Mic hosted by Lynn Hollyfield. Sign-ups begin at 6:30pm. Performers will have 2 songs and then an opportunity for a third once everyone on the list has played. Featured act plays from 8 to 8:30pm. (7 to 9:30pm)

Wednesday, April 6

At the New Deal Cafe

The Potecasi Slade Experience : a funky Blues band whose roots run deep into DMV GoGo and Gospel, with a touch of Rock. Their songs have emotional and moving lyrics with swinging rhythm, so prepare to want to move, whether you’re standing or seated. (7 to 9pm)

Thursday, April 7

At the New Deal Cafe

Wolf’s Thursday Blues Show & Sit-In Jam – a big, bodacious, boogie blues jam hosted by the legendary Wolf Crescenze with a house band backed by veteran musicians Linwood Taylor, Scott Rabino & more! You never know who will show up at a Wolf Jam so come on out and shake your booty or sign up and JAM! (6:30 to 10pm)

At the Old Parish House in College Park

Eric Maring White Album Concert at 7:30 pm. An unforgettable performance of The White Album Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Features Alison Hughes, Eric Maring “Mr. M,” Ian Rigg, Arun Ivatury, Anissa Sunday, Greg Heelan, Patrick Lynch, Leo Maring, Nalin Ivatury, Isaiah Cooper, Mia Ivatury, Julian Maring, Larissa Olson and Isaac Heela. Donations at the door in support of College Park Arts Exchange

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

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

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

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

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

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


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. Susan launched the video blog "Susan's Hoop Dancing Journey" after trying hula hooping during the 2022 Crazy Quilt Music Festival.

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