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*Greenbelt Events August 12 – 21

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Live music, movies and more coming up in Greenbelt and nearby towns – all Prince Georges Proud – over the next 10 days.

Friday, August 12

At the New Deal Cafe

The Fly Birds: Free range mountain sirens.

Heavy Nettles: bluegrass trio based in VT, USA. Playing New Time, Black Hole Bluegrass, Prairie Jazz. (8 to 11pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“NOPE” opens! Click for show times. Directed by Jordan Peele. Cast: Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, Steven Yeun. Two siblings running a horse ranch in California discover something wonderful and sinister in the skies above, while the owner of an adjacent theme park tries to profit from the mysterious, otherworldly phenomenon.


“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen” Click for show times. A definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, Hallelujah. This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times. The song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit. And moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom Hallelujah has become a personal touchtone. 

In Roosevelt Center

Summer Circus Show  9:15am. The campers and staff of Greenbelt Recreation’s Creative Kids Camp (session 3) will present an outdoor performance of Summer Circus, a circus-themed musical theater production. Weather permitting, a show will be held in front of the Mother and Child statue next Friday.

At the College Park Aviation Museum

At City Hall Plaza in College Park

At AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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Saturday, August 13

At the New Deal Cafe

Lonesome Dave Fisher – southern songwriter from Baltimore who’s recorded with musicians like Earl Poole Ball from Johnny Cash’s stage band and Mike Buck from the Texas Tornados and Fabulous Thunderbirds. Fisher leads an incredible rockabilly trio. (6:30 to 7:30pm)

Rock-A-Sonicsan amazing band led by young phenom, Willie Barry. Playing a compelling mix of authentic rockabilly, vintage country, and atomic age rock and roll, they will keep you dancing and shouting for more! (8 to 11pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“NOPE” – Click for show times.

“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen” Click for show times.

Outdoors at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier

The JoGo Project 7-8:30 pm. The JoGo Project is a band from Washington, DC that fuses many styles of music, but with Jazz harmonies and a driving Go-Go beat at its core. JoGo was founded by DC Native and Jazz Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed during a residency at Strathmore in 2014. Eight years later, The JoGo Project has become a mainstay in the DC music community and is dedicated as ever to keeping DC’s Go-Go music alive while also exploring new sounds and repertoire. Pay what you wish starting at $10. Get ticket.

At Marietta House in Glenn Dale

At AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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Sunday, August 14

At the New Deal Cafe

Deaf Brunch: gathering of Deaf & hearing people on the 2nd and 4th Sunday mornings for socializing and increasing Deaf access to movies, services, and other aspects of living together. We solve problems and take action together. Newcomers are welcome! (10:30am to 12pm)

The Thrillbillys – Rockabilly, R&B, and roots rock with Johnny Castle (Nighthawks, Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, Ratso), David Kitchen (multiple WAMMIE-winner, David Kitchen Band, Cutaways), Andy Rutherford (Ruthie & the Wranglers, Little Pink) and Jack O’dell (Hula Monsters, Road Tavern Troubadors). (6 to 8pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“NOPE” – Click for show times.

“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen” Click for show times.

Monday, August 15

At the New Deal Cafe and Online

 Bullfrog Films presents…The Vow From Hiroshima from Bullfrog Films on Vimeo.

The Reel & Meal film series will screen “The Vow from Hiroshima” (shortly after the anniversary of the first dropping of the atomic bomb in Japan) both in-person (Registration required for zoom at https://tinyurl.com/ReelnMealAug15). The film is FREE. 7pm.

The film is about a passionate 85-year-old survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, weaving her story into that of her growing friendship with a second-generation survivor. Directed by Susan Strickler, the film explores the global dangers of nuclear weapons and the survivor’s activism on the issue, culminating in her receipt of the 2017 Nobel Peace Awards.  An update adds an epilogue about the ratification and enactment of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into force last year, January 22, 2021.

Discussion will follow the screening, led by Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Over the past twenty years he has conducted many studies on nuclear fuel, nuclear weapons production and testing, and nuclear waste.

A short extra activity is planned for those at the Café – a lesson on folding paper cranes, the traditional peace symbol.

Meals can be purchased at the Cafe from its regular menu (that includes several vegan options.) Online attendees are encouraged to buy the Meatless Monday meal from the Greenbelt Co-op – local favorite Dodah’s Kitchen Lasagna – from the “grab & go” side of its hot food case. Priced at $7.99, it will be available from 11am until the Co-op closes at 9pm.

This month’s film is sponsored by Peace and Justice. For more information on the series see the Reel and Meal Facebook page – www.facebook.com/reelandmealNDC.  For more on this month’s event see FB link https://fb.me/e/2HWVEn6D5 or contact Lucy Duff at lucyduff@comcast.net.

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“NOPE” – Click for show times.

“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen” Click for show times.

At AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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Tuesday, August 16

At the New Deal Cafe

New Deal Open Mic with Joey Campfire – 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)
Night Calling Insect Walk with Greenbelt Biota 8:15 – 8:45.Walk out to the lake peninsula with us just after sunset and learn the calls of crickets, katydids, and other night callers we hear. We will concentrate on the crickets and katydids featured in the Cricket Crawl, an annual citizen science project: https://www.discoverlife.org/cricket/DC/

At AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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Wednesday, August 17

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 AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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At the New Deal Cafe

Paradise BillProgressive, psychedelic rock music – originals and covers you love but never see anymore! (7 to 9pm)

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre


The Croods: a New Age” FREE at 1 pm.

At AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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Friday, August 19

At the New Deal Cafe

Tommy Lepson & the Bad Dawgs – having performed 3 times at the Clinton White House and with such luminaries as The Kinks, Root Boy Slim, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Righteous Brothers, Chuck Berry, The Nighthawks, Nils Lofgren, Danny Gatton, and many more, eleven-time WAMMIE-winner Tommy Lepson brings his roots Americana band, Bad Dawgs, to the New Deal for a fantastic night of original and funky covers that will leave you wanting more! (8 to 11pm)

At the Greenbelt Aquatic Center

At AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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Saturday, August 20

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)

Still Standing – the best Rockin’ Blues, American Roots, Jump, Swing, and Rockabilly in the DMV region featuring Linwood Taylor, Big Boy Little & Wolf Crescenze! (8 to 11pm)

At AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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Sunday, August 21

At the New Deal Cafe

Kids Open Mic: For children and kids at heart! Bring your kiddos to come play songs or share other talents (under 8 minutes) in a family friendly daytime environment. Sign ups start at 12:30! (1 to 3pm)

Fez Tones HaflaJoin 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 AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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On-Going

At the Greenbelt Community Center

At the Old Bowie Town Grille

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

At the Station at Riverdale Park

Fridays 5-7 pm Summer Concert Series.. Click for details.

At Maryland Meadworks in Hyattsville

For live music and comedy, check the calendar.

At The Hall in College Park

Comedy Open Mic on Wednesdays – and live music Fri-Sundays. Calendar here.

Save the Date!

Labor Day Festival – September 2 – 5. Great line-up of live music!

Blues Festival – September 17

Crazy Quilt Festival – October 8

Roosevelt Center Art Crawl – October 16

Utopia Film Festival – November 18-21

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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