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*Greenbelt Events August 20 – 29

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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 College Park, Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, Bowie, Laurel and Riverdale. All Prince George’s Proud!

Friday, August 20

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre – Purchase Tickets Here

“In the Heights” Opens! 8:15 pm. The creator of “Hamilton” and the director of “Crazy Rich Asians” invite you to the event of the summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big… “In the Heights.” Lights up on Washington Heights… The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. “In the Heights” fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.

“The Sparks Brothers” Opens.  5 pm. How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? Edgar Wright’s debut documentary THE SPARKS BROTHERS, which features commentary from celebrity fans Flea, Jane Wiedlin, Beck, Jack Antonoff, Jason Schwartzman, Neil Gaiman, and more, takes audiences on a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers/bandmates Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band’s favorite band.

At the Cheverly American Legion in the Parking Lot 

6-8:30 Live at the Food Truck and Fresh Air Event –  Doug Stevenson and the Spades (photo right). The group is a Baltimore/Washington combo with country & western as the main ingredient, with blues, jazz, swing, bluegrass, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll flavoring the gumbo. There will be 2-3 food trucks and an ice cream truck, one of which will be Let’s Chow. Check our website: cheverlyamericanlegion.com. In the event of bad weather the band will play in our very large hall. We are following Prince George’s County’s COVID-19 protocols.

At the Montpelier House Museum in Laurel – through August 29


Quilts from the Uhuru Quilters Guild are on display at the Montpelier House Museum, Thursdays through Mondays, 10 am to 4 pm, through August 29. The guild promotes the work and accomplishments of African American quilters and works to preserve the tradition, culture and history of quilting.

At the College Park American Legion

Dinner and live music.1st and 3rd Fridays of every month. Tonight – The Pulverizer Band, with Greenbelter Mark Opsasnick as MC!

At the Clarice Smith Center for Performing Arts in College Park (through August 22)

Click here to register or for more information.


Saturday, August 21

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre – Purchase Tickets Here

“In the Heights” at 5:00 pm. Scroll up to August 20 for details.

“The Sparks Brothers” at 8:30 pm. Scroll up to August 20 for trailer..

At Joe’s  Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier

UpSpring Studios presents “Summertime” 7-8:30 pm.

Sunday, August 22

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre Purchase Tickets Here

“In the Heights” at 5:30 pm. Scroll up to August 20 for details.

“The Sparks Brothers” at 2 pm. Scroll up to August 20 for trailer.

Monday, August 23

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“In the Heights” at 2:00 pm. Scroll up to August 20 for details.

“The Sparks Brothers” at 5:30 pm. Scroll up to August 20 for trailer.

Friday, August 27

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre 

Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain opens!  It’s a 2021 documentary directed and produced by Morgan Neville. It follows the life and career of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. Showtimes 5:00 & 8:00 pm.  Purchase ticket


Saturday, August 28

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre 

Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain at 8/28 Sat. 5:00 & 8:00 pm. Purchase ticket

Virtual, from Hyattsville Aging in Place, Helping Hands University Park, and Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Poetry reading by poet and jazz historian Reuben Jackson. A Hyattsville resident, Jackson curated the Smithsonian’s Duke Ellington Collection and is an archivist at UDC’s Jazz Archives, as well as co-host of WPFW’s “The Sound of Surprise.”  Go to HyattsvilleAginginPlace.org/events or Click here to register..

Sunday, August 29

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre


Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain 8/29 Sun. 2:00 – OC & 5:00 pm. Purchase ticket


Online, from Maryland Milestones

To celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland Milestones compiled these juicy-looking sources of relevant history: History of Bladensburg,  Native American History of the Area,  Maritime History, Transportation History,  Myths & Facts of the Battle, Archaeology Blog (2012),  Self-Guided Audio Tour, and Visit Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

Online, from the Greenbelt Arts Center 

The Black Museum – Four Small Bottles.

Matched closely to the true case history of Scotland Yard and the story of The Pimlico Poisoning Mystery. Cast: Sarah Baczewski, Allison Mollenkamp, Stu Fischer, Rob Glass, Steven Rosenthal, Sean Laraway, Rikki Howie, Jill Goodrich, Sandy Kozel. Direction/Sound/Placards… Rikki Lacewell.


Suspense – The ABC Murders 

Loosely adapted from the 1936 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. Cast: Amanda Jones, Jackie Youm, Michael Wong, Carly Brownstein, Mel Gilpin, Alan Brownstein, Pamela Northrup,  Paul Jordan, Felicity Misse-Ekwa, Miriam Lemus. Direction/Sound/Placards… Rikki Lacewell

In Bowie

The Old Town Bowie Grille has a calendar full of live music, outdoors when weather permitting and indoors when it’s not..

Save the Date!

Labor Day Festival, including Parade!

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Roosevelt Center – Saturday, September 25.

Crazy Quilt Festival in Roosevelt Center – Saturday, October 9.

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.

  1. Kathie Jarva
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    Susan – I hope you will provide a clear description of how books might be donated for the GES Book Sale before Labor Day. A number of us have plenty to donate and can’t figure out the little that’s been posted various places. Thanks very much! Kathie

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