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*Greenbelt Events August 6-15

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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 6

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Opens August 6, 5 pm – Minari (1 hr 56 min PG-13) 2020 OC Lee Isaac Chung, director – Winner of 2021 Oscar for Best Director!


A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. Watch the trailer.


Opens August 6, 8 pm – Nomadland (1 hr 50 min R) Chloe Zhao, director. Winner of 2021 Oscar for Best Movie of the Year! 
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.

At the College Park American Legion

Dinner and live music.1st and 3rd Fridays of every month.

Saturday, August 7

At Beltway Plaza

Okay, it’s not entertainment, but live entertainment and movie theaters depend on enough of us getting vaccines!

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre


Opens August 7, 8 pm – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1 hr 24 min R) 2020 George C Wolfe, director.


Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago. Trailblazing performer Ma Rainey engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits, ambitious cornet player Levee spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives. Watch trailer.
Nomadland at 5 pm. Scroll up to August 6 for info.

At the Greenbelt Museum

Greenbelt North End Walking Tour, 9-10:30 am. Explore the WWII-era history of Greenbelt, Maryland, a planned community built in 1937. 9-10:30 a.mLearn more here.

Somewhere in Greenbelt

Sunday, August 8

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Nomadland at 5 pm. Scroll up to July 6 for info.

Minari at 2 pm. Scroll up to July 6 for info.

At the Greenbelt Museum

Historic Greenbelt Walking Tour – FREE! Explore the New Deal history of Greenbelt, Maryland, a planned community built in 1937. 5-7 pm. Click here for more info.

Monday, August 9

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at 2:15. Scroll up to August 7 for info.


Minari at 5 pm. Scroll up to July 6 for info.


Friday, August 13

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Summer of Soul opens! Shown at 5:30 and 8:30. Questlove Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary – part music film, part historical record created around an epic music festival n Harlem in 1969 that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.

At Riversdale Museum in Riverdale

A recent Picnic Pod Concert at Riversdale Museum

Picnic Pod Summer Concert Series: Picnics and Polka with The Polka Terps, 6-7 pm. FREE. Click here for more information.

Saturday, August 14

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Summer of Soul at 5 and 8 pm. Scroll up to August 13 for more information.

At Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainer

Outdoor performance by “singing sensation Tamara Wellons, 7 pm. Artist, advocate and avid supporter of music, arts and education programs Tamara Wellons returns to the Joe’s Outdoor Stage! Tamara is an independent American singer, songwriter and producer of Soul, Jazz and House Music and has executive produced three full length albums.

Click here for information, tickets, and video of Wellons singing.

At the Cottage City Community Garden in Cottage City

Salsa in the Garden, noon to 2 pm. FREE. Enjoy a salsa dance lesson and taste test homegrown and homemade Cottage City salsa! Select tomato and pepper picking, too!  clCick here for more info.

Sunday, August 15

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

Summer of Soul at 2:30 (OC) and 5:30 pm.


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

Out of Town

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 and direct the nonprofit Good Gardening Videos.org.”

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