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*Greenbelt Events October 1 – 10

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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, October 1

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“The Green Knight opens! 8:15 pm. An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the Green Knight.

Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger.

From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table. What a strange and peculiarly powerful film this is.
-Mark Kermode, The Guardian Buy tickets.

“Respect” is back by popular demand! 5 pm. Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a young child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice and become the Queen of Soul.

Starring Jennifer Hudson, Respect provides an expansive and dynamic portrait of Aretha Franklin as a young woman, overcoming lifelong demons to find her true sound.

At AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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Saturday, October 2

At the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“The Green Knight” at 5 pm Buy tickets.

“Respect” at 8 pm

At AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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At the Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department

At Lake Artemesia in Berwyn Heights

Plein Air Painting! 9 a.m. Join College Park Arts Exchange and art instructor @RacquelKellerArt for this free plein air painting event at Lake Artemesia.

Bring your favorite art supplies, a little picnic, and join us as we travel back in time for this outdoor painting experience.


Outdoors At Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier

Uasuf Gueye & Urban Virtuosos 7 – 8:30 pm.Tickets $10-20.

Uasuf Gueye & Urban Virtuosos consist of six musicians who are all accomplished in their own right. Driven by traditional instruments from the 13th century Manding empire such as the Balafon and the Ngoni, the Urban Virtuosos band plays captivating arrangements that combine funky drum set patterns, soothing horn lines, soulful jazz vocals, and thought-stimulating hip-hop lyrics. This group of skilled musicians are guaranteed to provide an exhilarating experience for any audience that won’t soon be forgotten. Experience this special event in person, at a socially safe distance! Masks are required.

At Allen Pond Park In Bowie

Sunday, October 3

At Beltway Plaza Mall, Behind Target

Mochella Voter Registration Block Party 3-6 pm.

In the Greenbelt Community Center

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“The Green Knight” at 2 pm (OC)  Buy tickets.

“Respect” at 5 pm

At AMC-8 at Beltway Plaza

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At Guilford Woods in College Park

1:30-3:30, drop-in Creative Writing Nature Walk by Melissa Sites and Elisabeth Herschbach.
Guilford Woods, a 15 acre remnant woods in College Park, is a precious and endangered natural area. Please join us for a guided walk and creative writing experience. Using the five senses, and reaching deep into memory and cultural resonance, we will walk, contemplate, think, and write. Sharing your work is optional but encouraged. Bring a snack, thermos, blanket or chair, and your writing materials to this FREE workshop, co-sponsored by College Park Arts Exchange and Save Guilford Woods. Meet up at 7591 Mowatt Lane Parking Garage (FEE!).

Monday, October 4

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“Top Hat” is the Monday Matinee, at 1 pm.  It’s FREE but attendance is capped at 75 and advance registration is required. Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers), on holiday in London and Venice, mistakes the identity of American entertainer Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) … and the pair are soon dancing Cheek to Cheek.

“The Green Knight” at 7:15 pm Buy tickets.

“Respect” at 3:45 pm

Tuesday, October 5

Online, from the New Deal Cafe

Zoom S.A.W. (Songwriters Association Of Washington) Open Mic hosted by Lynn Hollyfield. Sign-ups begin at 6:30pm. Featured act plays from 8 to 8:30pm.
(7 to 10pm)

Wednesday, October 6

At the Clarice Smith Center for Performing Arts in College Park

Fandango for Butterflies and Coyotes  7 pm. Buy ticket.

“El fandango emigró, y yo emigré con el fandango.” Immigrants from Mexico, Honduras and the Dominican Republic living in New York City without “papeles” band together inside a community sanctuary for a fandango—a celebration brought to life by live music, dance and performance. They shelter-in-place as they wait for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids to pass and for a family member making the dangerous trek to the U.S. As the fandango plays on, fear and anxiety sink in—fear of family separation, fear of having made the wrong decision and fear for those making the perilous journey across the border. But as threats loom dangerously close, strangers become family, fear becomes strength and sorrow becomes joy.

Conceived by Chilean-Costa Rican playwright Andrea Thome in partnership with En Garde Arts, Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) was shaped by the unheard voices of many undocumented immigrants. While at The Clarice in 2021-22, artists from the ensemble will host a dinner conversation with UndocuTerps, a student organization that supports immigrant and undocumented student life at the University of Maryland. By bringing to life true stories that  transcend social boundaries, En Garde Arts produces bold experiences that break barriers and inspire audiences and creatives alike, including School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and School of Music students and College Park Scholars, who will continue experiencing the company’s work up-close this season in workshops and lectures, just as they did in the 2020-21 season. In 2021-22, the company will also perform a live fandango for families in Langley Park, Maryland, as part of The Clarice’s popular Family Art Day series.

This event will be performed in The Clarice Courtyard, the lawn area behind The Clarice.  The artists will be on an outdoor stage, and chairs will be provided for the audience.  Audience members are invited to use the front entrance of The Clarice, and can then find the courtyard by traveling up the grand staircase or taking the elevator to Floor 2.  Ushers will be present to assist you and answer questions.  Based on current UMD campus guidelines and Prince George’s County guidelines for outdoor events, the artists will not wear masks during the performance. The audience will also not be required to wear masks while seated during the performance. These guidelines are subject to change, and you will receive the most up to date COVID-19 Health and Safety rules in an email prior to your event.

Tickets for our 2021-22 Season are PAY WHAT YOU WISH. During checkout, you will have the option to select the amount you wish to pay per ticket. Suggested price:$20 Regular, $10 Student.

Thursday, October 7

At the Clarice Smith Center for Performing Arts in College Park

Fandango for Butterflies and Coyotes  7 pm. See Oct 6 for details. Buy ticket.

Friday, October 8

At the Clarice Smith Center for Performing Arts in College Park

UMD Symphony Orchestra performs Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” 8 pm. Buy ticket.

The UMD Symphony Orchestra makes a joyous return to the stage to perform the full orchestral suite of American composer Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Created for modern dancer Martha Graham, the original ballet version premiered at the Library of Congress in 1944. Copland then rearranged the work for full orchestra the following year. Appalachian Spring is beloved for its American folk melodies and dancing songs, most notably the Shaker tune “Simple Gifts.”

Continuing the American theme, the orchestra will be joined by the School of Music’s Graduate String Fellowship Ensemble, Thalea String Quartet, to perform Banner by Jessie Montgomery. Written as a 200th anniversary tribute to “The Star Spangled Banner,” Montgomery used historical sources and patriotic songs to create an anthem fitting for the 21st century’s multicultural environment.

The concert will also include Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco and Joseph Bologne’s Symphony No. 1 in G Major.

Giuseppe Verdi: Overture to Nabucco
Joseph Bologne: Symphony No. 1 in G
Jessie Montgomery: Banner for string quartet and string orchestra
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring (full orchestra version)

Tickets for our 2021-22 Season are PAY WHAT YOU WISH. Suggested price:$20 Regular, $10 Student

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

The theater IS open. Their films and times for today haven’t been announced yet. Check here.

Saturday, October 9

In Roosevelt Center

Crazy Quilt Festival! Sponsored by Friends of the New Deal Cafe Arts (FONDCA)

Great music, fun times and delicious food and drink are in store on Saturday, October 9, at the Crazy Quilt Festival just outside the New Deal Cafe’s doors in Greenbelt’s Roosevelt Center. This free, outdoor music festival is the New Deal Cafe’s birthday party! This year’s fest will go from 11am until 9pm and will feature a community drum circle with Katy Gaughan and FriendsProverbs Reggae BandTower Green (renn faire music), Greg Meyer Project (jazz), The Wharf Rats (Grateful Dead music) and The Goodfellas (Beatles music).

Crazy Quilt Festival is sponsored by Friends of New Deal Cafe Arts (FONDCA) and celebrates the eclectic music that is featured at the New Deal Cafe. So bring a chair and your dancing shoes and spend the day listening to great music with community!

At the GHI Admin Building at 1 Hamilton Place

Fall Plant Swap and Scavenger Hunt, from the GHI Woodlands Committee. 11 a.m.

Bring along your excess plants, divisions, seedlings, seeds, and bulbs to the Plant Swap and prepare to pick up some new plants. Also bring your surplus tools that are in good working condition, gardening books, magazines, garden ornaments, etc. Please do not bring houseplants or invasive species such as English Ivy, pachysandra, periwinkle, Rose of Sharon — we have more than enough. Large objects that are not traded get to go back home with their respective donors.

We’ll set up at 11:00 AM and start the Swap with a “tour” of the available plants at 11:15. Please bring a card with a description of your plant.

After that, everyone will get a turn to pick out a plant or gardening miscellany until everything is gone. We will go around the tables in one direction, maintaining 6’ distance. If you are a new gardener and don’t have anything for the Plant Swap, you can always garner a few tips as well as pick up some plants.

We are also bringing back our Scavenger Hunt! This is a fun and engaging outdoor family activity that you can take home and do on your own. You can take home the laminated reusable sheets to look for nature items on your walks around Greenbelt throughout the seasons. One is suitable for younger kids, and one for more advanced readers.

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

The theater IS open. Their films and times for today haven’t been announced yet. Check here.

At Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale

Riversdale Harvest Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate all things fall during our family Harvest Festival!. Hear about native peoples with archaeologists while making a craft, explore musical instruments created from natural materials, decorate pumpkins, learn about traditional fall crops in the garden, peek into the past with open hearth cooking and walkthroughs of the museum, and enjoy activities on the grounds. While supplies last. $4 residents of Prince George’s & Montgomery Counties. $6 non-residents. Capacity limited; advance registration required by October 7.
For questions and more information: 301.864.0420; TTY 301.699.2544 or riversdale@pgparks.com

Sunday, October 10

Throughout Greenbelt

HUG (Help Unite Greenbelters) Walk is on! 1-5 p.m.

At the Old Greenbelt Theatre

The theater IS open. Their films and times for today haven’t been announced yet. Check here.


At Springhill Lake Recreation Center – Tuesdays 6 pm.

Online, from the Greenbelt Arts Center 

Old-Time Radio Series: “Boston’s Lone Wolf Terror” 

Is it Johnny Dollar? The Green Hornet? Or maybe Mighty Mouse?….No, it’s a suave gentleman burglar having fun rather uniquely in Boston. Featuring: Dan MacMillan, Sarah Kezman, Tricia Pisarra, Jeff Poretsky, Jo Rake, Nyah Clay, Director/Editing – Rikki Howie Lacewell.


Watch now!

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!

  • Utopia Film Festival November 20-22. Screenings  at the Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt Arts Center and the New Deal Cafe.

Photo credit for Firefly

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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