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Review: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Review: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opening at the Old Greenbelt Theatre July 1. Review by Anna Socrates The experience of navigating the clique-infested waters of my high school cafeteria haunts my nightmares, even though in real life I quickly found a refuge in the school newspaper office. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl gets the social anthropology and so much […]

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Movie Review: The Clouds of Sils Maria

| June 20, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Anna Socrates Clouds are ephemeral phenomena, puffs of condensed water vapor that constantly change in response to the dynamic forces of air temperature and movement. The process of change in the atmosphere remains constant, however, even as individual clouds move, grow, come together, break up, and form anew. The Clouds of Sils Maria makes […]

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“Far From the Madding Crowd” Opening Friday at the Greenbelt Theatre

“Far From the Madding Crowd” Opening Friday at the Greenbelt Theatre

| June 2, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Anna Socrates Golden light suffuses rows of Dorset farm workers scything in a field, hayricks dot the landscape like giant honey-sweetened gumdrops, and a shepherd weaves a willow fence to contain his flock. These opening scenes of Far From the Madding Crowd resemble the pastoral paintings of Jean-François Millet and depict a seemingly unchanging […]

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Old Greenbelt Theatre’s Grand Re-Opening – the Video

Old Greenbelt Theatre’s Grand Re-Opening – the Video

| May 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

And grand it was! Festive, too. Apologies to everyone I didn’t identify in the video with captions. I’d add these missing captions if I knew how to do it using the Youtube editor: Mayor Emmett Jordan being interviewed by Hillary Howes Catering by Jeremy Ehrenreich In-theater comments by County Councilman Todd Turner Who else should […]

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Movie Review: “Bringing up Baby”

Movie Review: “Bringing up Baby”

| May 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Anna Socrates Today’s romantic comedies are a lot like Mad Libs. In them, Meg-Jennifer-Julia/Ryan-Aniston-Roberts labors at a high-powered career or chucks it to open a cupcake boutique, all the while conscious of her biological clock tick-tick-ticking away and despairing of ever finding Mr. Right. And when she does meet her male foil, she and […]

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Review: “Woman in Gold” at Greenbelt Theatre

Review: “Woman in Gold” at Greenbelt Theatre

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Anna Socrates The face of Adele Bloch Bauer once reigned over the Austrian Gallery at Vienna’s Belvedere Palace and adorned magnets, mugs, and t-shirts in the gift shop. In Gustav Klimt’s 1907 painting, this upper-class Viennese Jewish woman—her eyes knowing and her mouth sensual—extends an erotic invitation; however, she is trapped in a rushing […]

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Greenbelt Theatre is BACK, and so is this Blog

Greenbelt Theatre is BACK, and so is this Blog

| May 4, 2015 | 3 Comments

I’m still as busy as ever but how can I NOT blog about the opening of our much-missed, better-than-ever historic Greenbelt Theatre, under exciting new management?? The soft opening was Friday May 1 and as executive director Caitlin McGrath said after the firemen arrived between shows (thank to an overzealous smoke detector being set off […]

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Laugh-in Debuts at the New Deal!

Laugh-in Debuts at the New Deal!

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Capacity crowd and lots of laughs last night at the New Deal – a Tuesday night, y’all.  It was the first of what will be a monthly event (4th Tuesdays) and boy, are we lucky to have good stand-up right here in Greenbelt. Here’s how it came about: Chris Lawrence grew up in New York […]

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Dying Green at the Reel and Meal

Dying Green at the Reel and Meal

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

I recently attended the Reel and Meal viewing and discussion of Dying Green, a short documentary about conservation or “green” burial, which I’d never heard of before.  Here’s the trailer. I’d always thought cemeteries had to look like this: During my lifetime, in the U.S., they did, though much earlier in history they looked more like the […]

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Going out in Greenbelt, November 21 – 30

Going out in Greenbelt, November 21 – 30

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is a weekly preview of fun, interesting things happening in Greenbelt: music, theater, talks, guided tours, and more. This list covers the next nine days. Friday, November 21, 2014 At the Greenbelt Arts Center: - Death by Design by Rob Urbinati, directed by Ann Lowe-Barrett. What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with […]

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O’Malley Sings in Greenbelt and Urges us to Vote!

O’Malley Sings in Greenbelt and Urges us to Vote!

| November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Halloween Night was great fun at the New Deal Cafe, with Governor Martin O’Malley and State Senator Paul Pinsky stopping by to urge us to vote.  O’Malley had scheduled 30 minutes for the new Deal but was having such a good time, he stayed 3 hours and performed 3 songs.  New Deal music-booker Amethyst Dwyer […]

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Lipbone Redding at the New Deal Cafe

Lipbone Redding at the New Deal Cafe

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

I walked into the Cafe on a Tuesday night not knowing what to expect but within seconds became a fan of Lipbone Redding here.  The small crowd (Tuesday!) obviously agreed.  He’s one singer-songwriter-entertainer with gobs of stage presence.

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What Management by the Friends of Greenbelt Theatre would Mean

What Management by the Friends of Greenbelt Theatre would Mean

| September 9, 2014 | 3 Comments

Greenbelt’s City Council is holding the first of three work sessions to consider management of the under-renovation Greenbelt Theatre this Wednesday – whether to turn the theater over to the new nonprofit Friends of Greenbelt Theatre or to contract again with PandG Theaters in D.C.  I can’t attend (a GHI Committee calls) but I hope […]

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Chris Cherry and the Making of <em>Message to Tomorrow</em>

Chris Cherry and the Making of Message to Tomorrow

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chris Cherry’s newest play, which debuted at Creative Kids Camp this summer, mixes New Deal values and modern misbehavior in a retro-futuristic adventure.   Lore Rosenthal was so struck by the themes in the play – Message to Tomorrow  – that she decided to interview Chris about it for Greenbelt Live.  They sat down to […]

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Greenbelt Concert Band Looking for a Few Good Musicians on the Young Side

Greenbelt Concert Band Looking for a Few Good Musicians on the Young Side

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Greenbelt Concert Band caught me by surprise the first time I ever heard it, in a good way, because they sound nothing like the community bands I’ve heard before.  Sadly, that’s especially true of Takoma Park’s, which is almost painful to listen to. But OUR band, Greenbelt’s, sounds so good it had me wondering […]

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Greenman Festival Coming Soon – May 10 and 11

Greenman Festival Coming Soon – May 10 and 11

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Greenbelt’s beloved Green Man Festival is almost here, and here’s what’s new and fabulous about it this year, the 10th annual! The theme!  This year we celebrate the beauty and importance of the pollinators… especially the Monarch Butterfly. Because there there are fewer wild fields and open natural spaces where they feed and lay their […]

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Straight from Nashville (Drumroll) it’s Betty Ladas!

Straight from Nashville (Drumroll) it’s Betty Ladas!

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Singer-songwriter Betty Ladas made the move from Nashville to Greenbelt just a year ago, and seems to be settling in just fine.   Now she can see plenty of her grandchildren, and perform at the New Deal on the third Thursday of the month.  Nice life!  I heard her perform at a recent Open Mic hosted […]

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Deadheads in Greenbelt

Deadheads in Greenbelt

| March 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

As a regular patron of the New Deal Cafe, I’ve noticed a pattern of Grateful Dead cover bands playing there, and was tipped off by New Deal fixture Bill Barber that there’s a whole culture around those bands, one that I should look into.  Love an assignment like that!  So here’s what I’ve learned, and […]

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Kids Do Open Mic

Kids Do Open Mic

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

I stopped by Kids Open Mic at the New Deal Cafe and found it a low-key, friendly place for families to gather and do music.   Also, very cute, like these Suzuki violin students.  Or another little girl singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Kids Open Mic has been a monthly feature at the New Deal for five […]

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New on Youtube: “Beavers Attack” Animation, and Sligo Creek Stompers

New on Youtube: “Beavers Attack” Animation, and Sligo Creek Stompers

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

New videos on the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel! From GAVA/GATE (Greenbelt Access Television and the Greenbelt Association for the Visual Arts) is this animated account of the beaver problem at Greenbelt Lake: And I took the next two videos of one of my favorite groups – the Sligo Creek Stompers – in their recent visit […]

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