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Movie Review: Don’t Think Twice

Movie Review: Don’t Think Twice

| November 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. In the late-1980s, I took an improvisational comedy class as an escape from a soul-sucking job. I loved the class, a style of improv known as Theater Sports, and made new friends, had a few dates, and learned valuable life lessons. Improv requires being […]

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Movie Review: Denial

Movie Review: Denial

| October 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Historians are not your typical superheroes. They are more likely to rely on reading glasses than on X-ray vision. They methodically gather data rather than stop speeding bullets. They burrow in archives, rather than leap over tall buildings. They favor subdued tweed jackets over […]

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Utopia Film Festival, a 5-Reel Experience!

Utopia Film Festival, a 5-Reel Experience!

| October 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Utopia Film Festival is happening October 21-23 at several venues in Old Greenbelt.  Review by Anna Socrates. After previewing some of the highlights of this year’s Utopia Film Festival, I can say that the hottest ticket in town this weekend is a Utopia Festival pass. The festival pass is really a passport for an […]

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Inside the Utopia Film Festival

Inside the Utopia Film Festival

| October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 12th Utopia Film Festival is coming up soon – this weekend – and I’ve been lucky enough to join the festival-planners as one of its screeners. That means getting together weekly to watch together some of the over 200 entrants for this year’s festival, and watching others at home via a special website used by film […]

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Bill Edwards and Sea Chanters Coming to ERHS

Bill Edwards and Sea Chanters Coming to ERHS

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Page 1 of this week’s Greenbelt News Review features  a handsome young Navy man, one I barely recognized as a neighbor, thanks to that uniform. But thanks to this article, I learned that he’s Greenbelter and Musician 1st Class Bill Edwards, one of the stars of the Navy Band’s Sea Chanters, and they’ll be kicking off […]

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Movie Review: “Money Monster”

Movie Review: “Money Monster”

| May 17, 2016 | 1 Comment

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Washed-out newscaster Howard Beale’s howl of rage at “the system” thundered on screens in 1976 and reverberated throughout popular discourse. Even if you never saw the movie, you knew the phrase. You […]

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Movie Review: Miles Ahead

Movie Review: Miles Ahead

| May 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre.  Review by Anna Socrates. In graduate school, I shared an apartment with a music student. We were both Michigan girls, but couldn’t be more different, even though people always said that we looked like sisters. More accurately, I was the preppy kid sister in a Fair Isle sweater, […]

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New Deal Cafe’s 20th Anniversary Party!

New Deal Cafe’s 20th Anniversary Party!

| November 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

On Sunday November 8th the New Deal Cafe celebrated its 20th anniversary – naturally, with a 6-hour party! Bar manager Amethyst Dwyer, who suggested this commemorative blog post, called it ”a festive day filled with music, co-mingling among friends, and fond recollections. The New Deal is truly a miracle story and we are so very lucky […]

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Review of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Review of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

| October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opens today at the Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Imagine a political organization advocating for better housing, healthcare, nutrition, and education. One calling to end oppression, police brutality, and mass incarceration. One led by charismatic, photogenic, and media-savvy young people, with one visionary emphasizing unity over racial division. Is this the Green Party or […]

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Review of “Meet the Patels”

Review of “Meet the Patels”

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Playing now at the Greenbelt Theatre.  Review by Anna Socrates. A picture or video; statistics about height, weight, and occupation; and a brief statement about hobbies, including obligatory beach walks, seems a flimsy basis on which to find a life partner. Welcome to the currency of contemporary online dating. The more “scientific” services use an […]

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“Grandma” with Lily Tomlin!

“Grandma” with Lily Tomlin!

| September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre.  Review by Anna Socrates. Not all film trailers are created equal. The best give a 5-minute taste that makes you want to savor the main course. Others cram in the funniest clips to promise you a rollicking ride that is not always delivered. The trailer for Grandma is more […]

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5 Reels for “Phoenix” at the Greenbelt The

5 Reels for “Phoenix” at the Greenbelt The

| September 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now Playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Sultry dames, smoky nightclubs, and treacherous alleys are easily recognizable as the visual language of film noir. The bleak modern urban landscape it describes is populated by amoral and isolated characters. If light and dark stand in for good and evil, the noir universe is […]

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Celebrating Rosenwald – the Man, the Schools, the Graduates

Celebrating Rosenwald – the Man, the Schools, the Graduates

| September 2, 2015 | 6 Comments

Last night’s showing of Rosenwald at the Old Greenbelt Theatre was a moving and fascinating event that packed the house – every seat.  That’s because the documentary was followed by words and answers for the very engaged audience by filmmaker Aviva Kempner and historian Susan G. Pearl, shown above with the theater’s executive director Caitlin […]

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Movie Review: “Rosenwald”

Movie Review: “Rosenwald”

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now through September 3 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Reviewed by  Anna Socrates. The Sears, Roebuck & Company mail order catalogue was truly a “wish book.” Depicted in its many pages is the stuff that dreams are made of—dolls and toys to fill thousands of nurseries; stylish ready-made clothes; washing machines and sewing machines; buttons, […]

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Learn all About Lenore Thomas Straus

Learn all About Lenore Thomas Straus

| August 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

There’s a new Greenbelt Museum exhibit in the Community Center that I highly recommend – it’s about the New Deal Art of Lenore Thomas Straus, whose work we see on that building and in Roosevelt Center. There I learned that Thomas Straus was only in her 20s when she carved several important works in Greenbelt […]

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Review: The End of the Tour

Review: The End of the Tour

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opening at the Old Greenbelt Theatre tonight. Review by Anna Socrates There are those who believe that the audacious big books that men write represent the pinnacle of literature and that grand size and scope measure literary manliness. Think of Melville, Hemingway, Joyce, and our contemporaries Pyncheon, Franzen—and David Foster Wallace, the grandest of them […]

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10 Things you Might Want to Know about “Red August”

10 Things you Might Want to Know about “Red August”

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Guest post by Greenbelter H.L. Brooks, author of Red August -  a “sexy fantasy romance adaptation of Red Riding Hood set in 1980s Maryland.” When I was invited to do a guest post for this blog that was related to my debut novel, Red August, I tried to imagine what people might want to know about the novel, […]

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“Roosevelt Rap” at the New Deal Cafe

“Roosevelt Rap” at the New Deal Cafe

| August 17, 2015 | 3 Comments

There was a big crowd at the New Deal Open Mic night for the first-ever performance in Greenbelt of “Roosevelt Rap.” This telling of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s major life events was written by Jeffrey Urbin, Education Specialist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, and performed by our own Rebecca Holober (rapping) and Barbara […]

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Movie Review: Best of Enemies

Movie Review: Best of Enemies

| August 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opened Friday August 14 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre.  Reviewed by Anna Socrates. Like it or not, the election season is already here 15 months before we vote for president. We’ve passed the first mega-debate among the GOP contenders, and each put-down has already been exhaustively dissected in print and online. We’re also hearing laments […]

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Review: “Irrational Man”

Review: “Irrational Man”

| August 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

Opening Friday August 7 at the Greenbelt Theatre; reviewed by Anna Socrates. Existential dissatisfaction, as it appears in a Woody Allen movie, is often a malaise peculiar to the well-off. The working poor and the marginalized are just too darned busy with survival—making ends meet, getting by, hanging on, living paycheck to paycheck, and dealing […]

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