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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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Theatre Membership Card, a Familiar Work of Art, Now on Sale

Theatre Membership Card, a Familiar Work of Art, Now on Sale

| July 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

What a surprise to receive my Old Greenbelt Theatre membership card, shown above. It’s the exact same watercolor that’s been hanging on my wall for decades.  They’re displayed with three other scenes I chose because I love them: the Takoma Park Farmers Market, the Uptown Theater, and the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo. I bought […]

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Film Review: “Mr. Holmes”

Film Review: “Mr. Holmes”

| July 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

Playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective is literally a man of many faces. More than 70 different actors have played Sherlock Holmes, among them Basil Rathbone, Robert J. Downey, and Benedict Cumberbatch. These noteworthy and very different portrayals all show a man at the peak […]

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“Love & Mercy” at the Old Greenbelt Theatre

“Love & Mercy” at the Old Greenbelt Theatre

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Anna Socrates My teenage soundtrack featured Motown, the Beatles, and The Beach Boys—but especially The Beach Boys. The cute, tanned California boys—brothers, cousins, and a friend—promised us pristine white beaches, endless sunny days, and summer romances. Although nostalgia music by the late 1970s, we heard The Beach Boys everywhere: pizza parlors, school dances, and […]

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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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