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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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“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 | 4 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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