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Movie Review: “Rosenwald”

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Movie Review: “Rosenwald”

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, […]

Learn all About Lenore Thomas Straus

| August 26, 2015 | 2 Comments
Learn all About Lenore Thomas Straus

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 […]

Review: The End of the Tour

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
Review: The End of the Tour

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 […]

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

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
10 Things you Might Want to Know about “Red August”

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, […]

“Roosevelt Rap” at the New Deal Cafe

| August 17, 2015 | 3 Comments
“Roosevelt Rap” at the New Deal Cafe

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 […]

Movie Review: Best of Enemies

| August 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Movie Review: Best of Enemies

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 […]

Greenbelt Step Club Reopens after 2-Year Hiatus

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Step Club Reopens after 2-Year Hiatus

The Greenbelt Step Club had been a hub for recovery and 12-Step meetings of all kinds since it opened in 1990 in its original location behind and beneath the former Domino’s Pizza in Roosevelt Center.  Then for reasons that remain unclear (at least to this blogger), they lost their lease – but happily found a new location […]

Review: “Irrational Man”

| August 6, 2015 | 1 Comment
Review: “Irrational Man”

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 […]

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

| July 30, 2015 | 1 Comment
Theatre Membership Card, a Familiar Work of Art, Now on Sale

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 […]

Help for Gardeners from Greenbelt Public Works

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Help for Gardeners from Greenbelt Public Works

Recycling Plastic Pots These are just some of the plastic pots I unwittingly acquired in April in my yearly fit of plant-buying. I gathered them here to wash them before looking for the least bad way to deal with them, feeling heartsick that plants come with plastic. Is there really no better way to package […]