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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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Islands off Toronto Reminded me of Old Greenbelt

| June 18, 2015 | 3 Comments
Islands off Toronto Reminded me of Old Greenbelt

On my recent trip to Toronto (for the 8th annual Gardenblogger Fling) the local organizers took us where tourists rarely go – to the just-offshore islands known collectively as Toronto Islands, which we reached by ferry. We toured gardens on two residential islands – Ward’s and Algonquin, which I probably related to more than the other […]

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Free in Greenbelt: Memoirs on CD

| June 8, 2015 | 2 Comments
Free in Greenbelt: Memoirs on CD

The first in a new series of blog stories here on Greenbelt Live: “Free in Greenbelt.”  Recommendations are welcome – for anything that’s available in Greenbelt and free. Driving somewhere soon? I just returned from 9-hour drives to Toronto and back, and boy was I glad to have these offerings from the Greenbelt Library to […]

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

| June 2, 2015 | 2 Comments
“Far From the Madding Crowd” Opening Friday at the Greenbelt Theatre

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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Greenbelter Richard Olsen is the National Arboretum Director!

| June 1, 2015 | 1 Comment
Greenbelter Richard Olsen is the National Arboretum Director!

The 446-acre treasure that is the National Arboretum has seemed down on its luck these last few years.  It had a short-term director (not a plant person), then several acting directors, and worst of all, a two-year cutback on public hours to just four days a week since a congressional event called a sequester. (I worked in […]

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

| May 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Old Greenbelt Theatre’s Grand Re-Opening – the Video

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”

| May 28, 2015 | 1 Comment
Movie Review: “Bringing up Baby”

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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Day Trip: Pontoon Tour of the Patuxent River

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
Day Trip: Pontoon Tour of the Patuxent River

How about a new feature here on the old blog – fun day trips from Greenbelt!  Guest blog stories welcome – just email me. So I’ll start, with a place I began exploring last summer and returned to recently - Patuxent River Park.  in Upper Marlboro.  Its website tells us it has more than 8 miles […]

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Review: “Woman in Gold” at Greenbelt Theatre

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
Review: “Woman in Gold” at Greenbelt Theatre

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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A Greenbelt Wedding!

| May 17, 2015 | 1 Comment
A Greenbelt Wedding!

Hillary Gottemoeller and Joe Harris – the performing couple formerly known as the The Bachelor and the Bad Actress – were married yesterday in Roosevelt Center, a place I’ll forever think of as The Church of You and Me – or You, Me, and the Whole Town.  And the location was soooo fitting.  Joe’s been […]

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Teresa’s Lakeside Garden

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Teresa’s Lakeside Garden

If you’ve walked around Greenbelt Lake recently you’ve probably noticed this scene along the path – a swath of gold and lots of lavender action, too. I was wow’ed by this scene enough last year to search out the gardener to find out more.  Turns out the gardener is the very knowledgeable Teresa Desch, who’s […]

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Greenbelt Theatre is BACK, and so is this Blog

| May 4, 2015 | 4 Comments
Greenbelt Theatre is BACK, and so is this Blog

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!

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
Laugh-in Debuts at the New Deal!

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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Greening Up the Suburbs – What to do with Greenbelt’s Empty Parking Lots?

| January 27, 2015 | 10 Comments
Greening Up the Suburbs – What to do with Greenbelt’s Empty Parking Lots?

by Jeff Lemieux Last winter, my wife and I took a bike ride around Greenbelt, Maryland.  It was between 2 and 4pm on a Wednesday afternoon.  Our goal was to see how many parking lots around our shopping centers and office parks sit empty on an average workday. What we found was pretty discouraging. The […]

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Greenbelt Elementary School Joins Recycling Initiative

| January 14, 2015 | 1 Comment
Greenbelt Elementary School Joins Recycling Initiative

  By Li’l Dan Celdran, GES parent On Wednesday, December 3 Greenbelt Elementary School hosted an assembly for all its students and staff regarding its new recycling program. Dr. Luisa Robles, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Greenbelt, shared information with us on the items that can be recycled at GES.  Dr. Robles set up […]

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Greenbelt Live Goes on Hiatus

| January 6, 2015 | 3 Comments
Greenbelt Live Goes on Hiatus

Hiatus, sabbatical, whatever you call it, I’m taking time off from blogging about Greenbelt. However, blog stories by others – you guys! – are most welcome and I’ll continue to make it easy for others to publish here.  You just won’t see new stories from me for a while.  Here’s why. Last March I launched […]

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My Greenbelt Events 2014 Folder

| December 31, 2014 | 1 Comment
My Greenbelt Events 2014 Folder

Before celebrating the new year, I decided to share images of some of the Greenbelt events I attended and photographed in 2014.  Easy enough, since they’re all filed away under “GB Events 2014.”  So to everyone who made these events happen, thanks for the memories! In January I caught the regular Open Mic event (for […]

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Thanking Greenbelt for 3 Great Years

| December 26, 2014 | 5 Comments
Thanking Greenbelt for 3 Great Years

It was three years ago this month that I moved to Greenbelt and, like so many coverts to religions, I’ve turned into a nonstop proselytizer for living here.  My friends can’t shut me up about it. And while I loved living in Takoma Park, too, I never went on about it – maybe because with […]

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Dying Green at the Reel and Meal

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Dying Green at the Reel and Meal

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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How about Murals in Greenbelt?

| December 9, 2014 | 4 Comments
How about Murals in Greenbelt?

Here’s a mural I came upon in an out-of-the-way restaurant parking lot while visiting Pittsburgh last summer.  Funded by a Pittsburgh’s public art program, it made me long for murals right here in Greenbelt. Here’s where I’d love to see murals instead of blank concrete – on our iconic underpasses. Murals have recently been popping up across America, […]

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