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Ideas sought for a revived Greenbelt.com

| October 18, 2015 | 1 Comment
Ideas sought for a revived Greenbelt.com

Way back in 1995 some community-minded Greenbelters bought the domain Greenbelt.com and launched it as a much-needed service to the community – “Greenbelt Maryland U.S.A.”  It served as an online portal to the town for both residents and outsiders until it stopped being updated in about 2006, though it’s still online as a now-old-fashioned-looking web […]

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Review of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

| October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Review of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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”

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Review of “Meet the Patels”

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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Blogging onto the Greenbelt City Council

| October 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Blogging onto the Greenbelt City Council

There’s a new blogger in town, and he’s running for Council! True, George Boyce is best known locally as the founder (with wife Eva Fallon) of Greenbelt’s MakerSpace, but as a long-time (by Internet standards) blogger, I was psyched to discover that George started a blog to get the word out. He has lots to […]

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Let’s Have a People’s Economic Development Discussion in Greenbelt

| September 22, 2015 | 2 Comments
Let’s Have a People’s Economic Development Discussion in Greenbelt

by Jeff Lemieux  An Economic Development Conference hosted by the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, June 2015 October 4 Meeting On Sunday October 4, the Greenbelt Community Development Corporation (GCDC) is hosting a public panel discussion on economic development in Greenbelt. The forum will be held at the Old Greenbelt Theatre from 1-3 pm. I’ll […]

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“Grandma” with Lily Tomlin!

| September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
“Grandma” with Lily Tomlin!

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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Help Improve Metro Service to Greenbelt

| September 14, 2015 | 1 Comment
Help Improve Metro Service to Greenbelt

By Matt Johnson, a Transit Rider in Greenbelt East. For years, many of us in the community have been fighting for Metrobus service on Sundays in Greenbelt. Today, we are closer than we have ever been, but we need your help to make this happen. I cannot overstate the importance of your (yes, you!) role […]

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Labor Day Parade in Photos

| September 7, 2015 | 7 Comments
Labor Day Parade in Photos

                    

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Information Day in Photos

| September 6, 2015 | 1 Comment
Information Day in Photos

One of my favorite events during Greenbelt’s Labor Day Festival is Information Day in Roosevelt Center.                  

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5 Reels for “Phoenix” at the Greenbelt The

| September 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
5 Reels for “Phoenix” at the Greenbelt The

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

| September 2, 2015 | 6 Comments
Celebrating Rosenwald – the Man, the Schools, the Graduates

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”

| 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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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“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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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