Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation


Saturday, February 13, 2 pm
Unshrink my Heart

Unshrink my HeartThe DIY arts and crafts icon from the 80’s is back! And nothing says “love” like a hand-made pre-shrunk Valentine. Families are invited to create beautiful jewelry, key chains, and other Valentine’s Day gifts for their loved ones.

Children will receive their first 2 sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks free, additional sheets will be available to purchase for 50 cents each.

Thursday, February 18, 6:30 pm
Film Screenings: Cultural Representations of Conflict in Palestine and Iraq.

Film Screenings: Cultural Representations of Conflict in Palestine and Iraq.A Candle for the Shabandar Café (23 min). Directed by Emad Ali at the Independent Film and Television College of Baghdad (2007.) Shabandar Café in Al Mutanabbi Street in the heart of the old centre of Baghdad, was a cultural landmark where generations of Iraqis came to discuss and debate literature and politics. In March 2007, a massive car bomb destroyed the Shabandar Café, all the bookshops on Al Mutanabbi Street and killed and wounded scores of people. Days later, Baghdad’s poets and artists held a wake in the ruins of the street they loved so much and Emad took a small camera and went back to film. As he was leaving he was attacked, his camera stolen and he was shot in the legs and chest, and his own story is an epilogue to his film about the Shabandar Café and Mutanabbi Street.

My Neighborhood (26 min, 2013). Directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi. Tells the story of Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian teenager growing up in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed's family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers, local residents begin peaceful protests, and in a surprising turn, are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters. Mohammed comes of age in the face of unrelenting tension with his neighbors and unexpected co-operation with Israeli allies in his backyard.

Followed by a discussion with filmmaker and co-director of "My Neighborhood," Rebekah Wingert-Jabi and Valerie Anishchenkova, U. MD. Director of Arabic Programs about cultural representations of conflict in Palestine and Iraq.

Saturday, February 20, 1 pm
Creative Dialogue: Innovator Talk With Lola Bloom of City Blossoms

Creative Dialogue: Innovator Talk With Lola Bloom of City BlossomsLola Bloom, co-founder and co-director of City Blossoms, will talk about her work with City Blossoms, connecting communities through interdisciplinary methods of environmental education, holistic health, and artistic expression. The spaces created with City Blossoms are kid-driven and incorporate concepts from installation and performance art in order to stay vibrant and sustainable.

After a group discussion on successful practices in community arts, participants will collaborate in a hands-on exercise in the style of City Blossoms.

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm
Film Screening: Depictions of Women and the City of Beirut

Film Screening: Depictions of Women and the City of BeirutCaramel (95 min, 2007). Directed by Nadine Labaki. A beauty salon in Beirut is a community center of sorts, where five Lebanese women share their friendships and trust each other with their deepest secrets. A romantic comedy at first glance, the film has heartbreaking drama at its core. The complexity of women’s lives and relationships showcases the cultural density of their native city that saw its share of human suffering.

The salon owner Layale, played by the director Nadine Labaki has an affair with a married man and spends anxious hours waiting for him to call, ignoring the attentions of a handsome traffic policeman who is obviously smitten with her. Layale’s friends and co-workers are supportive and tolerant of her, and also have troubles of their own. Jamale (Gisèle Aouad) is a recently divorced actress made frantic by the necessity of competing with younger women for work in television commercials. Nisrine (Yasmine Al Masri), a Muslim, is engaged and is worried about what will happen if her future husband discovers that she isn’t a virgin. Rima (Joanna Moukarzel), who cleans up around the shop and washes hair, develops a crush on an elegant client. And then there is Aunt Rose (Siham Haddad), a seamstress who lives down the street from Layale’s shop with her demanding, mentally disabled sister, Lili (Aziza Semaan). With the support of their friends in their familiar salon, the women search for the answers to questions of life, love and happiness.

Followed by a discussion with Valerie Anishchenkova, U. MD. Director of Arabic Programs about Caramel’s depictions of women and the city of Beirut.

Thursday, March 3, 6:30 pm
Film Screening: Depictions of Egypt on the Verge of Revolution

Film Screening: Depictions of Egypt on the Verge of RevolutionGarbage Dreams (79 min, 2009). Directed by Mai Iskander. Cairo is one of the largest cities in Egypt, but for decades there was no formal garbage collection system in most of the city; instead, many neighborhoods were kept clean by zaballeen, or "garbage people." The zaballeen would pick up trash from the streets, sometimes being paid a few pennies for their efforts, but most would support themselves by selling cans, bottles, and other materials they found to recycling firms.

This makeshift system proved to be surprisingly effective and efficient, but when Cairo's local government entered into a contract with an international sanitation firm to collect the city's trash, some 60,000 zaballeen suddenly found themselves without a livelihood. Filmmaker Mai Iskander examines the culture of Cairo's "garbage people" through the lives of three young men who collect and recycle trash in the documentary Garbage Dreams. Iskander spent four years following and filming quick-witted 16-year-old Osama, class-conscious 18-year-old Nabil, and bright 17-year-old Adham as they struggle to make a living and a future in a profession whose days are numbered.

Followed by a discussion with Valerie Anishchenkova, U. MD. Director of Arabic Programs about Garbage Dreams’ depictions of Egypt on the verge of revolution.

March 5-6, 2016
Transformational Painting

This two-day workshop will teach you how to develop your own painting process by connecting your intuition with your creativity. Have fun with large format acrylic painting, movement, music, and introduction to mythology. Emphasizing an intuitive approach to painting, rather than technique or product, instructor Ellen O'Hanlon will help you liberate your inner artist and tap your creative potential. No painting experience necessary.

All levels welcome. Take home your finished canvas and digital images of your original work. Fee includes all materials plus breakfast and lunch both days. Click here for registration information.

Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 pm
Film Screening: Reconciliation in Al-Mutanabbi Street

Film Screening: Reconciliation in Al-Mutanabbi StreetForgive but Never Forget; Reconciliation in Al-Mutanabbi Street is a documentary film that follows the story of Al-Mutanabbi street in Baghdad, a street famed in Iraq for its Friday book auction and commitment to literature.
In 2007, the street was hit by a terror attack, destroying the Alshabander Cafe, one of the street’s central social points. The owner of the cafe, Muhammed Alkshali, lost five sons in the attack. Despite this, he rebuilt the cafe and it has become a focal point of reconciliation in Baghdad.

The film shows the story of the street before and after the attack, along with illustrations of the lives of those who live and work in the street. By doing so, it showcases the street as a beacon of hope in this dark time in Iraq's history.

Followed by a discussion with poet Amal Al-Jubouri about the film and the literary culture represented by Al-Mutanabbi Street.

Thursday, March 10, 6:30 pm
Film Screening: Depictions of Bedouin Culture

Film Screening: Depictions of Bedouin CultureTheeb (100 min, 2014). Directed by Naji Abu Nowar. The spellbinding Jordanian adventure film Theeb is a story set in the farthest reaches of the Ottoman Empire in 1916. A sinister and seriously wounded man and a preadolescent boy play cat and mouse as they help each other stay alive in a do-or-die struggle.

The movie is set in a period known as the Arab Revolt, when Arab nationalists sought independence from the Ottoman Turks. Events are seen through the eyes of Theeb (Jacir Eid), a Bedouin child who has had no contact with the world outside his desert community. During these years, traditional Bedouin culture was disrupted by a railway, nicknamed the Iron Donkey Trail. Connecting Damascus and Medina, it would soon eliminate the need for Bedouin pilgrim guides.

Followed by a discussion with Valerie Anishchenkova, U. MD. Director of Arabic Programs about Theeb’s depictions of Bedouin culture.

Saturday, April 2, 5 pm
Opening Reception: The "Late" Style

The Brentwood Arts Exchange welcomes curatorial practices students from the University of Maryland College Park to partner with us in presenting our spring 2016 exhibition.

Students working with Brentwood Arts Exchange staff and Professor of Art History Dr. Jason Kuo, will research, plan, and implement an exhibition on senior artists who are working in styles developed late in life.

Saturday, April 30, 1 pm
Opening Reception: The Art of Freedom: War, Peace, and Everything in Between

Prince George’s County has a long history of supporting our military personnel. This exhibition seeks to cultivate artistic support for veterans and active duty members to highlight the role art can play in the healing process of returning from deployment.

The exhibition will showcase artwork by veterans and the military community using the creative process to promote healing, and provide insight into artistic expression as a tool for understanding the transition from military to civilian life.

Opening Reception held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD (301-583-2400)