Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events

Saturday, January 21, 5 pm
Opening Reception: Drawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of Experience

Opening Reception: Drawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of ExperienceDrawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of Experience aims to field a visual conversation about drawing approaches by featuring 18 selected artists living throughout the United States, most of who have had devoted careers as academics. Their institutions range from small liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and some of the largest research institutions in the country.

Participating artists include:

Lisa Austin, Pati Beachley, Carol Brode, Carmon Colangelo, Alan Crockett, Kathy Dlugos, Casey Doyle, Helen Frederick, Carole Garmon, Janis Goodman, Rebecca Kamen, Walter Kravitz, Michael Pestel, Matt Pinney, Bev Ress, Buzz Spector, Sergio Soave, Sunny Belliston Taylor

Thursday, February 9, 6:30 pm
Crumbs - Afrofuturism on Film

Crumbs - Afrofuturism on FilmDirected by Miguel Llansó. 2015. (68 min)

Crumbs is set against the background of spectacular post-apocalyptic Ethiopian landscapes, where the film finds a strange-looking scrap collector, Gagano (played by the charismatic Daniel Tadesse). Alternately gripped by daydreams and constant fears, the diminutive Gagano has had enough of collecting the priceless crumbs of decayed civilization, including the most valuable: merchandise from Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan.

When a spaceship that has been hovering high in the sky for years starts showing signs of activity, Gagano has to overcome his fears – as well as a witch, Santa Claus and second-generation Nazis – to discover things aren't quite the way he thought.

Free. Open to the public.

Saturday, February 11, 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 16, 6:30 pm
The Last Angel of History - Afrofuturism on Film

The Last Angel of History - Afrofuturism on FilmDirected by John Akomfrah. 1996. (45 min)

This cinematic essay posits science fiction (with tropes such as alien abduction, estrangement, and genetic engineering) as a metaphor for the Pan-African experience of forced displacement, cultural alienation, and otherness. Akomfrah's analysis is rooted in an exploration of the cultural works of Pan-African artists, such as funk-master George Clinton and his Mothership Connection, Sun Ra's use of extraterrestrial iconography, and the very explicit connection drawn between these issues in the writings of black science fiction authors Samuel R. Delaney and Octavia Butler. Free. Open to the Public.

Thursday, February 23, 6:30 pm
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty - Afrofuturism on Film

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty - Afrofuturism on FilmDirected by Terrance Nance. 2013. (89 min)

Executive producers Jay-Z, Dream Hampton, and Wyatt Cenac present Terence Nance's explosively creative debut feature, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY. With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, the film documents the relationship between Terence (Nance) and a lovely young woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic.

Utilizing a tapestry of live action and multiple styles of animation, the film blurs the line between narrative, documentary, and experimental film as it explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through Terence's mind as he examines and re-examines a singular moment in time.

Free. Open to the Public.

Friday, March 10, 8 pm
Sara Curtin Five at the Listening Room

Sara Curtin Five at the Listening RoomSara Curtin is a CMJ.com premiered artist and her album "Michigan Lilium" charted on the CMJ Top 200 charts. That Music Magazine calls her "a gifted songwriter who understands that you don’t write because you want to say something, but because you have something to say and she sure as heck says it exquisitely." Brightest Young Things names her “One of D.C.’s finest.”

Sara made a name for herself in the folk scene with her duo The Sweater Set, but NPR’s WAMU Bandwidth describes her solo project led by “Summer”, the first “slow and sultry” single from new album Michigan Lilium, as having more in common “with Sade or Sharon Van Etten than D.C.’s long folk tradition.” American Songwriter recently featured “Summer” as a Daily Discovery. Hear Sara Curtin at saracurtin.com

Tickets $15. Available on the Parks and Recreation E-Store.

Saturday, April 1, 5 pm
Opening Reception: Re-Locations

Opening Reception: Re-LocationsRe-Locations explores the way that representation influences our understanding of place. Artists Morgan Craig, Joey Manlapaz, and Trevor Young each approach each address our relationship with the spaces around us through representational painting. Yet, each of their approaches creates a very different understanding of what their subject mean to us as a places – Craig with lush, saturated colors evocative of decay, Manlapaz with a precision that can be at once familiar and distant, and Young with an uncanny use of light to create emotional charge. Together, their grouping of work in Re-Locations focuses a spotlight on the power of artists to interpret and imbue our lived environment with meaning.

Friday, April 21, 8 pm
District Nomad at the Listening Room

District Nomad at the Listening RoomDistrict Nomad formed in 2013 while playing at The Kreeger Museum in Northwest Washington DC. Made up of four musicians with a variety of musical backgrounds, the quartet draws inspiration from the classical repertoire, traditional jazz standards, experimental and other world music. The group will perform a re-orchestration of Olivier Messiaen's work The Quartet for the End of Time for Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion and Violin which seeks to expand on the sentiments expressed in the music by further exploring the timbral and dynamic possibilities offered by modern instruments.

Musicians Gary Prince, Chris Brown, Sarah Foard and Manny Arciniega offer an exciting re-interpretation of this ‘timeless’ piece as the human race faces new threats of intolerance and fascism, serving as a reminder that music can overcome any obstacle and soar above any wall.

Tickets $15. Available on the Parks and Recreation E-Store

Friday, May 19, 8 pm
Zodiak at the Listening Room

Zodiak at the Listening RoomIn a cool and dark basement, under the light of the Wolf Moon, five intergalactic spirits joined forces to form a magnificent creature: Zodiak. Cemented together by an invincible weld of funk and soul, the young band is on a mission to gift her audience with a spellbinding experience of intimacy. With members hailing from the District and Baltimore regions, Zodiak boasts a unique audible experience: a sonic blend of existing genres like funk, rhythm and blues, and go-go.

Their freshman album, Basement Brew, “has what it takes to be in heavy rotation on anyone’s iPod” (VibesAndVino.com, 2016). And, though the studio album has been received with great warmth, Zodiak ’s strength lies in their live shows. They bring love and light to all their performances and have captivated audiences all along the East Coast. Hear Zodiak at zodiakdc.com

Tickets $15. Available on the Parks and Recreation E-Store

Saturday, June 17, 5 pm
Opening Reception: Material – Object – Form

Opening Reception: Material – Object – FormFeaturing: Leda Black, Melissa Burley, Eric Celarier, Katie Dell Kaufman, Annie Farrar, Zofie Lang, and Fabiola Yuricisin.

Attaching meaning to the things around us among the most fundamental aspects of what it means to be human. We value many things not for what they are, but for where they came from, who gave them to us, or what they help us remember. Other things take on spiritual meaning, or link us to histories and traditions. Material – Object – Form explores the ways that artists use these relationships to develop the content of their artwork.


Friday, June 23, 8 pm
Be Steadwell at the Listening Room

Be Steadwell at the Listening RoomBe Steadwell is a singer-songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, a cappella, and folk, Be composes a soulful blend of genres into what she calls queer pop. Be's work has caught the attention of many throughout the East Coast and the DMW where she has been awarded an Artist fellowship from DC commission in the Arts and has been an artist in residence at The Strathmore Performing Arts Center.

In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's self-produced albums feature her earnest lyricism, proud LGBTQ content, unapologetic silliness, and the art of the simple love song. Hear Be Steadwell at besteadwell.com

Tickets $15. Available on the Parks and Recreation E-Store..