Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

 
Weekend Performance
Saturday, October 21, 8 pm
Heatwave

Heatwave Heatwave remains one of the most beloved groups of the 70s. Heatwave is an international funk/disco band and is best known for its successful songs "Boogie Nights", "Always and Forever", and "The Groove Line". Heatwave is still bringing the heat and they are still a welcome sound to hear. So break out your bellbottoms, put on your platforms, and get ready to dance all night.
Tickets: $35/person; $30/person for seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Monday, October 23, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Hand Dance – Drop-In Class

Bring back the dances and music of the 50’s and 60’s with the National Hand Dance Association. Take one class or take them all; you do not need to bring a partner nor do you need any experience to learn these fun dance moves that will have you swinging, stepping and swaying to the beat. To reserve a space for this and other classes, go to a community center or register online with SmartLink on www.pgparks.com
Tickets: $5/person (For seniors 60 and better only)

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, October 24, 11 am
Platinum Live: Mousey Thompson and the James Brown Experience

Platinum Live: Mousey Thompson and the James Brown Experience Relive the greatest hits of the Godfather of Soul with his legendary drummer and band leader, Mousy Thompson. You’ll feel good (like you know you should) in this celebration of soul, rhythm and pride.
Tickets: $10/seniors 60 and better


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Soul Line Dancing - Drop-In Class

Soul Line Dancing is fun for everyone! This is not just the Cupid Shuffle or the Electric Slide, Soul Line Dance will show you how to put some style & rhythm into your dance moves. Take one class or take them all, no experience or partner is needed and the classes are Senior Friendly. For seniors 60 and better only. Space is limited, advance reservation/purchase is recommended. To reserve a space for this and other classes, go to a community center or register online with SmartLink on www.pgparks.com

$5/person

Weekend Performance
Friday, October 27, 10:30 am & 7:30 pm
Sprout Film Festival

Sprout Film Festival Experience the films that celebrate difference and create transformational experiences for both the filmmakers and the audience. Though the movies take different forms – documentaries, features, short films, music videos – all light the spark of greater understanding and acceptance by presenting work by and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tickets: Free


Family Funday
Saturday, October 28, 2 pm
Kids’ Euro Fest: Forgotten Princesses

Kids’ Euro Fest: Forgotten Princesses Kids Euro Festival is a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families. From Lithuania, Papi Dapi Fish comes to the Publick Playhouse with “Forgotten Princesses,” a dance performance that transforms real-life situations into the imaginary world of princesses, and teaches children to cherish their unique qualities while creating valuable, respectful interactions with others.
Tickets: Free



Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Monday, October 30, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Hand Dance – Drop-In Class

Bring back the dances and music of the 50’s and 60’s with the National Hand Dance Association. Take one class or take them all; you do not need to bring a partner nor do you need any experience to learn these fun dance moves that will have you swinging, stepping and swaying to the beat. To reserve a space for this and other classes, go to a community center or register online with SmartLink on www.pgparks.com
Tickets: $5/person (For seniors 60 and better only)

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, November 3, 11 am
Platinum Live: Philadanco!

Platinum Live: Philadanco! The elegant dancers of this acclaimed company perform engaging dance pieces in a one-hour program specially designed for seniors.
Tickets: $10/seniors 60 and better


Weekend Performance
Friday, November 3, 8 pm
Philadanco!

Philadanco! Dynamic, diverse, and dazzling, Philadanco! Electrifies audiences all over the world with its captivating choreography and superbly trained dancers. Founded in 1970, the company is renowned for creating thought-provoking dance pieces that reflect a range of modern dance styles and evoke present-day events, performed with exhilarating vitality.
Tickets: $30/person; $25/person for seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more

Photo by Julieanne Harris



Saturday, November 4, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Master Class with Philadanco! - Modern Dance

Master Class with Philadanco! - Modern Dance Dancers and dance students (intermediate level and above) won’t want to miss the chance to learn from a professional member of the renowned company Philadanco! Modern dance technique, choreography and combinations are all part of this 90-minute session. Space for students is limited; advance purchase is recommended.
$20/student; $10/observers


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Monday, November 6, 2017, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Hand Dance Drop-In Class

Hand Dance: the Dance of Our City
Bringing back the dances and music of the 50’s and 60’s with the National Hand Dance Association. Take one class or take them all; you do not need to bring a partner nor do you need any experience to learn these fun dance moves that will have you swinging, stepping and swaying to the beat. For seniors 60 and better only. Space is limited, advance purchase is recommended. To reserve a space for this and other classes, go to a community center or register online with SmartLink on www.pgparks.com

$5/person For Seniors 60 and Better Only

Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, November 7, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Bullysaurus Rex

Bullysaurus Rex  In The Land Before Kind, Bullysaurus Rex is doing everything he can to stop the other dinosaurs from accepting and being kind to the new dinosaur on the block – Terri Dactyl. You’ll roll with delight and have a dino-mite time as these young dinos learn how to end bullying when they see it, how to stop someone from bullying, and teach Bullysaurus how to be kind.
Recommended for grades K-2
Curriculum Connections: Anti-Bullying, Character Education, Language Arts (Foundational Skills, Informational Text, Literature, Reading, Speaking & Listening, Writing)
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, November 9, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Bob Brown Puppets: Second Hand Stars

Bob Brown Puppets: Second Hand Stars Rescued from thrift shops and garage sales, these charming group puppets were given a new lease on life when Bob Brown transformed them from cast off toys into lovable puppet friends. Goonie Bird Gertrude, tap dancing bugs Bingo and Bob, and Snirdley and his Scooter are just a few of the recycled pals in this performance that is so much more than a puppet show.
Recommended for grades Pre-K and Kindergarten
Tickets: $5/person


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, November 14, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Dovie Thomason: Lessons from the Animal People

Dovie Thomason: Lessons from the Animal People The rich heritage of the First Nations comes alive when Dovie Thomason shares an intertribal sampling of animal stories from her Plains Apache and Lakota ancestors. The imaginative tales often answer questions children have about animals (“why do bears hibernate?”) in stories that teach proper values and behavior, and capture tots’ attention.
Recommended for grades K-5
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more


Saturday, November 18, 10 am – 3 pm
PRAISE Dance Festival Auditions

PRAISE Dance Festival Auditions Liturgical dance companies, studios, ministries, and individual dancers are invited to audition for the annual PRAISE Liturgical Dance Festival. In 2018 the Festival will be presented on Sunday, February 25, at 4 pm. An informational workshop will be held Saturday, September 9 (see above) and is strongly recommended for all applicants. Bring a CD of the music and audition one complete work in costume; the piece presented in the audition should be one you wish to perform at the Festival. Auditions are by appointment, for an application call 301-277-1710 (TTY 301-699-2544).
Application deadline: Friday, November 10, 5 pm.


Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, November 29, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer, and Prankster

Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer, and Prankster  Meet the greatest inventor of all time, live and in-person! Help Thomas Edison recreate some of his most famous experiments and learn some secrets that will help you every day when you try to solve problems or become frustrated by mistakes.
Recommended for grades 3-5
Curriculum Connections: Mathematics, Science, U.S. History
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more


Publick Playhouse 40th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, December 2, 8:00 pm
A Holiday Celebration with Regina Belle

A Holiday Celebration with Regina Belle Grammy-award winner Regina Belle moves gracefully between R&B, jazz, soul and gospel with hits such as “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme),” “Make It Like it Was,” and “Baby Come to Me.” Performing seasonal favorites along with her hit songs, Regina Belle will get you in the holiday spirit, so bring your friends, family and loved ones for a special night of musical celebration.
Tickets: $35/person; $30/person for seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more

Publick Playhouse 40th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, December 5, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Christmas with Santa

Christmas with Santa  The spirit of the most wonderful time of year is overflowing in this hysterical Christmas-wrapped comedy packed with sing-along holiday songs. Two zany and lovable elves, Scrunchie and Bangles, have accidentally misplaced some of Santa’s presents. When Santa finds out, he teaches the well-meaning elves that the real gift of the season are the people and friends we celebrate it with.
Recommended for grades Pre-K-3
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts (Foundational Skills, Informational Text, Literature, Reading, Speaking & Listening, Writing)
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

Publick Playhouse 40th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, December 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Artist Reception: Michael Moses

Artist Reception: Michael MosesMeet artist Michael Moses, whose background in the plastic arts has given him a fascination with materials that compels a closer look. Alluring patterns, colors and textures are center stage in his photography, seeking to lure and tantalize the eye. In addition, the Publick Playhouse 40th Anniversary Celebration continues with a look back at the history of the Playhouse and remarks by some of our community leaders.
Free


Publick Playhouse 40th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, December 8, 11:00 am
Platinum Live: A Gospel Christmas

Platinum Live: A Gospel Christmas  Ring in the season and sing along as the BRENCORE ALLSTARS perform your favorite holiday songs in gospel renditions that will bring the spirit of the season to your soul.
Tickets: $10/seniors 60 and better


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, December 12, 10:15 am & 12 noon
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol  Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, this adaptation of Dickens’ classic is particularly suited to children. Watch Mr. Scrooge’s stone-cold heart change to gold as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas. All the joy, sentiment and meaning are here, without being too scary for young audiences.
Recommended for grades 3-5
Curriculum Connections: Family Ties, Language Arts (Literature, Reading), Music
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

Family Funday
Saturday, December 16, 2:00 pm
The Squeaky Clean Band: Mistletunes

The Squeaky Clean Band: Mistletunes The whole family will have a rockin’ holiday time when Suzanne and Glenn bring the wide world of year-end celebrations to the stage. Traditions and songs of Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Dongzhi, Three Kings Day, and Eid-al-Fitr are just some of the celebrations included in this festive program. Whether your family is celebrating a major holiday, a minor holiday, or no holiday at all, this show has something for you.
Tickets: $8/person


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, December 21, 10:15 am & 12 noon
A Beatrix Potter Christmas: “The Tailor of Gloucester”

A Beatrix Potter Christmas: “The Tailor of Gloucester”  When the mayor orders a cherry-colored coat for his Christmas wedding, the poor Tailor of Gloucester works his fingers to the bone. All goes well until the tailor realizes he lacks the piece of twisted silk needed to sew on the final button. But it is Christmas Eve, that one blessed night when animals are granted the gift of speech. Simpkin the cat and the house mice become steadfast friends and work together to complete a coat that leaves the bedazzled Mayor—and them—speechless for a miraculously happy ending on Christmas Day.
Recommended for grades 3-5
Curriculum Connections: Art, Folk Tales, History, Language Arts (Literature, Reading), Music, Mythology
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

Tuesday, February 6, 7 pm
Artist Reception: Janelle Washington

Artist Reception: Janelle WashingtonWith detailed, colorful cuts on paper, Janelle Washington celebrates “African
American beauty, rich culture, and history.” As she seeks to “empower [the individual] to move forward in greatness”, her work gives a contemporary refresh to traditional silhouette portraiture, making it accessible to audiences of all ages and creating a bridge between the old and the new.

Tuesday, March 13, 7 pm
Artist Reception: Local Women in Abstraction

Artist Reception: Local Women in AbstractionIn recent years, many art institutions have sought to give recognition to women artists who historically were not represented in important collections, exhibitions, or books. This exhibition seeks to build on this momentum by celebrating local female artists investigating various mediums and modes of abstract expression. Line, shape, color, texture, space and form are the universal tools that these artists employ to communicate the ethereal, the mundane and the simply sublime.

Thursday, May 10, 7 pm
Artist Reception: Katherine Hart

Artist Reception: Katherine HartHart works with encaustic techniques to cast stories among layers of pigment and wax. Inspired by everything that surrounds or encounters her, she does not premeditate, but rather lets the materials direct the course of the work. The result is a composition emboldened by her organic pursuit, the inherent emotions and challenges of that pursuit—a vivid example of art imitating life.