Hyattsville Happenings: Feb. 24-26

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Robert Harper Books hosts "A Night With Jackie "Moms" Mabley" on Saturday at 8 p.m. Photo courtesy of Robert Harper Books

Need plans for the weekend? We’ve got you covered. Hyattsville is a happenin’ place.

Friday, Feb. 24: 

Storytime Pop-Up: Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more at this innovative collaboration between PGCMLS & Mt. Rainier’s organic juice & smoothie joint. Ages 0-5 years old. Free. 10 a.m., The Waterhole, 4004 34th St., Mt. Rainier

Ageless Grace: A seated exercise class, set to great music. Free. 10-11 a.m., each Wednesday and Friday through February, Hyattsville Municipal Building

Toddler Time at Artworks: Open studio time for toddlers and their accompanying adults. Even the youngest children can explore a variety of age-appropriate art materials in a safe, fun environment. Rainbow Snakes: After organizing fruit loops by color, toddlers will create rainbow snakes with their fruit loops and brads. $9, 10 a.m.-noon, Art Works Now

Coffee Cupping: The weekly coffee cuppings are a great way to learn more about coffee, broaden your understanding of origins, flavors, aromas, enhance your palate, and try a wide variety of coffees in one sitting. We love to share our passion for coffee and this very relaxed setting creates a great environment for anyone to learn, question, and experiment in. Free, 1 p.m., Vigilante Coffee

Magic: The Gathering Club: Come cast spells and battle wizards in our favorite fantasy card game. Bring your own cards or use the ones we have here. All experience levels welcome, from never-played to expert. Free. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Hyattsville Branch Library

Guy Davis Concert: When Guy Davis plays the blues, he doesn’t want you to notice how much art is involved. “It takes work making a song that’s simple, and playful, and easy to do,” he says. “And I don’t want people to see that. I want to uplift and create something that causes delight. And I want some little eight-year-old kid in the front row to have big eyes and say, ‘Hey, I want to do that!’” Guy Davis will play the blues Friday night at Archie’s Barbershop. $20, 8-10 p.m., Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, 4701 Queensbury Rd., Riverdale

Saturday, Feb. 25:

Busboys Book Club: The Busboys and Poets Book Club in Hyattsville meets on the last Saturday of every month in the Zinn Room. 9 a.m., Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville

Sing/Play Blues Workshop: Guy Davis: Primarily for guitar players but harp players, songwriters and story tellers are all welcome. Guy teaches in layers. There are simple versions and more complex versions of the same song. It’s not so much about how many notes you can play. It’s about the touch that you give each note. $35, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, 4701 Queensbury Rd., Riverdale

Plaster Photo Workshop: Learn how to create photo transfers onto plaster from local artist Alma Selimovic! Class will start with printing participants’ photos. While photos are printing, Alma will explain the importance of printer type, ink and sheets that are used for transfers. Every person will have their own station covered in plastic where they will mix plaster and do their work. During this class we will cut fiberglass, mix plaster and transfer photos. In 2.5 hours, participants will go home with finished work. Ages 14 and up. $55. Noon-2:30 p.m., Art Works Now

Chess/Checkers Club: Hyattsville Chess and Checkers Club!Learn to play or improve your game. All ages are welcome!Bring your own set or play with one of ours. Free. 1-2:30 p.m., Hyattsville Branch Library

Community Craft Project: Looking to spread some love? Artist Beth Hess is dedicating her space at Artomatic this year to messages of love. She would like to share the message “you are loved” in as many languages, mediums and ways possible. Want to help? Join her for an in-person making session. Materials provided. Free. 1-4 p.m., 5346 46th Ave.

A Night With Jackie “Moms” Mabley: Step back in time with the wonderful mother-wit of Jackie “Moms” Mabley. Enjoy snacks and an evening with Charisma Wooten in the Helen Hayes nominated Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. You will laugh and cry! This veteran actor singer/playwright has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and at Blues Alley, Charlie’s Georgetown, The Marquee Lounge, the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery, Source Theatre, Studio Theatre, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Theatre, University of Maryland Scott Gliner Center for Humor Studies, the historic Ford’s Theatre and the Washington Performing Arts Society. Charisma was nominated by the Washington Area Music Awards for Best Cabaret Artist. Light snacks are available. Make reservations at 301-927-1963. $20 cover; free for children under 18. 8-9 p.m., Robert Harper Books

Soul In Motion’s 33rd Anniversary Concert: “It’s Our Time” will entice viewers with high-energy choreography and heart-pounding rhythms as we continue to salute the richness of the African Diaspora! This year’s show features the premiere of “Temple Memories” choreographed by Rosangela Silvestre. $25 adults; $15 students & seniors; $10 children. 8 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier

Sunday, Feb. 26:

Out of the Shadows: A Woman’s Work is Never Done: Using the open hearth in the dependency kitchen, the Riversdale Kitchen Guild cooks up foods typical of 19th-century African American residents of Riversdale. Includes a tour of the historic house. All ages. Adult $5; Senior $4; Student $2; free ages 4 & under. Noon-3 p.m., Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park

Community Conversations: How can Hyattsville be a more welcoming community? The city is hosting a panel discussion with members of the Muslim, LGBTQ, and Latino communities. A dialogue about ideas for staying engaged will follow. The conversation will be non-partisan, and all are encouraged to participate. 2-4 p.m., 4310 Gallatin St.

Well Rooted: Black Townships in Prince George’s County: An exploration of legacy, featuring narrative presentations shared by historians and life-long residents. 2-4 p.m., Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, 4519 Rhode Island Ave.

Bystander Intervention Training: Equip yourself to take action in your community! Build the skills you need to effectively intervene when you witness harassment and contribute to changing the culture that perpetuates and normalizes violence.The second half of this workshop will address privilege and the white savior complex in the context of bystander intervention. All participants are welcome, and we especially encourage white attendees to stay for the full workshop. Please register using this form. $5 suggested donation. 2-5 p.m., University Park Elementary School Auditorium, 4315 Underwood St.

Sugar and Jazz: Break out the rolling pin and get the family together to bake your best cookies, to be enjoyed while listening to some sweet jazz. Bring two dozen cookies (all one kind), and yours just might be named “Best cookie of Hyattsville.” Prizes will be awarded. Performances by Steve Larrance and Friends. Free. 4-6 p.m., 4310 Gallatin St.

… Of African Descent: A community concert featuring Northwestern High School’s Visual & Performing Arts students and faculty. Students from Northwestern will present dance, song, artwork, and talent in a performance that celebrates the rich witness of people “Of African Descent.” Free. 5 p.m., University Christian Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd.

Sacred Sundays: This month’s topic is Queer Theology: Loving In Spite of Spiritual Hurt; Intersection between gender/sexual identity and various spiritualities. There will be music, spoken word and meditation/prayer, followed by an open dialogue. The space is open to those of all faith traditions and the event’s hosts are an open and affirming community. $5 suggested donation. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville

Ashley Heath Solo in the Listening Room: With a blend of original soul Americana music, Ashley Heath has been rising as one of Asheville, N.C.’s, finest and uniquely gifted musicians. Come hear her “velvety” vocals and bluesy guitar style. Raised in the foothills of Appalachia, she has developed a strong passion for country, blues, and folk music and has recently released an album of original material called “A Different Stream.” Limited Seating; call 301-927-1963 to reserve your seat. $15 Cover. 8-10 p.m., Robert Harper Books

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