Performances

Upcoming Events



Uplift an inspirational dance festival

Uplift: Inspirational Dance Festival 

At Home Dance Challenge: What the World Needs Now

Monday, May 3 – Saturday, May 8, 2021 

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Experience a daily dose of uplifting messages during the Uplift Dance Festival. Through an at-home dance challenge with the theme “What the World Needs Now”, local dancers encourage community healing through creative movement. Visit the Arts PG Parks Facebook page for a daily video and message and see the full program live on Saturday, May 8, 2021, 3 - 4 pm. 


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Playback Theater: Turn Your Life Into A Play 

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 5 - 6:30 pm

Come play with us! Enter the world of Playback Theater where your personal story is magically transformed into a work of art before your eyes. Watch as masterful actors take real-life stories and turn them into mini-plays in real time. Don’t miss this exhilarating and moving medium of storytelling where life is imitated by art. No experience needed. Sign up today and bring a story to share.

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A link to access the interactive performance on the Microsoft Teams Platform will be shared following registration.



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3030: A Futuristic Virtual Caribbean Play  

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 6 - 7 pm

Written & Directed by Marjuan Canady

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Join us for a virtual performance of the new short play, 3030 by Marjuan Canady. Set in the futuristic Caribbean, this Sci-Fi drama follows the story of a young Dougladian girl Vashti, who dreams of life outside of the confines of her island. Will she fight for revolution or stay true to the Carnival ritual?

A talk back with the director, writer, and actors will follow this performance.




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Fore•word 

A Monthly Series of Conversations and Readings by Authors
Sundays, May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22, 2021, 4 – 5 pm

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Hosted and curated by the critically acclaimed writer Derrick Weston Brown (the inaugural Poet-In-Residence of Busboys & Poets), this hour-long series is a colorful mash-up that is a one-on-one, up-close-and-personal discussion of the writing life beyond the stage and page. 

Join us as nationally recognized and acclaimed authors, performers and personalities from multiple creative writing genres share their work and thoughts on current issues. 


Schedule:

Sunday, May 23, 2021, 4 - 5 pm
A Conversation with Teri Ellen Cross Davis

Sunday, June 27, 2021, 4 - 5 pm
A Conversation with Thulani Davis 

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 4 - 5 pm 
A Conversation with Jason Reynolds 

Sunday, August 22, 2021, 4 - 5 pm 
A Conversation with Candace Iloh 


The Blackbyrds

The Blackbyrds 

Saturday, May 29, 2021, 8 - 9 pm 

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The Blackbyrds is a jazz-funk fusion group assembled by the legendary jazz artist Donald Byrd at Howard University. With hits like “Walking in Rhythm,” "Rock Creek Park," and "Happy Music," you won’t resist grooving to the music of this classic 1970s ensemble. Visit the Arts PG Parks Facebook page to watch the show.







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Generations: Negro Spirituals

Sunday, June 6, 2021, 4 - 5 pm 

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Considered by many to be songs of enslaved Africans, a wide selection of Negro Spirituals is beautifully narrated by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell and performed by the CAAPA Chorale. Learn the history, understand the secrets and feel the passion of these rich songs while enjoying the moving music produced by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA).




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Victor Provost

Sunday, June 13, 2021, 4 - 5 pm
Post Show Artist Talk

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"Finding inspiration in lush harmonic and melodic explorations paired with primordial grooves, Victor Provost explores the intersections between American Jazz and various Afro-Caribbean genres.  Born and raised in St. John, Virgin Islands, Provost is widely recognized as one of the world's leading voices on the Steelpan, a musical instrument developed on the island of Trinidad as part of a continuum of African drumming traditions.

For this concert, Provost has also created a series of visualizations based on source material from fellow aerial videographer, and fellow St. Johnian Daryl Wade.



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Davell Crawford

Sunday, June 20, 2021, 4 - 5 pm 

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The genius of Davell Crawford arises from his ability to play and sing the music of his passion—the music of his life. The New Orleans keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and arranger soaked up the surrounding rhythms and harmonies that were his deep musical roots and nurtured his natural talent.

Acclaimed as the “Piano Prince of New Orleans,” Crawford brings equal exuberance to both modern and classic jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, blues, gospel, soul, pop, American folk, and touches of country-western. Growing up in New Orleans and presently residing there and in New York City plus spending many youthful days in Southwest Louisiana, Crawford’s influences run the gamut from Fats Domino to Sarah Vaughan, to Patsy Cline and even Liberace. In the tradition of those from the Crescent City who came before him, Crawford also believes in the art of entertainment. He’ll get up from the piano, move to the apron of a stage, prance, joke and make folks feel at home.



Sy Smith

Sy Smith, vocalist  

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 8 - 9 pm 

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You've heard her with Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti (Live in Boston & PBS Great Performances). You've heard her on the viral video hit "Let's Stay Together" with the legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo. You've heard her poignant self-produced single "Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete" on Stevie Wonder’s Radio Free KJLH in Los Angeles. You may have even seen her early in her career backing artists like Whitney Houston, Brandy, Macy Gray, or later with The Foreign Exchange or Sheila E. But if you've never seen Sy Smith's solo performances, you are in for a treat! Visit the Arts PG Parks Facebook page to watch the show.



Past Events

Heritage Signature Choir singing in unison 

Heritage Signature Chorale  

Sunday, February 21, 2021, 6 - 7 pm 

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Experience the majestic sounds of the Heritage Signature Chorale as they take audiences on a musical journey. Founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Stanley J. Thurston, the Heritage Signature Chorale preserves the performance tradition of African American choral music, especially the Negro Spiritual. The ensemble elevates the African American singer and composer in all musical genres and brings a unique interpretation of classical music from America, Europe, and other regions of the world.

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Artists discuss the Heritage Signature Chorale and the history, culture, and impact professional black choirs have had on choral music through the twenty-first century.

Ms. Gayle Clean Comedy

Clean Comedy with Ms. Gayle  

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 8 - 9 pm 

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This side-splitting comic pokes fun at her country upbringing in rural Virginia, television shows, and various hard knocks of life. A favorite with all audiences, Ms. Gayle will uplift your spirits and have you rolling in the aisles with her uproarious, but clean, commentary and down-home humor. For ages 18 and up. 





Earth Wind and Fire Tribute

A Tribute to the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire  

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8 - 9 pm 

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From the funk and “earthy” grooves to the sophisticated and complex lyrics and orchestrations, join us as we celebrate a memorable catalog of songs with the Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band.



Seeds and food scattered out of jars

Food Sovereignty, Seeds and Stories: Theatre & Conversation  

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 5 - 6:30 pm 

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This virtual theatrical program features a reading of an excerpt from THE INVENTION OF SEEDS by Annalisa Dias (a Groundwater Arts co-founder) followed by a conversation among Black and Indigenous food justice workers who have relationships with the local Prince George's County community. The program will ignite the local community to take agency and action for their food sovereignty.

Ground Water Arts Artists: Annalisa Dias, Anna Lathrop, Tara Moses

Panelists:
DeLesslin George-Warren, artist, researcher, and educator
Xavier Brown, founder of Soilful City