All About Art
Japanese culture will take center stage Sunday at the City of Greenbelt's monthly "Artful Afternoon." The featured act is Kotobuki Kai, a Riverdale Park-based dance troupe whose interactive performances combine Japanese dance, music and storytelling. The company performs at 3 p.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., the public is invited to participate in a community art project by helping to construct a floating sculpture garden that will be on display during the city's Fourth of July festivities. From 1-5 p.m., visitors can check out the artists' studios and ongoing exhibitions at the Greenbelt Community Center, including "Living the Healthy Life," which explores attitudes toward health and fitness during the New Deal Era. All activities are free and take place at the center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. For more information, call 301-397-2208.
When in Glenn Dale . . .
Experience a bit of the ancient world during the Roman Days army encampment at Marietta House Museum this weekend. Part festival, part living history program, the annual event features reenactors playing legionnaires and gladiators, as well as exhibitions and demonstrations related to Roman armor, battle tactics and camp life. Other attractions include craft demonstrations, educational activities and food vendors. Visit the encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. The cost is $4; children, $2; 3 and younger, free. For more information, call 301-464-5291.
Not every choral group would come up with a medley of Paul Simon numbers in English, Hebrew, Ladino and Yiddish. But the Mishkan Torah Synagogue choir, which has just released its debut CD, "We Are Here," includes just that in its distinctive repertoire. The ensemble, founded in 1998, will perform works from the disc Sunday at its annual concert. The program also includes selections from Franz Joseph Haydn's "Creation" and "Psalm 121," a new work by choir member Don Juran. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 10 Ridge Rd., Greenbelt. Admission is $15; children, $8. 301-474-4223.