And the Beat Goes On
Thirty years as a deejay has helped Jay "Professor Jay" Engleman know how satisfy a crowd with a variety of musical styles. The 70-something deejay plays pretty much everything -- country-western line dances, pop, oldies, big band, the jitterbug, waltz and hip-hop -- at the Laurel Friendship Club's monthly "Variety Dance." Engleman, a Beltsville resident who has been spinning tunes at the event for more than five years, said he even plays "some of the more recent songs, if they're popular and not too wild." From 8 to 11 p.m. tomorrow, Engleman will preside at the nonprofit club's August all-ages dance at the Phelps Center, Eighth and Montgomery streets, Laurel. Admission is $2.99, which goes toward helping local people in need. Call 301-937-2896.
Part street parade, part jazzed-up funk, the Dixie Power Trio will perform a mix of zydeco, Cajun and New Orleans music at 3 p.m. Sunday as part of Greenbelt's monthly "Artful Afternoon." This month's program also includes a stage combat demonstration with the cast of the Greenbelt Arts Center's upcoming "Shakespeare on the Green" production of "Henry IV" from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.; an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. with artist Chris Hoeting, whose painting and digital imagery are featured in "Memories and Myth," a center exhibition that runs through Sept. 24; and, at 3:15 p.m., a creative writing session for ages 6 and older led by Maryland's poet laureate, Michael Glaser. Festivities run from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Admission is free. 301-397-2208.
The National Colonial Farm in Piscataway Park will host its annual celebration of African American culture Saturday. The living history museum, a replica of a middle-class 1775 tobacco plantation, will showcase black culture and history from noon to 6 p.m. with storytellers, children's authors, Revolutionary War and Civil War reenactors, exhibitions from local museums, musical performances and food vendors. The farm is at 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Admission is $3; free for children 5 and younger. 301-283-2113 or www.accokeek.org.