Higher Learning

This Weekend at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville Promises to be Enlightening

By Annamarya Scaccia

bapIt’s the first weekend of June and you know what the means—the night owls of Prince George’s County will be out, moving and shaking from one exciting event to another. And where better to network and enjoy the company of friends than at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville?

The popular haven for area activists, writers, performers, philosophers and artists of all kinds, Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Ste. 104, is always beaming with culturally- and socially-conscious happenings that aim to enlighten everyone that steps through its doors. And this weekend at the artistic/cultural/political space promises to be all that and more. So if you’re still looking for something to do, just check out the two events going on at Busboys and Poets below. We guarantee you will be enriched.

Friday, June 1

First Fridays: A Local Arts Exploration

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Free, Open to the Public

First Fridays, Busboys and Poets’ monthly arts series, not only takes patrons on a walkthrough of neighborhood galleries but gives them a chance to meet local artists, watch presentations, and enjoy a delicious reception of light hors d’oeuvres and wine. June’s event will include presentations from Afro-Brazilian muralists Soberana Ziza, Amanda (Pankill), Andre Firmiano and Museu Afro Brasil Art Educator, Glauce Britto.

Sunday, June 3

Focus-In! Films Presents “Pariah”: June Film of the Month

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Free, Open to the Public

In honor of LGBT Pride Month and Capital Pride Week, Busboys and Poets is screening Pariah for its monthly film series dedicated to “social justice, peace, art, music, and/or community value” (the screening will also take place at its Shirlington, Virginia location and both of its Washington, D.C. locations). Pariahwhich premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is a feature-length extension of writer/director Dee Rees’ award-wining 2007 short of the same name and tells the coming-of-age story of 17-year-old Alike as she embraces her lesbian identity (much to her mother’s cold discomfort) while trying to navigate the tension and strain in her family. This modern drama is a powerful story—one that LGBT youth often find them struggling with as they come into their own.

Photo: TeachingforChange/Flickr

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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