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Right now the big scandal is whether President Donald Trump was elected with a little help from his friend, Russian Premiere Vladimir Putin. Then-FBI Director James Comey was investigating the matter until President Trump abruptly fired him.

I could write a long separate blog post about this scandal except for the fact that there have already been so much written about this matter that anything I write here would be redundant. I’ll keep this post short by saying that James Comey was subpoenaed to testify before the Senate on his investigation, which began at 10 a.m. on June 8, 2017. I live outside of Washington, DC so naturally this scheduled testimony became the big talk of the town. In fact, some of the local bars decided to open way earlier than usual so people can watch the proceedings live on the TV screens while drinking alcohol. (Only in DC would the bars do something like this for a Senate hearing.)

The Greenbelt Theater decided to get in on the action by opening at 10 a.m. so it can broadcast the proceedings on the big screen. (The big difference is that the theater doesn’t serve alcohol.) I wasn’t able to get to the theater right at 10 because I was busy getting ready for another job hunting-related event at the state-run Maryland Workforce Exchange that was being held at the Laurel office that afternoon. I managed to arrive around noon. I set the alarm on my smartphone because I could only devote a half-an-hour to watching this because I had to get to Laurel. It turned out that I arrived at the tail end of the proceeding and it ended after I was there for 20 minutes. I managed to take a few token pictures to give you an idea of what it’s like to see something like this on the big screen.

In case you’ve missed it, you can read a summary of Comey’s testimony right here.

April 8 was a pretty busy night. The local theater in Greenbelt, Maryland was among the numerous theaters nationwide who held a simultaneous screening of the film 1984. Before the movie began a group of local activists held a reading of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “Beyond Vietnam” in honor of the 50th anniversary of that speech. (Ironically MLK gave that speech exactly one year before his assassination.)

Reading Martin Luther King's Letter

Reading Martin Luther King's Letter

Reading Martin Luther King's Letter

By the way, if you’re curious about the speech itself, you can read the text or you can hear Rev. King actually give that speech himself.

Sometimes I like to go to the cafe that’s located inside of the Ikea store in College Park, Maryland. The food is reasonably priced and there’s also free wifi. The last time I went I purchased this chocolate cupcake that was not only lovely to look at but it tasted good as well.

Chocolate Cupcake

I saw a free puppet show performance that was held at the Greenbelt Theater that was put on by Beech Tree Puppets. They did a performance of a show called “Rainbow Crow Brings Daylight,” which was based on Native American folktales. It was well-done and the puppets were awesome to look at.

Puppet Show at the Greenbelt Theatre

Puppet Show at the Greenbelt Theatre

Yeah, I know I said that I wasn’t going to do anything online for the victims of the Orlando shooting last month because I’ve seen it all before. I softened my stance somewhat when I dedicated a Throwback Thursday to my memories of the many visits I’ve made to the Orlando metropolitan area. But that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to do anything in real life. It turned out that GreenBeLT Pride decided to put on its own local memorial for the victims of that shooting while the Greenbelt Theatre would show a free movie that very evening. Here are some photos I took of that event.

President Obama decreed that the flags all over the U.S. be at half-staff in memorial to those who were brutally killed and the Greenbelt City Hall complied.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The memorial itself was short and very moving as the candles were lit and the names of the victims were read out loud.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Greenbelt Mayor Emmett Jordan made a statement about the Orlando tragedy at that event.

Remembering those who died in #OrlandoShooting in Greenbelt, Maryland. Greenbelt Mayor Emmett Jordan makes a statement.

The Greenbelt Theatre had a free showing of the 2014 British film Pride, which was really very excellent. It’s based on a true story about how some gay and lesbian activists took on the cause of the miners who were on strike when Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister. It was an inspiring film on how it’s possible to soften hatred and prejudice against the LGBTQ community.

I attended this year’s Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire in Greenbelt, Maryland but I didn’t participate as a vendor this time around. It’s due mainly to the fact that I got preoccupied by a variety of personal things that I missed the deadline to participate this year. That’s okay mainly because I never really made much money at the previous Greenbelt Mini Maker Faires so it was no big deal for me to skip a year. This year it rained in the morning but luckily it stopped by about noon so it didn’t affect the festivities very much. I basically enjoyed myself as I walked around taking these photos.

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire put on by @makerspace125

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire put on by @makerspace125

The historic Greenbelt Theatre looked pretty majestic against a bright blue sunny sky as it overlooked Roosevelt Center (where the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire was held).

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire courtesy of @makerspace125

The kids enjoyed themselves with building things with Lego bricks outside of Makerspace 125.

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

There was some serious yarn bombing going on around Roosevelt Center.

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

All of the outdoor tables were topped with these pretty artificial flowers that looked very festive.

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

There was all kinds of maker activity that went on inside of Makerspace 125, which was the main organizer of the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire.

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

A little memorial was erected to the late Greenbelt resident Eva Gresser, who was an avid knitter, which featured some of her knitting samples.

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

There was one 3D printer vendor that was present who demonstrated his product inside Makerspace 125.

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

There were plenty of outside tables in Roosevelt Center itself. Some were vendor tables selling handcrafted items while others were demonstrating various different types of making including arts, crafts, and gardening. Various live bands provided the music throughout the day.

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

There was a robotics demonstration that involves simulating the movement of a finger on a hand.

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

I even shot a short video so you can see how it moved. On the surface it may not seem like much but there were a lot of hours of programming that went into making that one finger move.

The last photo shows one of the many attendees at this year’s Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire.

At the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 23, 2016

The Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire was one of two events that I attended that day. I’ll write about the other event I attended in a separate post.

Last year I participated in the annual Greenbelt Labor Day Parade for the first time and I still remembered that it was a very hot and humid day. I did it on behalf of the Greenbelt Cooperative Initiative, which is trying to start a few worker-owned cooperatives. (At the time I was tasked with potentially starting a thrift store. When I had problems with finding affordable space, the group suggested that I try running a flea market instead. I not only found difficulty with finding an open space that people can easily access by car or bike or walking, but I would’ve had to deal with two layers of bureaucracy–mainly filling out tons of paperwork on both the local and county levels. I was working on my own to begin with and starting a weekly flea market was way too daunting a task to do alone. Plus I’m dealing with other issues in my life so I decided to resign.)

So this year I didn’t have any parade-related responsibilities. There were a few groups who invited me to march with them but I ended up declining because the memories of the high heat and high humidity were still too fresh in my mind. So this year I brought a folding chair to the parade route and set it up in a shaded area. It wasn’t too bad in the shade at first but, by the end of the parade, the heat had shot up (it ultimately climbed to the high 80’s) so I was very happy that I didn’t participate this year.

The parade consisted of different types of participants. There’s, Solange Hess, who was named as this year’s Greenbelt’s Outstanding Citizen.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

There are the police, firefighters, and military units (including ROTC). Some of them march carrying flags, some march playing musical instruments (like bagpipes), and some ride in the latest vehicles.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Then there were the beauty pageant winners. Not only were there people from the Miss Greenbelt pageant but there were also others from another pageant that took place in nearby College Park.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade. Then there are the various local businesses and community groups, such as the Greenbelt Elementary School PTA.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Greenbelt chapter of the Toastmasters.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

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Greenbelt Animal Control.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015 Local Girl Scouts troop.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Local Cub Scouts troop.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015 Greenbelt Boys and Girls Club.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Interfaith Leaders Association.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Mishkan Torah congregation.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Radio Communications.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

The New Deal Cafe, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Theater and the Greenbelt Museum marched together. At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Food Bank.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Arts Center

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Wells Ice Rink, located in nearby College Park.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Members of the Greenbelt Climate Action Network (GCAN) and the Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS) dressed up as butterflies and bees in order to raise awareness on the importance of pollinators. Other participants held signs announcing the various programs that GCAN and CHEARS run on a regular basis, such as the Greenbelt Time Bank, the Reel and Meal movie series, and various recycling programs.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There were even a fleet of electric cars in the parade, who were there to demonstrate green transportation. At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There was a robot demonstration by members of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Robotics Club.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Makerspace 125 had a float shaped like a steam engine in order to show its commitment to the STEAM movement.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

St. George’s Episcopal Church of Glenn Dale, Maryland marched in the parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There was an anti-abortion group.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The local anti-poverty activist group RESULTS participated.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Communication Workers of America made a statement about its ongoing negotiations with Verizon.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The National Park Service participated.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Even the local Sunoco gas station participated.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The local realtors, Town Center Realty & Associates, Inc.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Then there were the various performers who were intent on putting on a good show all along the parade route.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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Since next year is an election year, the candidates running for public office were out in full force. There was Donna Edwards, who is running for Senator.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Senate candidate Donna Edwards shakes hands at the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

There was Chris Van Hollen, who is also running for Senator.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There was Paul Pinsky’s re-election campaign as Maryland State Senator.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Brian Frosh, who’s running for Maryland State Attorney General.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer, who’s running for re-election.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Congressman Hoyer’s rival, Kristin Beck, who hopes to unseat him in the Democratic Primaries next year.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Maryland House Delegate Anne Healey, who’s running for re-election.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Maryland House Delegate Alonzo T. Washington, who’s also running for re-election.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Sydney J. Harrison, who’s running for re-election to the Prince George’s County’s Clerk of the Circuit Court. At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Angela Alsobrooks, who’s running for re-election as State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Todd M. Turner, who’s running for re-election to the Prince George’s County Council.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

This trio of cars signified the end of the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Once the parade ended at noon, the last day of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival started. I hung around the festival grounds after the parade ended because I needed to pick up my watercolor that I submitted to the Art Show but I had to wait until that show formally ended at 4 p.m. So I basically ate lunch, did some web surfing with the laptop that I brought with me, and uploaded a bunch of photos on my various social media account. A craft show was held on that final day so I browsed that as well while I took these photos.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

Craft Show at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

Craft Show at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

Craft Show at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Theatre is a historic art deco movie theatre that originally opened its doors back in 1938 and it has gone through several different changes in management over the years. The last owner has pretty much given up on the place so it has been taken over by a relatively new non-profit group that’s trying to experiment in opening it as a worker-owned cooperative. It underwent much needed renovations before it reopened to the public a couple of months ago.

Right now the theater is busy paying off debts from those renovations so it can’t afford to hire too many people. But the theater has come up with the next best thing: If you volunteer to do work on a single shift, you get to see the movie for free. I’ve done it myself a few times and I found that I liked it because I get to interact with the public in a way that’s reminiscent of my many stints working various craft shows selling my handcrafted wares. Plus I get to watch movies for free. (So far the ones I’ve seen have been a mixed bag. I liked some films while others have nearly put me to sleep.)

So when I got an e-mail notification looking for volunteers to help with this special showing of two back-to-back documentaries made by Jeff Krulik, I literally jumped at the chance. I saw some of his documentaries at the Utopia Film Festival back in 2012 (The Legend of Merv Conn and Ernest Borgnine on the Bus) and he actually made a live appearance at the screenings I attended where he discussed the films that he made. The following year the Utopia Film Festival showed Krulik’s latest film, Led Zeppelin Played Here but I wasn’t able to make that screening because it was scheduled to be shown at the same time as I was slated to attend a committee meeting at my church after Sunday service. I had one other chance at seeing Led Zeppelin Played Here when it was being shown in Takoma Park the following January but I remember it was during one of those really cold Arctic chill periods and I just couldn’t face walking on the streets at night in extreme cold just to see a movie so I skipped it.

So now you know why I jumped at the chance to serve as an usher since I got another chance to see the Led Zeppelin Played Here documentary in the summertime with no Arctic winter cold blast or scheduling conflicts. The first couple of shots shows the outside of the newly renovated Greenbelt Theatre in all of its nighttime glory.

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Jeff Krulik was there and he personally invited a few guests to the screening so between those guests and the general public, I have to say that it was a very well attended show. (The fact that the show started at 10 p.m. on a Friday night just before the start of the weekend helped as well.) I took a few photos in between serving my volunteer ushering duties. (I basically took tickets and told them that I hoped they enjoyed the show.) I never got a chance to talk to him myself because he was surrounded by other people wanting to talk to him both before and after the showing of his two documentaries.

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The event was a double feature. The first film was Krulik’s first documentary, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, which I have long heard about because it has gained a cult following.

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Basically Krulik interviewed a bunch of heavy metal fans in 1986 who were having tailgating parties in the parking lot outside of the now-demolished Capital Center in Landover, Maryland while waiting for the upcoming concert featuring Judas Priest and opening act Dokken. Here’s a sample clip of the witty repartee of the heavy metal fans (many of whom were teenagers and young adults at the time) featuring a girl from my original hometown of Glen Burnie, Maryland.

For the record, no, I don’t know who this particular girl is but I’ve met other kids similar to her, though during my high school years at Old Mill Senior High School. These kids were basically potheads who lived to go to concerts by the likes of Van Halen or Ted Nugent while buying the souvenir t-shirts that they would wear to class the next day like they were some kind of a prized trophy. (LOL!)

Heavy Metal Parking Lot ran around 17 minutes while the feature movie, Led Zeppelin Played Here ran about an hour. As Krulik explained after both movies were shown, he originally intended to make a documentary about a series of music festivals that were held at the Laurel Race Track back in the 1970’s which featured performances by some of the biggest acts of the day until he began to hear from the people he interviewed about a local legend that went like this: Shortly before Led Zeppelin hit major superstardom, they went on a tour of the U.S. in order to support their first album where they played a variety of venues big and small. Among the smaller venues—according to that legend—was the Wheaton Youth Center. Supposedly that concert was held on the same night as Richard Nixon’s Inauguration in 1969 and it drew no more than 50 people. There were people who swore that they saw the band play there. The only problem is that there wasn’t any hard evidence (such as a poster or ticket stubs) so Krulik decided to do some detective work to learn, once and for all, whether this legend was true or not.

I have to admit that it was a fascinating film as Krulik went through the evidence, including interviews from the people who claimed to be there that evening. In addition, the film mentioned that a variety of up and coming acts actually played at the Wheaton Youth Center (many of whom could be documented with photos and other hard evidence) like Iggy Pop.

After the last movie ended, Jeff Krulik had a short question and answer session in the movie theater before the event ended. Then he retreated to the lobby where people surrounded him with questions and comments, which you can see in the last few photos.

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So I had an enjoyable evening and it was the start of an action-packed weekend which included visiting my mother, going to a bingo event that benefitted my support group for people who are separated or divorced, a tie-dye event at my church, and going to the Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School event in Washington, DC.

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