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Lucille Clifton Reading

CollectedLucilleLucille Clifton, the former Poet Laureate of Maryland, was a friend to HoCoPoLitSo for many years.  Lucille served as an artistic advisor to HoCoPoLitSo and helped the organization make connections with poets and create meaningful programming.  Since her passing in 2010, HoCoPoLitSo started a fall event called The Lucille Clifton Poetry Series, a free event open to the public, but donations to support the event and HoCoPoLitSo are enthusiastically accepted.

 

 

This season’s Lucille Clifton Reading:

A Harlem Renaissance Speakeasy: Featuring Live Jazz and Poetry from the 1920s

October 5, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.

Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall
Howard Community College

Join HoCoPoLitSo as it begins its 45th season and Howard Community College’s Arts Collective begins its 25th with this unique historical exploration of the art that transformed our world!
Arts Collective and HoCoPoLitSo partner to create a transcendent evening of live jazz, poetry, and visual art from the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance. Explore the power of words and music from artists such as Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Duke Ellington and others within a speakeasy atmosphere evocative of the era. Period attire encouraged!
Experience the magical and powerful performances by local poets, musical theater performers, and a jazz quintet (“Petra Martin and The Jazz Masters”) who will perform some of the most sophisticated and inspired literary and artistic achievements of the period.
This event will also feature speakeasy inspired Hors D’ Oeuvres and desserts (by “My Sweets and More”), a Cash Bar, Signature Cocktails (“The Bees Knees” & “Sweet Lucille”) & more!
Tickets are $45.00 and include Speakeasy-inspired hors d’oeuvres, deserts. Cash bar available. (Ticket link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10434325)

Featured artists:

Dr. Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive: Honorary Event Chair
Linda Joy Burke: Emcee & Hostess – as Georgia Douglas Johnson

Poet Portrayals include:

Petra Martin (Photo: Nichol Belvedere)

Shawn Sebastian Naar – as Langston Hughes
Chania Hudson – as Gwendolyn Bennett
Alan King – as Claude McKay
Faye McCray – as Alice Dunbar Nelson
Nana Owusu – as Countee Cullen

Jazz Quintet:

Petra Martin and The Jazz Masters
Petra Martin (Vocals)
Jon Ozment (Piano)
Wes Biles (Upright Bass)
Jeff Neal (Drums)
Vaughn Ambrosh (Sax)

Musical Theatre Performers:

Valerie A. Higgs, Mayumi B. Griffie, Jamar Brown

Event Creatives:

Set and Projections Design: Emma K. McDonnell
Sound Design: Austin Sapp
Light Design: Eric Moore
Costume Stylist: Jessica Welch
Stage Crew: Keith Becraft, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Luckadoo, Jessica Welch

Catering:

My Sweets and More

 


Direct ticket link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10434325


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