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Arts Collective and HoCoPoLitSo Present “A Harlem Renaissance Speakeasy: Featuring Live Jazz and Poetry from the 1920s”

A Transcendent Evening of Live Jazz, Poetry, and Visual Art
Petra Martin

Columbia, MD – Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) present “A Harlem Renaissance Speakeasy: Featuring Live Jazz and Poetry from the 1920s” on Saturday, October 5, 2019, on the fourth floor of the college’s Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Building (RCF).

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 is encouraged. The evening will include magical and powerful performances from local poets, musical theatre 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. The event will also feature speakeasy-inspired hors d’oeuvres and desserts by My Sweets and More, a cash bar, and signature cocktails such as The Bees Knees, Sweet Lucille, and more. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will serve as honorary chairman for the evening.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at or through the Horowitz Center Box Office at 443-518-1500. Ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts.


  • 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


  • Petra Martin (Vocals)
  • Jon Ozment (Piano)
  • Wes Biles (Upright Bass)
  • Jeff Neal (Drums)
  • Vaughn Ambrosh (Saxophone)


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


  • 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

About HCC’s Arts Collective

Howard Community College’s critically acclaimed Arts Collective engages performers, creatives, and audiences with innovative events that ignite our collective imaginations. For over two decades, Arts Collective has served as a creative cauldron, providing expert guidance and training to new and experienced artists in bringing vibrant life to diverse works on the stage, from the newly devised to the classics and all in between. Arts Collective’s positive, collaborative, and educational environment is open to everyone. Join us in creating new heights of learning and possibility.

About HoCoPoLitSo

The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, known as HoCoPoLitSo (, is a community not-for-profit literary arts organization committed to cultivating appreciation for high-quality contemporary poetry and literature and celebrating culturally diverse literary heritages. HoCoPoLitSo is excited to debut its 45th anniversary celebration with this uniquely powerful event in full partnership with Arts Collective.

Topics: Arts & Culture
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