Concerts: Gemini Piano Trio at HCC Saturday

Live and local

Hot Carl & The Brown Note Experience will perform funk rock Friday, Sept. 30, 9 p.m., at the Second Chance Saloon (Columbia, 410-545-5844). The same evening, the venue will host a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Fundraiser starting 6 p.m.

The music department at Howard Community College will host the U. S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble Friday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m., in its Smith Theatre. Admission is free.

Also at HCC, on Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., the Gemini Piano Trio will perform music from cinematic classics. Tickets are $17 general, $11 seniors, and $6 for faculty, student and staff. Call 443-518-1500.

On Stage

Cabaret at Slayton House

Silhouette Stages will host its first Cabaret Night of the season this Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., in the Slayton House Theater in Columbia's Wilde Lake Village Center. The show is designed for a multi-aged audience of adults and students. Admission of $10 includes food and drink at intermission. Email:

Poetry reading

The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society is launching its 37th season this week with a new feature it calls the Lucille Clifton Poetry Series, named in honor of the late Maryland poet laureate. First up is a program titled "The Promise of Poetry with Terrance Hayes and Tara Betts," taking place Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Monteabaro Recital Hall at the Horowitz Performing & Visual Arts Center of Howard Community College. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for senior citizens and students.

Terrance Hayes won the 2010 National Book Award for his fourth poetry collection, "Lighthead." He says his poems are "drawn to and from the well of history," especially as regards African-American culture. Hayes currently teaches creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University.

Also on the HoCoPoLitSo program will be poet Tara Betts, whose debut collection, "Arc and Hue," has been featured at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Betts, a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award, twice represented Chicago at the National Poetry Slam and was featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She currently teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.

Hayes and Betts will read and discuss their work followed by a question-and-answer period. A reception, book sale and signing will follow.

For tickets, send a check payable and mailed to HoCoPoLitSo; 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway; Duncan Hall-239; Columbia, MD 21044. Credit card orders are accepted at For more information, call 443-518-4568, or email

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