Sat 7/8 @ 8PM
Young Cleveland author and filmmaker Brendan Whitt, who is currently working on his masters in creative writing at Cleveland State University, published his first novella A Summer in Harlem in 2013. It tells of an Alabama teen, sent to Harlem for a visit during the summer of 1948, who discovers that the legendary Black arts mecca has been overrun by poverty, drugs and despair.
While awaiting the publication of his fourth book and a short film currently in post-production, he’s revisiting A Summer in Harlem with a staged reading called A Trip Up North, taking place at the Happy Dog Euclid Tavern. The readers who will bring his story to life include poet/activist D.L. Ware, actor Khalim Hill, actress Dayshawnda Ash, and poet/journalist Timothy Cox.
But Whitt has put together a multi-media experience. Sax player Brittany Attenberry’s jazz trio will accompany the reading and perform after the reading, followed by a set by DJ Nuera that combines melts jazz and blues influences into hip hop.
It’s free, although a $10 donation is strongly encouraged.