This weekend in the Queen City, BLKTECHCLT will debut its inaugural AfroFuturism event; there’s the QC Fest on Beatties Ford Road and on stage, playwright August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” will open Saturday at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. With WFAE’s “All Things Considered” host Gwendolyn Glenn for this edition of Weekend In Entertainment is Matt Olin co-founder of Charlotte Is Creative.
Gwendolyn Glenn: Hi, Matt.
Matt Olin: Hi, Gwen.
Glenn: Matt, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a classic play, that I’ve seen several times in different cities. It debuted in the early 1980s and is one of the 10-play series Wilson wrote to chronicle African American life in the 20th century. Remind folks who Ma Rainey is and tell us about the play.
Olin: Yeah, well, Ma Rainey was an influential American blues singer, early blues…