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Each Thursday, WFAE checks in with a local arts and entertainment reporter about things to do in Charlotte during the upcoming weekend.

Indie rock, jazz and musical theater top this weekend’s events

Courtesy Theatre Charlotte

Ryan Pitkin of QC Nerve joins WFAE’s Gwendolyn Glenn on this installment of “Weekend in Entertainment.” On stage this weekend is Theatre Charlotte’s production of the musical comedy “Something Rotten!”

“So this story is set in 1595, and it follows the Bottom Brothers, Nick and Nigel, who are sort of struggling to find success in the theatrical world of the late 16th century,” Pitkin said. “And they're especially chagrined by the popularity of one of their peers; you might have heard of him, William Shakespeare. So this is about their attempts to get out from under his shadow by creating the world's first musical.”


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You can listen to the full conversation above. Here’s a quick look at what else Glenn and Pitkin covered this week:

  • Breakthrough indie rock band “Death Cab for Cutie” is playing at Ovens Auditorium on Sunday evening. 
  • Grammy award-winning jazz and R&B musician Norman Brown will be performing at Middle C Jazz on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Discovery Place Science hosts an adults-only event Friday evening with live science shows, music and a cash bar.
  • The Bechtler Museum is hosting a screening of acclaimed film director Agnès Varda’s 1981 “Mur Murs,” a documentary about Los Angeles’s murals and street art.

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Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.