In this special episode, the Drinking Partners are live and hyped up from City Theatre with members of the cast and the director of One Night in Miami, a breakout play from Kemp Powers. Ed and Day are joined by director Reginald L. Douglas and actors Quincy Chad and Thomas Walker Booker in this energetic and triumphant interview live from the City Theatre’s lobby. Coming a short time after the masterful performance, the podcast carries on the vibe that the play invokes: one in which Black men are celebrated and their friendships honored. Based on a fictionalized evening in which friends Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X, and Jim Brown gather in a hotel in Miami and muse about their lives as successful Black men and the varying stages of their careers, the play emphasizes their deep connections to one another while hinting at their futures. For the after-show interview, the Drinking Partners draw on this same connection as they investigate how the actors prepared for the roles and how Mr. Douglas allowed the actors to come into the parts from their own angles. In one significant exchange, Day asks about the “nuances of Blackness,” and the group takes part in an illuminating and joyful discourse that is also filled with laughter, which is reflective of the play as a whole. Listen in as Ed and Day show their own growth with keen questions about self-exploration and the business of acting, in addition to their usual feistiness. A must listen interview that rejoices in the exquisite art coming from the Black community. One Night in Miami runs through December 1, 2019. Purchase tickets at https://citytheatrecompany.org and use coupon code Drinking Partners for a discounted price.
In the newest Drinking Partners podcast, Ed and Day welcome a trio of Pittsburgh Beer Ladies – Debbie, Amy, and Danielle. With 1800 members, the group prides itself on welcoming any “beer-loving lady who wants to drink beer with other beer-loving ladies.” With a large selection of beer before them, the group samples and speaks on each sip, from a barrel-aged sour from Noble Creature to the triple-hopped Stained Glass Ceiling from Dancing Gnome. As they explore the variety of beer, listeners will enjoy a refreshing listen with new and informed voices adding a much-needed angle to the craft beer industry. Of particular note is the discussion that focuses on what breweries can do to welcome more women (hint: less pink t-shirts) and the community atmosphere central to the vibe. As they uncork Eleventh Hour’s Double Nocturnal Rainbow, a dark coffee milk stout, the Pittsburgh Beer Ladies turn the tables on the Drinking Partners and ask them their own set of questions as they look to welcome more members, especially women of color. Ed and Day both offer thorough analyses of how to bring new faces into new places, beyond Fresh Fest. Find this important conversation midway through. And of course the favorite potato question wraps up the closing minutes. Find more info about the Pittsburgh Beer Ladies on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/pghbeerladies.
Ed rates himself an 8.5 on the “segue scale” as he introduces Hannah Ferguson as a queen and one of America’s few Black female brewers. After an initial start in brewing wine, Ms. Ferguson shifted toward craft beer as the scene exploded and began working with Modern Methods Brewing Company in Warren, Ohio. The opening segments allow her to explain the differences between brewing wine and beer, and how she had to abandon the patience required for winemaking, only to be replaced by the anxiety that comes with brewing beer. The first beer that the group samples is an ESB, or English Style Bitter before they move onto The Percolator, a coffee lager created in collaboration with Youngstown Coffee Company. Want to learn what an “equatorial twerk” is? Listen for Day and Ed’s discussion midway through, although you might not fully understand even after their attempts to explain. Ed and Day can’t hide their excitement for the smoked chipotle imperial stout that Ms. Ferguson introduces next, a collaboration with Cockeye BBQ, which, unsurprisingly leads to several rounds of jokes from Ed and Day. You’ll laugh out loud for several minutes during that part of the conversation, which continues until the closing minutes in this fun and fast listen. Find Hannah at Modern Methods (www.modernmethodsbrew.com) and check out #blackgirlsbrew.
The Drinking Partners continue highlighting Pittsburgh’s vibrant entertainment scene by welcoming rapper livefromthecity and DJ Aesthetics. Ed starts off the interview by explaining his first time hearing of livefromthecity – from the rapper’s mom who might be his best promoter. Listen in as Ed continues to tease both guests, especially once he finds out how their relationship began. Next up, it’s DJ Aesthetics’ turn to talk about how she got her start and her own style, which leads to an interesting observation from livefromthecity, “Women are 100% the tastemakers of entertainment.” Why is Day examining duels and contemplating slapping someone with a glove to initiate one? You’ll find out around midway through the podcast. In the closing minutes, the discussion shifts to a more serious tone, from accountability for entertainers who commit crimes to the overall livability for Black women, which leads to livefromthecity speaking on what role consciousness plays in his music. To hear him and find out where he will perform next, visit: https://www.livefromthe.city