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"It Matters Where You're Buried (Bricktop and Comstock)"
WHEN: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Clay Center Walker Theater
COST: Free (advance tickets at Taylor Books; some also available at door)
NOTE: 200 tickets are available per show
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "It Matters Where You're Buried (Bricktop and Comstock)" is the tale of a West Virginia woman, little known in her home state, of international acclaim. It is also the story of the man intrinsic to saving her legacy: Jim Comstock, the late editor of The West Virginia Hillbilly newspaper.
Ada "Bricktop" Smith was born in Alderson, the daughter of a black mother and an Irish father. She arrived in the world with the startling red hair that earned her her nickname -- a name that would go on to serve as the moniker of her many international cabarets.
After her father's death at an early age, her mother moved the family to Chicago where a young Bricktop became fascinated with black vaudeville. She worked her way through the ranks of the performing world, coming into contact with people like Cole Porter and Duke Ellington.