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FRI, MAY 03 at Alberta Rose Theatre

w/ Mary Norris, Jackie Kashian, Ryan O'Connell, The Get Ahead, and more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

You just can’t copy Mary Norris - because she’s the original comma queen. Norris joined the editorial staff of The New Yorker in 1978 and was a copy editor and proofreader there for more than thirty years. She’s also the wickedly funny New York Times-best selling author of "Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen" (named a best book of the year in 2015 by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and more), and the upcoming "Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen". Norris’ vise-grip on grammar, irreverent punctuation protocols, and charming linguistic know-how make the rules of good writing simple: whatever Mary Norris decrees to be good writing, is. You don't argue with the comma queen.

If Jackie Kashian isn’t the hero of this story, she’s doing a damn good impression of one. The comic and podcaster released her newest album, "I Am Not the Hero of This Story", to critical acclaim and #1 ratings on iTunes and Amazon. The politically-tinged album finds Kashian examining our current world with satire, thoughtfulness, and a hilarious chat about the dystopian present. Kashian is heroically in the thirteenth year of hosting her popular podcast, The Dork Forest, where she talks to people about what they love to do, think about, and collect. She also has a podcast with Laurie Kilmartin where they celebrate stand up called The Jackie and Laurie Show. With her hilarity and sheer prolificness, Jackie Kashian is the comedic hero we’ve been promised.

Ryan O’Connell is definitely something special. His new Netflix show "Special" — based on his memoir “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves” — tracks his experience as a gay, disabled man who confronts the truth about his identity after years of hiding and half-truths. He's also penned scripts for “Awkward,” “Will & Grace,” and the second “90210” reboot on his way to writing, creating, and starring in the autobiographical series. From writing to performing to showcasing his own self-acceptance, it takes a special talent to be in Ryan O’Connell’s league.

The Get Ahead, a band comprised of five friends and two couples, has always been focused on growth – in more ways than one. Following their 2017 release, “Mind is a Mountain,” the band synthesized and deepened their sound in their April 2019 release, “Deepest Light.” They also grew in more literal ways, as the band’s lead singers, Nathan and Juliet, were married on the Oregon Coast and welcomed their new baby into the world. “Deepest Light” is an album that celebrates this exploration and expansion. Featuring American roots music, three-part harmonies, and moving lyricism, it’s a milestone for the identity of this tight-knit group.

THU, MAY 16 at Alberta Rose Theatre

w/ Michael Ian Black, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Melissa Febos, Dirty Revival, and more
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

Michael Ian Black puts the “pro” in prolific. The actor, comedian, screenwriter and author is one of the co-founder and stars of the legendary sketch comedy group and hit MTV series, The State. He starred in both the cult film and Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer,” and has written not one, not two, but TWELVE books, including the bestseller “A Child’s First Book of Trump.” On performance breaks he writes and hosts the popular interview podcast “How to Be Amazing,” and tours the country as a stand up. If you’re going to hustle, hustle as hard as Michael Ian Black.

Ibtihaj Muhammad’s life and athletic career have been a series of advances and attacks against the limiting assumptions of society. Growing up in New Jersey as the only African-American Muslim at her school, Muhammad fought to be accepted into the primarily wealthy world of fencing. At the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Muhammad lunged into the international spotlight as the first Muslim-American woman to compete wearing a hijab and the very first to medal at an Olympic Games. Her book "Proud: Living My American Dream" details her perseverance in the face of discrimination, as she moved from a young outsider to a national hero - inspiring the first hijabi Barbie along the way!

Melissa Febos is a revelation. As the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir "Whip Smart", the story of her transformation from a college student to a professional dominatrix, Febos transformed her personal experiences into poetic and powerful prose. In her essay collection "Abandon Me", which The New Yorker called “mesmerizing,” Febos turned her attention to the bonds of love - and the many forms it can take. That collection was named one of the best books of 2017 by Esquire, Refinery29, LitHub, Electric Lit, and others. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, Febos will release her next collection of essays in 2020 - and we can’t wait to see what she reveals.

Dirty Revival is shaking things up as they make you boogie down. The seven-piece soul/rock band from Portland takes a democratic approach to their songwriting, with all members contributing to their unique sound - combining the soul and funk of the 60’s and 70’s, then walking right up to a more modern rock and pop sound. The lively group has shared the stage with musicians like George Clinton, performed at festivals across the country, and released a self-titled full-length album. Known for their inspired songwriting, electric live performances, and dynamic covers of classics, Dirty Revival will captivate you with their passion and performance.

THU, MAY 23 at Fremont Abbey (Seattle)

w/ Kurt Braunohler, Lara Prior-Palmer, Jeannie Yandel & Eula Scott Bynoe, Lavender Country, and more!
Venue: Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N., Seattle
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

Kurt Braunohler has made a lifelong commitment - to making the world a better place by inserting absurdity into the lives of strangers. The comedian, writer, actor and podcaster has been featured in films like “The Big Sick,” on TV in shows ranging from Bob’s Burgers to Drunk History, and his standup has appeared on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Show with Seth Meyers. His absurd stunts and acts have included hiring a skywriter to frantically write “how do I land” in the LA sky, and jet skiing from Chicago to New Orleans for charity. If you want your life to include laughs, eccentricity and joy, then you definitely want it to include the comedy of Kurt Braunohler.

In 2013, Lara Prior-Palmer took the expression “off to the races” to heart. With no preparation, she competed in the 1,000 kilometer Mongol Derby horse race in Mongolia, often called the toughest horse race in the world - and became both the youngest and first-ever female victor. That race, designed to replicate the horse messenger route developed by Genghis Khan, is the focus of Prior-Palmer’s fleet new book "Rough Magic". As she rode through extreme weather on a series of wild ponies, Palmer was driven by her love of horses, her sense of adventure, and a distinct feeling that she had nothing to lose. Your heart and mind will race in tandem with hers throughout this exhilarating, fast-paced debut memoir.

Jeannie Yandel and Eula Scott Bynoe know that whether you work in an office or work for yourself, getting rid of sexism in the workplace is an uphill battle. That’s why they created “Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace,” a popular podcast from KUOW that takes a deep, evidence-based look at all facets of modern workplace sexism – from gender wage gaps to office housework to imposter syndrome. Sick of fighting alone? The co-hosts bring on badass experts to give listeners specific, tested, and doable tactics to fight for themselves and their co-workers. Accepting that your workplace is sexist (even if it’s hard to see) is just the first battle – what you do about it is where things get interesting.

For Patrick Haggerty, his band Lavender Country is a true labor of love. He first recorded and released the self-titled album Lavender Country in 1973, making it the first known gay country band in music history. Five years ago, when it was rereleased, the album found a much more accepting public, wide acclaim, and was even the focus of an award-winning short documentary. Since then, Lavender Country has been touring to spread the message of love and acceptance in the face of violence and hate – mixed up with a little bit of rebellion. In 2019 they’ll release their very first new music since the beginning, using powerful and touching stories from Patrick’s life to create a dynamic, poignant sound. You’ll dance to the sounds of radical love with Lavender Country.

THU, JUN 06 at Alberta Rose Theatre

with Paul F. Tompkins, Patterson Hood, Anuradha Bhagwati, Judge Xiomara Torres, and more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

If you’re looking for comedy and podcast royalty, look no further than Paul F. Tompkins. A comedian, actor, and writer, he’s appeared on over two hundred episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang!, hosts the popular improvised SPONTANEANATION podcast, and charms audiences all over with his live comedy shows. TV-wise, Tompkins has appeared on HBO’s "Mr. Show" and voices the character of Mr. Peanutbutter on the hit Netflix animated series "Bojack Horseman". Style-wise, he always performs in a suit and tie. All hail the king!

Patterson Hood is a modern Renaissance man across many mediums. He’s a prolific writer, performer, and lecturer, whose character-driven stories with political subtext can take the shape of songs, op-eds, essays, lecture, or short stories. He’s best known as front-man, singer, songwriter, and guitar player for the critically acclaimed rock and roll band Drive-by Truckers, whose most recent album, 2016’s American Band, delves into and examines the topics that matter most in current America. This Renaissance man has a lot to say about his Southern upbringing and the current state of our country, and the fact that he can say it in such a plethora of forms makes his message even more potent.

Anuradha Bhagwati is all talk and all action. The writer, activist and Marine Corps veteran’s first book, “Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience,” draws on her own experience to take the military to task for misogyny and sexual assault in the armed forces. In 2007 Bhagwati founded the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) which advocates for the causes in the book and helped to overturn the ban on women in combat. In addition to her writing and activism, Bhagwati is also a regular media commentator on issues related to national security, women’s rights, civil rights, and mental health, and is the recipient of numerous awards. In her work and activism Bhagwati speaks, writes, and takes aim at some of the most important issues facing our modern military.

Judge Xiomara Torres has lived a dramatic and uplifting life thus far. Born in El Salvador, Torres immigrated to the United States as a child, went through the foster care system, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, before earning her law degree at Lewis and Clark. The first in her family to attend college, Torres interned with U.S. District Court of Oregon Judge Anna Brown and worked in Washington, DC for Senator Conrad Burns of Montana and Congressman Esteban Torres (no relation) of California. Following law school, Torres worked as a judicial clerk at a firm in Portland, representing indigent juvenile clients before being named to the bench in 2017. She currently serves on the Multnomah Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors – and in terms of that drama, Milagro Theater recently staged a play written about her life.

THU, JUN 13 at Alberta Rose Theatre

with W. Kamau Bell, Karen Russell, Franny Choi, Kishi Bashi, and more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

W. Kamau Bell is a multi-talented, multi-faceted, multi-award-winning storm of sociopolitical comedy. He’s the host and Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning CNN docuseries “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell,” made his Netflix debut with the standup special “Private School Negro,” and published a book with the brief title “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian.” Bell directs, writes, has three critically acclaimed podcasts, and serves on the board of Hollaback! and Donors Choose, also while being the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice. The work of W. Kamau Bell is a comedic hurricane we want to be right in the eye of.

Karen Russell’s heightened, vivid, and revelatory writing taps straight into your imagination. Her first book, “Swamplandia!,” was a high-lauded Pulitzer Prize finalist that tracked a family that lived in a gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. Her latest, “Orange World and Other Stories,” weaves eight compelling tales that range from deals with the devil to falling in love with girls made of peat, along with other feral, slippery situations that mirror our inner lives. Russell won the National Magazine Award for Fiction in 2012 and 2018 and has received MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships. From magical journeys to magically written situations and characters, connect to Russell’s work for a big old dose of creative invigoration.

Franny Choi is all about asking loaded questions. A poet, performer, editor, and playwright, Choi is the author of the poetry collection "Floating, Brilliant, Gone", the chapbook "Death by Sex Machine", and the forthcoming "Soft Science". Her writing examines issues of trauma, identity, memory, and perception while asking questions of the mind and body, making her work feel both cerebral and physical. Choi's poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, and the New England Review, and she is a Kundiman Fellow, cohost of the Poetry Foundation's podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective.

Kishi Bashi can’t be contained be any one genre of music. The singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter blends pop, rock, electronica and other forms together across his multitude of musical endeavors. A founding member of the New York electronic rock outfit, Jupiter One, he studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music before going on to become a renowned violinist. In 2012, Bashi released his debut album “151a” to immediate fanfare and critical acclaim, with live shows featuring anything from violin to vocal looping to beat boxing. Bashi’s fourth studio album “Omoiyari” will be released in May 2019, and only one thing’s for certain – it will beyond anything you’re expecting.

 

FRI, JUN 21 at Revolution Hall

15th Anniversary Show w/ Lindy West, Pink Martini, Courtenay Hameister, & more!
Venue: Revolution Hall
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

When Lindy West talks, you listen. West is the best-selling author of the memoir "Shrill", which recently became a widely-lauded original series on Hulu starring Aidy Bryant. Her singular voice and writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Guardian, and as a contributing Op-Ed writer for The New York Times. Her new book, "The Witches Are Coming," an incisive look at how intolerance and misogyny have infected our culture, will be released in the fall of 2019. West's essential and distinctive voice cuts through the noise, and we always want to hear more.

If you’re looking for an epic, international, continent-crossing good time, then you’ve found it with the music of Pink Martini. Founded by Portland native Thomas Lauderdale in 1994 to provide beautiful and inclusive music for political fundraisers, the “little orchestra” now features a dozen musicians who have performed the band’s multilingual repertoire with symphony orchestras throughout the world. Now far eclipsing Lauderdale’s original vision, the band has played sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall, been inducted into the Hollywood Bowl AND Oregon Music Halls of Fame, and their first song, “Sympathique” remains, to this day, a mantra for striking French workers. Our political affiliation? We always vote for the type of party Pink Martini has been throwing for twenty-five years now.

When faced with fear, author Courtenay Hameister chooses to turn and fight – by wrestling her experiences with anxiety and imposter syndrome into poignant and hilarious essays that help light the way for others. The beloved former host and head writer for Live Wire, Courtenay writes a column for The Portland Mercury called “What’s She Mad About Now,” and is the co-writer for the web series “The Benefits of Gusbandry.” Her first book, “Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things” was released in July. Her essays fly in the face of fear and we are here for it.