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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, Bobcat Goldthwait, 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.

Bobcat Goldthwait has turned the art of being off-beat into a totally on-trend show business career. He’s amassed legions of fans with his style of brutally honest and outrageous comedy, which he’s translated as a stand up, writer, and director. He first appeared on David Letterman at the age of 20, made a number of hit movies in the 1980’s and 90’s, and has directed award-winning documentaries, comedy specials, and his own TV anthology series “Misfits and Monsters” on truTV. His recent Showtime special, “You Don’t Look the Same Either,” continues his career-long art of mixing self-deprecation with topical and hilarious commentary on politics, news, and his personal life. Bobcat Goldthwait’s skill of marching to the beat of his own drum has paid off to the tune of decades of comedy success.

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.

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.