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THU, MAR 28 at Alberta Rose Theatre

w/ Mitchell S Jackson, Lori Gottlieb, Mohanad Elshieky, Revel In Dimes, and more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

Portland native Mitchell S. Jackson told us a compelling, honest story of a different side of the city in his widely-acclaimed debut novel "The Residue Years". Now he’s back with his new memoir "Survival Math", which takes its name from the complicated equations Mitchell and his family had to grapple with in order to stay safe in a dangerous community. Using his poetic prose and journalistic eye, Jackson examines the conflicts in his family and community, in society and in himself, as he reckons with growing up black in the whitest city in America. "Survival Math" not only shows us Jackson’s individual journey, but also explores the trajectory of Portland and the lives of other black men in America like him.

A psychotherapist and a New York Times bestselling author, Lori Gottlieb’s newest book “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” is a deep dive into blind spots - both the ones she sees in her own patients as well as those she’s forced to face with her own therapist, Wendell. Gottlieb also writes The Atlantic’s Weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and appears frequently as an expert on relationships, parenting, and mental health topics. With candor and boldness, Gottlieb pulls back the veil on our human facades to reveal the power we each have to change our lives.

Mohanad Elshieky has a special skill for making you laugh at the seemingly unlaughable. Recently named one of Team Coco’s "Comics to Watch," the Libyan-born comedian combines a deceptively laid-back demeanor with his whip-smart perspective on politics and culture. The Portland Mercury called him “an undisputed genius of comedy,” and he's been featured on shows like Lovett or Leave It and Harmontown. From his work as an English teacher and interpreter in Benghazi to his current status as a fast-rising comedian in the Portland scene, Elshieky zeros in on topics that may seem off limits - then surprises you with how hard you’re laughing.

Revel in Dimes is a sure-footed blues band that doesn’t need to look at a map to know where they’re going. The soulful foursome combines the deep feeling of the blues with singer Kia Warren’s roots in gospel and rock ‘n’ roll to create a unique sound with a gritty edge. Warren combines with multi-instrumentalist Chris “Premo” Waller on bass, Eric Simons on guitar, and Washington Duke on drums as Revel in Dimes takes the blues, adds a groove, and puts it all together to create their electric sound. Because when you’re forging a new path, what good is an old map, anyway?

THU, APR 04 at Alberta Rose Theatre

w/ Naomi Ekperigin, Pam Houston, Nadya Okamoto, and Shook Twins
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

Naomi Ekperigin is ball of talent wrapped in a cloak of charm surrounded by a cloud of delight. She’s a prolific actor, stand-up comedian, and writer who has written for "Great News", "Broad City", and HBO’s upcoming series "Mrs. Fletcher". She’s told hilarious and insightful jokes on "Late Night with Seth Meyers", HBO’s "2 Dope Queens", and in her very own Comedy Central half hour special. She also co-hosts the popular live show and podcast Couples Therapy which combines the fun of a comedy show with the intimacy of a therapy session. If you’re looking for the whole comedy package, then gleefully unwrap Naomi Ekperigin’s body of work.

Pam Houston is living the high life. The author of the new memoir "Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country," Houston literally lives 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. Her compassionate, intimate stories have been selected for anthologies of The O. Henry Award, Best American Travel Writing, and The Pushcart Prize, she's published two novels, two collections of short stories, and a collection of essays, and she is Professor of English at UC Davis. In her deeply observed work, Houston creates a profound sense of place and passion for the land — allowing her readers to live high alongside her.

Nadya Okamoto is doing something unusual - taking a leave of absence from Harvard to help change the narrative around menstrual periods. At just twenty years old, the Portland, OR native is the Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of 16. Now the largest youth-run NGO in the field of women’s health, PERIOD’s mission is to celebrate and destigmatize menstrual cycles and provide products to those in need. Since 2014 they have arranged assistance for over 400,000 periods and registered over 230 campus chapters. Okamoto published her debut book, "Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement", in 2018. Nadya Okamoto is creating change and changing social norms. Period.

Shook Twins may be identical, but they create music that is truly one-of-a-kind. The sisters - Katelyn on vocals and guitar, and Laurie on banjo and vocals - pay homage to everyone from a late grandpa and godfather to Bernie Sanders on their fourth album, “Some Good Lives.” The album examines how everyone in your life will write their own chapter in your story. Iconic author Neil Gaiman has said of Shook Twins, “They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” With the addition of a full band, the siblings have evolved beyond “folk pop” to include influences of disco, funk, and soul in their new sonic palette. The connected duo continue to grow together musically and emotionally with this heart-felt, personal, and beautiful new album.

THU, APR 18 at Alberta Rose Theatre

w/ Anis Mojgani, Joe Zimmerman, Ron Artis II & The Truth, and more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

Anis Mojgani is as good as his words - which, trust us, are very good. A two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, he’s written five books of poetry and performed for the United Nations. Originally from New Orleans he currently lives in Portland, OR, where he serves on the Board of Directors for Literary Arts. Mojgani’s grade-A words have appeared on HBO, NPR, and in a variety of literary journals, and he’s been commissioned to compose for the Getty Museum and the Portland Timbers. His work, including his most recent book "In the Pockets of Small Gods", will move and motivate you, challenge and delight you - take our word for it.

For comedian Joe Zimmerman, working down south set his career on a straight shot up north. While living in North Carolina, his stand-up group the Beards of Comedy landed a record deal with Comedy Central Records. Since then he’s appeared on "The Tonight Show", "Conan", and his own Comedy Central half hour. His comedy albums have also shot up the charts, with "Smiling at Wolves" reaching number 2 on iTunes and Innocence debuting at #1 in October of 2018. A humorist whose writing has been featured in The New York Times, Zimmerman's’ podcast, A Great Listening Experience, details his questionable attempts to attain infinite knowledge and power. Hold on tight and enjoy the upward comedy trajectory of Joe Zimmerman.

For Ron Artis II, life as a musician is the very epitome of paradise. The oldest son in a musical family of eleven children in Hawaii, he was crawling across his father’s piano and taking in his mother's beautiful singing from the very beginning. A multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter, Artis plays all genres of music (even creating new songs on the spot during his concerts), and released his debut full-length album "Soul Street" in 2018. He's played with Mick Fleetwood, Jack Johnson, and many more, weaving in his deep Delta Blues and Gospel, R&B, and Northern Soul influences. When you see Ron Artis II and the Truth play, you'd better be ready for a tidal wave of heart and soul.

FRI, MAY 03 at Alberta Rose Theatre

w/ Mary Norris & Jackie Kashian
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.

THU, MAY 16 at Alberta Rose Theatre

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

 

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 + 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.

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 Patterson Hood + Anuradha Bhagwati + more
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

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.

THU, JUN 13 at Alberta Rose Theatre

with Karen Russell, Franny Choi + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

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.

FRI, JUN 21 at Revolution Hall

15th Anniversary Show w/ Paul F. Tompkins, Pink Martini, Courtenay Hameister, & more!
Venue: Revolution Hall
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!

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.