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THU, FEB 07 at Alberta Rose Theatre

w/ Nora McInerny, Nore Davis, Hanif Abdurraqib, Alela Diane
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

Laugh so you don’t cry? Self-proclaimed “notable widow” and reluctant grief expert Nora McInerny believes you can (and should!) do both. Following a hellish six weeks in 2014 where she miscarried her second baby, lost her dad to cancer, and also lost her husband, Aaron, to a brain tumor, McInerny began to turn her personal grief into creative action. She wrote the critically-acclaimed memoir "It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too)", hosts the award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, and founded the non-profit organization Still Kickin. Her follow-up memoir, "No Happy Endings", will be released in March of 2019. Nora McInerny is a master storyteller who combines heart and humor to spark a bright light in the darkness.

If good writing gives us life, then Hanif Abdurraqib’s work is like oxygen – refreshing and vital. His 2017 collection of essays, "They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us", was named a book of the year by NPR, The Los Angeles Review, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. Abdurraqib’s wide-ranging lyrical prose and poetry encompass music, history, politics, pop culture, and sports, and his take on the things that comprise our current culture will make you wonder how you never saw it that way before. In 2019 he’ll release "Go Ahead in the Rain", a biography of A Tribe Called Quest and is currently working on "They Don't Dance No Mo'", a history of black performance in the US.

If you take your stand-up straight, spiked with razor-sharp quips and pointed punch lines, then Nore Davis will be your comedy cup of tea. The New York-based writer and comedian has appeared on Comedy Central’s "Inside Amy Schumer", HBO’s "Last Week Tonight", and crushed his stand-up set on Conan. His self-produced Amazon special "You Guys are Dope" is out now and you can snag his freshly-released album, "Too Woke", on the Blonde Medicine label. Socially conscious and consciously hilarious, Nore Davis’s high energy stage presence is the comedic brew we need to help us wake up.

Alela Diane is too busy creating to worry about your stereotypes around motherhood and art. The prolific Portland-based musician created the basis for her fifth album, "Cusp", while on a three-week artist's residency when her first daughter was two years old. Alone and with the mental and emotional space to create, she was drawn to try and create space for music driven by the experience of motherhood. Diane moved away from her signature finger-picking guitar and generated the most piano-driven album of her career. She recorded the majority of the songs while pregnant with her second child, and her near-death experience birthing that daughter lead her up to the “cusp” of the album title. Artistic taboos be damned - Alela Diane is occupied with birthing more beautiful music into the world.

 

SAT, FEB 16 at The Triple Door (Seattle)

w/ Curt & Ana Warner, Valley Maker, Matteo Lane, and more!
Venue: The Triple Door, 216 Union St, Seattle
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

Ana and Curt Warner have twin dedications in their lives - to care for their family and to advance the study and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Together they’ve penned the new book The Warner Boys, which details their life raising their family, including twin boys with autism. A little-understood disorder at the time of their sons’ diagnosis, the book discusses the boys’ challenges and the family's search for support while emphasizing the need for awareness. The Warners have served as keynote speakers at the National Autism Conference and the Texas Autism Conference. Curt, a former All-Pro football player and Seattle Seahawk, now works toward a different goal with his teammate Ana - the health and happiness of their family and others.

There’s Renaissance men, and then there’s someone like Matteo Lane, who actually lived in Italy and worked as an oil painter and opera singer prior to starting his comedy career. In this next phase of his life, Lane is a New York-based comedian whose stand-up special can be seen on Netflix’s “The Comedy Lineup,” and he’s developing a half-hour pilot at Comedy Central. He’s performed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” HBO’s “Crashing,” and has a singing range of six - yes, six - octaves. Lane is also casually fluent in five languages - and when you add the rhythm and language of stand-up comedy, that makes six.

Valley Maker’s second full-length album, "Rhododendron", is all about movement and growth - between beliefs, places, and through time. Songwriter and PhD student in Human Geography Austin Crane crafted the songs on the album to serve as meditations on the strange ways we mark time as we travel through life. The folk-based American songs use metaphors of faith to explore our belief systems as well as our human connections in the political present. Rhododendron is a native plant that grows both in Crane’s native South Carolina as well as in his current Washington home - and as he puts down roots and asks the existential questions, his open-hearted music continues to bloom with new meaning.

THU, FEB 21 at Alberta Rose Theatre

w/ Dani Shapiro, Chris Garcia, Casey Neill & The Norway Rats
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

Best-selling author Dani Shapiro is a literary truth teller. The author of five novels, four memoirs, and a plethora of essays, short fiction, and journalism, Shapiro’s latest memoir, “Inheritance,” deals with the aftermath of finding out through a genealogy website that her father was not her biological father. The captivating book details how she grappled with this discovery as a writer who has examined identity and family for years. Shapiro also encourages truth as a renowned writing teacher at various institutions as well as at her own writing conference in Positano, Italy. In addition to “Inheritance,” the straight talk continues this year with the launch of her new podcast, “Family Secrets,” a look at how secrets can both shape and liberate us.

Veteran comedian Chris Garcia has always incorporated stories about his Cuban-American family into his standup sets. Following his father’s death from Alzheimer’s, he began using humor as a vehicle to process his grief and remember his dad. His willingness to find laughs in life’s hard stuff has brought him solace from connecting with others – as well as a Comedy Central special, a new audio project with WNYC about death, family and comedy, and a pilot based on his life in process at FOX Television. For this funny guy, allowing in the darkness let his work and perspective shine the brightest.

Even in a world with a dystopic tinge, Casey Neill remains strangely hopeful about the future. That contrasting mix of hope and chaos, looking to both the past and future, fuels "Subterrene", his magical new album with his band The Norway Rats. The Portland supergroup has convened on their first album in almost five years, fusing Neill’s evocative storytelling with alt-rock abandon and punk grit. Neill describes "Subterrene" as a “dystopian romance,” and it follows a distinct story arc inspired by vintage sci-fi novels, our current political climate, and Neill’s worldly travels. It’s a definitely optimistic, sonically bold album that also serves to illuminate the most strangely hopeful thing of all - truly finding connection with others.

THU, MAR 28 at Alberta Rose Theatre

w/ Mitchell S Jackson, 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.

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. Wallace 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
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.

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.

THU, APR 18 at Alberta Rose Theatre

w/ Anis Mojgani & Joe Zimmerman
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.

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)

Venue: Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N., Seattle
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

 

THU, JUN 06 at Alberta Rose Theatre

with Patterson Hood + 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.

THU, JUN 13 at Alberta Rose Theatre

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

 

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

w/ Paul F. Tompkins & Pink Martini
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.