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Donate any amount to Live Wire in the Willamette Week Give!Guide this week and you'll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Bar Bar and a pair of tickets to Mississippi Studios' NOT-TO-MISS ROOF RAZING NEW YEARS EVE SPECTACULAR QUADRUPLE LINE-UP with Nurses, Radiation City, Wild Ones and DJ Beyonda.


In addition, the first 14 donors will receive a free milkshake from Burgerville. YUM.



by Trent Finlay on December 13, 2011 - 12:53am.

Our friends at the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) have a TREMENDOUS opportunity.  

If CAN gets 2500 twitter followers before the New Year, the City of Portland will award them with $75,000 of arts funding.  

As of today, CAN is less than 500 followers away. We are donating a pair of Live Wire tickets to be given away by CAN through Twitter on Saturday, December 17th. 

Follow @theartsCAN
Write a tweet using @theartsCAN and #CreativelyPDX

CAN will announce the winner via direct message on Twitter.

They've got a TON of other incentives throughout the month and NO LIMIT on how many times you can enter! 

Read more about the campaign.

About CAN:
The Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) is a 501(c)3 organization established to mobilize the Portland Metropolitan Region in support of a dedicated public fund for the arts, to increase access to arts and culture for every resident, make free arts and music experiences available to every school-age child in their classrooms and communities and strengthen our highest-quality arts and cultural institutions allowing Portland to finally reach our true creative and cultural capacity.


by Trent Finlay on December 13, 2011 - 12:05am.


Hotel Deluxe
Give ANY AMOUNT to Live Wire in the Willamette Week Give!Guide by December 31st and you will be entered to win a night for two at Hotel DeLuxe, dinner for two at Branch and two tickets to a Live Wire taping. Eeeeesnotsobad, eh?
Click here to donate now in the Give!Guide.
More Superawesomecrazy incentives:
$50 - Enter to win a romantic dinner for two on the Live Wire stage, complete with on-air check-ins!
$100 - Get your name in a sketch.
$750 - Poem-a-Gram from Scott Poole (one available)
$1000 - Two GA season tickets, name in a sketch and dinner at Branch.$1500 - Live Wire Unplugged in Your Living Room (one available)
Click here for details. 
by Trent Finlay on December 6, 2011 - 5:58pm.

Donate to Live Wire in the Give!Guide this week, and you'll be entered to win a prize Hemingway would enjoy. Is it a bottle of scotch and an economy with language? NO!
It's a 1947 Underwood Universal Portable Typewriter, donated by our wonderful business partner this week, Vintage Pink on Hawthorne. The Underwood was one of the most popular modern typewriters, used by writers like Hitchcock, Kerouac, Faulkner and Hemingway.
You can find this baby online for anywhere from $200-$500, but if you donate any amount to Live Wire through the Willamette Week Give!Guide you'll eligible to win it at the end of this week. Gosh, what a deal.
by Trent Finlay on November 28, 2011 - 4:45pm.


So Much Love for YOU.


On Thursday, October 20th we had our very first benefit event presented by Rejuvenation - held at their beautiful store on SE Grand. Being a first for us, we had no idea what to expect and were absolutely touched at having the support of 200 people, raising nearly $14,000!


Live Wire host Courtenay Hameister was the ringleader for this mini Live Wire show with live performances by the Parson Red Heads, Oregon Ballet Theater's Uprising, featuring musical guest Weinland,  Hand2Mouth Theater and Live Wire house poet, Scott Poole, who read from his original work (that was just featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac). Also, Congressman Earl Blumenauer made a special appearance to talk about the importance of the arts to build community and the unique impact of Live Wire! Radio on the Pacific Northwest.


All performers donated their time to help us raise money and we are truly grateful to them for sharing their ample talents with us. A HUGE thank you to Rejuvenation for hosting this event, Dig A Pony for providing delicious appetizers and the specialty “Live Wire” cocktail, New Belgium for providing beer, Argyle for providing the bubbly, and St. Cupcake for providing sweet treats. Also, 30 businesses we love donated items for our silent and live auction.  


And most importantly, to YOU. Your support is so humbling. After seven years, we keep feeling the love from the community and that means everything. If you didn’t get to attend the event, but love Live Wire! Radio and want to help, please click here. 


So much love for you.  


Click here to see pictures from the event by Jennie Baker Photography

by Trent Finlay on November 22, 2011 - 7:46pm.

You heard right!  Give ANY AMOUNT to Live Wire in the Willamette Week Give!Guide by Friday, November 28th and you will be entered to win these KISS Christmas lights donated by Live Wire's Operations Manager, Ryka.  Click here to donate in the Give!Guide. And watch KISS save Christmas:


by Trent Finlay on November 22, 2011 - 6:20pm.


"I Want to be Georgia O'Keefe"
by Scott Poole
written 11/5/11 live at the Alberta Rose Theater
I hate to admit it
here on Public Radio
but I learned tonight 
that I want to be Georgia O'Keefe.
It's not the gray hair in a bun,
because I don't have any hair
where the bun is supposed to go.
It's not her hippy majesty, she didn't
really have hips, 
and it isn't that Wilfred Brimley mustache.
No, it’s just that everything about her
was so minimal: Plain black clothes,
Bare wood tables, adobe walls,
sand whistling through the sockets 
of bleached skulls. Such luscious simplicity.
I can imagine visitors 
showing up and seeing a spoon on a table
and thinking it epic and mythic 
just because it’s at Ghost Ranch.
I imagine them asking 
are you going to paint that,
going to paint it to look like, you know, 
the lady parts?
If I was Georgia O’Keefe I’d love to say, 
“No, no
I used it to bludgeon a mouse earlier
and then I stirred my tin cup coffee with it
but the coffee was so bad
I spit it into the sand
and when I turned around a snake had
crawled upon the table and swallowed
the spoon so I jumped up on the table
like a Tu Fawning song
did a flamenco dance number on it
until the spoon squirted out some end.
Then I made a stew from the dead snake
but I fell into a hallucinogenic fever for a few days
where I imagined that I lived in a 
steamy cluttered jungle 
wearing a pink bikini
surrounded by drum music and howler monkeys
and drew nothing but flowers that
looked really, really small and far away.
But when I woke up that spoon was
still there. I just stared at it.
Sometimes you have forget the lattes
and savor the harvest.”
by Trent Finlay on November 18, 2011 - 1:36pm.

We are so excited to be in the Willamette Week Give!Guide this year that we decided to give you some extra stuff for donating.  

Donate at or above the levels below and receive the following stuff:

$50 - Entered to win dinner for two onstage at a taping of Live Wire. 

$100 - Get your name in a Live Wire sketch and one ticket to a show at the Alberta Rose Theater

$1000 - Two general admission season tickets, name in a sketch and two drinks at Branch


In addition, the first person to donate at a level below will receive the follow superawesomecrazyexciting items:

$750 - Poem-a-gram from Scott Poole (one available)

$1500 - Best of Live Wire Unplugged in your living room (one available)


We're also giving away digital door prizes to donors every week, featuring items such has Sean McGrath's stellar VHS collection, a set of KISS Christmas lights, a painting of Natalie Portman by Scott Poole and much more to come.  Stay tuned!

Donate here!

What country has the fewest number of Live Wire listeners?  Find out here in our Give!Guide video:

by Trent Finlay on November 17, 2011 - 11:04pm.


You heard right!  Give ANY AMOUNT to Live Wire in the Willamette Week Give!Guide before 5pm on Friday, November 18th and you will be entered to win Sean's personal VHS Collection.  Here's a note from Sean and what he has to say about each film:
"Well, all good things must come to an end. Most of these movies are classics of the silver screen, even if not wholly recognized by the American Film Institute. Despite their age, all movies are in terrific shape, so you won't need to "track" at all. If you don't know what tracking means when talking about VCRs, then I guess you either forgot or you're just a young 'un.
The Goonies: If you live in Oregon then it's a foregone conclusion you've seen this, or it should be. It still holds up today as one of the greatest coming-of-age adventure flicks. I think I can quote this whole movie..
Pee Wee's Big Adventure: One of my top 5 movies of all time. Nuff said.
Shaft (1971): Not a very good movie but still, it's terrific for all the great one liners and of course the theme from Cafe Regio. "To get laid, where the hell you going?"
Back to the Future: This movie probably made no sense when initially pitched but boy did they hit a home run. 
Sci-Fi+Comedy+Romance. How did this movie work so well?    "What the hell is a jiggawatt?"
CQ: Kinda recent add to the collection. but done well. A terrific date night movie that you probably haven't seen. plus a great short scene with jason schwarzman.
Hard Boiled: The best John Woo movie made and by far one of the best action flicks ever shot. This was a few years before John Woo came over from Hong Kong and forgot how to make movies.
Excalibur: "Let the boy try!"   This movie was one of my first experiences with an on-screen sex scene. Take the armor off dude,... seriously.
Stand by Me: Just as good as the short story. Still remains one of my faves.  "Chopper, sic balls."
Waiting for Guffman: "We love you Corky!  We want you to live!"   The first Christopher Guest helmed mockumentary remains the best. And yes, it's better than Best in Show.
The Professional (1983 anime) - This Japanese cartoon was a few years before the famous Akira but surely deserves recognition in the Manga hall of fame. Prior to this, I thought cartoons were about hulking swordsmen battling a talking blue skeleton. My nubile mind sure did soak in all the sex and violence of The Professional. Arigato Japan! 
Transformers (Ten episodes taped from t.v.): "More than meets the eye!" Ok, these really aren't that good, but hey, they're better than all the movies put together, so there's that."
                                                      ~ Sean McGrath
Not only will you get all of these films on VHS, but Sean will sign his name on each tape sleeve.  That's worth at least $20 on Ebay per film, easy! 
Additionally, Give $50 or more and you're also entered to win a romantic dinner for two on the Live Wire stage. Give $100, and get your name in a sketch. Click here to donate now in the Give!Guide.
by Trent Finlay on November 14, 2011 - 4:34pm.

Dwight Slade on Live Wire Episode 159Comedian Dwight Slade is donating $6 from tickets sold for his upcoming November 12th stand-up show at the Star Theater to Live Wire.  Enter the code LIVEWIRE when you buy your tickets and your favorite radio variety show gets a cut off the top.  Pretty cool, right? 

Here's what Dwight had to say about why he's doing this:

“After 20 some years crisscrossing the NW and the globe performing in front of drunk, blank stares, I understand the value of LISTENING.  Live Wire Radio really celebrates the art of listening.  The comedy is never overly ham-fisted.  Those are the kind of people I want in my audience.  Not that there won’t be a little ham.  But at least it will be clever ham.”

Dwight was featured on Live Wire episode 159 with Rob Forbes, Tinker Hatfield and musical guest On The Rocks.  Listen to the episode here





Watch Dwight:


by Trent Finlay on October 26, 2011 - 12:23pm.