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Show Details:


KAREN KARBO - The author of How to Hepburn and The Gospel According to Coco Chanel brings the third in her trilogy: How Georgia Became O’Keefe.

DANIEL H. WILSON - Author of Robopocalypse, the NYTimes Bestseller that was optioned by Dreamworks and will be directed by Steven Spielberg.

ARTHUR BRADFORD - Directed the new Comedy Central documentary 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park, Writer/Director/Producer of MTV’s How’s Your News?, and author of Dogwalker: Stories (Knopf, 2001) and the upcoming children’s book, Benny’s Brigade (McSweeney’s, 2012). 

musical guests:

TU FAWNING - Tu Fawning is the new project of Joe Haege and Corrina Repp. Both Haege and Repp have been playing in Portland and abroad for many years now.

SHAKERS' SESSIONS - A benefit for Parkinson’s Disease with all-star musicians Mike Coykendall, Rob Stroup and the Blame, Casey Neil and others.


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by Trent Finlay on October 25, 2011 - 12:09am.

recorded October 22, 2011

I learned tonight
that you need to be a bit skeptical
when someone tells you
they're a vampire.

Sure they might be pale
and look sharp in a cape,
they might even look like a sex
worker from the enchanted forest.

But, until you have the two
holes in your neck
and start picking out
coffins for no particular reason
you just can't really rush
to judgment on a thing like that.

I also learned that not
everyone is haunted in the same way
some people see ghostly Hansels und Gretels
coming after them with sharp cookie sheets
when they move into a new home.

Some people will run screaming from
purple curtains
and track lighting.

One time when I moved into a new house
the Smurfs emerged from the walls
and I peed my pants,
tripped trying to run two yards
and knocked over my collectible figurines
of a mouse, a bird and a sausage.

My friends just spit
beer out of their noses laughing.

I learned tonight that I need
a better thing to be haunted by,
like blind Internet millionaires for instance,
who might have killed their fathers and slept with their mothers
and are kind of feeling guilty about that.

 “Go on my yacht…”,  
‘’Play tennis with me…,”
“Drink this Taittinger ‘76 now!””

The only trick is to look
scared by these things,
yet still be welcoming to the ghost.

God, I hate yachts!  Ooooh..
Look I peed my pants. Spritz. Spritz.
Look I’m crying. Eyedrop. Eyedrop.
Please don’t make me take another
hot tub while cruising the Aegean.

Yet, when I die and become one of
those undead I wonder how good
of a haunter I will be.

Like Tyler Stenson
I want to parade past a funeral
maybe I could get one of
those horrible one man band setups
and wear a wolf costume

that could be really scary
with the base drum
and the knee cymbals wrapped
around the knees with duct tape
and a kazoo
playing girl from impanema
really loud and fast and enthusiastically.

I know I’d think
I’d be cheering everyone up
but of course
this would be absolutely horrifying.
Nobody wants a one man band
to go on for eternity.

Scott Poole is Live Wire's House Poet and author of  The Sliding Glass


by Trent Finlay on October 24, 2011 - 9:34pm.

Wave of Light: Live Wire Benefit presented by Rejuvenation

Thursday, October 20th, 6-9 pm

"Wave of Light" is our very first Live Wire benefit performance, presented by Rejuvenation and held in their beautiful store and celebration space at 1100 SE Grand Avenue.
Performances by the melodic stylings Parson Red Heads, Oregon Ballet Theater's Uprising featuring a very special musical guest, Erin Leddy from Hand2Mouth Theater with a piece from "My Mind is Like An Open Meadow," and our very own house poet, Scott Poole, who will be reading from his original work. Our host Courtenay Hameister will be the ringleader for the evening.  Also expect a very special visit from Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

Tickets are only $25 for a live show, silent auction, raffle, heavy appetizers, beer, wine and a specialty “Live Wire” cocktail.

Three Ways to Buy Tickets:
Call: 503-548-4920
Visit: Rejuvenation’s Portland store at 1100 SE Grand Avenue.


by Trent Finlay on October 11, 2011 - 2:18pm.

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Show guests:


DAVID GUTERSON - Author of Snow Falling on Cedars and Ed King.

PAULANN PETERSEN - Poet and author of The Voluptuary.

KATE BEATON - Cartoonist for The New Yorker, author of Hark! a Vagrant.



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by Trent Finlay on October 7, 2011 - 11:04pm.

Please come and share an evening of enjoyment with us experiencing some extraordinary and diverse talent, and meet poet Scott Poole at Speak Easy!

Speak Easy! will be a soirée of perverse poetry, palatable prose, and plenty of potions. A book release happening to honor Scott's newest concoction, The Sliding Glass Door, with special guests: Courtenay Hameister, the host of (uh, duh)  Live Wire!, hilarious essayist Stacy Bolt, NY Times bestselling author Chelsea Cain, and songwriting performer Jim Brunberg.

Pre-order the the book in the month of September and proceeds will benefit Live Wire. DO IT.

$35: includes book, entertainment, ticket to Live Wire and hosted bar
$10: entertainment only

Join us on Friday, October 14, 7:00 pm
at the Falcon Art Community, 5415 N Albina Ave
(the corner of N Albina and N Killingsworth),
in Portland, Oregon.




by Trent Finlay on September 28, 2011 - 12:43am.

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by Trent Finlay on September 27, 2011 - 11:58pm.


Here at Live Wire Radio we are thrilled to announce a partnership with our newest sponsor, Burgerville, and welcome you to thank them for supporting us. We are happy to announce this as they launch BV radio, a streaming radio station in all of their restaurants featuring music from Northwest artists and performances by musical guests on Live Wire Radio.
The picture below was taken at our very first VIP party with our sponsors from Dave's Killer Bread, New Belgium Brewing, Whole Foods and Burgerville.

by Trent Finlay on September 27, 2011 - 5:05pm.