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September 30, 2017 (Seattle, WA)

w/ Lynn Shelton + Kevin Avery + Makana + More!
Venue: The Neptune
Doors: 07:00pm
Show: 08:00pm



You wish Lynn Shelton directed your life. The filmmaker behind Touchy Feely, Laggies, and Your Sister’s Sister, as well as your favorite episodes of shows like Master of None, New Girl, Love, and GLOW, Shelton has a knack for telling intimate, honest stories in beautiful, funny ways. With her new movie --Outside In, with Jay Duplass and Edie Falco -- Shelton is showing us all the ways we wish our lives looked on screen.



Kevin Avery is a man behind a lot of scenes. Emmy award winning writer for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and writer and star of Thugs, the Musical, Avery is a standup with wit, awareness, and definite distinction. He’s not just behind the scene, this guy is the scene.




Hawaiian artist Makana’s name translates to “a gift freely given,” and we don’t think that’s an unfair translation of his music, either. A virtuoso from a young age at slack key guitar-- a 200 year old Hawaiian form-- Makana has been nominated for Grammys, performed for the Obamas, presented a Tedx talk, and wrote the anthem for the Occupy Wall Street movement, “We Are the Many.”

October 7, 2017 (Portland, OR)

Venue: Jack London Revue
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

October 12, 2017 (Portland, OR)

w/ Bruce Campbell + Loudon Wainwright III + Karinda Dobbins
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

Once sited as the “Laurence Olivier of bad movies,” Bruce Campbell is an actor, writer, director, producer and author known for portraying Ash in the Evil Dead film series and Sam Axe on the show Burn Notice. This past August he published Hail To The Chin, the sequel to his New York Times bestselling 2002 memoir.




Loudon Wainwright III is a Grammy-winning singer, actor, talker, joker, establishment, and a one-man traveling circus. With over 20 studio albums (to say nothing of his live or bootlegs), more than a dozen TV and film credits (he’s a favorite of Judd Apatow), and now a book, Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things, he’s a one man three ring and a real thing to see.



Karinda Dobbins is the next comedian you want to have known about first. She has opened for Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah, and toured with W. Kamau Bell, and currently co-produces The Resistance, a quarterly political comedy show Oakland. Bitch Magazine said she’s one of “Six Hilarious Female Comedians You Don’t Know Yet- But Should.” Be the one to know the name-- trust us.


October 28, 2017 (Chicago, IL)

Venue: Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL)
Doors: TBD
Show: TBD

November 2, 2017 (Portland, OR)

w/ Cheryl Strayed + Baratunde Thurston
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

Cheryl Strayed cuts to the quick. Author of nonfiction books, Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Brave Enough, and novel Torch, Strayed has made a brand of dropping truth, cutting to the chase, being real, and shooting straight. Host of WBUR’s Dear Sugar podcast, she’s here to tell it like it is.




Baratunde Thurston is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Be Black. He built the digital departments for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and the Onion, and has hosted or written roughly one bajillion podcasts and columns. He’s the embodiment of the term “public intellectual,” but somehow funnier, and cooler, and with an excellent wardrobe.


November 11, 2017 (Portland, OR)

w/ Creators of Welcome to Night Vale: Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor + Adam Gopnik + Elena Passarello + Blossom
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 6:30pm

You may know Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor better by the name of their most famous creation: the fictional town of Night Vale. Chronicled in their years-running, cult podcast Welcome to Night Vale and two novels, Welcome to Night Vale and this fall’s It Devours!, these two know a thing or two about world-building; literal world-building.



Writer for the New Yorker and author of a number of books--including this fall’s At The Stranger’s Gate: Arrivals in New York-- Adam Gopnik has made a name for himself by filtering the world through the lens of his language. Writer of journalism, humor, travel writing, historical essay, and art criticism, the lens seems mighty prismatic.




Elena Passarello may be the author of two essay collections-- 2012’s Let Me Clear My Throat and this year’s Animals Strike Curious Poses-- but it doesn’t stop there. She’s also an actor, a professor, and the first ever female winner of the annual Stella Screaming Contest in New Orleans. She’s not one, it seems, to shy away from what interests her.




With her roots in the musical tradition of Trinidad and Tobago, Blossom has created a space for herself in Portland’s hip and R&B scene, with smooth vocals and sharp beats that stir the pot, and the self, and the soul. With her 2017 release Tease, Blossom (Keisha Chiddick) is quickly becoming a Portland celebrity.

November 12, 2017 (Portland, OR)

w/ Ed Asner + Edan Lepucki + Danez Smith + Chad VanGaalen
Venue: Mississippi Studios
Doors: 10:00am
Show: 11:00am

Ed Asner is about as honored a guest as they come. Holding the record for male performer with the most Emmy Awards-- seven-- he’s known for his starring roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, and Pixar’s Up. He’s currently touring his one man show, A Man and His Prostate. The honor, we assure you, is all ours.



Author of 2014 novel California, and this year’s highly anticipated Woman No. 17, Edan Lepucki is here to examine twisted motherhood, unruly lives, and who has a voice in our world when other people-- literally and figuratively-- don’t. Editor at arts and culture site The Millions, Lepucki’s got her finger on the pulse and her eyes on everything else of consequence.




Danez Smith has been called a “social justice poet,” which begs the question-- what is a social justice poet? Author of 2014’s [insert] boy and this year’s Don’t Call Us Dead, Danez is answering that question with their career. Slam performer, writer, speaker, and activist, Danez is talking the talk and walking the walk of someone out to make the world better.




You can’t just call Chad VanGaalen a musician, even though he’s got six albums under his belt--the most recent of which, Light Information out this September-- because he’s also a producer, animator, director, illustrator, and one cool dad. You can’t call him now because Light Information is set in our fantastical, uncomfortable future, and you can’t call him then because he’s up-and-coming. You can, however call him brilliant, magical and a delight to the senses.

December 9, 2017 (Seattle, WA)

Venue: The Neptune
Doors: 07:00pm
Show: 08:00pm

December 14, 2017 (Portland, OR)

Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm