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THU, JAN 30

Timothy Egan + Pure Bathing Culture + Adam Pasi + Jeannette Ward Horton + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Timothy Egan is taking you along on his spiritual journey. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and winner of the National Book Award is back with “A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith,” which chronicles his literal and figurative journey to reckon with his beliefs. Egan charts the history of Western Christianity while grappling with his own family’s complicated history with the church in an adventure across time and terrain. A New York Times best-selling author of eight other books, his account of photographer Edward Curtis, “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher,” won the Carnegie Medal for nonfiction. Called “a master storyteller” by The Boston Globe, Egan also writes a biweekly opinion column for The New York Times. Buckle up and settle in for the probing work of Timothy Egan.

Pure Bathing Culture's newest album, "Night Pass," functions as an invocation of all that is unique and beautiful about their sound. The musical identity of Portland's Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman, Pure Bathing Culture makes music that is both instantly identifiable yet utterly personal. Friends since freshman orientation, Versprille and Hindman became bandmates in 2009 and emerged as musical duo Pure Bathing Culture soon after that. The band has released three full-length albums, including their latest and critically acclaimed Night Pass, which was produced by esteemed producer Tucker Martine and released on new indie label Infinite Companion. They have toured nationally with such acts as Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins, Lucius, Father John Misty, and many more. Pure Bathing Culture's authentic and transcendent sound conjures recognition and delight in those who hear it.

Adam Pasi is going to mess with your mind - comedically. The standup comedian may have won 2019’s Portland’s Funniest Person contest, but he prefers to focus on the fact that he got third in 2016. A military brat, Pasi grew up moving every three years and adjusting to new settings by being the funny one in the friend group. Now settled into Portland, he’s appeared on “Portlandia” and performed in festivals such as Bridgetown, Treefort, and the Wenatchee Comedy Festival.

Jeannette Ward Horton wants the cannabis industry to turn over a new leaf. She’s the co-founder of NuLeaf project, an initiative to build intergenerational wealth in the communities most harmed by the war on drugs through the taxes and profits of the legal cannabis industry. NuLeaf works to increase the number of successful cannabis businesses in Portland owned by people of color through both funding and business coaching. Ward Horton also serves as Vice President of Global Marketing and Communication for Akerna, the world’s largest cannabis technology company and the first listed on a major US exchange. Prior to Akerna, she spent 15 years leading communications, marketing, and change management for companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, and UPS.

THU, FEB 6

Colin O'Brady, James Westby, The Black Tones and more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

James Westby is magical when it comes to creating independent films. Called “a wizard of concision and a master of discomfort” by The New York Times, he writes, directs, and edits provocative films with no compromises. His latest is “At the Video Store,” an offbeat and bittersweet documentary featuring Bill Hader, John Waters, Nicole Holofcener, and an entire community of lovable weirdos. Westby’s films have played at the Tribeca Film Festival and hundreds of others. \When it comes to creating independent films that both challenge and charm an audience, James Westby definitely has the secret sauce.

Portland native Colin O’Brady quite literally goes the distance - in a world record-breaking way. He holds the world record for the fastest to climb the tallest peak on all seven continents and in 2018 became the first person ever to cross the continent of Antarctica alone and without the aid of resupplies or wind/kite power. Since then, he's published a book about that experience, "The Impossible First," and returned to Antarctica to set yet another record. In December 2019, he and his crew completed the first human-powered row across the Drake Passage from Cape Horn to Antarctica. In 12 days, the 6-man team traveled over 600 miles of open ocean, battered by intense winds, giant swells, and stormy weather. This is just the latest in a string of seemingly unbelievable feats of skill, endurance, and determination by the former professional triathlete and outdoor adventurer. When he’s not traversing continents solo or speedily mountaineering, O’Brady champions his community impact through his nonprofit, Beyond 7/2, which encourages kids and communities to live active, healthy lives and pursue their dreams. O’Brady is a sought after speaker at Fortune 500 companies, conferences across the globe, and his TED talk has over 1 million views. He uses his own history of setbacks as an accelerant to reach greater heights and believes that we all have the ability to unlock the potential inside of us.

Simply put...The Black Tones are like a mixture of Kurt Cobain and cornbread. Consisting of founders/twin siblings Eva Walker on guitar/vocals and Cedric Walker on drums, the blues- and punk-based dynamo continuously project subversion, power and the potential for something new on stage.

THU, FEB 20

Lidia Yuknavitch, Danez Smith, + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Lidia Yuknavitch writes with urgent empathy. In her new book, “Verge,” she turns her eye to life on the margins, in all its beauty and brutality, as she pens the stories of the marginalized and outcast among us. Yuknavitch is the author of the novels “The Book of Joan,” “The Small Backs of Children, “Dora: A Headcase,” and a critical book on war and narrative, “Allegories of Violence.” Her widely acclaimed memoir “The Chronology of Water “was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of the Oregon Book Award Reader's Choice. “The Misfit's Manifesto,” a book based on her recent TED Talk, was published by TED Books. She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing, where she teaches both in person and online. If you want your reading to open your mind and inspire your heart, Lidia Yuknavitch is the contemporary writer you’ve been waiting for.

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of "Don’t Call Us Dead" (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award, and "[insert] boy" (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez's work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez has been featured as part of Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list and is the winner of a Pushcart Prize. They are a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, “Homie”, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020. 

THU, MAR 5

Sarah Scoles + Angelica Garcia + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Sarah Scoles is all about identifying the unidentifiable. Her new book, “They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers” is an anthropological look at the UFO community, told through first-person experiences with researchers as they pursue what they see as a solvable mystery. She explores the community itself as well as what it reflects about the politics and culture of the world around them. Scoles is a science journalist, the author of the book “Making Contact,” a contributing writer at Wired, and a contributing editor at Popular Science. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Scientific American, and others. Scoles formerly worked at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the location of the first-ever SETI project. If you believe the truth is out there, then the writing of Sarah Scoles is your first contact.

Angelica Garcia is proud to show off her roots. With Mexican and Salvadoran connections outside of Los Angeles, Garcia has spent the last several years creating a second family for herself within the welcoming community of Richmond, VA. She’s released two new songs with Richmond-based label Spacebomb Records: “It Doesn’t Hinder Me,” a song about pride in her background that combines pop and Southern rock, and “Karma the Knife,” a Reaggeaton-meets-dance hall anthem. Garcia’s indie pop music creates her own version of cool by weaving her personal experiences into her infectious sound. With new music coming in 2020, Angelica Garcia is an artist who knows who she is and where she came from – and we’re excited to go wherever she takes us next.

THU, MAR 12

Demi Adejuyigbe, Sierra Crane Murdoch, + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Demi Adejuyigbe is an electric personality. A writer, comedian, and performer known for being a co-host of the popular podcasts “Gilmore Guys” and “Punch Up The Jam,” he first found an audience on Vine creating comedy under the name “Electrolemon.” Adejuyigbe took his comedy music clips to Twitter and YouTube, where he found even more fans for his recurring annual video of him dancing to the song “September,” by Earth, Wind & Fire, and creating “rejected theme songs” for movies and shows like “Succession.” Adejuyigbe is now a writer for NBC’s hit philosophically-minded sitcom “The Good Place” as well as “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” For smart, absurd, and electric comedy takes, Demi Adejuyigbe is your new favorite follow.

Sierra Crane Murdoch, a journalist based in the American West, has written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker online, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion, and High Country News. She has held fellowships from Middlebury College and from the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Her first book, "Yellow Bird," is the gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it—an urgent work of literary journalism and was called "an impressive debut that serves as an eye-opening view of both the oil economy and Native American affairs" by Kirkus Reviews.

 

THU, APR 2

with Mikki Kendall, Jon Mooallem, + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Mikki Kendall is a writer, speaker, and blogger whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, TIME, Salon, Ebony, Essence, and elsewhere. An accomplished public speaker, she has discussed race, feminism, violence in Chicago, tech, pop culture, and social media on NPR's Tell Me More, Al Jazeera's The Listening Post, BBC Women's Hour, Huffington Post Live, as well as at universities across the country. In 2017, she was awarded Best Food Essay from the Association of Food Journalists for her essay on hot sauce, Jim Crow, and Beyoncé. She co-edited the Locus nominated anthology Hidden Youth, and is part of the Hugo-nominated team of editors at Fireside Magazine. A veteran, she lives in Chicago with her family.

Jon Mooallem is a longtime writer at large with The New York Times Magazine and a contributor to numerous other radio shows and magazines, including This American Life and Wired. His first book, Wild Ones was chosen as a notable book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, NPR’s Science Friday and Canada's National Post, among others. He tours frequently with Pop-Up Magazine, a live magazine performed on stage, and has collaborated on music and storytelling projects with members of the Decemberists. He’s also the creator of the WALKING podcast, which—much to everyone’s surprise, especially his—was named a best podcast of the year by the AV Club and one of New York Magazine’s 100 podcasts worth listening to.

THU, APR 16

Daniel Mallory Ortberg + Meghan Daum + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Daniel Ortberg is a poetic yeller. As the cofounder of beloved literary humor site The Toast and the current dispenser of advice for Slate’s popular “Dear Prudence” column, Ortberg has been yelling on the internet for over a decade now – and people are listening.Ortberg is back with his new book “Something That Will Shock and Discredit You.” The witty and clever collection of essays and cultural observations spans pop culture – from the endearingly popular to the staggeringly obscure. Ortberg is also the New York Times bestselling author of “Texts from Jane Eyre” and “The Merry Spinster.”

Meghan Daum is writing toward the root of the problem. In her new book, “The Problem with Everything,” the author, essayist, and opinion columnist tackles our current culture wars and grapples with our country’s most seemingly intractable problems. She’s the author of five other books, most recently “The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion,” which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She has contributed to numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Vogue and received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. With her signature clear-eyed, honest prose, Meghan Daum is a problem-solver at work.

THU, APR 30

Veronica Roth + Bonnie Tsui + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Veronica Roth is taking the narrative of “the chosen one” and catapulting it into the future. In “Chosen Ones,” her first novel for adults, she upends the trope by following a group of five people… ten years after they saved the world as teenagers. Roth is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the “Divergent” series, which has sold over 32 million copies worldwide, and her first foray into adult fiction makes it crystal clear why readers choose her work.

Bonnie Tsui’s new book will make your head swim – in a good way. “Why We Swim” has been called “a fascinating and beautifully written love letter to water” by Rebecca Skloot. In it, Tsui examines why humans are so drawn to water despite not being natural swimmers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times and California Sunday Magazine, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Press Foundation Fellowship. Her last book, “American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods,” won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. When she’s not writing, Tsui swims and surfs in the Bay Area.

THU, MAY 14

Sopan Deb + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Sopan Deb has spun the pains and silences of family into heartbreaking yet humorous gold. In his new memoir “Missed Connections: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me,” Deb chronicles his literal and emotional journeys to reconnect with his father in India and his mother in New Jersey. Battling years of silence, Deb writes beautifully about the process of forgiveness, building bridges, and creating a new sort of family going forward. A writer for The New York Times as well as a standup comedian, Deb’s experience covering the Trump presidential campaign for CBS spurred him into wanting to reconnect with his family. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for a documentary he produced for The Boston Globe called “Larger Than Life,” which told the story about the NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell’s complicated relationship with the city of Boston. Deb’s writing uses humor to crack open our hearts - and help us explore how to go forward with those we love most.

THU, MAY 28

Phuc Tran + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Phuc Tran’s life has been shaped and saved by art. A high school Latin teacher for more than 20 years, he simultaneously established himself as a highly sought-after tattooer in the Northeast. His coming-of-age memoir “Sigh, Gone” is for anyone who’s ever felt like they didn’t belong. The book is an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature. He currently tattoos at and owns Tsunami Tattoo in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his family. Tran’s new book vividly illustrates the essential role art and language can play in the journey of self-discovery.

THU, JUN 11

with Michael Arceneaux, John Craigie, + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard University-educated writer currently living in Harlem. Covering issues related to culture, sexuality, religion, race, and Beyoncé, Michael has written for Complex, Essence, The Guardian, New York Magazine, the New York Times, The Root, and many other publications. Additionally, he has lent his commentary to such outlets as MSNBC, NPR, SiriusXM, VH1, and Viceland. I Don’t Want to Die Poor (on sale April 7, 2020) is an unforgettable and relatable examination about what it’s like leading a life that often feels out of your control. But in Michael’s voice that’s “as joyful as he is shrewd” (BuzzFeed), these razor-sharp essays will still manage to make you laugh and remind you that you’re not alone in this often intimidating journey. Michael has never shied away from discussing his struggles with debt. In I Don’t Want to Die Poor he reveals the extent to which it has an impact on every facet of his life. It has had a huge influence on how he dates, how he seeks medical care, how he wrestles with the question of whether or not he should have chosen a more financially secure path, and how he has dealt with his “dream” turning into an ongoing nightmare as he realizes one bad decision could unravel all that he has earned. You know, actual “economic anxiety.” Hundreds of thousands of Americans grapple with these issues every day, and struggle to get ahead of their payments and not have their debt drown out their chance at economic stability. Michael’s essays could not be more relevant. From the New York Times bestselling author of I Can’t Date Jesus, which Vogue called “a piece of personal and cultural storytelling that is as fun as it is illuminating,” comes a wry and insightful essay collection that explores the financial and emotional cost of chasing your dreams.

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own. Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “Highway Blood” and “I Am California.” Both quickly cracked One Million Spotify streams and counting as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.