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April 6, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH DAN HARMON + LAUREN WEEDMAN + FRUIT BATS (ERIC JOHNSON SOLO)
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
DAN HARMON

Dan Harmon is a brand. Creator and Producer of cult-hit NBC show Community, Harmon’s name has become a household explicator for an entire genre of comedy, under which his other shows-- Rick and Morty, Great Minds with Dan Harmon, and his podcast Harmontown-- also fall. Harmon’s comedy is bizarre and at times avant garde, it gets raw and it goes there, wherever there is. More than anything, though, the Harmon brand means that something is hyper-intelligent and still hilariously accessible, just like Harmon himself. 

LAUREN WEEDMAN

Actress, comedian, playwright, and author Lauren Weedman is not okay. Having been a correspondent on The Daily Show, a regular on HBO’s Looking, acted in films like Date Night and The Five Year Engagement, and written and performed 9 solo plays, some would argue that Weedman is doing great. But her books A Woman Trapped In a Woman’s Body: Tales from a Life of Cringe and Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having It All from Someone Who Is Not Okay would tell us different. Lauren Weedman didn’t come here to be okay. She came tell it like it is.

FRUIT BATS (SOLO)

Eric Johnson wears a lot of hats. For instance: the hat of touring rock celeb, film scorer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. In one hat he’s been the founder and frontman of indie dreamband Fruit Bats, in another, a member of The Shins, Vetiver, Califone. Still another: touring solo as EDJ. Can’t wait for him to hang his hat with us and sing us home.

April 15, 2017 (Seattle, WA)

WITH DAN SAVAGE + JESSI KLEIN + BOB FERGUSON + AYRON JONES
Venue: The Neptune
Doors: 08:00pm
Show: 07:00pm
DAN SAVAGE

Don’t expect Dan Savage to sugar-coat things. The writer for The Stranger’s internationally syndicated sex and relationship advice column, Savage Love, Savage is an LGBT advocate and activist, author of four books, podcast host, and co-founder of the It Gets Better movement geared toward preventing suicide among LGBT teens and youth. Known for his brutal honesty and scathing commentary, Savage might be here to give a helping hand, but that doesn’t mean he’s pulling any punches.

JESSI KLEIN

Jessi Klein is a comedian-- head writer and executive producer of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, storyteller on The Moth; she’s famously funny. She has a new book out, You’ll Grow Out Of It, and she’s been called this generation’s Nora Ephron. But comedian doesn’t do justice to her work as a feminist, thinker, participant in the discourse. Just because Klein is here to do the good work doesn’t mean she won’t make us laugh along the way.

ATTORNEY GENERAL BOB FERGUSON

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is the king of calculated risks, the hero of the hard-fought battle, and a former chess champion. He’s never lost an election (onto King County Council and two terms as Attorney General). He’s known for his high profile civil rights cases against those in power, and has recently gotten national attention for having spearheaded the legal blocks to the EO travel bans. He’s a heavy-hitter, a straight-talker, and the man Washingtonians are sending to bat.

AYRON JONES

When Sir Mix-a-Lot calls you “easily the best talent in Seattle,” you must be doing something right. Ayron Jones, then, of Ayron Jones and The Way, is doing a lot right. His music is a little rock, a little blues, pretty grunge, and all fresh. With his new album Audio Paint Job due out June 2nd on Sunyata Records, following his highly lauded first release, Dream, Jones is riding high as one of the top rock artists of the Northwest. Catch him on the Live Wire stage and at this year's Upstream Music Festival.

 

 

April 20, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH GLYNN WASHINGTON
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

GLYNN WASHINGTON

Glynn Washington says his stories are “best served with cocktails,” and he’s not wrong. Host of WNYC’s Snap Judgement, Washington make our Most Interesting Men Alive list. On the acclaimed and wildly popular show, Washington offers an endless supply of tales from his days in Detroit, Indonesia, Oakland, and beyond, all in his signature smooth-as-cognac radio voice.

 

KELLY MCEVERS

NPR’s Peabody-award-winning Kelly McEvers doesn’t shy away from a tough story. Having covered Arab Spring, the Iraq War, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and won several awards for her coverage of the Syrian conflict, McEvers now co-hosts All Things Considered, along with her podcast Embedded, which takes stories from the headlines and goes deeper, in long form narrative reporting that not only helps listeners learn, but also feel

April 29, 2017 (Pendleton, OR)

WITH JAMES LAVADOUR + JIM BRUNBERG
Venue: To Be Announced
Doors: 6:30 AM
Show: 7:30 AM
JAMES LAVADOUR

Contemporary painter James Lavadour grew up in the foothills of the Blue Mountains on the Umatilla Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon. His work has a profound regional bearing-- with his active landscape portraits of the American Northwest--but don’t think his acclaim is a regional affair. His work has been shown at the Smithsonian in DC, The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, and the Palazzo Bembo in the 2013 Venice Biennale. He’s also the co-founder of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, with the idea of using art as a transformative tool within the Native American community. 

JIM VERN + DANA BRUNBERG

“Let’s go find out,” is the motto musician and former Live Wire producer Jim Brunberg coined for his podcast Roam Schooled. On the show Jim travels high and low in his trusty Winnebago to find answers to questions like why do we like gambling or how is the Earth going to end? The twist? Most of the questions are generated by Brunberg's twin seven year old daughters, Vern and Dana, and they come along for the expedition, on a show that The Guardian listed as one of the best podcasts of 2016.

May 11, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH ARIEL LEVY + THE MINIMALISTS
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

ARIEL LEVY

Ariel Levy is a poor typist. This is the reasoning she gives for being fired from her first admin job. This fact hasn’t stopped her from working for twelve years at New York Magazine, from being a celebrated staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008, or from having published two books-- The Rules Do Not Apply, her second, out this March. Maybe she’s transcribing?

 

THE MINIMALISTS

We’ll keep this one short. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as The Minimalists, have devoted their lives to downsizing. Through their three books (including bestseller, Everything That Remains: a Memoir), podcast, blog, and documentary, these two have been teaching people across the globe how to jettison their clutter in order to make room for what counts: time, relationships, and passionate living. 

 

May 19, 2017 (Minneapolis, MN)

GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
Venue: The Fitzgerald Theater
Doors: tba
Show: tba

May 25, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH HARI KONDABOLU + FAITH SALIE + JOE KYE!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
HARI KONDABOLU

Comedian Hari Kondabolu might just be the smartest person you’ll meet this year. Forget that after earning his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin he went on to receive a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, and then worked for a time as an immigrant rights organizer in Seattle. Beyond that-- and probably, thanks to it-- his comedy is a complex blend of social commentary, honest personal experience, and trenchant political wit. He’s been on Fresh Air, he’s been on Conan and Kimmel, Letterman, and the mother of them all, Live Wire. His new album Mainstream American Comic has been talked up this year-- and now you can join that smart talk, professor.

FAITH SALIE

Faith Salie, Emmy--award winning contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, and host of PBS’ Science Goes To The Movies--could be called a journalist, actor, comedian, television host, radio personality, mother, Rhodes scholar, and college improv performer. Now we can add to that list author, as she recently published her first book, Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much.

 

JOE KYE

Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, musician Joe Kye is a master at remixing. A vocal immigrant rights advocate, a cover-er of today’s pop hits using a violin and his looping pedals, and a brilliant composer in his own right, Kye has gained notoriety-- opening for the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Senator Bernie Sanders, getting play on NPR, and performing at the White House. He doesn’t leave much to the “original version.”

June 1, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH KURT BRAUNOHLER
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

KURT BRAUNOHLER

Kurt Braunohler is lots of things, but he’s not lazy. Comedian, writer, performer, and podcaster, he’s best known for comedy album How Do I Land, and his long-running show with writing partner Kristen Schaal, Hot Tub. He’s also jet skied from Chicago to New Orleans for charity, and has been in dozens of TV shows and films, including the upcoming Apatow movie, The Big Sick. Crazy: maybe. Lazy: no.