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THU, SEP 26

Chuck Klosterman + Tiffany Midge + Tacocat + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Chuck Klosterman wants to microdose you with his wildly creative fiction in his latest book of short stories, “Raised in Captivity.” The funny, wise, and weird collection ranges from tales of a man finding a puma in the first-class lavatory, to a couple considering a medical procedure to transfer the pain childbirth from the woman to the man, to a high school football coach who installs just one very special offensive play. Klosterman is the best-selling author of ten other books (including “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs”), co-founded the popular website Grantland, and served for three years as the Ethicist for “The New York Times Magazine.” His ceaseless originality and instantly recognizable writing style are on full display in this latest collection – go on and give yourself a dose.

Tiffany Midge is staring down colonialism – and laughing in its face. Her book “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s” is a compelling collection of life, politics, and identity as a Native woman in today’s America. With an artful mix of sly humor, social commentary and meditations on love and loss, Midge weaves short, stand-alone musings into a powerful – and powerfully funny – memoir. A citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, she’s the former humor columnist for Indian Country Today and teaches multi-genre humor writing that elevates awareness of social justice issues. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Offing, Waxwing, Moss, and World Literature Today. Midge’s ability to mix hilarious, head-on takedowns with powerful personal reflection make her memoir a must-read.

Seattle band Tacocat has a lot to say to you – wrapped up inside their trademark sparkling, energetic and hopeful music. In the last twelve years they’ve helped foster an increasingly diverse range of voices in the Seattle music scene as they continue to build their own fan base with their lyrical honesty, humor, and hit-making sensibilities. ‘This Mess is a Place,” the band’s fourth full-length album, is the antidote to apathy, and their sunny sound will have you ready to face anything.

THU, OCT 10

Megan-Phelps Roper + Adam Mansbach + Joe Kwaczala + Chastity Brown + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Megan Phelps-Roper has learned to say no to the haters. In 2012, the writer and activist split from the notorious Westboro Baptist Church – the church that was founded by her grandfather, Fred Phelps. She details her decision to take action and overcome divisions in her searing memoir “UNFOLLOW: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church.” She’s spoken about her departure widely on Twitter (which she credits with allowing her to have conversations with other people that opened her eyes), radio, and in her own TED Talk, which has been viewed over eight million times. She’s a model of what can happen when you start listening to others and start changing your beliefs – from hate to love.

Adam Mansbach is the king of feeding you hard truths alongside a bellyful of laughs. The massive #1 New York Times best-selling author of “Go the F*ck to Sleep” and “You Have to F*cking Eat,” Mansbach is back with the third book in the beloved series, “F*ck, Now There Are Two of You.” As with the first two books in the series, his use of profanity serves to hilariously channel the frustration and loving despair felt by parents around the world. Mansbach is also a novelist and the author of more than a dozen books, including the new “A Field Guide to the Jewish People.” If you’re ready to swear a little and laugh a lot, then Adam Mansbach has just the book for you.

Comedian Joe Kwaczala will rock your world. Originally from Pittsburgh, he started doing comedy in Chicago and has now made his way over to Los Angeles. Chosen as one of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” Comics to Watch in 2017, his Comedy Central Stand Up Presents half-hour special will air on the channel this year. He’s performed across the country, written for The Onion News Network, Clickhole, and MAD Magazine, and in 2018 released thirty-one sketch comedy videos in one day. A selection of those sketches were compiled into a TV pilot called “Kwaczala,” which won “Best Late Night Series” at Seriesfest 2019. In addition to his comedic work, Kwaczala knows everything about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has a podcast about it called “Who Cares About The Rock Hall?” Well, when it’s the very funny Joe Kwaczala talking about it – we care.

Chastity Brown grew up surrounded by country and soul. Based in Minnesota with roots in Tennessee, she played saxophone and drums and found her passion for music while attending a gospel church. Following a chance encounter with a white supremacist prior to one of her shows, Brown was inspired to write the song “Mad Love,” a statement of pride that serves as an anthem for forgiveness and self-acceptance. Brown’s style of melding folk, roots, and soul music with topical and resonant lyrics makes her music the sound of our current times. In her work and life Chastity Brown chooses love over hate, and we’re in love with her beautiful, meaningful, soulful sound.

THU, OCT 17

Ahmed Bharoocha + Matthew Zapruder + Pure Bathing Culture + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Ahmed Bharoocha is half Irish Catholic, half Pakistani-Indian-Burmese-Muslim, and 100% hilarious. He’s performed on “Conan” and Comedy Central, hit the festival circuit at places like Just for Laughs Montreal, Riot LA, and the Great American Comedy Festival, and produced viral sketch hits. His debut album, “Almond Badoody” (a play on how people pronounced his name) was called “playful and absurdist” by “Paste Magazine.” In addition to stand up, he’s also a series regular on the Adult Swim show “Dream Corp, LLC.” Add all that to his high energy performance punctuated with striking social commentary, and it’s clear that Bharoocha is the complete comedy package.

Matthew Zapruder wants to play with your perception of poetry. He’s the author of five collections including “Come On All You Ghosts,” a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and “Father’s Day,” as well as “Why Poetry,” a book of prose. A master of the form himself, he’s an editor-at-large for Wave Books, served as the Editor of the Poetry Column for the New York Times Magazine, and currently works as a college professor at Saint Mary’s College of California – all ventures which allow him to expand the understanding of poetry for writers and readers alike. If you’re looking for poetry that can expand your mind and broaden your appreciation of the form, Zapruder is for you.

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.

THU, OCT 24

Dave Hill + Emily Flake + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Dave Hill is exploring his roots and we’re all invited along on his genealogical joyride. His latest book, “Parking the Moose: One American’s Epic Quest to Uncover His Incredible Canadian Roots” explores the homeland of his grandfather and his own childhood obsession with his ¼ ancestry. Hill, a comedian, writer, musician, actor, radio host, and all-around joy maker in many forms, originally hails from Cleveland, OH. He’s appeared on “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” and others, and performs live comedy all over the world on stages like SXSW, Bumbershoot, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hill might be only a quarter Canadian, but his work across media is 100% hilarious.

Emily Flake sees your awkwardness, and raises you a hilarious book all about it. Her latest, “That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug” is filled with anecdotes, illustrations, and advice for dealing with the most bumbling of bodily encounters. Flake’s cartoons and humorous essays run regularly in The New Yorker, The Nib, and many other publications. Her weekly strip, “Lulu Eightball,” ran in alt-weeklies for many years. She’s written and illustrated two other books, “These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves” and “Mama Tried.” Her illustrations and cartoons appear in publications all over the world, including The New York Times, Newsweek, The Onion, The New Statesman, and Forbes. Flake’s hilarious illustrations and writing assure us that if we’re going to be hug awkwardly, we might as well laugh while we do it.

SAT, NOV 09

Portland Book Festival edition w/ Ross Gay, Edna Vazquez, and more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Ross Gay is coming to delight and dazzle, challenge and provoke you with his poetic new work, “The Book of Delights: Essays.” Gay is also the author of three books of poetry, including “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” winner of the 2015 National Books Critics Circle Award. His 2015 poem, “A Small Needful Fact,” about the death of Eric Garner in New York, has crisscrossed the internet, causing people to stop and read - and moving them to tears with just fifteen lines of poetry. In his new book, Gay expands this power of his to create emotion and feeling in the reader to the form of short lyric essays (or “essayettes”) that celebrate the simple and profound joys of daily living. His positive, yet complex writing illuminates the world we live in funny, poetic, and philosophical ways that will stay with you.

Edna Vazquez is all about boundary pushing. The fearless singer, songwriter, and guitarist writes and performs original compositions that cross the genres of alternative rock, folk, pop, and R&B seamlessly. She’s worked and performed with the Bravo Youth Orchestras at the MGM in Las Vegas, and at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She is also currently touring with musical supergroup Pink Martini, sharing a special version of her son “Sola Soy.” Edna Vazquez’s powerful voice and musical talent delivers a message of light, love, and cultural healing that will convince you some boundaries are arbitrary.

SUN, NOV 10

Portland Book Festival edition w/ Saeed Jones, Ages & Ages, and more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 11:00am
Show: 12:00pm

Saeed Jones is coming out fighting with his brand-new, searing memoir “How We Fight For Our Lives.” Jones writes at the intersection of sex, race, and power as he crafts his coming-of-age story as a young, black gay man from the South battling to find where he fits in. Through a series of vignettes that blend poetry and prose, Jones crosses the American landscape as he tells his story in sensual, beautiful writing. He is also the author of “Prelude to a Bruise,” winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. He previously worked as the co-host of Buzzfeed’s morning show, “AM to DM,” and served as the LGBTQ and Culture editor for the site. Jones’ work reflects the fight to become our true selves, and that’s a fight we definitely want to pick.

Ages and Ages have been in musical group therapy for the past three years. Following their acclaimed 2016 album “Something to Ruin,” Tim Perry and Rob Oberdofer (along with drummer and co-producer Evan Railton) started to work together on new music twice a week. The meetings also helped them deal with their uneasy feelings and anxiety in regards to the news, confronting complicated, dark questions while remaining optimistic. This became the core of their new album, “Me You They We.” The ten song LP shines a light through the murkiness and highlights the band’s glistening sound and perceptive lyrics. Working it out worked – and Ages and Ages has a new album that feels like a true statement of purpose for the band.

FRI, NOV 15

Mo Rocca + Jimmie Herrod + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Mo Rocca is into examining the dead. The TV correspondent and writer has long been fascinated with obituaries, and with “Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Living,” (the book companion to his podcast of the same name) he dives deep into examining the lives of dead people we should know on a deeper level. From fleshing out Thomas Paine’s woefully brief writeup, to expanding upon little-known elements of Audrey Hepburn’s wartime upbringing, Rocca presents rigorously researched and charmingly irreverent accounts. This journalist, humorist, and history buff is an Emmy winner, the author of “All the Presidents’ Pets,” a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning,” and a frequent panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” He was a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and currently hosts “The Henry’s Ford’s Innovation Nation” Saturday mornings on CBS. Take it from Mo – these are the people you want to know.

When you listen to Jimmie Herrod sing, you know you’re hearing a master. The Pacific Northwest-based artist, who now splits time between Portland and Paris, has toured throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, and is a regular guest vocalist with legendary superband Pink Martini. He recorded “Exodus,” his first single with Pink Martini, in 2018, along with a solo album of original works, “Falling in Love and Learning to Love Myself.” Herrod’s soaring voice and masterful command of the stage is something to experience for yourself.

THU, NOV 21

Jami Attenberg + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Jami Attenberg makes the hard work of writing look easy in The Big Easy. The author of seven novels, her latest book “All This Could Be Yours,” tracks a New Orleans family grappling with their patriarch and themselves as he nears the end of his life. Attenberg’s pitch-perfect characters complement what “Marie Claire” called her “sparkling prose.” Her books “The Middlesteins” and “All Grown Up” were best sellers, and her essays have been published widely in outlets like “The Sunday Times,” “Longreads,” and “The New York Times Magazine.” An inspiration in the writing community, her #1000wordsofsummer challenge is taken up by thousands of writers each year. What Jamie Attenberg writes, we read – that part’s easy.

SAT, DEC 14

John Hodgman + Jon Mooallem
Venue: The Neptune
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm

The New York Times bestselling author of, “Vacationland,” John Hodgman returns to memoir with his trademark whip smart humor to cover topics like the strangeness of his own career and his shifting work identity in his new book, “Medallion Status.” In addition to his writing, Hodgman performs comedy across the country, hosts the popular "Judge John Hodgman" podcast, where he settles serious disputes between real people, and contributes a weekly column under the same name for The New York Times Magazine. With Hodgman as our guide, we’re ready for a hilarious and revealing exploration of setbacks, reality checks, and in-real-life status updates.

Jon Mooallem is a pro at walking it out. As the creator of the WALKING podcast - which was named a best podcast of the year by “The A.V. Club” and one of 100 Podcasts Worth Listening To by “New York Magazine” – he takes listeners on hour-long walks with him through the woodlands of the Pacific Northwest. A longtime writer-at-large with “The New York Times Magazine” and a contributor to outlets like “This American Life” and “Wired,” Mooallem’s expertise in conservation, animal life, and the relationship between humans and nature makes him the perfect partner for your own forays. He walks and talks, you listen and do what you do, and we all reflect on the natural bonds that tie us together.

 

THU, DEC 19

Leah Sottile + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:30pm

Leah Sottile dives deep. A freelance journalist whose profiles, investigations, and essays have been featured by the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, California Sunday Magazine, Outside, and Playboy, among others, her work is defined by the ability to draw her audience into the web of the story she is telling – whether that’s about a legendary Bigfoot sighting, Evel Knievel, or the rise, fall and resurgence of the Bundy family and the armed uprisings they inspired. Her podcast on that topic, Bundyville, produced in conjunction with Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and is now in its second season. An Oregon resident, Sottile appears on OPB and has won awards for her reporting on the Pacific Northwest. For reporting and writing that exposes and enlightens, Leah Sottile is your go-to deep diver.