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FRI, NOV 15

Mo Rocca + Heather Christle + 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.

Heather Christle’s new book is a guaranteed tearjerker. Why? Because it’s called “The Crying Book,” and it researches the act of crying – what it is, why we do it, and how grief and joy are intertwined throughout our lives. Her investigation gets into science, history, and her own lived experiences as she explores how tears and what’s behind them can shape our choices and lives. This is Christle’s first book of nonfiction; she’s the author of the poetry collections The Difficult Farm; The Trees The Trees, which won the Believer Poetry Award; What Is Amazing; and Heliopause. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, London Review of Books, Poetry, and many other journals, and she teaches creative writing at Emory University.

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 + Federale + 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.

Federale has always told stories of breathtaking scope through their cinematic, western-tinged soundscapes – but as they’ve evolved, what began as a purely instrumental project has started to incorporate more and more words. With their most recent album, “No Justice,” all the songs except two contain stunning, precise lyrics, backed by members of the Oregon Symphony. The fifth album by the group feels like a fully realized expression of their music – music that serves as the soundtrack to the most captivating spaghetti westerns that never were. Honeyed voices, rumbling riffs and plaintive whistling all swirl together in the group’s most ambitious project to date. With “No Justice,” Federale has expanded their already wildly expressive sound – and their increased vocabulary serves to only deepen the immersive experience of listening to their music.

SAT, DEC 14 (Seattle)

John Hodgman + Jon Mooallem + Allen Stone + more!
Venue: The Neptune (Seattle)
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.

Allen Stone is a singer who combines soul, energy, and authenticity to create an irresistible musical mix. His evocative career takes another leap forward with the release of his third soul-stirring funk and R&B album, “Building Balance.” Stone grew up in Washington state, the son of the pastor of a local church which immersed him in gospel music as a child. “Building Balance” is inspired by his own experiences becoming a husband and father, and infuses his music with passion and personality. Stone has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as at the Special Olympics opening ceremony, toured with Train, and been a guest mentor on American Idol.

 

THU, DEC 19

Leah Sottile + Chioke l’Anson + Joseph + 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.

Chioke l’Anson is a fan of the fast lane. The motorcycle enthusiast, who claims he would rather be riding right this second, combines his love of speed with a background in philosophy – and a current gig as the voice of public radio. An Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, you can also hear l’Anson as the Voice of Underwriting for NPR. His teaching and his work in radio and podcasting are powerful amplifiers for getting his message and viewpoints across to a wider audience.

If you like your music beautifully blended and perfectly in sync, then you’re going to love the triple sister act of musical group Joseph. The group, made up of Natalie Schepman and her twin sisters Allison and Meegan Closner, recently released their new album “Good Luck, Kid” on ATO Records – an effort that Paste called “…the biggest, boldest, most realized thing Joseph have ever released." The family affair is currently on tour headlining their biggest venues yet, bringing their upbeat anthems and lovely lullabies to audiences across the US.