SOLD OUT: Live Wire with Luke Burbank With Ed Asner + Edan Lepucki + Danez Smith + music from Chad VanGaalen

Live Wire with Luke Burbank

We’re partnering with Literary Arts for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival for this very special taping of Live Wire, the fastest growing entertainment show on public radio. We’ve got a late-night stride (even at a brunch show!) an Oscar Wilde wit, and the charisma of Ferris Bueller grand marshaling a parade. Music, comedy, and conversation, live and packed with surprises. Learn more about our guests for this show below.

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.

$20 ADV/DOS, $35 VIP First 5 Rows

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