Live Wire with Luke Burbank
Oct 4, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Tommy Pico
Eli Saslow
Emily Heller
The Helio Sequence

Join Emmy award-winning host Luke Burbank for the taping of Live Wire, the fastest growing entertainment show on public radio. We’ve got a late-night stride, an Oscar Wilde wit, and the charisma of Ferris Bueller grand marshaling a parade. Music, comedy, and conversation, live and packed with surprises.

$20 Advance
$35 Preferred Seating (First 5 rows of Front Center Section - available in advance only)

Doors open at 6:30

Guests subject to change.
Live Wire | 7:30 PM
Now in its fifteenth year, Live Wire is committed to bringing friends and artists together to celebrate and capture the intimacy and energy of live theater for radio listeners everywhere. An independently produced non-profit in Portland, OR, the show turns people on to an eclectic cadre of artists, musicians, writers, comedians and cultural observers. With momentum driven by our new host, Luke Burbank at the helm, the show is now the fastest growing entertainment offering on public radio. more >>>
Tommy Pico | 7:30 PM
Tommy “Teebs” Pico is doing something epic – literally. This year he released Junk, the third in a series of book-length poems (following IRL and Nature Poem), a body of work that the Whiting Award called “contemporary epics” of “rare brilliance.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, Pico now co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, is a contributing editor at Literary Hub, and co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude in Brooklyn. With hyper-modern language and devastating wit, Pico’s writing examines cultural erasure, queer identity, and social conscience – and, oh yeah, “Junk” does it all in couplets. Now that’s epic. more >>>
Eli Saslow | 7:30 PM
In his Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage for the Washington Post, Eli Saslow reveals the human stories behind the most divisive issues of our time. From racism and poverty to addiction and mass shootings, Saslow’s work uncovers the impact of major national issues on individuals and families.

Saslow won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for a series of stories about food stamps and food insecurity in the United States. Collected into the book American Hunger, his stories were praised as “unsettling and nuanced...forcing readers to grapple with issues of poverty and dependency.” Saslow was also named one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing in 2013, 2016 and 2017.

Saslow is a longtime staff writer for the Washington Post, where he was initially a sportswriter. He has reported for 42 states and six countries. He covered the 2008 presidential campaign as well as President Obama’s life in the White House.

His first book, Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President, examined President Obama’s daily habit of reading ten random letters from Americans. Four of his stories have been anthologized in Best American Sportswriting, and he is an occasional contributor to ESPN The Magazine. more >>>
Emily Heller | 7:30 PM
Emily Heller is a comedian and writer who likes you very much. If you watch TV, you may have seen her tell jokes on her own half hour special for Comedy Central, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Maron, Inside Amy Schumer, @midnight, Chelsea Lately, or as a series regular on the TBS show Ground Floor. She has been named a “New Face” at the 2012 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and a “Comic to Watch” by both Variety and Comedy Central. She has served as a writer on TV shows for Fox, NBC, HBO, and TBS, most recently the 2018 Bill Hader series Barry. Along with Lisa Hanawalt, she is also the cohost of the long running podcast Baby Geniuses on the Maximum Fun network. Her debut album Good For Her is available now on Kill Rock Stars. As far as nicknames, she prefers “Hell Bone.“. more >>>
The Helio Sequence is an American indie rock duo rolling into their third decade of making music together. In that time they’ve recorded six albums, toured extensively, and, no big deal, totally revamped their creative process. Their 2015 self-titled album is the result of using their new full-service recording and production studio, Helio Sound, to record as much as possible in one month. That experiment in letting creativity push past constraint led to twenty-six potential tracks, whittled down to ten with the votes of friends, family, and fans. The ones that made the cut created the breathless, magnetic album that Paste called “career-defining.” Almost twenty years in, The Helio Sequence shows no signs of unraveling. more >>>