Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Colin O'Brady, James Westby, The Black Tones and more!
Thu, Feb 6 at 7:30pm
James Westby is magical when it comes to creating independent films. Called “a wizard of concision and a master of discomfort” by The New York Times, he writes, directs, and edits provocative films with no compromises. His latest is “At the Video Store,” an offbeat and bittersweet documentary featuring Bill Hader, John Waters, Nicole Holofcener, and an entire community of lovable weirdos. Westby’s films have played at the Tribeca Film Festival and hundreds of others. When it comes to creating independent films that both challenge and charm an audience, James Westby definitely has the secret sauce.
Portland native Colin O’Brady quite literally goes the distance - in a world record-breaking way. He holds the world record for the fastest to climb the tallest peak on all seven continents and in 2018 became the first person ever to cross the continent of Antarctica alone and without the aid of resupplies or wind/kite power. Since then, he's published a book about that experience, "The Impossible First," and returned to Antarctica to set yet another record. In December 2019, he and his crew completed the first human-powered row across the Drake Passage from Cape Horn to Antarctica. In 12 days, the 6-man team traveled over 600 miles of open ocean, battered by intense winds, giant swells, and stormy weather. This is just the latest in a string of seemingly unbelievable feats of skill, endurance, and determination by the former professional triathlete and outdoor adventurer. When he’s not traversing continents solo or speedily mountaineering, O’Brady champions his community impact through his nonprofit, Beyond 7/2, which encourages kids and communities to live active, healthy lives and pursue their dreams. O’Brady is a sought after speaker at Fortune 500 companies, conferences across the globe, and his TED talk has over 1 million views. He uses his own history of setbacks as an accelerant to reach greater heights and believes that we all have the ability to unlock the potential inside of us.
Simply put...The Black Tones are like a mixture of Kurt Cobain and cornbread. Consisting of founders/twin siblings Eva Walker on guitar/vocals and Cedric Walker on drums, the blues- and punk-based dynamo continuously project subversion, power and the potential for something new on stage.