Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Naomi Ekperigin, Pam Houston, Nadya Okamoto + Shook Twins
Thu, Apr 4 at 7:30pm
Naomi Ekperigin is ball of talent wrapped in a cloak of charm surrounded by a cloud of delight. She’s a prolific actor, stand-up comedian, and writer who has written for "Great News", "Broad City", and HBO’s upcoming series "Mrs. Fletcher". She’s told hilarious and insightful jokes on "Late Night with Seth Meyers", HBO’s "2 Dope Queens", and in her very own Comedy Central half hour special. She also co-hosts the popular live show and podcast Couples Therapy which combines the fun of a comedy show with the intimacy of a therapy session. If you’re looking for the whole comedy package, then gleefully unwrap Naomi Ekperigin’s body of work.
Pam Houston is living the high life. The author of the new memoir "Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country," Houston literally lives 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. Her compassionate, intimate stories have been selected for anthologies of The O. Henry Award, Best American Travel Writing, and The Pushcart Prize, she's published two novels, two collections of short stories, and a collection of essays, and she is Professor of English at UC Davis. In her deeply observed work, Houston creates a profound sense of place and passion for the land — allowing her readers to live high alongside her.
Nadya Okamoto is doing something unusual - taking a leave of absence from Harvard to help change the narrative around menstrual periods. At just twenty years old, the Portland, OR native is the Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of 16. Now the largest youth-run NGO in the field of women’s health, PERIOD’s mission is to celebrate and destigmatize menstrual cycles and provide products to those in need. Since 2014 they have arranged assistance for over 400,000 periods and registered over 230 campus chapters. Okamoto published her debut book, "Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement", in 2018. Nadya Okamoto is creating change and changing social norms. Period.
Shook Twins may be identical, but they create music that is truly one-of-a-kind. The sisters - Katelyn on vocals and guitar, and Laurie on banjo and vocals - pay homage to everyone from a late grandpa and godfather to Bernie Sanders on their fourth album, “Some Good Lives.” The album examines how everyone in your life will write their own chapter in your story. Iconic author Neil Gaiman has said of Shook Twins, “They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” With the addition of a full band, the siblings have evolved beyond “folk pop” to include influences of disco, funk, and soul in their new sonic palette. The connected duo continue to grow together musically and emotionally with this heart-felt, personal, and beautiful new album.