Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Paul F. Tompkins, Patterson Hood, Anuradha Bhagwati, Judge Xiomara Torres, and more!
Thu, Jun 6 at 7:30pm
If you’re looking for comedy and podcast royalty, look no further than Paul F. Tompkins. A comedian, actor, and writer, he’s appeared on over two hundred episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang!, hosts the popular improvised SPONTANEANATION podcast, and charms audiences all over with his live comedy shows. TV-wise, Tompkins has appeared on HBO’s "Mr. Show" and voices the character of Mr. Peanutbutter on the hit Netflix animated series "Bojack Horseman". Style-wise, he always performs in a suit and tie. All hail the king!
Patterson Hood is a modern Renaissance man across many mediums. He’s a prolific writer, performer, and lecturer, whose character-driven stories with political subtext can take the shape of songs, op-eds, essays, lecture, or short stories. He’s best known as front-man, singer, songwriter, and guitar player for the critically acclaimed rock and roll band Drive-by Truckers, whose most recent album, 2016’s American Band, delves into and examines the topics that matter most in current America. This Renaissance man has a lot to say about his Southern upbringing and the current state of our country, and the fact that he can say it in such a plethora of forms makes his message even more potent.
Anuradha Bhagwati is all talk and all action. The writer, activist and Marine Corps veteran’s first book, “Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience,” draws on her own experience to take the military to task for misogyny and sexual assault in the armed forces. In 2007 Bhagwati founded the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) which advocates for the causes in the book and helped to overturn the ban on women in combat. In addition to her writing and activism, Bhagwati is also a regular media commentator on issues related to national security, women’s rights, civil rights, and mental health, and is the recipient of numerous awards. In her work and activism Bhagwati speaks, writes, and takes aim at some of the most important issues facing our modern military.
Judge Xiomara Torres has lived a dramatic and uplifting life thus far. Born in El Salvador, Torres immigrated to the United States as a child, went through the foster care system, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, before earning her law degree at Lewis and Clark. The first in her family to attend college, Torres interned with U.S. District Court of Oregon Judge Anna Brown and worked in Washington, DC for Senator Conrad Burns of Montana and Congressman Esteban Torres (no relation) of California. Following law school, Torres worked as a judicial clerk at a firm in Portland, representing indigent juvenile clients before being named to the bench in 2017. She currently serves on the Multnomah Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors – and in terms of that drama, Milagro Theater recently staged a play written about her life.