Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Ibtihaj Muhammad, Melissa Febos, Dirty Revival + more
Thu, May 16 at 7:30pm
Ibtihaj Muhammad’s life and athletic career have been a series of advances and attacks against the limiting assumptions of society. Growing up in New Jersey as the only African-American Muslim at her school, Muhammad fought to be accepted into the primarily wealthy world of fencing. At the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Muhammad lunged into the international spotlight as the first Muslim-American woman to compete wearing a hijab and the very first to medal at an Olympic Games. Her book "Proud: Living My American Dream" details her perseverance in the face of discrimination, as she moved from a young outsider to a national hero - inspiring the first hijabi Barbie along the way!
Melissa Febos is a revelation. As the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir "Whip Smart", the story of her transformation from a college student to a professional dominatrix, Febos transformed her personal experiences into poetic and powerful prose. In her essay collection "Abandon Me", which The New Yorker called “mesmerizing,” Febos turned her attention to the bonds of love - and the many forms it can take. That collection was named one of the best books of 2017 by Esquire, Refinery29, LitHub, Electric Lit, and others. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, Febos will release her next collection of essays in 2020 - and we can’t wait to see what she reveals.
Dirty Revival is shaking things up as they make you boogie down. The seven-piece soul/rock band from Portland takes a democratic approach to their songwriting, with all members contributing to their unique sound - combining the soul and funk of the 60’s and 70’s, then walking right up to a more modern rock and pop sound. The lively group has shared the stage with musicians like George Clinton, performed at festivals across the country, and released a self-titled full-length album. Known for their inspired songwriting, electric live performances, and dynamic covers of classics, Dirty Revival will captivate you with their passion and performance.