Fremont Abbey and KUOW welcome
Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Kurt Braunohler + Lara Prior-Palmer + Lavender Country + more!
Thu, May 23 at 7:30pm
Kurt Braunohler has made a lifelong commitment - to making the world a better place by inserting absurdity into the lives of strangers. The comedian, writer, actor and podcaster has been featured in films like “The Big Sick,” on TV in shows ranging from Bob’s Burgers to Drunk History, and his standup has appeared on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Show with Seth Meyers. His absurd stunts and acts have included hiring a skywriter to frantically write “how do I land” in the LA sky, and jet skiing from Chicago to New Orleans for charity. If you want your life to include laughs, eccentricity and joy, then you definitely want it to include the comedy of Kurt Braunohler.
In 2013, Lara Prior-Palmer took the expression “off to the races” to heart. With no preparation, she competed in the 1,000 kilometer Mongol Derby horse race in Mongolia, often called the toughest horse race in the world - and became both the youngest and first-ever female victor. That race, designed to replicate the horse messenger route developed by Genghis Khan, is the focus of Prior-Palmer’s fleet new book "Rough Magic". As she rode through extreme weather on a series of wild ponies, Palmer was driven by her love of horses, her sense of adventure, and a distinct feeling that she had nothing to lose. Your heart and mind will race in tandem with hers throughout this exhilarating, fast-paced debut memoir.
For Patrick Haggerty, his band Lavender Country is a true labor of love. He first recorded and released the self-titled album Lavender Country in 1973, making it the first known gay country band in music history. Five years ago, when it was rereleased, the album found a much more accepting public, wide acclaim, and was even the focus of an award-winning short documentary. Since then, Lavender Country has been touring to spread the message of love and acceptance in the face of violence and hate – mixed up with a little bit of rebellion. In 2019 they’ll release their very first new music since the beginning, using powerful and touching stories from Patrick’s life to create a dynamic, poignant sound. You’ll dance to the sounds of radical love with Lavender Country.