Friday, June 22, 7 p.m.Tickets: $10
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It’s a little bit This American Life and a little bit rock-n-roll! Every fourth Friday, some of the most engaging writers and performers in Arizona, and the nation, will share their funny, compelling and TRUE stories fused together by kicky, live music! Inspired by the amazing Sit ‘N’ Spin in Los Angeles, Lit Lounge starts Friday, June 22 and features The New York Times best-selling author Beth Lisick and stand-up comedian extraordinaire Leslie Barton!
Beth Lisick is a writer and performer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her books include the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool and the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself. Lisick has toured the U.S. and Europe as a solo spoken word performer, front person for the band The Beth Lisick Ordeal, and member of the groundbreaking queer roadshow Sister Spit. Her other projects include comedic performance for the stage and screen with Tara Jepsen, curating the monthly Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte, and teaching creative writing to young adults. She played the female lead in Frazer Bradshaw’s award-winning feature film Everything Strange and New and recently received a grant from the Creative Work Foundation to write a book about the developmentally disabled artists at Creativity Explored. Yokohama Threeway, a book on Sister Spit press (a new imprint of City Lights) is due out in 2013. bethlisick.com
Leslie Barton produces and writes the What The F*ck Variety Hour as part of the Saturday Late Night Series at Space 55. She’s known around Phoenix for fronting punk bands such as Uber Alice and Breakfast of Champions ages ago, as well as rocking the comedy stage with her unique brand of stand-up. This year she's acted in Carrie Behrens' radio play, Night Of The Chicken Part 2: The Rise Of Aunt Lulu, and in the Duane Daniels directed stage play, Australia.
Ken Blackburn attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Rochester, where he received a master’s degree in European history. He’s been a high school teacher, a headmaster of a private school, and currently manages a securities firm in Scottsdale. He writes creative nonfiction and has participated in writing workshops with Susan Southard, Tania Katan, Gretel Ehrlich, and Bernard Cooper.
Jo Robbins is an MFA candidate at the University of California at Riverside. She has found where she belongs – among the misfits and openhearted artists that strive to touch the noun in meaningful. Robbins holds a BA in women's studies from Arizona State University, as well as the prestigious title of Mom, two times over, without the cumbersome ring. Her poetry and stories have been seen/heard at Dirty Laundry Lit in Los Angeles and The Rogue Room Recordings and she still finds time to blog.
Micheal Weakley is an enthusiastic southerner whose wit and ability to tell a good story has won him first place in the Arizona Republic Storytelling series. When he's not telling stories, he's performing stand-up comedy. You can catch him the last Tuesday of every month cracking up local hipsters at the Film Bar or as the host of the Phoenix Pride Community stage.
Doug Bale has played original music in the Tempe/Phoenix Music scene for years. Opening up for local greats such as Dead Hot Workshop, Fatigo and Gloritone; Bale – with some of Phoenix's finest players – has showcased his version of alternative pop with hints of Twang here and there. Introspective, quirky songs from the heart and the neurotic headache state ooze out of the Low-Fi ensemble. Also part of the local art scene, Doug's Art and illustrations can be seen at www.dougbale.com
Questions? Please contact the Patron Services Box Office at 480-499-TKTS (8587).