Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Michael Arceneaux, John Craigie, and more!
Thu, Jun 11 at 7:30pm
Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard University-educated writer currently living in Harlem. Covering issues related to culture, sexuality, religion, race, and Beyoncé, Michael has written for Complex, Essence, The Guardian, New York Magazine, the New York Times, The Root, and many other publications. Additionally, he has lent his commentary to such outlets as MSNBC, NPR, SiriusXM, VH1, and Viceland. I Don’t Want to Die Poor (on sale April 7, 2020) is an unforgettable and relatable examination about what it’s like leading a life that often feels out of your control. But in Michael’s voice that’s “as joyful as he is shrewd” (BuzzFeed), these razor-sharp essays will still manage to make you laugh and remind you that you’re not alone in this often intimidating journey. Michael has never shied away from discussing his struggles with debt. In I Don’t Want to Die Poor he reveals the extent to which it has an impact on every facet of his life. It has had a huge influence on how he dates, how he seeks medical care, how he wrestles with the question of whether or not he should have chosen a more financially secure path, and how he has dealt with his “dream” turning into an ongoing nightmare as he realizes one bad decision could unravel all that he has earned. You know, actual “economic anxiety.” Hundreds of thousands of Americans grapple with these issues every day, and struggle to get ahead of their payments and not have their debt drown out their chance at economic stability. Michael’s essays could not be more relevant. From the New York Times bestselling author of I Can’t Date Jesus, which Vogue called “a piece of personal and cultural storytelling that is as fun as it is illuminating,” comes a wry and insightful essay collection that explores the financial and emotional cost of chasing your dreams.
Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own. Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “Highway Blood” and “I Am California.” Both quickly cracked One Million Spotify streams and counting as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.