Crosscut Live: Seattle vs. Spokane – Conversations across the Cascade Divide
4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Is living in Seattle all it's cracked up to be? Can Spokane serve as a creative utopia?
Join us on January 24th at Hale's Palladium for a conversation with artists, writers and comedians from Spokane -- and Seattle -- debating the pros and cons of forging a creative life in an urban vs. rural landscape.
Our inaugural Crosscut Live series delivers journalism and stories to the stage in an animated, casual setting with live music, videos and libations.
Knute Berger - Crosscut's Mossback, Berger was born and raised in Seattle and writes with his own Pacific Northwest perspective. He was a writer-in-residence at the Space Needle and has a cocktail named after him at Ivar's. You can read his column on Crosscut.com and see the popular "Mossback's Northwest" series on KCTS 9.
About the Panelists:
Jess Walter - The author of eight books, including the 2013 #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Ruins; The Zero, finalist for the 2006 National Book Award, and Citizen Vince, winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award.
Danny Westneat - Is a columnist for The Seattle Times who takes an opinionated look at the Puget Sound region's news, people and politics.
Whitney Mongé - A singer/songwriter and former Pike Place busker, Mongé moved to Spokane to Seattle in 2007 to kick-start her music career. She will discuss the different challenges artists face in these two cities, and perform a few songs as well.
Kate Lebo - A poet and a pie maker, Lebo has combined her love of literature and baking in three books: A Commonplace Book of Pie; Pie School; Pie and Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence. As an artist who left Seattle for Spokane, she'll share her perspective on the pros and cons of the two creative communities.
Emmett Montgomery - A comedian and storyteller who was made in Utah but has lived in Seattle for most of the 21st century and been failing beautifully on and off the stage for over a decade.
Harry Riley - Hailing from South Carolina, Riley got his start in Spokane Washington after his time in the United States Air Force. While there he became known as one of the areas top comedians.
About Crosscut Live
Our inaugural Crosscut Live series delivers journalism and stories to the stage in an animated, casual setting with live music, videos and libations. Come for a rich mix of storytelling, conversation, video, comedy and live music. You’ll laugh, you might cry, and you’ll definitely be challenged to look at the region through fresh and different eyes. You’ll come away with a shared community experience that leaves you better connected to your home and talking to your neighbors long after the night is over.
Crosscut arts coverage is made possible with support from Shari D. Behnke.