In the January issue, culture-savvy readers will:

Live Wire Radio! host Luke Burbank and head writer Courtenay Hameister

← Discover how Portland’s radio variety show Live Wire, which has been cracking up local listeners for over a decade and just landed a new host, plans to conquer radio dials across the country.

◊ Read about Profile Theatre's new artistic director April Baer, who has caught our eye as one of the most dynamic new arts leaders in town. In her first year, she's directed Drammy-winning plays and overseen major changes, including moving the the 25-year-old company to Artsits Rep's building after Theater Theatre shuttered its doors.

◊ Uncover great things to put on their calendars with PoMo’s hot picks for January, from Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein to an investigation into Scientology's mysterious (and frankly outrageous) history.

◊ Welcome the soulful singer Liv Warfield home as she releases a new album after five years on the road with Prince.

◊ Celebrate the centennial of Portland's landmark music venue, the Crystal Ballroom, with a timeline and slide show of the ballroom's first 100 years (did you know if used to be raided for corrupting youth, to saying nothing of the James Brown and Grateful Dead concerts?!). 

◊ Learn why Pulitzer-nominated playwright Amy Freed chose to premiere her new play, The Monster-Builder, about an egomaniacal "starchitect," at Artists Repertory Theatre when she could have had almost any theater in the country.

◊ Get their daily dose of chuckles and go behind the scenes with these awesome extras from Live Wire.

Every Thursday: The city's best arts and entertainment, can't-miss events, plus artist interviews and ticket giveaways. (See an example!)