In years past, it was much more likely Carrie Brownstein would be passing through San Francisco with a guitar in hand, playing to a packed club as part of her numerous musical outlets, namely Sleater-Kinney. Then in 2011, she made her acting debut with Fred Armisen on Portlandia and the show became not only a hit, but a cultural phenomenon.

Now City Arts & Lectures, in conjunction with Noise Pop, has invited her to speak in a conversation with local writer, novelist and 826 Valencia co-founder Vendela Vida tonight at the historic Nourse Theater in San Francisco’s Performing Arts Center.

Brownstein, along with Armisen, soon became forerunners of a new brand of comedians satirizing the current hipster culture—something most Bay Area residents should have first-hand experience with. She’s also a seasoned writer, with her work published in The New York Times, Slate, The Believer and popular blog for NPR Music. She is working on her first memoir, as well.

The discussion will surely touch upon Brownstein’s second career as a writer, actress, and comedian, but those hoping for her to touch upon her musical career shouldn’t be disappointed. City Arts & Lectures are known for their in-depth and lively conversations with artists, writers and today’s leading minds.

For those who can’t make the talk, a radio broadcast will be aired July 27 on KQED 88.5 FM.

More info and tickets.

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