TJ Dawe is arguably the Fringe’s greatest storyteller, and Burn Job is another impressive achievement in Dawe’s ongoing search for himself. How’s this for a hook: “The first time I ever did acid, I set a massive field ablaze.” But as we’re waiting for the rest of that adventure, the performer takes us into wormholes about the various cast-off obsessions of his youth: comic books, Top 40 radio, A Clockwork Orange.
Dawe’s stories are exquisitely crafted, whether they’re primarily funny (his teenage friend’s badass pranks) or informative (I learned a lot about Anthony Burgess), and his perspectives on both youthful folly and adult self-deception are smart, nuanced, and generous. If you’ve ever had to revise your idea of who you are (and who hasn’t?), you’ll relate.
Places to go nearby
Approx. 15 minutes away
Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant
Ethiopian cuisine featuring lamb stew and vegetarian dishes.More info
Wide selection of primo beers on tap, mainly from West Coast microbreweries.More info
Spanish-style tapas made from locally sourced produce, Ocean Wise seafood, and nonmedicated meat.More info
Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar
Sushi and small plates by chef Akira Kishimoto.More info