Yesterday, AT&T Performing Arts Center announced the lineup for the fifth season of its speaker series #hearhere, and, honestly, it’s a little weird.
The season starts off strong with speakers Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, who created Serial, the most listened-to podcast of all time. They’ll be talking about the making of their groundbreaking series at the Winspear on March 19.
Then comes pro wrestler, actor, and producer John Cena. Unusual choice, but okay! Apparently, he is Make-A-Wish’s most requested wish granter of all time, as well as the most popular athlete on all of Facebook. I wanted to hate, but he seems like a nice dude. A quick Google search revealed that he is also a motivational speaker, so he’s got that going for him. He’ll be at the Winspear on April 25.
Next up is Martha Stewart, Emmy Award-winning TV host, bestselling author, “America’s most trusted lifestyle expert,” and felon. Wasn’t she just here? Whatever. She’s coming back with tips and tricks on May 29.
The season is topped off with Oscar winner Jane Fonda, who co-founded the Women’s Media Center with Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan. She’ll be touching on everything from her long and fruitful acting career, to her fitness empire, to her philanthropic endeavors at the Winspear on July 8.
It’s a refreshingly female-forward lineup after last year, but it’s also totally white.
Four-show packages are on sale now, ranging from $193 to $423. Single show tickets will be released later.