Like college football and raking leaves, A Prairie Home Companion, the ubiquitous radio variety show heard by millions of listeners each year, is a fall Saturday-afternoon tradition. To kick off the new season at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Garrison Keillor and company will host a shindig in the streets following the broadcast. Exchange Street will be closed to traffic for a street dance with music by the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and revelers will feast on hearty helpings of piping hot meatloaf and mashed potatoes for just $5. PHC will broadcast six shows from St. Paul this season on October 4 and 11 and the first four Saturdays of November. As with every year, it's a good idea to get tickets long in advance. But if you don't manage to snare tickets to the show you want, there are still a couple of options for getting your Lake Wobegon fix: The cast performs Friday-evening previews of the broadcast for all shows but this week. Friday-night previews are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $21. The Fitzgerald also makes a very limited number of rush tickets available before broadcasts for $15. They go on sale at 4 p.m., but your best option is to show up at noon and get in line. $32-$48; $5 food; dance is free. 4:45 p.m. show; dinner at 6 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 4, 2008