And for a bit of Star-Wars-relatedAPHC trivia — Episode IV was originally released on May 25th, 1977 — James Earl Jones has actually appeared on the show. He joined us to read a poem and appear in a few scripts during a February 1996 broadcast from the Fitz. (The audio is not available in our online archive, unfortunately.)
“And then there is North Dakota, which is sheer grandeur, but you have to get off the freeway and get out of the car and walk. If you hike 10 miles at night on the High Plains of North Dakota, it could change your life. And for the good.”—Garrison talks about where in America he gets “carried away” in a recent Q&A in the New York Times
(If you’re curious, yours truly is usually only half-listening to the live show since I’m running around the venue to shoot our web videos but I listen to the archived stream on Monday mornings to make sure it’s working correctly. If I’m not traveling with the show, I listen at home while eating pizza and take a few notes so I can update the website when the broadcast is over.)
A lot of listeners mention that they tune in to the show while cooking dinner on Saturday nights and that got us wondering… how do you listen, Tumblrers? Do you make time for the live broadcast on Saturday, catch a Sunday rebroadcast, or stream online at work? Come for the scripts and skip the music? Ignore the world for two hours or check off a few to-do items while you follow the latest Lake Wobegon gossip?
It’s been spring and the grass is lush and green and the flowers are up. It’s just gorgeous. It’s that time of year in Minnesota when it’s too warm to snow again and not quite warm enough to go swimming.
Corrine Tollerud returns from college having discovered Kierkegaard, Mr. Holmberg avoids a public speaking sentence, and Father Wilmer receives an unusual bequest.
On the 17th of May, Rammstein will be playing in the Honda Center in Anaheim California, near where I live. Rammstein are a very loud German band who sing aggressively sexual songs and during their live shows, everything is on fire. Their latest single is called Mein Land, which will give you an idea.
I’ve bought all their albums on CD, the actual physical discs, ever since Sehnsucht, and I think they’re awesome. I’m not really good with crowds, and I assume my aversion will be aggravated by the sort of tomfoolery these yahoos will be bent on, but I might take the risk this one time. The tickets range from $63 to $107.
On the 13th July, Prairie Home Companion will be recording in the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, close to where I live. A Prairie Home Companion is a radio show that’s been running since 1974 and it’s kind of awesome. It takes the form of an old-timey radio variety show, and they always broadcast live, usually from St. Paul, Minnesota. They have traditional country songs, and new songs in the traditional country style, and regular skits like Guy Noir, private eye and the weekly news from Lake Woebegone, which always seems to be covered in snow and irritating animals having rocks thrown at them by bored Lutherans. The whole thing is bullshit, of course, but it’s often hilarious and sometimes sad, but in the nice way. Their audience appears to be composed entirely of white people over the age of 60, but I like it.
I’ve been following Garrison Keillor as an author since 1989, when I bought Lake Woebegone Days, thinking it was a real place. The ticket prices haven’t gone live yet, but they’ll probably be somewhere around $50.
I can justify buying tickets for one of these shows.
HELP ME DECIDE, FOLLOWERS!
IN B4 “both”; I have no income and I feel bad enough about the non-essential expenditure that one of these shows represents.
Could we sway the decision if we talked the Shoe Band into getting a pyrotechnics rig just for this show?