October 30, 2004
Halloween tricks and end-of-election-season treats at the Fitz this week. Plus, bluegrass greats Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are back in St. Paul for the first time in three years. Vocalist Prudence Johnson and fiddler, guitarist and mandolinist John Niemann are featured as well.

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Segment 1
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:02:45Vampire Song ("Can't Take My Eyes Off Your Throat") - Tim Russell
00:03:17GK talks about the election
00:03:58"Jekyll & Slide" - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
00:06:16"Lovesick Blues" - GK and Shoe band
Segment 2
00:08:49Candidates script
00:13:48GK introduces Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
00:14:16"Martha White Theme" - Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
00:15:27GK talks to Rhonda Vincent
00:16:15"Frankie Belle" - Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
Segment 3
00:19:22GK talks about Charlie Waller
00:19:47"Bringing Mary Home" - GK with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
00:22:54English Majors script
00:24:55Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 4
00:26:46"Haunted House" - John Niemann and Shoe Band
00:30:10GK talks about Halloween and witner coming
00:30:47Vampire contest
00:32:55"Magic Flute/Halloween Aria" - Maria Jette, Charles Kemper, Rich Dworsky, and Gary Raynor
00:36:44Fred Farrell Ad script
00:37:43"Banks of the Ohio" - GK, Prudence Johnson, and Shoe Band
00:41:46Guy Noir Script
00:54:40GK talks to Rhonda Vincent
00:55:16"Kentucky Borderline" - Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
00:59:12Intermission/"St. Lous Blues" - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
Segment 5
01:03:54Welcome Back/Greetings
01:06:50"You Don't Love God if You Don't Love Your Neighbor" - GK and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
01:11:00"Worms," "Anne Boylen," "Lady Isabel" - Department of Folk Song with Prudence Johnson
01:19:16"Otello," "Halloween Aria" - Maria Jette and Charles Kemper
Segment 6
01:23:53The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 7
01:39:30The Raven - GK, with Shoe Band underscore
01:49:13Catchup script
01:52:40"Long Black Veil" - GK, Prudence Johnson, Shoe Band
01:55:30Credits, "Parting Glass," "Fire on the Mountain"

Photos from the show
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Actors Tim Russell and Sue Scott, with a message from the English Majors of America. Guitarist John Niemann plays a part in our Halloween celebration, with "Haunted House."
Garrison Keillor joins vocalist Prudence Johnson on the "Banks of the Ohio." Guy Noir goes trick-or-treating, with performances by (left to right) sound-effects man Tom Keith, actors Tim Russell and Sue Scott, and Garrison Keillor.
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage with a performance of "You Don't Love God if You Don't Love Your Neighbor." Garrison Keillor, with another edition of The News from Lake Wobegon.

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  • English Majors script
  • Fred Farrell Ad script
  • Guy Noir
  • Catchup script

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  • Tishomingo Blues
  • Otello/Halloween Aria
  • Vampire Contest

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    Agnes Corrigan
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    What nice daughters Agnes Corrigan of Milwaukee has! Jean (left) and Kathleen (right) wanted to treat their mom to a birthday celebration of dinner and her favorite show, so they waited in the Fitz's rainy rush line on October 30 while we chatted with Agnes in the lobby. We caught up with the trio of teachers after the show, and were happy to hear Agnes report that her favorite part was the message from the English Majors of America. Here's a message from us, Agnes: Happy birthday.

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