A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor's Rhubarb Show
Introducing the Rhubarb Show, a new late-night cabaret series at the Fitzgerald Theater, packed with young upstarts and old veterans—from hip-hop vagabonds to blues harmonica to twangy folk-rock.

March 27, 2004
This week we featured country guitar virtuoso Johnny Hiland, folk singer/guitarist Spider John Koerner, gritty folk singer Mike Gunther, singer/songwriter Marlee MacLeod, and experimental folky electronica outfit Spaghetti Western. Plus Pat Donohue leads the Rhubarb Show's house blues band, featuring your favorite regular members of Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.

April 3, 2004
This is the second of a series of special late-night cabaret performances at the Fitzgerald Theater. This week we featured Jazz singer Jennifer Grimm, gospel group House of Mercy, piano legend Willie Murphy, Mike Gunther, Spider John Koerner, and the Rhubarb House Band.

April 17, 2004
This is the third of a series of special late-night cabaret performances at the Fitzgerald Theater. The Minnesota-based musicians featured on this week's show are hip-hop band Heiruspecs, folkster Ben Connelly, jazz singer Jennifer Grimm, lounge-rockers Coach Said Not To, Jeff Horwich on saxophone, and Minnesota blues piano institution Willie Murphy.

May 8, 2004
This week's lineup includes instrumental "space rock" band Tiki Obmar; folky singer-songwriter Ben Connelly; rapper Toki Wright; folk-electonica group Spaghetti Western; comic Nate Ford; folk-blues man John Koerner; guitarist Adam Granger; and Jeff Horwich on sax with the Blue Rockets!

Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance

In Garrison Keillor's latest book, Lake Wobegon native Margie Krebsbach dreams up the idea of a trip to Rome, hoping to get her husband Carl to make love to her — he's been sleeping across the hall and she has no idea why. She finds a patriotic purpose for the journey. A Lake Wobegon boy, Gussie Norlander, died in the liberation of Rome, 1944, and his grave, according to his elderly brother, Norbert, is in a neglected weed patch near the Colosseum...

It's a story of Wobegonians in a strange land, telling stories of kinship and self-revelation — all delivered with Keillor's trademark humor.

77 Love Sonnets by Garrison Keillor

77 Love Sonnets From Garrison Keillor:
“When I was 16, Helen Fleischman assigned me to memorize Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 29, ‘When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state’ for English class, and fifty years later, that poem is still in my head. Algebra got washed away, and geometry and most of biology, but those lines about the redemptive power of love in the face of shame are still here behind my eyeballs, more permanent than my own teeth. The sonnet is a durable good. These 77 of mine include sonnets of praise, some erotic, some lamentations, some street sonnets and a 12-sonnet cycle of months. If anything here offends, I beg your pardon, I come in peace, I depart in gratitude.”

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