January 9 & 16, 2010
2:45 p.m. PT

San Francisco, CA

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Two live broadcast performances from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, CA

Special Guests:

January 16: Chanticleer, Frederica Von Stade, Elvin Bishop, Jean Redpath


Limited seats available.

$20 RUSH SEATS, including standing room tickets, will be available at City Box Office for both shows beginning at 12:30pm, Saturday January 9 and January 16.

Where to buy tickets:
Tickets available at City Box Office,, or by phone at (415) 392-4400.

Venue Map/directions:

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About the venue: the War Memorial Opera House, a palace that opened in 1932, a granite and terra cotta beauty, with high windows with keystones with lion's head carved into them, lions with sharp teeth. Across a courtyard surrounded by a cast iron fence is the San Francisco War Memorial, a courtyard that is medieval looking with trimmed hedges and knobby old trees. The War Memorial Building is where the United Nations charter was signed in 1945, and also the peace treaty with Japan after World War II.

Across Van Ness is City Hall, with its gold trimmed dome, slightly higher than the dome of the United States Capitol in Washington. Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married there in 1954, and more recently a lot of men, and a lot of women couples, a matter which is now in the courts, just as Joe and Marilyn's was eventually.

These three monumental buildings were all designed by Arthur Brown Jr, and they're flanked by a State of California office building to the north and the new Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall to the south; both handsome contemporary buildings with curved facades, bold, holding their own with the classic old ones, and the Civic Center Plaza beyond, and a statue of a lawyer named Hall McAllister, "Learned, Able, Eloquent - A Fearless Advocate - A Courteous Foe." The Civic Center Plaza beyond, and the Supreme Court of California and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium; and the old Library, now the Asian Arts Museum, and a number of other government office buildings, all of them pretty good looking, and some homeless people sleeping on the grass under blankets, bikes nearby, and a dog. They may have been homeless, I didn't wake them up to ask. It's not what you think of when you think of San Francisco. Not many old hippies down here, or Victorian houses, or coffeehouses. Good to have solid things in a time of change.

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Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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