As I've mentioned here lately, the final broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor is coming along very soon, in July. The show will continue starting in October, with new host Chris Thile, but Keillor is winding up his own run after 42 years. Almost to the day, it turns out.
While checking to see when that last broadcast will be, I just found out yesterday that it would be July 2, only two weeks from now. (His first broadcast was on July 6, 1974. So, he bookended the Fourth by two days on both ends.
More to the point though, to my amazement, that final show will be...at the Hollywood Bowl, here in Los Angeles! They're doing it on Friday, July 1, and recording it for broadcast the next day. Why they're doing it here and not in St. Paul at the Fitzgerald Theater, I have no idea. I know that they have been doing summer tours for the past several years, so maybe the Fitzgerald is always booked in the summer. But still, I'd have thought that with enough advance warning they could find a venue in St. Paul to do it in. It's also possible that they do these summer tours as a way to raise a great deal of money, at such large locations. Last week's show, for instance, was at the Ravinia Festival outside of Chicago in Highland Park. And the Hollywood Park seats probably around 16.000. (It's not fully sold out, but probably three-quarters so, with two weeks more of sales.)
And yes, I bought a ticket.
I figured that since the first A Prairie Home Companion show I went to was at the old World Theater probably around 1972 -- two years before the show went national! (my brother lived there at the time, and had written me about it a lot, so we went together, and I still have souvenirs from it) -- I figure that this would make a nice completing of the circle.
If anyone in the Los Angeles area is interested in going, here's the link to the Bowl's webpage.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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