A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION IS COOKING UP PLENTY OF EXCITEMENT AS IT KICKS OFF ITS 37th SEASON

Season-opening show is Saturday, September 25, at the Fitzgerald Theater, followed by the annual street dance and meatloaf supper.

There's a whirlwind of activity in the Prairie Home Companion camp these days. Garrison Keillor is set to kick off the program's 37th season: The opening show and street dance will be held on Saturday, September 25 - the live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, followed by the annual street dance and meatloaf supper on Exchange Street, right in front of the Fitz.

Actress Sue Scott, Tim Russell (the man of many voices), and sound-effects wizard Tom Keith will be on hand, along with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by pianist Richard Dworsky. Special guests include The Derailers, a hard-driving, roots-country band from Austin, Texas, and Rob Fisher leading the White Bear Yacht Club Orchestra, featuring vocalist Christine DiGiallonardo. And of course, everyone can catch up on the news from Lake Wobegon during Keillor's signature monologue.

Following the broadcast, head outside for the Prairie Home Street Dance. Enjoy the music, food (the famous $5 meatloaf dinner!), and fun (contests, prizes, and more), with Garrison leading the festivities. This event is open to the public and free - save a small charge for refreshments.

WHEN: A Prairie Home Companion Saturday, September 25, 2010, 4:45 p.m., followed by the Prairie Home Street Dance, 7-10 p.m., whatever the weather.


WHERE: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange St. (at Wabasha), downtown St. Paul

(Street Dance on Exchange Street, in front of the theater).

TICKETS: Order online through Ticketmaster.com, call 800.982.2787, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. The general public may purchase tickets in person at the Fitzgerald box office. Minnesota Public Radio members may order tickets by phone at 651.290.1200. A limited number of rush tickets are sold at 4:15 p.m. on day of show ($15 each, limit of two, cash only).

TUNE IN: Tune in Saturdays to any of hundreds of public radio stations coast to coast (many rebroadcast the show on Sunday). Or listen to a live audio Web stream. Check local listings or go to www.prairiehome.org for specifics.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: go to www.prairiehome.org or contact David O'Neill at 651.999.109