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Garrison Keillor Returns to DPAC on March 7th

Author, humorist, and "A Prairie Home Companion"  host Garrison Keillor (photo by Velenchenko)

Author, humorist, and "A Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor (photo by Velenchenko)

Durham Performing Arts Center will present An Evening with Garrison Keillor, 68-year-old author, raconteur, and host of the Minnesota Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7th, in its brand-new, 2,800-seat, state-of-the-art theater, in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC.

According to the Durham Performing Arts Center:

“True to his radio form, humorist, and celebrity speaker Garrison Keillor [nee Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942 in Anoka, MN] returns to the stage of DPAC on March 7th …. America’s foremost humorist, Keillor shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and ‘late-life fatherhood’ — all delivered with his signature class, charisma, and wisdom. His first [Durham Performing Arts Center] appearance was the sold out performance of ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ [on May 9,] 2009.

“‘Keillor’s voice reaches across airwaves to more than 3.3 million public radio listeners, who tune in every week for “A Prairie Home Companion,”‘ said DPAC general manager Bob Klaus. ‘To have him back at DPAC for an evening of stories and reflections is a treasure. His wry, low-key and unique perspectives on life in the rural Midwest seem to touch us all.’

“‘Minnesota-born and raised, Garrison Keillor is the living embodiment of the Midwestern spirit. Each week, he shares his steady thoughtfulness, old-fashioned values, traditional songs, and dry humor through his legendary, critically acclaimed radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’ Over three million listeners on more than 450 public radio stations now hear the show each week, and millions more discovered the show through the hit 2006 film adaptation, which starred Keillor, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, and Lindsay Lohan. He is also the author of many books, including Lake Wobegon Days (1985); The Book of Guys (1993); The Old Man Who Loved Cheese (1996); Wobegon Boy (1997); Me: By Jimmy ‘Big Boy’ Valente as Told to Garrison Keillor (1999); Love Me (2003); Homegrown Democrat (2004); Pontoon (2007); [and] Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel (2008).” Keillor’s newest books are Life Among the Lutherans and Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance (both 2009).

Also according to DPAC:

“Keillor has received numerous awards for his extensive repertoire, including a Grammy Award for his recording of ‘Lake Wobegon Days.’ He has also received two Cable ACE Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and recently was presented with a National Humanities Medal by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1994, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications. PBS’ acclaimed series, ‘American Masters,’ honored Keillor by airing the documentary, The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes, which follows Keillor through a year of taping ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and meeting his many fans throughout the United States.

“With Philip Brunelle, he has performed with many orchestras, including the Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Dallas, and National symphonies. He has appeared at Wolf Trap, Carnegie Hall, and other major concert halls as a member of the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and he has performed on his own in one-man shows across the country and on tour broadcasts of ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’ His shows are undoubtedly sell-out events, as the popularity of Lake Wobegon and ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ continues to grow around the country, as audiences of all ages become exposed to this Midwestern sensation.”

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents AN EVENING WITH GARRISON KEILLOR at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $30.75-$83.50 (including fees).


DPAC Box Office: 919/680-ARTS (2787),, or

Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or






Garrison Keillor: (Wikipedia) and (Internet Movie Database).

“A Prairie Home Companion”: (official website).

Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes: (official website).


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