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Friday, April 18th at 8:00p.m.
Bobcat Goldthwait
Bobcat Goldthwait is a comedian, actor, screenwriter and director known for his dark, comedic wit. Goldthwait began his career as one of the most successful and strangest comedians of the ‘80s with his inimitable, spastic stage persona and his portrayal of the eccentric gang leader Zed in the “Police Academy” series. He's since written and directed “World’s Greatest Dad,” “God Bless America,” and most recently 2013’s “Willow Creek,” a found footage horror film about a young couple who hike into the remote woods in search of Bigfoot. He’s also directed episodes of television’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Chappelle’s Show," and “Maron.” In 2012, Goldthwait released his comeback stand-up special, “You Don’t Look the Same Either,” on Showtime.

“It’s okay to show joy,” singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson has said, and his charming blend of folk-rock is a testament to that belief. Perhaps best known for his 2008 single, “Come On Get Higher,” Nathanson is both an intimate storyteller in the classic folk tradition and a bright pop-rock polymath. Nathanson’s song “Kinks Shirt” -- for which Bobcat Goldthwait directed the music video -- was named by USA Today as one of the best songs released in 2013. On his new album, The Last Great Pretenders, he pays homage to the likes of Elvis Costello, The Kinks, and (of course) The Pretenders.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and $45 for reserved seating. Single tickets are available for purchase in person at the Fitzgerald Theater or online at witsradio.org. People who are in the Wits Social Club, MPR members, and season package buyers may also call the MPR Box Office. A $2.50 facility fee will be added to the price of each ticket.

Support for The Fitzgerald Theater’s Patrons Program comes from The Freehouse


Friday, April 25th at 8:00p.m.
John Hodgman and Jean Grae
John Hodgman is an author, humorist, actor, and expert. He is a frequent contributor to “This American Life,” appears regularly on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", has appeared on NBC's "Community" and "30 Rock," HBO's "Bored to Death, and was the "PC" in a series of ads for Apple computers. Hodgman is the author of the “COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE” trilogy, a compendium of invented trivia and completely fake facts. He hosts the “Judge John Hodgman” podcast, and in 2013, he released the original comedy special, “John Hodgman: Ragnarok” on Netflix.

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer- Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Grae has worked alongside Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Pharoahe Monch, and a list that this very small bio cannot contain. Sorry, bio. Grae recently made her directorial debut and created her company, “Kids Are Gonna Die.” With videos for The Hellpit Faeries, Talib Kweli and herself under her belt, she created “Life With Jeannie” a half-hour sitcom, written, directed by and starring Grae. Grae’s latest releases are Gotham Down cycles 1-3 and #HolidaysYall.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and $45 for reserved seating. Single tickets are available for purchase in person at the Fitzgerald Theater or online at witsradio.org. People who are in the Wits Social Club, MPR members, and season package buyers may also call the MPR Box Office. A $2.50 facility fee will be added to the price of each ticket.

Support for The Fitzgerald Theater’s Patrons Program comes from The Freehouse


Sunday, April 27th at 5:00 p.m.
MN Varsity
Classical MPR is pleased to announce the fourth annual Minnesota Varsity. For a second year, American Composers Forum (ACF) will be a partner with MPR in the Composition category. Minnesota Varsity is a showcase for top high-school musical talent in Minnesota and its environs. Music students from across Minnesota are invited to submit a recording of an instrumental or vocal performance of a classical or musical theater work, for evaluation by a panel of MPR judges. During the event, audience members and radio listeners (via web) will have the chance to participate in an “Encore Vote”, to select the Artist who will play an encore at the end of the show.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the Fitzgerald Theater Box Office.

Thursday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Keillor Reader
When, at sixteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done—a storyteller, sometime comedian, essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, poet. Now a single volume brings together the full range of his work: monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, newspaper columns. With an extensive introduction and headnotes, photographs, and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader also presents pieces never before published, including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far.”

The May 1 reading, which will also include Garrison taking questions from the audience, will be recorded for broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio at a later date this spring.

This event is general admission. Tickets are $10, and include a $10 off coupon for The Keillor Reader, purchased at the event. Tickets are available at the Fitzgerald Theater Box Office and Common Good Books.

Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
For Pete's Sake

Celebrating Pete Seeger's 95th Birthday

A colorful collection of singers, musicians, spoken word artists, social leaders, and filmmakers will honor one of the world's most influential folksingers, Pete Seeger. The event will celebrate the many phases of Seeger’s life in multi-media and with an abundance of music from across the cultural spectrum on what would have been Seeger's 95th birthday. Members of Pete Seeger’s family will be in attendance.

Featuring: Robert Robinson, Prudence Johnson, John Gorka, Estaire Godinez, Ann Reed, Larry Long, Joyful Noize, Peter Ostroushko, Waubanewquay Dorene Day, Dan Chouinard, Tonia Hughes, Cyril Paul, Kevin Fuhrman, Brian Barnes, Timothy Frantzich, Brittany Delaney, Mitch Walking Elk, Courntey Yasmineh, Aimee Bryant, Patty Kakac, Barb Tilsen, Pop Wagner, Tony Glover, Charlie Maguire, Joe Savage, Marc Anderson, Jane Aleckson, Anthony Galloway, Cameron Wright, Lorna Her Many Horses, Chastity Brown and more.

Minneapolis filmmaker William Eigen will share footage from his critically acclaimed documentary movies about Seeger.

Proceeds to benefit the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School in south Minneapolis.

Produced by Larry Long's American Roots Revue

This event will be ASL Interpreted.

Tickets for this event are on sale now. Tickets are $30. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Jo Nesbo
This Event has been Canceled.

Sunday, May 25th at 7:30 p.m.
Eels Live in Concert
Sue McLean and Associates are proud to present Eels Live in Concert. The ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (aka E), EELS will release The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett on April 22. EELS’ release Wonderful, Glorious was “One of the warmest, wittiest records of 2013” said NME. Tomorrow Morning (2010) was hailed as “hopeful and euphorically in love” by The New York Times and “sly, inviting, emotional and complex” by USA Today. Tomorrow Morning was the final part of a trilogy that included the albums Hombre Lobo and End Times. The Chicago Sun-Times calls the EELS’ discography “one of the most consistent bodies of work in modern rock” and Q Magazine declares Everett to be “one of the most prolific, adventurous and moving songwriters of the past decade.” Eels live shows usually include interesting interpretations of their old songs, some wellknown covers, and a healthy dose of music from their newest release.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 28th at noon. Tickets are $34. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to the price of each ticket.

Saturday, June 7th at 8:00 p.m.
The Moth
Twin Cities Inaugural GrandSLAM Championship: Fish Out of Water

The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words - fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. Listen as ten StorySLAM champs tell tales of being out of their element: the freak, the foreigner, dressed for the opera at the clambake, out of the loop, the only person in the loop, the voice of dissent, the lonely fool. Outsider, interloper, odd man out. The black sheep, the chatty monk, the juror with a doubt.

The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, using words as weapons, they battle to determine the Twin Cities first-ever Moth GrandSLAM Story Champion.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $20. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to the price of each ticket.

Friday, July 4th - Sunday, July 6th
A Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary
JULY 4-6 Macalester College Campus, Saint Paul

If you showed up on July 6, 1974 at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in Saint Paul to attend the very first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, you were in select company. There were about 12 people in the audience. Forty years later the show will return to the Macalester campus for an anniversary celebration with three days of music, comedy, food, and festivities July 4-6th. The show expects a slightly larger attendance than that first performance. In fact thousands of fans will make their way to Macalester for the festivities.

Special guests coming together to play on various stages, including the 3-hour extended Anniversary Broadcast, are friends who have appeared on the show over the last four decades -- some from the very first show. A partial list includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Iris DeMent, Robin & Linda Williams, The Wailin’ Jennys, Butch Thompson, Jearlyn & Jevetta Steele, and members from the original Powdermilk Biscuit Band, along with Richard Dworsky and the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors – Sue Scott, Tim Russell and sound effects man, Fred Newman.

Tickets go on sale for two concerts on the Main Stage on the Great Lawn. The tickets will give you access to lawn space (bring your blankets and lawn chairs) for the Friday night, 4th of July 40 Years, 40 Songs concert and the Saturday night, July 5th broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. There are also plenty of free events and music throughout the entire weekend in various performance venues as well as an “Above Average” Children’s Area, Recipe Exchange, Food tents and Beer Garden, and a tent for attendees to bring their instruments and join a Jamboree. On Sunday July 6th there will be a Sing-A-Long, and plans to recreate the famous “Living Flag,” from one of Garrison’s most memorable monologues.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to www.prairiehome.org or become a fan on Facebook.

Friday, July 4th

Saturday, July 5th

Combo Package

Tickets for all Fitzgerald Theater events are available to the general public in person at The Fitzgerald Theater box office. Minnesota Public Radio members may also purchase tickets for selected events by calling 651-290-1200 during our regular business hours (Tuesday through Friday, noon - 5:00 p.m.). Phone orders are subject to a processing fee.

Tickets are also available through the Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet. Ticketmaster phone hours are: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket to enter a performance. Out of respect to all patrons and broadcasts being recorded, children under 4 will not be admitted to performances that are not designed for children. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

The Fitzgerald Theater is entirely smoke free. There are no designated smoking areas in the theater or within 10 feet of the theater entrance. This ban includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.


For a list of all the Minnesota Public Radio's upcoming events around the region click the following link.

Minnesota Public Radio Regional Events Calendar